Any way, Why is it for many Black and Hispanic youth’s living in some communities, going to jail has become a badge of honor? Why is this such a very puzzling phenomenon? Why is it the stigma of going to “juvenile” used to be shameful, it is now a sign of being “hard” or being “down”? Why is it that so many “minority” youth have become so willing to bide with “doing a bid?”
I know many blame hip-hop culture for this phenomenon, because of its glorification of violence, criminal behavior and glorification of the “thug” lifestyle. However I don't see that as been entirely true. If you think about it young Black and Hispanic men have been incarcerated in America long before there was any such thing as hip-hop music or films to tell the story.
Therefore hip hop culture is only a platform for young people to give their side of the story, not the cause of the problem. Maybe we the people need to looked to hip-hop to search for the answers instead of to blame, we would all be better off. Young Black and Hispanic youth seem to be looking to jail for a sense of structure, family and community which maybe lacking and missing in their homes, schools and neighborhoods. The Prison-industrial complex.