"The New Jim Crow" the crisis of the mass incarceration of young, black youth

Do events in Ferguson, Missouri have you concerned about the chronic reality that far too many African-American youth and young men end up in the criminal justice system?  Our faith tells us that God loves each of us equally and wants each of us to participate fully in the creation of the Kingdom of God here and now. But if you are poor, male and black in this country, the odds are stacked against your ever being able to take  your place as an equal member of society. When a middle class white boy is caught selling drugs, he is likely to be reprimanded by his parents. If the behavior continues, there are therapists, psychiatric clinics and in-school support systems in  affluent public schools.  For more serious crimes, the parents' resources enable effective legal representation. This is not the case for the son of a single, African-American mother. More African American men are incarcerated today then were enslaved at any time in our history. Meanwhile, our drug laws do not measure up to the reality that recreational drug use is here to stay. It is time to bring drug commerce out of poor neighborhoods, where gangs endanger the lives of poor women, men and children  and into the world of a regulated marketplace. Christians should be concerned about the institutional racism that keeps young black men in poverty and denies them access to the keys to entry into our free market economy. Read the "The New Jim Crow," by Michelle Alexander and come to an event on November 2nd to learn more about the plight of being young and black in America, and what you can do to help. Time and place to be announced.