And here I thought ghettos looked like ghettos:

The judicial process [in the US] is set up to disenfranchise African-Americans, a majority of whom can’t afford their own lawyer and then take guilty pleas to get on with their lives. One result is that ghettos look like Beirut. Another is that individuals with arrest records have a hard time getting legitimate jobs in corporate America.

I find the jump from one issue to another quite fascinating. Pleading guilty just so you can get on with your life means that you are willing to forgo your principles for an expedited sentencing. This failure to live up to your principles, and in turn taking the “easy road”  is what leads to corporate America turning its back on you. If the entire community’s mindset is to take the easy way out, then the result will be a fall in the community’s income generation which, in turn, leads to the development of ghettos.

So Luther Campbell, your explanation is flawed and adding a “looks like Beirut” cliche does very little to prop up your argument.

Luther Campbell's Looks Like Beirut Certificate

Luther Campbell's Looks Like Beirut Certificate