“Are There More Black Men In Jail Or In College?” Is It A Valid Question, And What Was That Question Designed To Do? ‘What Black Men Think’ – Film by Janks Morton


“First and foremost, in order to even deal with the Myth that there are more Black men in Prison than in College, the first thing we have to do is understand where the numbers came from and what it was designed to do. When you do Research, there is an Axiom that says that ‘you figure out what it is you want to say, and then you do the Research to make it say what you want it to say.’” – ‘What Black Men Think’, Documentary on DOC (Documentary Channel) (Transcribed by Tabacco)







It Did NOT Begin


With Socrates,


Nor Did It End With


Joseph Goebbels:




I TiVo’d a Documentary ‘What Black Men Think’. It asked groups of young Blacks to answer that question ensemble. Probably 99 of 100 individuals in those groups answered, “Jail”.


But guess what! The Question is Deceptive, Misleading & BOGUS – and on purpose!


Ask yourself first, “What are the basic ages of college men, Black or White? If you respond, “18 to 24”, you will basically cover the large majority. Of course that doesn’t apply to medical students, law students and PhD students. But even if they were included, 30 would probably be the upper limit for all intents and purposes.


Now ask yourself, “What are the ages of males in jail (or prison)? Try 15 to 55 – that would be a reasonable answer. Of course some are older than that.



(You Had To Know

I Would Include One)

So we are comparing college age Blacks (18 to 24) against prison age Blacks (15 to 55)! See the problem! Blacks or Whites, ages 15 to 17, and over 24 are generally NOT in College; they can only be in jail or prison, if either incarcerated or gaining higher education!


Those, who pose that question, are being deliberately Sophistic. They have loaded the deck with a biased question in order to achieve a desired answer. And it worked because most of those young Blacks, who were asked the Question, responded, “JAIL!” Blacks, particularly young Blacks, are predisposed to believe the HYPE!


A valid Question would be


Are there more Blacks 18 to 24

in college or in prison?”


But, having posed that Question, have you ever heard anyone ask the following Question,


“Are there more Whites 18 to 24

in college or in prison?”


Have you ever heard anyone ask,


“Are there more White males

in college or in prison?”


Of course not! Nobody would ever ask such a Question! Even I won’t ask it because it isn’t relevant to any reasonable investigation.


The fact that many prisons in America contain a preponderance of Blacks and Hispanics versus Whites is more relational to Policing, Judicial, Racial Profiling, Racial animus, exploitation & Political Considerations than it is to Racial Behaviors per se.


If a young Black male wants to attract police attention, he only need breathe. Of course it wouldn’t hurt his cause if he were driving a car – everyone knows if a young Black male is driving a car, it is probably stolen; but in any case, he must be transporting drugs for sale or personal use – everybody knows that!


If a young White male wants to attract police attention, he had probably better smack a police officer – and hard! If that young White male is driving a stolen car, it was probably stolen by that young Black passenger in the car with him. And we all know young White guys would never, ever even smoke weed – don’t we!


But obviously there are Forces in America that would have Blacks and Whites believe otherwise – at least about Blacks! It’s called










All Black Males

Prison:            547,200

Jail:                 254,795

Incarcerated: 801,995


College:         864,000


In 2005, there were more Black men in College than there were in Jail and Prison combined, regardless of age – Even comparing

Apples to Oranges,

“More Blacks in Jail than in College”

was FALSE in 2005!


Black Males 18 to 24 Only

Prison:            106,000

Jail: (I must assume the fig above is combined)       

Incarcerated:  106,000


College:          473,000


The RATIO of Black Men,

18-24 in 2005,

in College versus Prison was

4.6 to 1!


Prison Stats – Bureau of Justice & Statistics (2005) as reported on ‘What Black Men Think’

College Stats – Department of Education (2005)





Lou Dobbs was the “Master” of the LOADED QUESTION. When he was on CNN, he posed a Question on every show. One I particularly remember was,


“Do you approve or disapprove of

Congress’ performance?”


Of course Dobbs wanted and got a substantial “Disapprove” majority. Lou then began the following ILLOGIC:


since Congress is controlled by the Democrats, obviously my viewers disapprove of the Democrats” – or words to that effect.


I refused to answer that “Loaded Question”! Lou certainly knew his Sophistry!


The proper phrasing of such a Question is


“Do you approve more of Congressional Democrats or Republicans?”


Or better,


“Do you disapprove more of Congressional Democrats or Republicans?”


But “propriety” and “information” were never Lou Dobbs’ goals! Lou was never an Independent; Lou was and is Conservative, Republican, Right-Wing & Texas Bigot, but never “Independent”! His self-promotion was totally disingenuous. Furthermore, in most States, when you register as “Independent”, you lose the ability to affect Democratic and Republican PRIMARIES! So much for Dobbs’ tome ‘Independents Day’! Dobbs was fired finally by CNN!


Currently Lou Dobbs can be found on Fox! Gee, am I surprised!




Tabacco: I consider myself both a funnel and a filter. I funnel information, not readily available on the Mass Media, which is ignored and/or suppressed. I filter out the irrelevancies and trivialities to save both the time and effort of my Readers and bring consternation to the enemies of Truth & Fairness! When you read Tabacco, if you don’t learn something NEW, I’ve wasted your time.


Tabacco is not a blogger, who thinks; I am a Thinker, who blogs. Speaking Truth to Power!


In 1981′s ‘Body Heat’, Kathleen Turner said, “Knowledge is power”.

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