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Changing Society and the Lives of Black Men

By Jammil Telfort, VI Form

Changing Society and the Lives of Black Men

Fifty-eight.

That is the percentage of incarcerated American youth who are black.

Fourteen.

That is the percentage of the United States population who are black.

According to the aforementioned trends, most black men are destined to lives of crime, preventing them from becoming upstanding citizens of the United States. As I transition into adulthood, I am haunted by these ominous statistics that tell me that by next fall, I should be in a prison cell and not in a college dorm. Despite having the odds stacked against me, I have challenged this idea through my very existence. (more…)