Quote of The Day: John Edwards

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Presidential candidate John Edwards talking about Black kids getting caught up in violence:

“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.”


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  • nahnah

    i agree with him – though i question his sincerity! but i’m pretty sure he’s out for some brownie points (pun intended)!

  • Beautiful Blue Eyed Angel

    I definitely don’t think it was sincere….Where is the solution John Edwards? It’s like a hypothetical statement without a solution..

  • Jahpson

    im surprised his wife didnt answer the question. she has been doing more talking for him.

  • T

    The quote above is a perfect example of how misleading an incomplete quote is when not seen in context. People don’t bury your heads in the sand like ostriches and be reactionary for no reason. Too many of us black folks know way too many of our young brothers who are in prison, have been to prison or are on the way back to prison or to their death. So before we start jumping all of John Edwards who is saying that there has to be a better way to solve the problems that are causing our young brothers to choose the wrong path than to just build more an more prisons, we need to listen to what he is saying. Really listen… not just hear buzz words and start calling him a racist. John Edwards may not be the answer to our communities problems, but he sure seems to understand them better than those who came before him. At least he knows that building more and more prisons and filling them up with our young brothers isn’t a solution to anything!

  • moxpoe1

    he could have come off as more sincere had he referenced us to the native americans. We’re gonna end up like them. Our numbers are going to drop while we continue benefitting from a social system that creates and stokes a cycle of self-destruction.

  • start somewhere

    he’s right. he’s absolutely right. good to hear someone (of any race) addressing the issue of race and incarceration in this country. after centuries of ongoing injustices committed against black people, incarceration has become the band-aid solution to american racial guilt and fear of retaliation.

  • leah

    That is what white Americans want. I do agree w/ him though.

  • JRiddles

    T, I agree that building more prisons isn’t the solution. Building or creating ways to help them not to fill the prisons is key. It starts from the time these men were young boys. I know firsthand that the justice system was not made for us. Us as in African-Americans. And worse if u aren’t wealthy or got a ‘lil’ money.

    NahNah, we know that white collar crackies exist. They go to work everyday and kiss their wives goodbye everyday. They aren’t targeted. You are so right. I feel like Balck people are at a disadvantage from birth. People who thought that that was ignorant, should swallow their words. Look at the Jena 6, America has not made any progress. Laws changed, people didn’t.

    As for Blacks being incarcerated, everyone has a story. Jail is not always the answer. The sad part is that jail does not rehabilitate many people.

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    Where were you with the O’Reilly thing. I agree that’s every form of written media. I can say Oh yeah I’m gay but if you can’t see the expression on my face or the sarcastic tone of my voice you wouldn’t know that I was joking. This has been going on forever. As far as his comment goes I do agree that building more jails doesn’t solve anything. Instead let’s try keeping people out of jail, black, white, or whatever.

  • Andrew

    Gees, I wonder what would have been the reaction if Rush or Bill would have said something like this!!

  • mactank

    funny!! check this gallery!! HERE FULL GALLERY

  • Lili

    Seriously, I can respect John Edwards. I need to hear more from him, but I do think he’s a sincere man.

    I still want to get Obama in office, but if it were between Hilary and John, I’d have to go with John. I think he would actually DO SOMETHING to help the less fortunate– whatever race they may be.

  • http://greatmindsthinklikemerainlillie.blogspot.com/ rainlillie

    John has fought some tough cases for the poor and disadvantage people.

    He’s not afraid to stand up to big companies and he was one of the only people speaking about issues of poverty last time around.

    I think if the Democrats want to win in 08 John is the best choice.

  • http://greatmindsthinklikemerainlillie.blogspot.com/ rainlillie


    Rush is a proven racist and Bush is a proven dumbass, who isn’t fit to be President of the Star Wars fan club, let alone of the United States.

  • dee

    We are suffering ’cause we are under the curse of The Most High. We are paying for the sins of our fathers.

  • kigali


    I dont completely agree with you that the system is set up for blacks to fail. America has the strongest and biggest black middle class of any of the industrialied countries. I think this is more of a class issue.

    Did you see the Republican President Round Table at Morgan University moderated by Tavis Smiley? Check C-SPAN. None of the big name nominees were there like Guilani, McCain, and Romney. Ron Paul spoke about the unfair sentencing practices with regard to drug offenses. I believe he is a strong libertarian who wants many drug laws repealed. He believes that this will inevitably decrease the prison population as most are there for drug offenses.

  • nahnah

    Basically, he’s saying if we keep building prisons at an attempt to solve the crime issue in the inner city there will be no more black men left, because they’re either be dead or locked up. he then went on to suggest education as a solution.

    let’s not act as if there isn’t a problem with black men in this country, because there is, and we as black people are quick to point it out.

    the rate of black men being locked up is disproprotionally higher than whties, and we are only 13% of teh population.

    if edwards said something remotely racist, i would have denounced it.

    if o’reilly made the comments edwards made, i would have agreed with him.

    o’reilly said he was suprised that black people used utensils.

    edwards suggested education as an alternative to building more and more prisons.

  • nahnah

    here’s the video:


    granted, he mumbled a bit, but everything he said is correct.

  • nahnah

    the young lady asked him the question and he answered.


  • http://greatmindsthinklikemerainlillie.blogspot.com/ rainlillie

    Everyone knows that the legal system is not only unfair to African Americans, but it’s also unfair to the poor and the mentally ill.

    I have worked with an organization to get people who have a history of mental illness out of the prison population and into treatment facilities.

    I’m not in favor of sending nonviolent criminals to prison. I think if someone has a drug or alcohol issue they should be sent to a treatment program.

    Something is wrong with a system that gives someone caught selling drugs a harsher sentence than someone convicted of molesting a child.

  • nahnah

    kigali –

    america, as an industrialized country, has the highest population of blacks. so i think it’s expected to have the highest population of middle class blacks.

    but class is certainly the issue, but racism and classism are intertwined. without racism, classism will not be as prevalent as it is now.

    as far as the so called war on drugs goes, it’s true. as i’ve stated earlier, the government target poor people and minorities the most. a bunch of people are sitting in jail to spend the rest of their lives for selling cocaine. i don’t believe in that.

  • nahnah

    More black, Hispanic men in prison cells than dorms

    WASHINGTON — More than three times as many black people live in prison cells as in college dorms, the government said in a report to be released Thursday.

    The ratio is only slightly better for Hispanics, at 2.7 inmates for every Latino in college housing. Among non-Hispanic whites, more than twice as many live in college housing as in prison or jail.

    The numbers, driven by men, do not include college students who live off campus. Previously released census data show that black and Hispanic college students — commuters and those in dorms — far outnumber black and Hispanic prison inmates.

    Nevertheless, civil rights advocates said it is startling that blacks and Hispanics are more likely to live in prison cells than in college dorms.

    “It’s one of the great social and economic tragedies of our time,” said Marc Morial, president and CEO of the Urban League. “It points to the signature failure in our education system and how we’ve been raising our children.”

    The Census Bureau released 2006 data Thursday on the social, racial and economic characteristics of people living in adult correctional facilities, college housing and nursing homes.

    It is the first in-depth look at people living in “group quarters” since the 1980 census. It shows, for example, that nursing homes had much older residents in 2006 than in 1980.

    The new data has limitations. In addition to not including commuter students, it does not provide racial breakdowns by gender or age, though it does show that males make up 90 percent of prison inmates.

    Also, most prison inmates are 25 or older, while 96 percent of people in college housing are age 18 to 24.

    In 1980, the number of blacks living in college dorms was roughly equal to the number in prison. Among Hispanics, those in college dorms outnumbered those in prison in 1980.


  • La. Finest

    I agree with him that’s why we need a president that’s going to do something about these pawn and gun shops all over America selling weapons to black youth. That’s the reason most young black males are either in prison or dead before they’ll able to vote. What people fell to realize that it’s a conspiracy to kill black males off. What other excuse is it that a 15 year old boy is walking around with a gun and a attitude.

  • LetMeTellYa

    Who cares if what he said was racist or not, self interest or not, sincere or not, because it’s TRUE. Black people, in general, need to stop getting offended when someone talks about us and it’s the truth. As far as solutions, it’s going to be tough. There is waaay too much glorification of violence, drugs, and crime in the Black community. How do ordinary people, with legitimate concern for themselves and their neighborhood, fight against thugs, who have minds of hate, killing, and self centeredness, that will blow you away for simply looking them in the face? There have been entire families killed for standing against gangs and thugs in their neighborhood. And tough question, but it’s true: Yes, Blacks are unfairly targeted in the “war on drugs” but ultimately, we choose to sell and use them.

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