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Facebook is now cooperating with the FBI, CIA and other law enforcement agencies to monitor people online. Lately, I’ve been writing a lot about white supremacy and white control. Let’s not allow them to control us as a people.

A Defining Moment In Our History.

We can use Ferguson as a defining moment in our history, in our community, and in this country. This is the time to take the steps to use this situation as a teaching moment for our children. Let’s teach them civil obedience, not civil disobedience. Let’s teach them how to be civil to themselves by empowering them financially. Fiscal responsibility is the key to changing America and to earn the respect that is due to us as black people. Certain sacrifices have to be made in order for change to occur in our lives. This is the time!

It is a slap in the face when it’s rumored that ABC paid $500,000.00 for Darren Wilson to sit down with George Stephanopoulos for an exclusive interview. This man showed no remorse for killing a young black man, and in addition, the powers that be are making sure he’s financially set for the rest of his life? Never mind the fact that a bunch of racists came together to raise another $500,000.00 for this murderer. So now, killing a black man can render a racist a millionaire? We already know about the flawed prosecution process that McCullough presented to the grand jury to ensure no indictment for Darren Wilson, something that has been deemed unprecedented by every prosecutor in this country. The time for change is now, and we need to attack on all cylinders.

People like McCullough are held to a higher standard. They decide the fate of thousands of people every year. Many men and women are jailed by prosecutors for crime that they sometime don’t even commit.  The innocent Project has proven how many of our men and women are justly imprisoned. They’ve gotten quite a few of them freed, but with conning people like McCullough, we don’t know how extreme it can be.  However, in this case where the prosecutor used laws that were overturned by the Supreme Court and presented them as facts to a grand jury, that prosecutor needs to be held accountable and charged for violating the law.  It is up to us to go to our congressmen to make sure they write legislation that would punish overzealous prosecutors with special interests in cases on either side of the law.  McCullough violated his oath as a prosecutor, and he should be removed from his position. Furthermore, thee federal government should prosecute him for his role in ensuring the freedom of Darren Wilson.

Next, we can address the addiction our children are developing to retail. The retail industry has told us time and time over that our buying power is over a trillion dollars. We play a vital role in stimulating the US economy every year, but our buying power is exploited, because of our own ignorance of economics. Let’s make them respect and appreciate that power. Let’s hold on to those dollars and make better sense of our situation this holiday season. Boycotting black Friday is a wonderful accomplishment, but how about we make it monumental? Let’s boycott holiday shopping for the entire holiday season. Let’s not give the retailers our money until the new year. Let’s see if we can destabilize the economy. Stimulating the economy has rendered us victims of institutional racism and racist practices for the last 200 years. It’s time to change that!

If you must shop, try to spend your money in your community and with businesses that reinvest in your community. Let’s stop all that marching, begging, getting arrested for no reason and staying the victims. We can enact change collectively. I’m asking everyone to be selfless for one Christmas season. You can use this situation to open the eyes of your children, not just for their own benefit, but for their safety and livelihood as well. We need to save our children, and the only way to do that is to show them financial responsibility and their financial power at a young age. Let’s not stop at Black Friday. Let’s take it all the way to the new year. The bus boycott in Montgomery, Alabama, lasted over a year. We can boycott the retail sector for a couple of months. Let’s do this together!

Teach your children how to use their hands and creative minds to make gifts this holiday season. Let their gift be a token of justice. We can do this, and we must do this. Aren’t you tired of crying over the same situation?

This is the movement we need to create, and it needs to catch fire quickly. Spread the word. Keep the black buying power in the black community this season.

Please share this with your friends and anybody willing to listen. I’m really trying my best to come up with solutions, but I need your diligence to help implement them. See you on the other side of justice!blacklives

White People Need To Recognize They Are Despicable!

Some of the most heinous, inhumane and despicable acts against African Americans and other groups have been committed by white people. The media is caught up with the rioting and looting that’s going on in Ferguson and around the rest of the country, but those behaviors were adopted from white people. The white race is the only race that would gather  in a square as a mob to watch a human being get burned alive, just because of the color of his/her skin. The white race is the only race with a history of lynching black people without verifiable facts. The white race is the only race that would applaud a lynching in a public square, and bring their little children to witness their vile acts to continue their hateful tradition. The white race is the only race with a history of removing babies from the womb of the black woman while she’s still alive. The white race is the only race who gets pleasure out of castrating the black man because of a white woman’s lie. The white race is the only despicable race that would raise money to defend murderers of young black men.  The white race is the only race that would incite riots just because of the outcome of a sporting event they either like or dislike. The white race is the only race in the history of mankind that has annihilated the Indians, in order to steal their land. The white race is the only group of people that traveled to Africa to capture slaves for their own financial gains. The white race is the only race that has come up with derogatory  terms to refer to every other group on this planet to humiliate them. White people are the only people who make up reason to go to war with other countries for the thrill of killing. White people are the only people who see color and nothing else, in order to justify their hatred. Too bad nobody else sees their color, because if black people and Indian people saw their color first, white people would’ve never expanded their world out of Europe. Africa belongs to the Africans and America belongs to the Indians/Native Americans.

Until white people acknowledge how despicable they are, we are going to continue to have the threat of racism, white supremacy, and world domination by white people. White people are destructive and hateful, and the world needs to recognize that. Only white people can change who they are. Nobody else will be able to do it for them. Only white people can stop racism, because their hatred for other human beings have no basis. Only white people can look in the mirror and say enough is enough, because nobody can force them into accepting their truth.

If white people want to point the finger to the so called savages, the glass house where they reside might as well get hit by a boulder.

The Reason for Rioting and Looting…

The psychology of looting is not often talked about in the media. The media will have you believe that black people are the only people who commit the act of looting, which is a completely inaccurate tale. I can’t believe I’m up at 1 o’clock in the  morning writing this blog. I’m pissed. I need to release the tension from this Ferguson decision. I’m sure there are other ways to release tension, but I’m not in the mood for that.

When you have a prosecutor with a vendetta to prosecute people at all cost, and turn a blind eye to justice when it comes to cops, because his father was shot in the line of duty. There’s a big conflict of interest and justice would never be served. The way this case was handled by this prosecutor was unprecedented. McCullough acted more as the defense attorney for Darren Wilson, while presenting facts to the grand jury to make sure Wilson would not get indicted. There should be legislation introduced to prosecute prosecutors when they violate the rules of law in the courtroom. Too many black  men have been released from prison lately after serving time for crimes they had not committed, due to the determination of overzealous prosecutors. Those prosecutors should be jailed for false prosecution and for breaking the law. McCullough and the governor of Missouri are responsible for the chaos that’s taking place in Missouri. The governor knew long ago there would not be an indictment, which is why he called in the National Guard days in advance. He’s an accomplice in this criminal plot to allow a murderer to walk free. It’s all part of white privilege in America, where democracy is filtered, and through the smokescreen, the practice of apartheid is continuous under this false pretense of equal justice for all.

The media cannot stop covering the looting and rioting that’s going on in Ferguson, but what they are failing to tell us is that looting and rioting took shape many years ago when white people didn’t want to obey the law in Boston. However, they called it The Boston Tea party, not a riot, but a party. White people loot because of privilege, without conscience or  any moral clause attached to their looting. They didn’t want to pay tax, so they looted. Fast forward 200 years, now white people loot when their favorite teams lose or win a championship. They loot after a concert, and they loot because they’re bored. Sometimes they loot and riot just because. Most importantly, they loot and riot because of hatred.

Black people, on the other hand, loot because they have been silenced, exploited and oppressed. Often times, the businesses in the black community are not black owned. The business owners are often rude, inhumane and condescending.  To top it all, business owners in the black community often mark up their inventory 25% higher in price to legally extort the community. The explosion of bottled up anger manifests itself when the system compounds it with injustice toward a member of the community. Lately, the injustice has been unjustified murder. While it’s true that looters often destroy their own community, as is the case with most black riots, however, the losers are usually the white, Asian, Italian and Jewish business owners and the insurance companies who stand to lose money to pay out  for the claims. Of course, Black people suffer the brunt of it as well. I’m not that naive.  Frustrated with an unfair justice system, black people usually have to resort to looting to get some sense of justice. The only way to get back at the system is to reap some kind of financial or material gain instantaneously after an injustice has been witnessed. It’s self-fulfilling for some looters. It’s the only voice some people have. White people riot and loot far more often than blacks. If you look up the history of riots and looting in this country, you will notice that most of the riots and looting committed by blacks have had historical context, whereas white rioters and looters are often doing it just for kicks, or they are out demonstrating their hatred for the black race, which is usually manifested in racist riots with a lynch mob in tow. White people’s looting is often precipitated by a sense of privilege and entitlement, and inflamed by alcohol consumption. They’re easily set off. If a black man gets a better position than them at work, even if that black man is more qualified, they often feel entitled to a riot. If a black city or town is doing better then their town financially, they feel entitled to burn it down, as was the case in Tulsa, Oklahoma(Black Wall Street) and Rosewood, Florida. White people will just fabricate reasons to stir a riot. It’s the hatred inherent in some of them.
The only justice we get to hand out, is to root out the businesses in the community. Despite what white people in the media say, riots and looting send a strong message to the white institution that injustice in the black community takes away justice from those who want to profit and exploit the community. It’s the only solution to injustice for a silent group of people. Their system is not designed to protect us, but they also leave their bloodsuckers in the hood vulnerable. This is the result of a people’s voice taken away from them.

Looting and rioting will continue  as long as America continues to turn a blind eye to injustice. Insurance companies will have to foot the bill for the collateral damage, and white and other business owners will also suffer as a result. It’s in the best interest of all parties to make sure injustice is rooted out everywhere. “Injustice anywhere threatens justice everywhere,” Dr. martin Luther King Jr.

White injustice affects their own bottom line when looters take to the streets to enact their own justice.


Are Black Women’s Strength and Independence taking away from their femininity?

Since the beginning of time, Black women have always stood shoulders to shoulders with black men. Whether they were in the field picking cotton alongside each other or in the boardroom conducting business next to their fellow black men, they seemed to have shared the workload equally, forever. Unfortunately, white society has burdened the black woman with the responsibility of the black family from the time she was brought to the west from captivity in Africa. Even after slaving in the cotton field for hours, white mistresses would force black women to breastfeed their infants. It was a never-ending workload, and the black woman can be compared to none when it comes to strength, energy, determination, but most of all, the ability to stay strong.

While the black male was being emasculated by the racist plantation owners, it was the black woman who stepped in to assume the responsibilities for the children. Fast forward 400 years, and nothing has changed. Black men are incarcerated at an alarming rate, and their unemployment status is at an all-time high, so that only leaves the black woman to muster the strength to carry the burden of raising children alone and providing for them without the assistance of a partner. She continues to be the head of household. She has no choice. Every parent wants a break from their children every now then, but imagine never having that choice when it comes to financial responsibility and raising children? Without too much thrashing of the deadbeat dads and other irresponsible men, black women have also carried the burden of being mothers as well as fathers, in addition to being sole providers for their children. All of this burden can bring about animosity, but most of the black women I know do this job daily without giving it a second thought. Their hearts are big like that. While most of them are misread by the media as being angry, too strong and too overbearing, the media is missing the most important character trait of the black woman, which is resilience. That’s right, the black woman is the most resilient woman in the world, which is key to her survival and strength. She can’t be broken. Despite all that she goes through,  she can still find it in her heart to love her children, her partner and face the world everyday with fervor. She doesn’t run away when the going gets tough, but everyone needs their soul soothe every now and then. Since too many black men are running away from their responsibilities, black women are left to soothe their own souls.

Without the black woman’s strength and independence, where would the black community be? We would cease to exist if black women weren’t strong enough to carry us through many generations.  It’s okay to get angry every now and then, ladies. You’ve earned that right. Let it out and let the world know that you are the strength of our community and you will not be broken by their stereotypes. No other woman is as sexy as the black woman, and that’s a fact, Jack!


Celebrities and their public defenders

I believe celebrity is the worst weapon sometimes used to protect/defend deviant antisocial and criminal behavior. For some odd reason, the public often feel they know a celebrity intimately and personally, and for this reason, many celebrities used their status to victimize and silence their victims, not just with their money, but also with their celebrity status.

A couple of years ago, I wrote about Cosby’s deviant sexual behavior and his rape of women, and I couldn’t believe how many women came to his defense, as if they lived with the man and knew him personally. So many people don’t realize that everything in front of a camera is scripted and well coordinated to show that image to the public. Unfortunately, Cosby started to delusionally induce his Dr. Huxtable persona once he left his television set to deal with the black community at large. He was America’s favorite dad, and we bought into his fictitious bullshit. He became the voice of reason and the morality compass for how black children should be raised. All the while, his own daughter was a drug addict and a drop out at Spelman college, his son was murdered, and his other children barely have a relationship with him.

Cosby is the most dangerous kind of predator, because he has defenders, plenty of them. He had earned our trust. Men and women alike believed he was Cliff Huxtable. Meanwhile, plenty of young women were suffering in silence at the hand of this predator, because they didn’t have the courage to fight his clean image as America’s favorite dad. They got abused and paid a few dollars to keep their mouth shut when they wanted to let their voice be heard. In order to spare themselves public embarrassment by this “great man,” they all took the money. After all, nothing was truly going to mask their pain. Perhaps a few dollars and a better financial position in life could help them cope better. Who knows? With greedy lawyers willing to make a buck, they never have the victims’ best interest at heart. Settling a case allows everyone to get paid.

Often times, people who live in glass houses tend to have the loudest voices. However, when that stone come rolling down the hill, it usually turns out to be a boulder. Cosby’s voice was more than loud in our community. We need to stop empowering these celebrities, because we don’t know a damn thing about them other than their portrayal of fictitious CHARACTERS on television and on the big screen. That is their job and the only thing we know about them is their work. Like Cosby, Darren Sharper, the former New Orleans Saints player, drugged and raped many women, but because of his good looks, community service and the image created by him and his people, he was able to get away with his crime for a long time, and gathered many victims along the way.

It’s not a coincidence when 13 rape allegations have been brought against Cosby and he’s managed to settle with all of his victims to avoid prosecution. We can’t continue to enable people like Cosby to victimize their victims once with their celebrity, and twice silencing them with their money. I have a daughter and my job is to raise her to feel that her voice matters. When the public stands with a celebrity to take away the voice of the victim, we are creating a society of victims. I don’t have any ill feelings toward Cosby, but I despise rapists, and because I have a daughter, I will make sure that a rapist’s despicable act is exposed.

Let’s not be defenders of deviant behavior, let’s be defenders of truth and high morality. After all, we don’t even really and truly know our own spouse, not unless we grew up with them and have been around them all of our lives. People are great at constructing the image they want people to love. Always search for the truth, not what’s been sold to you as the perceived truth. How many times have you been shocked that someone you thought was a nice person committed a heinous crime?


Death Of the Black Publishing Industry, Book Distributors and Bookstores.

The excitement of hitting the road with a few authors to tour the country, while visiting America’s quaint African-American bookstores has become nostalgic. No longer Am I able to reach out to some of the more tolerable author friends of mine, to ask them about the possibility of a road trip while earning some money as writers. The weekends were the most exciting. There were so many events to plan for, and so many cities to visit. Detroit, Chicago, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Jackson, Miami, Boston, Cincinnati, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Baltimore, Newark, St. Louis, Richmond and so many other cities welcomed us with open arms. As authors, we shared our personal experiences with each other on the road, because it was viable to the growth of our literary community. It seemed like the second coming of the Harlem Renaissance, but everything must come to an end at some point, right? Many of the doors of opportunity started to close. Black bookstores are no longer a staple in our community. One by one, we saw the doors closed as each dedicated book retailer was forced to develop a new economic plan for survival sake.

Most of the black distributors have been served the same fate as well. No longer can I pull up my truck and unload dozens of cases of books at a store, while my car is illegally parked on the sidewalk somewhere in Brooklyn, Baltimore, Chicago or Philly. Those days of bringing a lookout with me to keep from getting a parking ticket are over. No more will I have to worry about carrying my infant daughter into a book distribution center, and set her down by the desk of a polite secretary, while I conduct business. Those exciting days expired. Those people have had the pleasure to witness the writer,  hustler, publisher, businessman and father that I had become. In the beginning, I thought those relationships would last a lifetime. I’d become acquainted professionally and personally with some of those people in the literary industry. Some of them are still good friends, while financial hardship forced others to become my enemy. Nonetheless, I treasure those moments that we shared together, doing business as black people, trying to create our own niche in a world dominated by white writers, publishers and distributors.

I remember when I finally received word that my company, RJ Publications, would be accepted by a major distributor. I was overcome with joy and excitement. No longer would I be restricted to just the Mom and pop bookstores, I thought. Borders, Barnes and Noble and Books A Million seemed like my gateway to financial freedom. My publishing company was flourishing. I could afford to pay new authors and offer competitive contracts like the traditional publishing companies. It felt great being able to make the dreams of many people from my community come true. The dedication was at an all time high, and the future was steps away from the shining sun. I could feel the burns of the bright future and the heat that was going to be bestowed upon me under the spotlight, and I was ready, ready to take on the world. Here comes the next mogul, I thought. I was gonna be the P Diddy of black literature. And then, all of a sudden it came to a halt. Amazon decided to stake their claim in the publishing game by introducing the Kindle. First was the burial of Borders, and next came all the independent bookstores that supported my business before the big companies came calling. I feel a bit of gratitude to those independent bookstores, because they helped me establish my name in the game. However, it was hard to make end’s meet when consignment was the name of the game. It was difficult and humbling to walk into a bookstore to find that all my books have been sold, but the owner couldn’t cut me a check owed to me.

We ignored many things that were going wrong with the industry, and at the end, we have to suffer the consequences. Some of us became complacent, while others embraced the new change that was to come. At the end of the day, I can only say that I’m still a writer, and the ride has yet to end.

Please check out all my books on amazon and my website  at  www.rjpublications.com


The Reality of Hate

With all the disrespect and hatred that has been spewed towards President Obama lately, I find myself hating all the racists of this country for having done whatever it is that they have done. I caught myself getting angry and turning to a hatemonger like them. One particular case that angered me was the picture depicting a disrespectful Jan Brewer with her finger in the president’s face. Another Russain lady who’s a naturalized American citizen, who can hardly speaks english, also had the nerve to question the president’s origin by filing a suit in court for Obama to prove his nationality. A white woman from another world has the right to question an American born leader, really? I say this to say that this country has been built on the backs of those people hated the most in American society, Black people.

Going all the way back to history we don’t have to dig deep to uncover hatred on the part of white people towards other groups for no reason at all. There isn’t a group of people that white people don’t hate on this planet. They’ve also created derogatory names for each group. While watching Bruce Lee’s story, I couldn’t help but notice the racism he had to overcome when he first came to this country. The Hispanics or specifically Mexican folks, have become the butt of everybody’s racist jokes. Indians from India feel the wrath as well, but none of them feel it as much as Black people. We must have the toughest skin because the hate that we experience seems to come from every race or group on this planet. Too many Indians, whites, Asians, Hispanics and so on, are either afraid of us, or they completely hate us based on the great job that white people have managed to do to sell our race as inferior and violent to the rest of the world. Even some of our black folks suffer from an  inferiority complex because of what  we have allowed white people to do to us.

Now, let’s really look at the roots of all this hatred. Why are black people hated and feared by so many people around the world? Since I’ve done a considerable amount of travelling around the world, I have a little inclination of the world’s view of us. As a matter of fact, I’ve been victimized by it, though I’ve never taken it quietly. Anyway, let’s answer the question posed at the beginning of the paragraph. I would like to believe that we’re not hated just because of the color of our skin, but because of the threat we posed and have become to a white man’s theory that we are inferior. In the beginning, we couldn’t go to college and achieve or learn the same way white people do, that theory was proven wrong by many of the brothers and sisters who have matriculated at Harvard and successfully graduated, though most of them were first generation college students. They wouldn’t accept our black athletes on college campuses because the games were too complicated for us and we didn’t have the physical ability to compete, but after so many of our pioneer athletes have demonstrated our superior athletic abilities and the courage on the basketball courts, football fields and baseball fields of every college campus across America, the bar was raised to a level white people never thought existed. The same thing would happen in medicine, business, technology  and agriculture. So ask yourself this question, what’s the reason behind the hate?

Black people not only helped build this country, we’ve also helped to keep it competitive around the world. The thousands of gold medals our black athletes have brought to the United States is comparable to no other country; the multi-billion dollar industries that Black people have helped create in sports and music is comparable to none; the strong spirit of entrepeurship that black people have brought to this country is comparable to none; the resiliency and tenacity that we have taught the world cannot be compared to none; the beautiful spirit and talent that we have brought the world is uniquely us; the creativity and innovations we have brought to the world in science, arts, music are done despite the fact that we were in bondage for 400 years. Just imagined if the playing fields had always been leveled, Black people would’ve been the leaders in every corner of this world.

The reality of hate kept this country from advancing far ahead in the world. Black people have only earned the right to vote in the last 50 years. Hatred kept us from reaching our potential back then and hatred is keeping this country from reaching its potential now. President Obama is so hated because of his race, he can’t even implement policies for the betterment of the country. Republicans have issues with the man even in areas where the country has shown progress under his leadership. The world would be a better place only if all this hatred was not a reality.

In Honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King.

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a blog about anything. However, I’ve chosen this special day to write a blog because of a man who is more important to this country than any president that we have ever had in the history of this country, to me. Not even the founding fathers of this country had the foresight, compassion, selfless attitude and character of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

One of the reasons why I’m writing this blog today is to ask, how far have we come as a society? Politics aside, can we really evaluate the progress that we have made, or have been allowed to make by white society? It’s only fair to put aside the fact that we have an African-American president in the White House because I feel his election has been part of the cleansing of white folks’ conscience, but not their true compassion towards our ability to lead. Mr. Obama has had to fight an uphill battle even with his own party since he moved into the White House.

As far as the eyes can see, we can all agree that great progress has been made by black people in American society, right? However, how near or far-sighted are we? First we must look at the industries that we dominate simply because of our genetic abilities and talents. Genetically, black people are athletically gifted, so it shouldn’t be any surprise that we have more black players in the NFL and the NBA. These two sports are highly pushed in our community because of the greater benefits to those who can exploit our talented athletes.  There were more African-American baseball players in MLB 30 years ago than there are today, why? Because there was a shift in exploitation to the Dominican Republic, Panama and other Latin countries. White folks no longer wanted to invest in baseball in our community because the money Latin players demand is significantly less than what they should be paid. Sports is a business and too many people don’t understand the profit sharing aspect of it, so they always blame the players for their demands. However, very few of these players are functioning physically well enough after retirement. We may have a lot more players playing basketball and football, but there’s only one majority black owner in the NBA, none in the NFL and Major League Baseball. Though we have seen changes in the increased hiring of minority coaches in the NFL and the NBA, the numbers remain dismal in Major League Baseball, the richest sport in America. 

Black people for no apparent reason have always had to fight for their position in American society. We have always had to prove that we’re capable and worthy in the eyes of white people. Has anything changed since the Civil Rights Movement? I really don’t think so. The phenomenon that Tebow has become in the NFL lately has only confirmed white people’s willingness to give a subpar quarterback many chances to prove himself in the once thought position that African Americans couldn’t play. It takes a special lens to be able to look at the bigger picture to understand the roots of certain prejudices and hatred in our society. Our president has been disrespected way too many times by nincompoops who shouldn’t even have a voice in the media. The dumbest president in the history of our country, George Bush the second, was never humiliated by the media even though his deficiencies were always at the forefront.

We can also look at entertainment and see the state that our music is in. Have we made any progress? Hell no. The regression of our arts is due to the capitalist push to denigrate our race and our subconscience to believe that what they dictate we are is what we will become in order to “make it.” How many times must our women be referred to as bitches and hoes before a music exec decides enough is enough? Why should they? They no longer have to call us names because we’re doing it for them. The most endearing term in black music, literature and our community has become the N word to way too many people, and it rolls off our tongues without a second thought. Referring to women as bitches and hoes is not limited to music either, just pick up any of the hottest books written by some of your favorite authors and you will find those books are laced with these words as well. Is that progress?

We can look at education. Black women have surpassed black men in high school and college. The dropout rate for black men in high school is higher than it’s ever been. Where are we going to find our next leaders if we can’t even convince them that an education is part of the process? Fewer black men are attending college, forcing black women to take on the burden of leadership, head of household, single motherhood, and caretaker. Are black women going to be the next leaders of our community? Is that fair? Is it progress? Who’s going to help raise our boys to men?

We can also talk about community and the regression is far worse. Drug use and prostitution are more rampant than before in our community. One of the primary reasons for the high rate of drug use is unemployment. The unemployment rate for Black men is almost double the national rate. Is it because the system is making it harder for black men to get jobs? Do black men lack the training and education to get hired in the job market? Even during the Civil Rights Movement black men held more jobs than they do today. We have not come a long way yet! Young black girls are forced to sell themselves into prostitution because of the enigma called materialism and drug use. The absentee fathers in the home also contribute greatly to the lack of self-esteem of these young girls. Now ask yourself, have we come a long way because we have a black president?