2Reaching Your Hip-Hop Acculturated Client Louisiana Association of Drug Court ProfessionalsApril 11-13, 2012New OrleansP.O. Wallace Green, LICDC(216)
3Today, Blacks comprise 62 percent of imprisoned drug offenders, though they are only 13 percent of the national population.One out of every 115 black males enters prison each year on a felony drug crime, compared with one of every 1,150 white men, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics.Black youths are admitted to state correction facilities for drug offenses at 48 times the rate of white youths, according to a report by the Building Blocks for Youth Initiative. Bureau of Justice Statistics
4There are more African Americans under correctional control today -- in prison or jail, on probation or parole -- than were enslaved in 1850, a decade before the Civil War began.
5Barriers to Effectiveness Lack of cultural sensitivity, knowledge, awareness, and competenceNot covered in your mandatory diversity trainingBrought on in large part by “political correctness”(National Maternal and Child Health Center on Cultural Competency, 1997).
6The Death of Arthur Buford age 15 Define a “thug”. Nearly all compare a thug to trying to fit in.“He could have been in hard times and needed money.”“But they didn’t get anything. If they didn’t get anything, then it’s just a stick up and it’s not illegal.” Three agree with her.9 of 17 hands go up / every hand goes upBut you can’t have juvenile delinquency without 1st having adult delinquencyRegina Brett, columnist Plain Dealer 5/16/07 The Lessons Learned Lost on Childhood
7Bridges Out of Poverty Unwritten Rules of Survival SubjectPovertyMiddle ClassWealthyClothes, money, time, property, relationships, family, education, employment, language, etcDreussi Smith, Terie. (2001). Bridges Out of Poverty. Highland : TX. Aha! Process, Inc.
8Definition of Hip HopA form of popular culture that started in the African American inner-city areas (Bronx), characterized by rap music, graffiti art, and break dancing. MCing, DJing, spit boxing, fashion, slang and style are also important elements of hip hop. The term has since come to be a synonym for hip hop music and rap to mainstream audiences.
9Welcome to Death Row clip.wmv Gangsta rap’s rise to power (Xenon Pictures)
10Rise to Power 1986 – 100:1 crack cocaine law goes into effect Dope dealers become dope boyzThe underground economy exposedHigh profile Mafia Don John Gotti rises to powerSnoop goes on trial for murderStreet ‘Cred’ - violence sells
11Salvatore Lo Piccolo: “The B.O.A.B.” Arrested November 5, 2007 BBC News –November 7, 2007(newsbbc.co.uk)
12Mafia Ten Commandments No one can present himself directly to another of our friends. There must be a third person to do it.Never look at the wives of friends.Never be seen with cops.Don't go to pubs and clubs.Always being available for Cosa Nostra- even if your wife is about to give birth.
13Mafia Ten Commandments Appointments must absolutely be respected.Wives must be treated with respect.When asked for any information, the answer must be the truth.Money cannot be appropriated if it belongs to others or to other familiesPeople who can't be in: anyone who behaves badly / has no moral values.
15Value Identification- 1) What do you value? 2) How can I tell?
16‘Re’ Habilitation (Thing of the Past) Middle Class Values (The Script) FamilyEducationCareerSpiritualitySecurityFreedomHealthPropertyWhat made AA successful
17The Client’s True (Hidden) Hip- Hop Values (Habilitation) Tennis ShoesClothesCarsRimsMusicSex (risky)Jewelry (fronts)Being ‘cool’Women / MenTattoosPropsFadsWelfareCrime ‘Hit a Lick’ prisonSlangRespect / ‘Props’Quick moneyWorking a ‘job’HustleGangs
18The Client is being “Played” No matter how far down the economic scale the client might be, no one likes to be taken advantage ofClients’ values are all depreciating
19Beer /Wine / Spirit Companies Car Dealers Check Cashing establishments $ THE BILLION DOLLAR $$ BENEFICIARIES $Beer /Wine / Spirit CompaniesCar DealersCheck Cashing establishmentsDesigners / JewelersPhil KnightHospitals (Interns)Human Service WorkersTreatment ProvidersDrug Lords (not to be confused with dealers)The criminal justice systemPolice, prisons, courts, etcRappersALL TO THE TUNE OF over 100 BILLION PER YEARTHE CLIENTS ARE BIGGER THAN EXXON
20Slang value depreciating Vocabulary testThe difference between words and languageGame recognizes game
22FUBU the Original Design Idea Neighborhood friends Daymond John, Carl Brown, Alexander Martin, and Keith Perrin established FUBU in John took out a $100,000 mortgage on his mother’s home in Queens, New York.
23King baby is still sleepin’! The client’s world is OK King Baby’s Bubble:Lookin’ good.Sumin’ ta drink.Sumin’ ta smoke.Sumin’ ta hustle.Sumin’ ta sex with.Some money to flash.Some boyz to hang wit.Car to drive.Music to blast.My worldz all rightSoldier? In whoz army?Adopted from: King Baby, Tom Cunningham Hazelden books
24We can see your values You are only telling yourself Dress CodeWho are you trying to impress and what can they do for you? Who is not impressed?You respect the streets more than the court?
2560 billion for 2.2 million Prisoners -2006 What is your net worth?It costs $27, to house a prisoner for one year in a federal prison.To net the same amount you would have to be earning aprox. $35, per year.Question: Are you worth more behind bars, than on the street?60 billion for 2.2 million Prisoners -2006
27Poverty is not caused by lack of money Poor FinanciallyPoor skillsPoor self disciplinePoor impulse controlPoor focus abilityPoor delayed grat. abilityPoor ability to reasonPoor educationPoor financial managementThe art of the Hustle
29More Blacks and Hispanics Live in Prison Cells Than in College Dorms By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON Sep 27, 2007 (AP)
30Beer, wine and spirit companies know the MATHEMATICS OF ADDICTION ADDICTION = Q/F
31The Constitution of the United States of America This is the rule book for the competition for goods and services. There is not enough to go around, period.
32The R&R Tool Box Know your roll / Know your goal Know when to step in Environmental control – Create dissonanceExperience, knowledge, recommendations when asked.Create dissonance hold up the mirrorKnow when to step inRelationship – a dance, not a wrestling match
33The R&R Tool Box Let the client take ownership Let the client fill out all paperworkProgress notes, court reports, urine slips, discharge summariesThey can write what they want (so can you)Takes away the secrecyGives the client ‘buy in’
34The R&R Tool Box Use unscripted questions Is this the way you envisioned it?Rating scale questions followed by follow up questionsThe one thing that really gets on my nerves about this whole process is__Who are you good for?We all have emotions it’s when they have us we are in trouble. When was the last time they had you?
35The R&R Tool Box Learn the art of the deal Keep a job handy Treat me like the dope man and not a dopeKeep a job handyKeep greeting cards handyCall at odd hoursFocus on the difference between problems and trouble
36The R&R Tool Box Stay behavior focused Look out for the wind up You can act your way into right thinking quicker that you can think your way into right actingLook out for the wind upVocabulary TestThe importance of language
37Rounding out the tool box Avoiding the ‘No Win’ situationFighting the right war at the right timeRight vs. Wrong / Success vs. FailureThe client has to L.I./E.Learn Intellect over Emotion The importance of disciplineThe ability to do what is in your best interestwhen you don’t feel like it
38T.H.U.G. L.I.F.E: for realThe belief that whatever damage I may do to others is OK because others have damaged me. I want what I want now and I don't care what I have to do to get it, or who I damage or destroy in the process. I feel no remorse, and regard conscience as a sign of weakness. I don't consider the future because I know I have none. When I die I will leave behind little copies of myself who will have to struggle with the thug lifestyle I've left behind. I will be mourned by none and forgotten by all, because it was easier to be a thug than a husband, father, brother, employer, employee, or friend.
39T.H.U.G. L.I.F.E: for realYou can wrap thug life in all the nickel slick sounding acronyms you want; it's still the way of the loser. Suburbanites, can ‘play’ thug life and go home to mommy and daddy when they get tired of it. Where will you be and where will your kids go when the thug lifestyle gets tired of you?