1.5 Million Black Men Are Missing, New York Times Reports

1.5 Million Black Men Are Missing, New York Times Reports
April 20 20:00 2015 Print This Article

Black men are sometimes referred to as an endangered species, a comparison that irks even some black men, especially those who don’t take kindly to being compared to a spotted owl. A New York Times article which found that 1.5 million black men are effectively missing from society is sure to reignite the debate over whether the American black man is endangered.

These ‘missing’ black men aren’t on the back of milk cartons and they haven’t been kidnapped. According to the Times, they’re missing from society because they’re either dead or in jail:

In New York, almost 120,000 black men between the ages of 25 and 54 are missing from everyday life. In Chicago, 45,000 are, and more than 30,000 are missing in Philadelphia. Across the South — from North Charleston, S.C., through Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi and up into Ferguson, Mo. — hundreds of thousands more are missing.

They are missing, largely because of early deaths or because they are behind bars. Remarkably, black women who are 25 to 54 and not in jail outnumber black men in that category by 1.5 million, according to an Upshot analysis. For every 100 black women in this age group living outside of jail, there are only 83 black men. Among whites, the equivalent number is 99, nearly parity.

This data aligns with a recent Brookings Institute study, republished in QZ.com under the title Why Black Women With College Degrees Can’t Get Ahead, which found that educated black women have a tougher time becoming upwardly mobile because they can’t find a black man with a similar academic background. This also means more black women never marry:

Marriage rates are lower among black women compared to white women, even among those with a college education. The proportion of black college graduates aged 25 to 35 who have never married is 60 percent, compared to 38 percent for white college-educated women.

Many black women who do marry end up marrying “down”, which, according to the study, has a negative impact on the potential for upward mobility:

If we narrow our focus to those college graduates who do marry, the race gap remains clear: compared to whites, black college graduates are much more likely to have “married down,” in terms of education. White, married college graduates are slightly more likely (11% versus 8%) to have a better-educated husband (i.e., with post-graduate qualifications).

The real point here is that the death and incarceration rate among black men is tearing the black community apart. The question we’re left with is.. what are we going to do to change it?

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MACKJR
MACKJR

We are in the last age of mankind the unwanted  black man in America have been under attack in this country for over 400 years. At one time the NEGRO race prospered in this country college educated or not. we all know the flow of guns and drugs will never stop coming to the dumping grounds. Take notice where people of color live around the globe they all have high negatives just like the black people in America, HIV, AIDS, DRUGS, etc. Where are the real voices on the national stage speaking out about these issues? the agenda for the NWO will not be stopped. The dumping grounds in America are headed for lock down then all of America will be next death, chaos, and confusion is coming. Their will be no rapture or last second miracle as being preached by the NWO preachers, think for your self for the time of man has run out.

Rick Manigault
Rick Manigault

"Black lives matter" is a government creation that mocks the lives of dead blacks in order to further a very sinister agenda, t shirts and slogans are being used to divide the US population while a heist is taking place on the other side of town, focus on stand you ground and other odd political fixations lead me to believe that this group is nothing but a psyop to keep blacks from demanding justice.


"Black lives matter" so stop this upcoming war in Iran because I have 6 family members that are active military who could die, 'black lives matter" so stop bringing in powerful heroin into the country and dropping it in our neighborhoods.

Rick Manigault
Rick Manigault

We should look in the mirror on this one, those men are gone because of slogans like "get the guns of the street" or even worse "get the drugs of the street", The smartest most hardworking black men are supervisors in prison sweat shops where they maintain order and decrease the value of labor for the American worker. Non violent offenders fill for profit prisons because WE wont admit that everything we have done over the past 40 years has been dead wrong.


Who currently offers a solution to the problem? not Hillary or any of her associates, the last 3 presidents were heavy users of  Cocaine and Cannabis but we only have one candidate even willing to address this issue, that's why black men will continue to be enslaved for profit.

Queen Edwards
Queen Edwards

EXACTLY RICK! Both your statements are on point!!!

HasandaStevens
HasandaStevens

I take 'missing' as in meaning, 'not taking part in and being a part of every day society'. Many of our Black Men are in prison because of overzealous prosecutors, lying witnesses and career hungry detective/cops, as per the many that are being released and convictions overturned after spending decades in prison for crimes they were later shown to have not committed! They all do do belong where they are but some do.

As for being dead, how many were killed by other young black men?

vampirehunterg1
vampirehunterg1

Here is what we can do to start. Let's bring back standards. Women are the standard bearers of society. When women demand more they will get more. So once women stop settling, men will have to start achieving. We have to come to a place where we are working towards becoming more family oriented than self oriented. In short we have to get old school. We need to bring back love thru "soul power".

thinkitthru
thinkitthru

@vampirehunterg1  "When women demand more they will get more"? "Once women stop settling, men will have to start achieving"? This reads as though Black women are the ultimate cause of the state of Black men: 1) If THEY had just upheld higher standards over the years, Black men would be in a better position today; 2) If THEY had just refused to stand by their Black male friends and family members during tough times, the Black men would have toughened up and fared better in the long run. 


What about: When Black women start marrying up (or at least on par) - regardless of the man's race - we will see them continue to move mountains, make history, and be happy. (Black men will figure it out when they figure it out.)


It's rare to see this option proffered. After all, Black women aren't supposed to marry outside the race. At the same time, Black women aren't supposed accept a Black man with shortcomings since that gives him no incentive to change (because, apparently, his incentive will never come from within). And Black women aren't supposed to make the Black man feel emasculated by trying to help him get himself together (because REAL men don't need help). And let's not forget the Black woman who keeps the family running while he's out getting himself together only makes matters worse by making him feel like he's not needed, not a real man. 


It seems Black women are damned if they do and damned if they don't.