Can you give a good, honest, conservative answer to why so many African-Americans are in prison?
If I were to give you a conservative answer, I feel you are asking me to put an ideological filter to the answer. That might not be your intention but that is how I feel. So let me give you my honest answer based on my political stances of which some are conservative.
The answer itself is pretty simple, blacks in the US are statistically more prone to commit crimes than any other race group in the United States.
The important question is why do they? The greater number of blacks in the US live in conditions of poverty, or are poor to a certain degree. There is no doubt people living in poverty tend to resort to criminal life in order to survive. From things as simple as stealing basic needs to more serious crimes like drug trafficking and other gang activities to make a quick buck they’d never get otherwise because they’ve been deprived of education.
Now, a lot of people in the United States (most of them belonging to the ideological mix that is the Democratic Party) believe this economic poverty and depravation of education is a long lasting result of slavery and segregation, and it is true to a certain extent. But there much more to it than just that.
During the times of segregration and even during the times of slavery, several blacks made a name for themselves for demanding access to education, running successful businesses, and demanding their civil rights with very complex and logical reasons of a very academic nature. While slavery and segregation do have negative effects they’re not definitive in halting intelligence and innovation in the people that are affected by it, so blacks in the US are not by nature unable to move up.
However, there are several issues within African-American idiosyncrasy that do play a big role in their current condition. These convictions affect a lot of them, and others are forced into it. Take a look at hip hop for example. I love hip hop, specially the one from the Golden Era, but in its lyrics there is a clear worshipping of gang culture. Lyrics talk about drug use, gang violence, murder, violence towards institutions and define standards of who is a “true nigga”. Modern hip hop as moved away from that, but the contemporary topics aren’t that much better. These lyrics worshipp lavish and lustful lives, make use of sexist language against money and still place drug use as something normal. Now ask yourself just how many blacks in the US look up to these stars in Hollywood and New York City, wanting to be like them. It has also ingrained the idea that music is an easier and better way to escape their condition. Now, black Americans that have succeeded in professional areas are often ignored specially if they are US conservatives. How many people know Jay-Z and his wife as opposed of knowing who Ben Carson, Thomas Sowell and Clarence Thomas are?
In fact, the last three have often been referred to as “uncle toms” which simply translates to “blacks that want to be white” which only says that denying criminal subculture and making it professionally are traits of white people in the US. This mindset is more hamfurl to black Americans than it is not. A lot of black people in the US are pushed away from their academic life and pushed into drug use or other criminal activities because they viewed as “not true niggas”. Contemporary black activists also want to ideologically define pro-black as socialistic and western liberal in nature, which disregards many blacks who don’t subscribe to that.
I think their heart is in the right place, but their means to push for change are extremely flawed. There is very little insight in black activists, they prefer to criticize everyone else as opposed to looking at themselves and bettering themselves as well.
I’m not black, but as a brown Hispanic -despite not being from the US- I’ve been accused of self hating for not supporting Hispanic subcultures in the United States, like “chicano culture” or “latino culture” which suffer the same problems as gang culture and in fact ignore several traits of Latin American countries. I’m Nicaraguan and I look at my own culture and the culture of my sister nations and I see no similarities. For immigrants in the US we are merely a façade, their essence is different. I can’t support that. And I don’t see many similarities between the diverse African cultures and the so called “black cultures” in the US.
Excuse me if got off topic, but that’s what I think.