One can only tremble and tear from the ground-shaking statistics that one out of three black males will go to prison in their lifetime.
Regarding young black males in America, years ago I had in-person, day-to-day experience with young black men from a charter high school basketball team in Texas. In short, over the course of one year, I discovered how the US government was not only ignoring them and their future but how their school administrators were intentionally doing so as well. The longer story involves misappropriation of government funds, facilities and resources. In other words, theft. If that injustice was not enough of a burden, out of the twelve players, approximately half came from 'broken' and/or physically abusive family situations. Their sunken spirits were in dire need of attention when I met them. Still, the relentless undertow of social, institutional, financial and familial pressures, that left them on the doorsteps of drugs, crime, joblessness and homelessness had not crushed their courage to imagine something better. Their hearts, however, continued to remain alight with god's desire to dream. They were very willing to learn, work and become positive contributors to society, if only given the chance. I am happy to say that they competed at the highest national level of high school basketball. Two even made it to the NBA! Unfortunately, the truth is that they were all tried far more off the court than on. These guys became my buddies and primary focus at the time. Even though I have lost touch with them, I frequently recall and cherish the sense of humility and purpose they gave me. No, they did and do not represent the upbringing of all young black males in America. I trust that some are offered more fertile ground. Then again, with statistics citing one out of three going to prison at some point in their life, this is not a matter for blind faith to lean on. Let us all consider the statistics and ask why.
Without questions there can be no answers.