Message To The Grassroots

By Brother Bey , Fraternal Order of X-Offenders | October 1, 2010

Fraternal Order of X-Offenders Editor’s Note: The West Texas Tribune welcomes Brother Ellsworth Johnson-Bey . Brother Bey is Founder and President of the Fraternal Order of X-Offender , Inc. Brother Bey has a wealth of knowledge that is of value to ex-offenders, their families, and the general communities regarding strategies to deter, decrease and prevent intergenerational dynamics of adult criminality and child/youth delinquencies. Brother Bey’s organization believes that purposes and passion from all stakeholders who love themselves, family, and community can be the fuel that energizes partnership to resolve social pathologies. Message To The GrassrootsTime dictates the agenda, the policy agenda must dictate the action strategies of our Grassroots communities who are dying peacefully via their ignorance of the contemporary Jim Crow Legal Policies targeted at our children, youth and families.{{more}}More than two million people are residents of the Criminal Justice Non-System on a daily basis in prisons and jails. This number is not a true picture of the real number of people under the control of the Criminal Justice Non-System because these numbers do not include people on parole, probation, those waiting to go to court, or those being sought on an outstanding warrant. In America, the Criminal Justice Non-System population has increased more than 500 percent within the past 30 years. Depending on the states and their policies of Race to Incarceration, more than half of these people are African American, primarily males, which correlates with the data that indicates that most households in the African American communities are headed by single females without the father of their children living in the homes. Although the data indicate that the massive increase in arrests, prosecutions, and convictions is a direct result of the supply and demand realities of the systemic dynamics of the Drug Trades.The global message is that African Americans are the progenitors and creators of the American Historical Gangster Enterprises because we lead the disparities of incarceration per capita based on our being 12 percent of the United State population.Race To IncarcerationRacial disparities are dramatic in every dimension of incarceration, including the impact on children. Seven percent or more of African American children, three percent of Hispanic children, and less than one percent of European American children have a parent in prison.We believe, based on our F.O.X.O. personal experiences that it is not enough to confirm the arrests, prosecutions, and convictions of those viewing the data that documents that African American males are disproportionally represented at all stages of the Criminal and Juvenile Non-Justice Systems. It’s an actual fact that statistical data alone do not highlight enough information to assess that Incarceration is not an equal opportunity punishment public policy. F.O.X.O. will at this time provide you our treasured readers with information to confirm our allegations that America is currently using mis-information to justify the Mass Incarceration of the African American Population. We hold these truths to be self evident that studies by the National Institute of Drug Abuse have documented reports that White students use cocaine at seven times the rate of Black students, use crack cocaine at eight times the rate of Black students, and use heroin at seven times the rate of Black students. Also a study by the National Household Survey on Drug Abuse reported that White youth aged 12-17 are more than a third more likely to have sold illegal drugs than African American youth. However in the same year of 2000, the Human Rights Watch reported that African Americans were being arrested and imprisoned at unprecedented rates, government data revealed that Black youth were no more likely to be guilty of drug crimes than Whites and that White youth were actually the most likely of any racial or ethnic group to be guilty of illegal drug possession and sales.Henceforth, any notion that drug use among Blacks is more severe or dangerous is belied by the data. White youth have about three times the number of drug-related emergency room visits as their African American counterparts. F.O.X.O. overstands that this shocking information is unacceptable to many, given the media imagery we feed on daily that depicts Black males as less than human even by many Black closed-minded leadership individuals and their organizations.Silence Is BetrayalWhy is it that the elected, selected leadership of the African American community does not mandate a wider scope to evolve from Civil Rights mentality masterminded by the legislative processes and ascend into our Divine Human Rights Reality? America has constantly played us as a people with the imagery of equality via the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the 1965 Voting Rights Act, and the 1968 Fair Housing Act. However, all of these Acts are dry bones in our belief system that has not become the living word. The Pathology of HypocrisyHindsight is always 20/20. Do we remember the primary three wars on the African American people, “the War on Poverty, the War on Drugs, and the War on Crime”? We suggest that the root is the seed and foundation of all trees of life; therefore, it’s the Grassroots communities that MUST Unify or Die. If we do not stand up to the hypocrisy that’s promulgated and legislated through Public Policy, then the New Jim Crow Racist Laws will continue to undermine us and minimize our Human Divine Rights To Civilization.