Sunday, November 8, 2009

Disturbing Facts?

Can we believe these statistics?
They were posted online and I questioned their authenticity...
How can each of us help create positive change?
Are authors and entertainers instrumental in influencing societal behavoir?
What types of storylines are you most interested in?
Is this propaganda?

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-70% of all black children are born out of wedlock.
-62% of black families with children are headed by a single parent.
-85% of black children do not live in a home with their fathers.
-Only 15-20% of black children born today will grow up with 2 parents until age 16.
-70% of African-American boys in the criminal justice system come from single-parent homes.
-50% of all new AIDS cases are in the Black community which comprises only 12% of the population.
-85% of all AIDS cases in Atlanta are black women.
-African-Americans are 20 times more likely than other races to have gonorrhea.
-AIDS is now the #1 killer of black women, age 25-44.
-67% of black women with AIDS contracted HIV thru heterosexual sex.
-Black men in America engage in polygamous relationships, 3 1/2 times that of White or Hispanics.
-Nearly 2 million black males are either currently in a state or federal prison or have been in one.
-By age 30, only 52% of black women will marry compared to 81% of white women, 77% of Hispanics and Asians.

Can this be true? What can each of us do to help if it is?

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  1. I received an email from a reader. This is what they had to say about this:
    "We as a people need to stop spreading the lies that the media is portraying about our communities. Just to enlighten you about statistics which is just math. Black people will always have a high number statistically because our population is smaller than white people. If you have 10 people in a room and 5 of them have AIDS that is 50 percent of that number. Comparing us to white people; if you have 1000 white people in a room and 500 of them have AIDS that is 5 percent of that number. 50 percent compared to 5 percent is higher. If you look at the actual numbers, 5 of us to their 500 is lower. Next time someone sends you stats, ask them for the actual numbers instead of the percentage. You will be surprised once you see it. Just to give u a quick example. There is at least one prison in every state. Black people incorporate about 20 states where we are the majority (that is reaching, we really incorporate cities not states). The other states are majority white, guess what, their prisons are majority white. Take a look at the stats they have made regarding the prison population and they make it seem like we are the majority. It is impossible, we cannot be the majority in anything because we are the minority. There is more of them poor, unwed families, AIDS stricken and in prison than us... just trying to educate u in regards to the propaganda they are spreading about our communities." -Anonymous

  2. It is sad when you look at these statistics. As Anonymous said you have to look at the real numbers not the percentages. Now as far as the numbers of HIV/AIDS I believe that our people need to go out and get tested. There are so many who feel like they are safe because they are black. Like they say black people are not crazy we would never be serial killers, well look at the DC sniper and the nut in Detroit. We have to stop thinking that it can not happen to us. Your skin color does not stop you from having the same issues as every other race. The same goes for whites. How many white children are born out of wedlock? How many white children grow up without their fathers? And how many white females will contract HIV from heterosexual contact?

  3. I think too much time is spent reiterating abysmal statistics rather than promoting the proper decision making and lifestyles which would change these stats. People who are making the right choices, and the decisions they made to have the proper outcomes, should be highlighted more. Instead, we promote rappers, athletes and celebrities, most of whom fall into one or more of the negative statistical realities that we complain about. What is promoted will become widespread.

  4. I have to agree with Texas Queen. We have to change what is promoted because whether we want to believe it or not...the negativity can and does influence us. If people want to see change in stats then lifestyle changes must be made. No longer can we give excuses for the moral demise but rather, gravitate towards the positive role models that are out there.