We don’t need a commission to see the status of Black men and boys, especially in the state of Florida. I would find this laughable if it wasn’t so awful. The status is African Americans are 14% of the population in Florida but they make up over 45% of people in prison. (Florida also has a higher overall incarceration rate than the rest of the United States. The majority of those are nonviolent drug related offenses. There are people in prison serving sentences for things that are no longer considered felonies.) Businesses interested in land in Black neighborhoods build good schools right in the middle of the neighborhood that none of the residents can afford, then blast music throughout the day to disrupt business and force people out of their homes. And this is just the tip of the iceberg. If we didn’t know what the problems were, I would say that the commission would be a good idea. But we know. This is a proposal to try to find a way to make the problems facing the Black community somehow their fault. Reform criminal justice laws and practices. Take prisons out of the control of private companies. Continual psych and moral evaluations for public service employees such as police officers and EMTs. Stop the school to prison pipeline. Reestablish Planned Parenthood. Education, fair and balanced access to opportunities, and relief from the constant fear of death are some of the things that are needed.