*** POLICY NOTE FROM TROLL***
I was a rats ass hair away from deleting this thread.. and if I'm being
truthful I probably will end up closing it. Or any of the other mods
can close this if they feel the need to for any excuse. Real dialog on
this kind of issue the country is facing can be a positive thing but is
nearly impossible, even with family and those we love, so I have little
faith it will be achieved in a public forum. Even among you all fine
gents.For the time being please be
constructive, civil, and polite as a MF'er to one another in here. And
here's a hint: Please don't discuss politicians anymore in here either.
That's not productive.
*** END POLICY NOTE***
As a community we requested to break this out from the COVID19 thread, so that is what I am doing. I believe these two things to be intertwined. If you take 15-28 year old males, send them home, take their jobs and leave them without income, hope or any sort of end game, you have a powder keg looking for a match.
You pair that with a disease that has disproportionately hit the African American and Latino communities — both in health impact as well as in economic impact. That further amplifies things.
Then you combine that with a back drop where one community is disproportionately impacted by the Legal justice system. From the NY Times:
- Incarceration rates for black men are about twice as high as those of Hispanic men, five times higher than those of white men and at least 25 times higher than those of black women, Hispanic women or white women.
- When the government last counted how many black men had ever spent time in state or federal prison — in 2001 — the share was 17 percent. Today, it’s likely closer to 20 percent (and this number doesn’t include people who’ve spent time in jail without being sentenced to prison). The comparable number for white men is about 3 percent.
The situation with George Flynn was the match. The predictable is now happening. It greatly saddens me.
I believe that we as a community can discuss this maturely. TaT may decide otherwise. It is his board, and if that is not the case I am sure he will swiftly moderate.