Sunday, September 30, 2007

NAACP - Criminal Justice Goals, I think John Edwards read this!

In the MTV/Myspace Presidential Debate John Edwards practically quoted what the NAACP has listed for their Criminal Justice Goals, when asked "What would you do to help eliminate inner city kids partake in violence?"

here are some statistics I found on the NAACP -- Criminal Justice Goals chart:
1. Blacks represent 12% of total population yet represent 29.5% of those arrested
2. Once arrested, blacks are three times more likely to be incarcerated than whites
3. Of 682 defendants charged with federal crimes subject to death penalty 20% were white, 80% minority

John Edwards makes reference to all of this. This leads me to believe he has an astute understanding of this kind of institutional racism.

2 comments:

Portland Demo said...

White people need to know these statistics. Blacks are disproportionately affected by poverty and lack of access to education and employment. Right on.

Ste. Goldie said...

I agree with you. White people, my generation in particular, need a wake up call. Thank you so much for your comment Portland Demo!