Black Misconceptions

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Camille Branford SOC305 Professor Hudson September 25th, 2013 With a disproportionate imbalance of African American males in the criminal justice system, it’s very hard to pinpoint out why they often fall into the trap that lands them into making bad choices. When taking a look from a social perspective as a group there can be some clarity as to what we as a people can do to assist the young Black Male to stay on “the straight and narrow” path of justice. In a search to belong to something whether it is a member of a team, an organization, a family, a school, or even a group among their peers (which are often not advantageous to individuals in question) everyone has a need to need to belong. Everyone likes to feel needed and important…show more content…
To a most individuals, being accepted by their peers makes them feel accepted, and this often assists with building their self-esteem. It has been said that membership is vital to our vision of our self-worth. In the areas where poverty is high, a sense of status is achieved when you are the gangster, and/or drug dealer that’s making a high income as a result of said alleged activities, the misconception exists that they are now deemed valuable because for whatever reason they are wanted, with the possible exception of those who are in the same field as you are in. Allen and Allen suggests that adolescents become gang members as they lack status or value by their families and/or other social groups. Again the need to be wanted or to appear important in the eyes of others, viewing one’s selves in the eyes of others. An appeal for African American males within a group, as aspiring members is that they can fulfill their desire to belong. 50% of black males do not graduate with their…show more content…
Rap music and or television has given the lifestyle of being a gang member or drug dealer as an exclusive identity because you are “badder” than others and gives members who are affiliated with those groups the misconception that they part of some form of the upper echelon. No one desires to leave a group that is feared, talked about, and wanted. Especially if that meant that those young men would lose the respect that they perceive they now glean from being a member of said group. They would only leave if the attraction no longer exists. If things were to change within the group, whether it is someone or something they disagree with they will leave. In conclusion Jay-Z started his career as a hustler and now he is one of the biggest rap moguls in the industry, this transition was only capable solely by talent, drive and determination. The likelihood of many other Black youths being able to say the same are now at one in a million. This phenomenon is unfortunately not common and until black youths in general learn that education is paramount we are doomed to fall by the
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