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

I. Introduction: The United States of America is a nation of laws and not men in theory. However, in reality, the founders of America as it is written in history are known as “The Founding Fathers”. The irony is that these men regarded themselves as freedom fighters and patriots for the survival of the fittest. In June 1776, a committee of five men drafted a statement to explain to the British and the rest of the world why they “The Americans wanted and deserved freedom”. The Declaration of Independence original draft was as follows: “When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and Nature’s God entitle them.{{more}} The Pathology of Hypocrisy “We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal and endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights and among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. Is America Living A LieDo you think poverty is still a wealthy industry in America? II. Who can answers these Hard Questions with Heart Answers and Who Benefits when these conditions are the norms of American way of life? 1. Why is it so complicated for America to live up to its creed that mandates the primary responsibility is to ensure and secure the health and well-being of all its citizenry? 2. Why is it that America continues to lose her major domestic wars: A.) The War on Poverty B.) The War on Drugs C.) The War on Crime? 3. Why does America incarcerate more people than any other industrialized nations? 4. Why is incarceration in America is not an equal opportunity punishment? 5. Why do Federal, State and Local Government spend more money on incarceration than on education, spend more money on criminal justice and law enforcement than on Social Human Justice Policies? 6. What is the relationship between Power, Public Policy, Public Safety and Public Health? 7. What role does Racism, Classism and Elitism play in the social disparities in America’s Public Health and Public Safety? 8. Who benefits in America and abroad when all social ills are institutionalized, such as poverty, substance abuse, juvenile delinquency, high school, middle school, drop out, homelessness, a crisis of high rates of black men incarcerated, etc.? 9. Why is there no collective collaboration which would include all stakeholders such as academic institutions, spiritual institutions, governmental institutions, funding institutions community and grassroots organizations, progressive individuals and at-risk populations? How can America collectively change these dynamics? The More Things Change, The More They Remain the Same in AmericaThe Historical Words of America has not become the Meditation of its Heart“Words without Action is a Cycle of Death, Injury and Destruction in America!”President L.B. Johnson message to Congress on March 16, 1964 called to action and declared an “All-Out War on Human Poverty”. He indicated his administration and Congress would do more for Civil Rights than all of what the last one hundred Congressional sessions has done altogether. President Johnson declared an unconditional war on poverty, the internal enemy of opportunity for peace, health, economic security to all Americans regardless of age, sex and race. Has the words of President Johnson become the living word and equality for all Americans?Who’s Who in the American Presidential Club that advocated for the War on Drugs? If you’ve answered: Nixon, Regan, Bush, Clinton, you are correct. In the United States the War on Drugs ultimately resulted into a war primarily on the African American Community. National statistics indicate that black males including youths of color are caught between the wars on poverty, drugs and incarceration, violence and denied the equal access to legitimate opportunities. Subsequently, too many of our black males, youths and adults are consistently making choices which result in living under the control of the criminal justice system. The outcome of the War on drugs has had collateral consequential and legal barriers on those convicted of felony drug offenses. The War on Crime in America The U.S. government via Congressional mandate created racial discriminatory legal polices such as the 100 to 1 sentencing disparity for crack cocaine versus powder cocaine possession, which discriminates against the poor black communities, who are more likely to use crack cocaine in the streets versus using powder cocaine in the corporate suites. The conviction consequences of a person charged with possession of 5 grams of crack cocaine will receive a minimum mandatory sentence of 5 years in federal prison contrarily convicted persons for possession of 500 grams of powder cocaine will receive the same sentence although their quantity possessed was a 100 to 1. The data indicates that most persons who are arrested for 5 grams are primarily from the African American community. Statistics on crime, drugs and violence indicates that blacks in America were more likely to be targeted by law enforcement agencies based upon the following demographics such as: blacks, and other non-whites living within the lower social economical strata with high rates of unemployment, households headed by single females, high propensity of crime, drugs and violence, low high school graduate rates and other high risk factors.The following statistics indicates the American Government Policy of Race to Incarceration. The high rates of racial disparities in arrests, prosecutions, and convictions of African-Americans drug users are 35% of drug arrests, 55% of convictions, and 74% of people sent to prison for drug possession crimes. Nationwide African-Americans are sent to state prisons for drug offenses 13 times more often than other race, even though they only supposedly comprise 13% of regular drug users.What is the relationship of the American historical policies and how do they affect the African American Communities and other minorities?1963 Civil Rights Act, 1965 Voting Rights Act, 1968 Fair Housing Act, The War on Poverty, The War on Drugs and the War on Crimes.Where are the black federal, state and local political leadership? Where are the black spiritual, academic, business leadership? Why hasn’t all of the above use their collective resources to reverse these racial, economical social pathologies?