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New York is the city with the most missing black men (118,000), followed by Chicago (45,000), Philly (36,000) Detroit (21,000) and Memphis (19,000). What struck me is that this is not a fluke, nor accidental, nor by chance.

But rather, we can point to specific policies that have made black men disappear.

With about 625,000 black men of prime age incarcerated and 45,000 black women also in prison, you get a discrepancy of 580,000.

This is due, of course, to the staggeringly high incarceration rate of black men, which is higher than any other group, in the nation a quarter of the world’s prisoners, and the most prisoners in the world.

Assessing the conditions in which black men are placed, and our historical role in society as the official national scapegoat, perennial boogeyman and monster, should we really be surprised have disappeared?