The thug life in the black communities of America continues because of a lack of education, and just the mindset that poverty makes criminal activity a viable alternative to the lack of access to the better things that money can buy. There are hundreds of thousands of Black men serving long terms in the American prison system because of being brainwashed into thinking that the criminal lifestyle and its fast money, cars, and women are the only real options to escape the reality of their lack of opportunity to achieve the so-called American dream.
In the 70’s the street gangs, the Crips and Bloods started in Los Angeles and slowly but surely moved across this country to the big urban cities such as Chicago, and New York. The results of this gang mentality increased the death and imprisonment of those young men who are supposed to be the future of Black America. The racism of America that people of color suffer from on a daily basis is a major factor when it came to getting the education opportunities that open doors to a better life. The thug life mentality is what has filled the prisons with Black men who also keep those who work in the criminal justice system gainfully employed.
They also see that maybe if they can be good at sports or maybe the entertainment industry you can use that route as a way out of poverty. The media love to show blacks in prisons as a way to make young Black men as dangerous to the point that they do not get employment in the private business sector..instead, most Blacks can only find opportunities working for the government city, state, and federal level and that is because of the laws that prohibit discrimination because of race, sex or disabilities.
It appears the Black man will never really get an even break in the land of the free and the home of the brave, and we as people are brainwashed to accept that fact as our paradigm.