Monday, April 23, 2007

60 Minutes and Stop Snitching

60 Minutes did an apoplectic piece last night about the current phenomenon in black communities not to talk to police when they investigate crime. From my point of view, it makes perfect sense.

The criminal justice system is slanted against African-Americans in terms of criminal penalties and criminal targets. Most of the investigations involve the so-called "War on Drugs," under which possible sentences are so severe at the federal level as to make Draco look like a bleeding heart liberal. The United States currently has more people in prison than any other country in the world, including far larger nations such as China and India. The United States imprisons blacks at a far higher rate than did the formerly racist government of South Africa.

Why should any American black be interested in helping the very law enforcement officials who are dedicated to such dubious propositions? I can think of few good reasons.

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