Obama's statement regarding the arrival status of Blacks in America is ironic given the recent Pew Report that indicates that 1 in 9 black men between 20 and 34, which happens to be prime marrying age as well as income development time, in the US is in prison.
The table on page 32 of the report breaks down the age groupings. For all black folk.
1 in 36 18-19 yo
1 in 17 20-24 yo
1 in 17 25-29 yo
1 in 17 30-34 yo
1 in 19 35-39 yo
1 in 24 40-44 yo
That's some bleak numbers folks regardless of reasoning.
For black males specifically you have:
1 in 19 18-19 yo
1 in 9 20 -34 yo
1 in 10 35-39 yo
1 in 13 40 -44 yo
1 in 23 45-54 yo
While black women are not doing well at all compared to other populations their rate of incarceration pales in comparison to black men. In fact black women are statistically the average" for incarceration rates in any age group and are about 2x to 3x that of the incarceration rate of white men.
We're not going to get into the why's and wherefores here. We just hope that this data gets some people thinking real hard and really unconventionally. For example we could start by not getting mad at Bill Cosby.