Approximately 12%-13% of the American population is African-American, but they make up 40% of the almost 2.1 million male inmates in jail or prison (U.S. Department of Justice, 2009).[1] Census data for 2000 of the number and race of all individuals incarcerated in the United States revealed a wide racial disproportion of the incarcerated population in each state: the proportion of blacks in prison populations exceeded the proportion among state residents in twenty states; the percent of blacks incarcerated was five times greater than the resident population.

With all of the (black) people serving their whole lives in prison, and all of the people I have known who've spent time in jail because of drugs, it's INFURIATING to hear a light-hearted, chuckling segment on NPR about a graphic design firm put to the task of rebranding marijuana for "mainstream culture"