The increasing criminalization of black men has meant that, as a group, black men are stigmatized.
Many people assume, even as
Jesse Jackson has admited, that young black men are “trouble.”
This image was exploited by the first
George bush in 1988, when used the
infamous ” Willie Horton” ads in his election campaign for U.S. President. At that time there had already been some state-level made laws imposing mandatory sentencing, but once Bush Sr. was in office, he promptly imposed some of the harshest penalties for nonviolent crime
in the nations history. These new penalties were aimed at enforcing federal drug-trafficking laws, thus criminalizing even more black men &
reinforcing an image that solidified the stereotype.
The social concept of the “dangerous young black man,” so deeply ingrained in our nations
consciousness, continue to fuel
punitive politics. It explains why young black men with “NO” criminal record find it hard to find entry level
employment than do white men “WITH” criminal records.
-Todd R. Clear;
( how mass incarceration