If you have ever been incarcerated as a black man or woman in America then you know their is no such thing as Justice in our 'Justice' or judicial system. Everyday minorities in our country are faced with some form of racism and or prejudice. Everyday, that form of racism and prejudice is ignored and swept under the rug. The first step at changing anything is acknowledgement. If we continue to ignore the truth we will live in the dark.
According to the National Association for Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) African Americans constitute nearly 1 million of the total 2.3 million incarcerated population, and have nearly six times the incarceration rate of whites. That's nearly half! Some studies say that there are more black men incarcerated than there are black men enrolled into colleges and universities. I highly doubt that but I'm sure it would not be far fetched considering the circumstances that black men are faced with daily.
We talk a lot about men going to prison when the subject arise but forget that women have to deal with the same dehumanizing punishment. According to Incite National 30% of women prisoners are African American and 16% Latino. Again, that is nearly half of women inmates who are the minority.
After knowing the statistics some may think it's simply ironic however many cases will prove otherwise. Black women just like black men automatically receive a harsher punishment for their crimes. The sentence is not even the worst part. I like to think of our prison system as 'The New Slave Yard' because of the injustices that black inmates go through. Black inmates are spoken to differently, approached differently, and looked at differently than white inmates. I don't have to take a poll because I have lived it.
I have been jailed twice and each time I saw more minorities than I saw whites. I also witness first hand racism, prejudice, and bias that left me sick to my stomach. A prisoner or inmate might as well be a new age slave. They are fed scraps, and revoked of their human rights. Women inmates are raped, abused, and called hurtful names. The mental, physical and emotional abuse itself in the prison system is enough to make a person commit suicide.
Just like slavery.
Often I get asked the question 'Why did you move to Texas?'. My response is often, why not? People are afraid of change so much that they scare themselves out of doing something that would enhance the quality of their lives. I was born and raised in Florida. The beaches I remember like the back of my hand more than anything. You can not be afraid of change, you have to make change afraid of you!
If you have been living in Florida all of your life and you are looking for a change, Texas is not a bad choice. I suppose it depends on why you want to leave Florida of course but overall I think you would be surprisingly pleased.
You may be thinking, Why would anybody want to leave beaches and year round sunny weather?
Fact is most Floridian's who want to move have taken the high road to Atlanta, GA not giving other cities and states a little thought. While Atlanta, GA is also filled with opportunity we do have 49 other states to choose from so why get so complacent! DAllas Fort-Worth area has a very large and growing small business market. There is also a lot of construction and many large company warehouses being built. The money here is endless.
Whoever said everything is bigger in Texas wasn't lying. The roads, trucks, funnel cakes, burgers, night clubs, arenas, football stadiums, and even the high schools are way bigger than I've ever seen in Florida. I know some people who have never been to a different city or state. I want to see the world and change the quality of my life.
Moving to another state may seem overwhelming and costly but I must say that it is well worth it. I don't plan on moving back home anytime soon.
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