I'm sorry sir, but most of the people in jail are criminals. I know you have your exceptions here and there, and that's well understood, but to assert that "most are good people" come on brotha. Simply because you live in an adverse environment does not mean that you're consigned to adopt that behavior. I'm not just talking about something I don't know about, I grew up in Los Angeles Calif. (South Central 28th & Western) gang infested (20's blood territory) drug infested (neighbors two doors down invariably outside slingin' crack) ghetto bird soaring.
Well I've never been incarcerated, I've never been in a gang, it's all about decisions. I mean Venus and Serena Williams hail from Compton Calif. Compton! It doesn't get any worse than Compton. In my opinion, sir, your above sentiment is an apology, an excuse for poor decision making that lands you in jail. Furthermore, if you're not condoning their actions, then what are you doing? However, you're entitled to your own opinion.
@"Most people in jail are criminals", most of these people in prison (more than 75%) are blacks while we only make up of about 14% of the population. It does not take a rocket scientist to figure out that most of these people are not in there just because they are bad people by nature, and that their environment has a lot to do with it. Unless you are asserting black people are more of a criminal by nature than other races, which obviously they are not. And I too am not speaking about something I have read about or heard about, I am speaking from personal experince as well. And just because I did not end up dead or in jail like most of the people I grew up with, does not mean I am a better person than them. It just means, like you, I had the opportunity and the will power to get to where I am.
@ "if you're not condoning their actions, then what are you doing?", I am saying there are a lot of factors involved that leads them to make such decisions and they are good people that fail to suprass their enviornment.What I do agree on is that perspectives like yours are important as well because there needs to be accountablity in our community, people who made it out of such dire situations like you have will serve as a good examples. However thats is part of the bigger conversation, which is that the state of minorities (AA) need drastic changes. Your view is not the "whole" conversation as you advocate.
It seems like you make refrence to people who are the famous as if they are representative of the entire AA community. I meet good black women all the time, I do not know how you find it difficult to meet at least few. Maybe they just not feeling you!! (just playing lol)