Anthony Childs’ death was a tragedy, and we should not diminish the demise of any loved one, especially if it was a death that occurred because of a suspicious or blameless act. However, on the flip side of the coin, we must realize that not all police officers are out to kill black people, and they themselves are often in fear of losing their own lives. Sometimes tragic mistakes involving violence will happen and lead to outcomes of mitigating circumstances throughout America’s courtrooms, whereas in other instances, violence could not be avoided in an effort to save lives and/or preserve valued property.
According to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, the United States has well over 30% percent of Blacks incarcerated out of a population of some 327.1m, meaning persons dwelling in U.S. residential structures. Per the U.S. Census Bureau, blacks represents 13.4% of America’s overall population, and so the 30% incarceration figure is a significant percentage of blacks locked away in cages considering the numbers proportionate to America’s overall population. Furthermore, of the 30% percent incarcerated, there have been numerous accounts of male-on-male rapes, and female-on-female rapes within America’s prison systems, and so, would it be logical to argue that sagging pants has nothing to do with the dynamics of these inhumane rapes, notwithstanding any perceptions of the true origins of sagging pants.
Media persuasions often hoodwink us via the monopolized and synchronized mainstream media. Likewise, persuasions that originate from other blacks who are essentially mouthpieces for special interest groups or institutions that continue to maintain or worsen the poor social and economic conditions that black culture faces today work against us, too.
Many black intellectuals may argue that sagging pants are not a sagacious economic base for America’s black culture, nor does the trend exalt black culture’s standings around the world, other than to paint it as an inept culture. America’s leadership needs to get more black men and women out of its prison systems, educated, and into jobs and suits to help complement our country overall.
A piercing James Baldwin quote on “goodreads.”