not only are Black women largely footing the bill for our nation's overreliance on incarceration, they are also often stigmatized when their loved ones return home and are subject to restrictive and discriminatory housing policies that render them vulnerable to homelessness and poverty.
As a black male in Chicago, I find it hard for one to argue that the criminal justice system has not been used unfairly and unjustly to discriminate against black people and to outcast them from society.
Today, as the father of two young women, I can tell you firsthand that while I continue to push for a society that doesn't disenfranchise them, I cannot ignore the reality that our young black men are facing unique and jarring challenges.
As the name "Rick Ross" and life was mimicked in hip-hop, out of hubris the grandeur forgot to be responsible to the weight in the belief that the space occupied by entertainment would serve as a buffer from the repercussions.
The Pipeline to Prison is a national crisis that deserves the attention of advocates, lawmakers and the media. It will be up to us to pressure policymakers to address this pipeline with the same urgency demonstrated during the debate over Keystone XL.