A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from June 11, 2016
“Why should you be afraid of a white man in prison?” (prison joke)

Black males are disproportionately arrested and jailed in the United States, leading to the prison joke:

Q: Why should you be afraid of a white man in prison?
A: Because you know he’s guilty.


“Remember to avoid the white guy in prison- he’s guilty” was cited on Twitter on July 17, 2014. “Why should you be afraid of a white man in prison? Because you know he’s guilty” was posted on Reddit on October 31, 2015.


Wikipedia: Statistics of incarcerated African-American males
Researchers have been analyzing statistics on the incarceration in the United States of African-American males as to age, location, causes, and the impact on children. Approximately 12–13% of the American population is African-American, but they make up 35% of jail inmates, and 37% of prison inmates of the 2.2 million male inmates as of 2014 (U.S. Department of Justice, 2014).

Twitter
Rolando Velasquez
‏@CaptainRolando
@RodolfoVelasqu1 remember to avoid the white guy in prison- he’s guilty
8:04 PM - 17 Jul 2014

Twitter
A. Reavis
‏@Reavis_
What’s scary about a white man in prison? -You know he’s guilty
7:13 PM - 16 Sep 2014

reddit
why should you be afraid of a white man in prison?
submitted October 31, 2015 by Ser_Rodrick_Cassel
because you know he’s guilty.

Twitter
Michael Zeleny
‏@larvatus
Q: Why should you be afraid of a white man in prison?
A: Because you know he’s guilty.
3:39 AM - 1 Nov 2015

reddit
Why is the white guy the scariest guy in prison?
submitted November 5, 2015 by blergtronica
You know he’s guilty.

reddit
Why should you be scared of a white man in prison?
submitted June 12, 2015 by SluffAndRuff
Because you know he is actually guilty.
Credit to /u/Ser_Rodrick_Cassel for the joke!
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COMMENTS
Soperos
Credit to some dude 40 years ago who made this, not the one you gave credit to.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityGovernment/Law/Politics/Military • Saturday, June 11, 2016 • Permalink