In what has to be the height of hubris for a rich white man to say, Democrat Presidential Candidate John Edwards stated on an MTV/MySpace.com forum saying,

“We start with the president of the United States saying to America, ‘we cannot build enough prisons to solve this problem. And the idea that we can keep incarcerating and keep incarcerating — pretty soon we’re not going to have a young African-American male population in America. They’re all going to be in prison or dead. One of the two.?

Well, Mr. Edwards, nobody is going to deny that a disproportionate number of young black men are in prisons or cut down in our inner-cities before they get a chance at life (I told my own story about Jamelle, a 19 year old Sophomore Economics major killed in Baltimore last year – an act of random violence, whose killer has never been found). But to accuse all black males of being criminals and/or involved in shootings gives short shrift to all those young men who are making a difference. Those in my evening classes at the University of Maryland (in Baltimore), those who teach my kids, those young men serving in Iraq and those who go ack to the ‘hoods’ to try to make a difference in the lives of other young black men.

Mr. Edwards feeds into my chief complaint about Democrats: keep telling minorities that they are put upon, that they can’t make it in the world unless the good Democrat benefactors come to their aid and tell them how to live, because, of course, Mr. Edwards and his ilk know better. These patronizing attitudes have left many poor families without men at home, because of assistance programs that take money away from families with fathers at home, that tell aspiring students that all aid will be cut off to them and their children, since welface and medicaid won’t be paid while they are trying to complete nursing school, and so forth.

I am not African-American, so I can’t say how the community will react to Mr. Edwards’ sentiments, with the exception of Mr. Sharpton whi seems to be anywhere a camera shows up, but these words from a US Senator, does not do justice to the efforts of so many who are trying to make it despite Mr. Edwards’ apparent attempt to release into the black neighborhoods the very criminals who will prey on the innocent lives that are just trying to live and raise families… Just a thought.