Why Are So Many Black Men in Prison?

Full Surface Publishing
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African-American males are being imprisoned at an alarming and unprecedented rate. Out of the more than 11 million black adult males in the U.S. population, nearly 1.5 million are in prisons and jails with another 3.5 million more on probation or parole or who have previously been on probation or parole. Black males make up the majority of the total prison population, and due to either present or past incarceration is the most socially disenfranchised group of American citizens in the country today. This book, which was penned by Boothe while he was still incarcerated, details the author's personal story of a negligent upbringing in an impoverished community, his subsequent engagement in criminal activity (drug dealing), his incarceration, and his release from prison and experiencing of the crippling social disenfranchisement that comes with being an ex-felon. The author then relates his personal experiences and realizations to the seminal problems within the African-American community, federal government, and criminal justice system that cause his own experiences to be the same experiences of millions of other young black men. This book focuses on the totality of how and why the U.S. prison system became the largest prison system in the world, and is filled with relevant statistical and historical references and controversial facts and quotes from notable persons and sources.
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About the author

 Demico Boothe is considered by many to be an expert on many issues dealing with African-Americans, particularly the U.S. Criminal Justice System as it relates to black men. Boothe is the first person to ever publish a book specifically about how the "Prison Industrial Complex" affects the African-American community. Since the release of his first title in 2007, Demico has been crisscrossing the country networking and speaking and raising national awareness about the crisis of African-American male criminality and imprisonment. Demico has found that he is uniquely equipped to address certain dynamics within the mindsets of many African-American male youth as well as the American criminal justice system that are responsible for the creation and continuance of this crisis. He currently resides in his hometown of Memphis, TN where he works with the local community on a daily basis to address issues involving young black men. Demico Boothe is also an excellent speaker who has spoken by request at a wide variety of venues including churches, colleges, prisons, jails & halfway houses, and many private venues.

His latest work is entitled, The U.S Child Support System and The Black Family: How The System Destroys Black Families, Criminalizes Black Men, & Sets Black Children Up for Failure

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Full Surface Publishing
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Dec 31, 2007
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Law / Discrimination
Social Science / Black Studies (Global)
Social Science / Criminology
Social Science / Discrimination & Race Relations
Social Science / Ethnic Studies / African American Studies
Social Science / Penology
Young Adult Nonfiction / Social Topics / Prejudice & Racism
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This book showcases existing problems within the African-American community
that are exacerbated by its over-reliance on a very flawed child support system.

Bestselling author and social critic Demico Boothe shares his personal story of being wrongfully convicted of a crime, being sent to federal prison, and coming out of prison only to have to immediately deal with a hostile child support system that seemed intent on sending him back to prison over money he didn't have. Boothe shares how the current child support system poorly served him and his family and identifies and analyzes many areas within the system that need fixing. Boothe identifies racism, emotionalism, anti-male feminism, and profit motive as the main driving forces of the U.S. child support system, not the bettering of the welfare of children. Upon finding that unemployed and underemployed black fathers are disproportionately the recipients of the worst punitive actions that the system has to offer due to economic and racial reasons, Boothe decided to pen a book about it, hoping to shed some much-needed light on this issue.

Important facts and in-book points of discussion about
the U.S. Child Support System and the black family: 

Over 115 billion dollars is currently owed to the government in back child support and associated fees, mostly by poor black fathers 

The U.S. Child Support System began formation in the early 1800's and was originally designated for white women only, and has since only been updated to incorporate more punitive enforcement actions that are now levied disproportionately against poor black fathers 

The Child Support System has been instrumental in the much-talked-about breakdown and dwindling of the two-parent black family household since the late 1970's 

The Child Support System prioritizes payments over parentage when it comes to fathers, while nearly 70% of all black children in the U.S. are raised in households headed by single women 

The U.S. Child Support System actively serves as a form of probationary surveillance on poor fathers 

The U.S. Child Support System is openly anti-family and anti-male 

The American Feminist Movement - which started in the early 1800's as a white-women-only movement that sought to create more economic parity and equity between white men and women - is largely responsible for the anti-male slant within the U.S. Child Support System 

The U.S. Child Support System helped create the false "Deadbeat Dad" stereotype that the mainstream media often only relegates to black men 

The U.S. Child Support System helped create the "Bitter Baby Mama" syndrome in the black community 

Federal and state governments reap multilevel economic profits via the U.S. Child Support System 

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