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senate Bill S. 2163

Should a Federal Commission Study the Social Status of Black Men & Boys?

Argument in favor

The lack of economic opportunity and prosperity for black men and boys is a national problem that has far-reaching consequences. In order to craft effective federal policy to address this problem, Congress and the executive branch need to fully understand it. This Commission would help them do so.

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08/21/2019
I’m sure there’s massive data out there, maybe already collected, but with US Govt seal if approval, maybe someone will finally pay attention!! If we post data regarding issues we support or object to, Just.Dave and others, it is advisable to check the source’s bias and credibility: https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/cns-news/
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AnthonyWelsh's Opinion
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08/21/2019
In general, there is no reason to not support a commission. However, this is not the highest priority either. I think the problem is understood and Congress is failing to act on known data. But that’s no reason to avoid a commission so that the evidence is official.
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Rebekah 's Opinion
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08/21/2019
Death by cop is now the #6 cause of death in young men of color. We need to figure this out and fast.
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Argument opposed

The challenges facing black men and boys are well documented, so academics and policymakers already have strong hypotheses and proposals to address them. Rather than expanding bureaucracy with yet another commission, it’d be more effective for Congress to enact policies that address the challenges already known to affect the black male population.

jimK's Opinion
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08/21/2019
We know the issues facing disenfranchised youth and young men. I am a firm believer that as a society, it is our obligation to ensure that everyone has a pathway to a whole, happy and fulfilling life. We need a philosophy of leaving no person behind. Most of the issues that limit black youth and young men have been studied and well documented. These principles do not need another study group, they need legislative action to ensure pathways to adequate education, exposure to open dialogue with others, meaningful valued work opportunities and general community rebuilding. These programs should also attempt to do this for poorer communities characterized by heavy concentrations of racial or religious groups. Actions are needed, not more study groups. Can’t help but believe this legislation is yet another attempt to buy Election Day ‘creds’ by having an emotion grabbing title but accomplishing nothing. More fodder for those awful 30 second election year TV charades listing ‘accomplishments’ by title without any detail.
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Gopin2020's Opinion
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08/20/2019
Were all Americans, stop with this hyphenated crap and separating by race etc. I’m opposed to Senator Rubio’s bill based on those reasons. It’s time for us to unite. #MAGA
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ManfromNebraska's Opinion
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08/20/2019
This is a waste of money. It doesn’t matter if you are black white brown etc. We all have the same freedoms to take advantage of living in the USA!
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    I’m sure there’s massive data out there, maybe already collected, but with US Govt seal if approval, maybe someone will finally pay attention!! If we post data regarding issues we support or object to, Just.Dave and others, it is advisable to check the source’s bias and credibility: https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/cns-news/
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    We know the issues facing disenfranchised youth and young men. I am a firm believer that as a society, it is our obligation to ensure that everyone has a pathway to a whole, happy and fulfilling life. We need a philosophy of leaving no person behind. Most of the issues that limit black youth and young men have been studied and well documented. These principles do not need another study group, they need legislative action to ensure pathways to adequate education, exposure to open dialogue with others, meaningful valued work opportunities and general community rebuilding. These programs should also attempt to do this for poorer communities characterized by heavy concentrations of racial or religious groups. Actions are needed, not more study groups. Can’t help but believe this legislation is yet another attempt to buy Election Day ‘creds’ by having an emotion grabbing title but accomplishing nothing. More fodder for those awful 30 second election year TV charades listing ‘accomplishments’ by title without any detail.
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    Were all Americans, stop with this hyphenated crap and separating by race etc. I’m opposed to Senator Rubio’s bill based on those reasons. It’s time for us to unite. #MAGA
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    This is a waste of money. It doesn’t matter if you are black white brown etc. We all have the same freedoms to take advantage of living in the USA!
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    In general, there is no reason to not support a commission. However, this is not the highest priority either. I think the problem is understood and Congress is failing to act on known data. But that’s no reason to avoid a commission so that the evidence is official.
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    We already have all the data we need!!! Only 19% of Black men have a bachelors degree compared to 32% of ‘all men’. Nationwide, research shows the graduation rate for black males is 59 percent — the lowest of any population in the country. African American males ages 16 to 64 had a lower participation rate in the labor force (69%) compared to ‘all males’ (79%) 37% of African American males who worked full time all year in 2018 had median earnings of $30,928 compared to $41,119 for ‘all men’ Black men ages 16 to 64 years old, 41% had no earnings in 2018 which was higher than the 30% of ‘all men’ with no earnings in the same age group. Only 41% of working Black men held so-called white collar jobs compared to 50% of ‘all men’ 6% of working-age (18-64yrs old) Black men were in state or federal prison, or in a municipal jail (see chart right). This was three times higher than the 2% of ‘all men’ in the same age group. What’s even more concerning is that approximately 34%* of all working-age Black men who were not incarcerated were ex-offenders A larger percentage of working age Black men were considered disabled (16%) compared to ‘all men’ (11%). Above data-Black Male Statistics Even when children grow up next to each other with parents who earn similar incomes, black boys fare worse than white boys in 99 percent of America. And the gaps only worsen in the kind of neighborhoods that promise low poverty and good schools. (NY Times) Time to stop gathering data! It’s time to look at root causes & do something about it!!! QUALITY EDUCATION & a country that is intolerant of racism is key.
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    Yeah I don’t trust anything from Republicans especially in the senate. Why is that?
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    Death by cop is now the #6 cause of death in young men of color. We need to figure this out and fast.
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    I'm begging...on my knees...please Congress please...use your time to resolve priorities instead of looking for ways to spend money the county doesn't have just to mollify and entice your base. Please. Please. Please.
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    Maybe we should have a study as to why IQ45 is so obsessed he can remember 5 words. Better yet, send him packing.
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    There are so many studies that there are numerous meta analysis (studies combing existing studies) on black men & boys. What is needed more is some action like Justice in Policing legislation as recommended by the black caucus. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0095798409353756?journalCode=jbpa https://www.researchgate.net/publication/228650010_A_Meta-Study_of_Black_Male_Mental_Health_and_Well-Being https://www.pnas.org/content/114/41/10870 https://www.racialequitytools.org/resourcefiles/Media-Impact-onLives-of-Black-Men-and-Boys-OppAgenda.pdf https://www.urban.org/sites/default/files/publication/39551/2000095-Reducing-Harms-to-Boys-and-Young-Men-of-Color-from-Criminal-Justice-System-Involvement.pdf https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/grants/208129.pdf https://www.vera.org/downloads/publications/for-the-record-unjust-burden-racial-disparities.pdf https://www.phila.gov/media/20190314105459/Brotherly-Love_Health-Of-Black-Men-And-Boys_3_19.pdf https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/puar.12956 http://nationalmentoringresourcecenter.org/images/PDF/BlackMales_Population_Review.pdf https://hbr.org/2017/10/hiring-discrimination-against-black-americans-hasnt-declined-in-25-years https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.2979/spectrum.6.2.01 https://www.jstor.org/stable/40034575 https://openscholarship.wustl.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1060&context=brown_facpubs
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    How about a study to find out why black families are disproportionally fatherless, why there is a high rate of abortions among blacks, why so many black children perform poorly in academics and the list goes on... As enlightened and woke as America is today, bigotry still exists against almost any race, gender, thin, obese or any other descriptor you choose to apply. A study is useless. I’ve been chased from school by black kids throwing bottles and rocks, I didn’t need a study then or now to explain or excuse that behavior.
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    I don’t trust the trump administration to do this-trump is racist.
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    Not sure why the GOP would need to study for this when all they have to do is open their eyes and look around.
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    We already know all the problems faced by black & for that matter, any guy & even some women, WHO ARE NOT WHITE have. Studying this AGAIN is just a waste of time & covering up for what should be done - CHANGE THE WAY THEY ARE ALL TREATED. That would take some REAL EFFORT on the part of Congress. Not sure the republicans are ready for that, especially the Senate because the republicans haven’t done anything of any consequence for the last 10 years
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    Last season of Wyatt Cenac’s Problem Areas should be the primer course for this committee. Study up on racial disparity starting in schools and communities, it’s systemic.
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    Do things that we know work: Support intact families in all laws, and regulations. Encourage work to allow people to develop a good self-image. Encourage marriage so young men marry young women, and raise families This will instill a sense of purpose, and a positive self image.
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    We already have all the data we need!!! Only 19% of Black men have a bachelors degree compared to 32% of ‘all men’. 15% of Black men over 25 did not complete high school, ten points lower than the national average. Nationwide, research shows the graduation rate for black males is 59 percent — the lowest of any population in the country. African American males ages 16 to 64 had a lower participation rate in the labor force (69%) compared to ‘all males’ (79%) 37% of African American males who worked full time all year in 2018 had median earnings of $30,928 compared to $41,119 for ‘all men’ Black men ages 16 to 64 years old, 41% had no earnings in 2018 which was higher than the 30% of ‘all men’ with no earnings in the same age group. Only 41% of working Black men held so-called white collar jobs compared to 50% of ‘all men’ 6% of working-age (18-64yrs old) Black men were in state or federal prison, or in a municipal jail (see chart right). This was three times higher than the 2% of ‘all men’ in the same age group. What’s even more concerning is that approximately 34%* of all working-age Black men who were not incarcerated were ex-offenders A larger percentage of working age Black men were considered disabled (16%) compared to ‘all men’ (11%). Above data-Black Male Statistics Even when children grow up next to each other with parents who earn similar incomes, black boys fare worse than white boys in 99 percent of America. And the gaps only worsen in the kind of neighborhoods that promise low poverty and good schools. (NY Times) Time to stop gathering data! It’s time to look at root causes & do something about it!!! QUALITY EDUCATION & a country that is intolerant of racism is key. TY Laurbia - I want my reps to see this!
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    No on S2163. Talk to Dr. Benjamin Carson. No more bureaucracy! Go speak with some Black pastors that serve the Black community. They’ll tell you the youth need good role models, some good ol discipline and a father in the home. Finish high school, get married before you get pregnant, and get a job.
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    Sounds a little racist don’t you think and after word how about Red heads with blue eyes .....why is black crime up across the the country....simple look at the set statistics ‘s from 1969 and today 1969 2/3 of black family were fathers in the house today less the 20% have fathers in the home ,, add Black on Black crime and the rise of a welfare class from birth to death all were 1/10 th of the statistic of 1969
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