by Dr Boyce Watkins
Rahiem Shabazz is the first to admit that he’s had some nasty run-ins with the law. He is also first to line up to fight for people of color who are constantly battling the damage being done by the school-to-prison pipeline. As a result, Mr. Shabazz created a film called “Elementary Genocide,” which explores the dangers that exist within a system that is wired to send millions of black people to prison.
We know that the prison problem has gotten out of control. According to Policy Mic, the United States government now incarcerates more black people than South Africa did during the height of Apartheid. The result of skyrocketing prison populations is that many families are now broken, and most black children don’t have the luxury of being born with both a mother and a father in the household.
Much of the tragedy of modern day prisons is rooted in the educational system. Studies show that African Americans who are unable to read are far more likely to end up in prison than those who are educated. But in addition to being educated, Shabazz is encouraging parents around the nation to educate their children outside of the public school system. Some parents are homeschooling their kids as an option, and when you do your research, you might be surprised by the number of options that exist for parents who wish to properly educate their kids.
Another interesting point that Shabazz brings up in the interview (below) is that African Americans must also create our own businesses. I