It is predicted that by 2010 half of the black population will be on the national DNA database. Whats worse is that 100,000 of blacks already on the DNA database are under 10 years old.
The report said:
“With half the black male population on the DNA database, this means that the authorities would be close to tracking the whole black population. Black people are already over-represented in the criminal justice system, but a Home Office report suggests than an alternate methodology reveals that black people are actually less likely to have committed a crime – only more likely to be caught.”
This isn’t on, in my opinion I think this is terrible practice. Why is there a DNA database at all? I can understand why criminals would be on the database but why innocent people? And saying that everyone should be on the database is just asking for trouble. DNA is a new science too, mistakes have been made and will continue to be made until we learn more about it.
Like us here at the BU I am sure that any black person who reads this post of a fellow blogger, it provides great a moment of great sadness. A story like this always makes me feel that as a black race we continue to lag so far behind the other races. Any black boy growing-up in the 50s, 60s and 70’s had black men of the stature in the form of Martin Luther King, Andrew Young, Mohamed Ali and others. Certainly in the 70s as a black West Indian living in a white majority society there was the power of Bob Marley’s music whose persona hung like a heavy blanket on the globe.
Tell me, but who are the blacks to have filled the void?
History tosses up that other groups have been challenged. The Jews seems to be at the top of the list as a group which has used its scared history as a motivation to reinforced pride in their race. Why does the black race and the black male in particular continue to struggle, and to feed the growing global perception that our black men are most likely to commit crimes and be dead beat fathers. The statistics of our prisons located in many of the developed countries, reflect a disproportionate level of occupancy by blacks. Are we expecting too much given the inevitable evolution which must take place? Does it not seem that as blacks we are too fragmented in our approach scattered across the diaspora? Afro-Caribbean, Afro-American, African, African-European and the labels continue.
In Barbados we are a 90+ majority black country but why the hell are the white people still controlling the economy? The manufacturing, construction, hotel and financial sectors are all “controlled” by whites. The statement is not meant to be destructive in intent, only to paint the real picture. Why is Barbados supporting an educational system which is generating “servants” of the “masters” and not entrepreneurs? Why are our politicians succumbing to the greed of the office.
Until our black leaders stand up and show the leadership required our “blacks” will continue in the role of house-slaves.