Black youth are given the same opportunities that every other youth is given.
Good lord, what a crock of shit.
They can attend public school.
Rundown, overcrowded, with severely stripped-down course offerings.
They can use the resources of public libraries.
Sure, if they want to take a long bus ride to a nicer part of the city where the libraries have not been closed.
They can better themselves and create futures for themselves, if they are smart enough to do so.
Smart enough, and persistent, and probably very lucky too. Sure, they can do that, but the point is why do we continue to accept that society makes it vastly more difficult? Shouldn't we strive to remove barriers, rather than add them? Shouldn't we provide at least basic, decent opportunities to people who are not "smart enough"???
They even get preferential treatment when it comes to college admission and many jobs.
Ah yes, that old complaint. Boo-fucking-hoo. (I think there's actually an argument to be made that the current system can be counter-productive here, and maybe it's time to start winding it down.)
When a black youth or adult decides to voluntarily get involved with a gang, ends up voluntarily committing crimes and finds himself in prison as a result, it's only his/her fault and his/her fault alone.
Yes, because clearly, at least in your little make-believe world, they had all sorts of great opportunities to get good-paying respectable jobs. Why heck, instead of joining the gangs they should have spent time at the local rec center--oops closed--or after-school programs--oops shut down--or gotten a part-time after-school job--oops no businesses hiring in their neighborhoods, except of course drug dealers.
The same thing happens to whites, Hispanics, Asians and Aboriginal Americans who engage in criminal behavior.
This is simply not true. White kids do not wind up with felony records for riding bicycles through a neighbor's back yard. White people can get away with so much more than black people that it's ridiculous.
It's not an "ongoing program to destroy their lives". It's a sensible system put in place to punish those who go out of their way to engage in overtly harmful behavior, not just once, not just twice, but often multiple times.
There is nothing remotely "sensible" about some of the so-called "crimes" and their punishments.
So put an end to your whiny nonsense about black youth being held back. They have many opportunities to create great futures for themselves. If they refuse to do so, then it is their faults and their faults alone.
That's a huge load of bullshit. (Of course, some of what I'm talking about here also applies to poor whites.)
I say this as somebody who is 3/4th black and 1/4th Hispanic, as well!
Well, good for you. You're a sheltered, entitled, judgmental, unempathetic black person telling all poor black people in this country "I got mine, you could have too, you lazy loser"! Congratulations, asshole!