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July 20th, 2009
09:36 AM ET

No More Victims

When a parent is in prison, a child's chances of following in their footsteps are astronomical. Marilyn Gambrell has found a way to beat those odds. She talked with CNN's TJ Holmes this weekend in the CNN Newsroom. And CNN Special Correspondent Soledad O'Brien filed this report on Gambrell's non-profit group "No More Victims."

Soledad O'Brien will examine what it really means to be Black in America. "Black in America 2" premiers July 22nd and 23rd only on CNN.

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  1. michael armstrong sr.

    Most parents in prison now day's are there from drug related crimes and children learn there bad habits from there parents they see that mommy and daddy does it so it must be ok the best thing a parent can do is keep there bad habbits hiddin from there kids or not do drugs at all do your kids a favor.

    July 20, 2009 at 9:52 am |
  2. Sherry from Flint,Mi

    Hi I was just watching A clip of Black in America 2 about black woman,well why wasn't this A segment on Woman in America no matter what the color these are issues all woman have.I'm sure there won't be A follow up show on what its like to be white in A America that would be wrong,but A issue.

    July 20, 2009 at 11:09 am |
  3. Goldie barnes

    Currently my father is in prison in been back in forth in prison for about 7 years. I'm in coledge about to go into my junior year in the fall. i'm going through alot of financially problems because I don't have the support from my father nor of my mother. I wanted to know if I could get help some way. I heard about this "no more victims" and Iam very interested in getting involved. If you can get in contact with me right away I would greatly appreciate it.

    July 20, 2009 at 12:43 pm |
  4. Danielle Harrington

    My comment is to the Kyra Phillips segment. When the Republicans or pundits say the government will control our health care and we won't get the care we need, I never hear the other side. Who is controlling it now. Not your Doctor but the Insurance companies. Dr.'s have to fight (if they have the time) to get us the tests we need or the medication we need. The bottom line for the Insurance companies is PROFIT. They could care less about the people or the doctor's for that matter. I would like to think that we have some people in our government who care more about the people

    July 20, 2009 at 1:52 pm |
  5. Martin in Shoreline, WA

    YES!! No more victims. We have to start having an honest, adult conversation about race in this country. No more of this childish "you used the "n-word", so that makes you a racist!" b.s.

    Why are so many black people in prison? Because they murder more people than any other ethnic group in America, including whites. So unless one is a complete imbecile with zero math skills, one would expect there to be more black people in prison than whites. Anyone who claims that it is due to racism, is either lying or completely delusional. Blacks also murder more whites, than whites murder blacks. So stop running a skinhead story every chance you get. Tell us about the Black Panthers too.

    No more of the "whitey is keeping me down!" crap either. The unemployment rate is so high in the black community, because they have taught their children that it is useless to try and succeed. This is why there is an achievement gap as well. But with the election of Barack Obama, we have already seen the gap narrow. Black kids now know that they can succeed, regardless of what their parents told them.

    Stop blaming white people for everything that goes wrong in your life. Take some responsibility. There is one area where there is a racial disparity in sentencing: Drug charges. There are stiffer penalties for using crack cocaine. Jesse Jackson will tell you this is because of racism. Maybe so, but not on the part of white people. The Congressional Black Caucus is the group responsible for pushing stiffer penalties for crack through Congress. This is wrong. We shouldn't be locking up anybody for choosing to use drugs.

    Affirmative action WAS reparations. The Asian community took advantage of the opportunities presented to them. As a result, they enjoy the lowest unemployment rate of any ethnic group in America. The fact that blacks do not do as well as other ethnic groups, is the fault of no one outside the black community. It is time to stop pretending that racism is responsible for statistical disparities like this. The time for making a profit on racism is over, Al. Tell your followers to stop voting down mill levies that fund their children's schools.

    And for God's sake, if we are going to take the idiotic, childish step of banning the "n-word"? Please ruin the career of any black artist who uses the phrase "kill whitey" in their rap lyrics.

    July 21, 2009 at 12:41 am |
  6. Beth

    It seems these CNN reports are themselves racial, having valuable input on some levels they sometimes miss the point, and attribute many issues which are eonomic to being racial. Most citizens are interested in being just that, and look beyond, or are willing to change what hurts others in the system. Being black in America is being an American with issues, as anyone else, to overcome. The infra- structure which is collapsing is at the bottom, economically, and all races suffer similar realities dealing with the system at this level. What has been crippling is the twenty million illegal aliens, who are provided for economically and medically; and overload it. It was reported that when the numbers are crunched, only about 8 million people are really at risk for health care as opposed to 45 million. The government promise of transparency is false, and the President is black in America.

    July 22, 2009 at 3:34 am |
  7. Terri-Colorado

    What an outstanding organization!!! The story brought tears to my eyes. How we all forget about the children left behind while their parents do time. "No More Victims" is really helping these children in every way to help them not make the decisions their parents made. Great story!!!

    July 25, 2009 at 6:58 am |
  8. Phil

    @Martin

    How about instead of telling blacks what to do you let the black community handle its own problems and go take care of the problems in YOUR community. If you are white then go help shut down the skinhead groups so the blacks don't have any groups to "complain" about. When you see negative racial comments being made against minorities in the work place when no minorities are around then chastise those people. When you see unfair hiring practices do something about it? But of course you will claim that you don't see any of this happening and thats fine. If you don't see it then YOU are blind and delusional. So if you don't see the problems in other communities then quit watching the black community for problems and complaining about it.

    And please come into the current century. I haven't heard anything to the effect of kill whitey in a rap song since the early 90's. And even with that whites must not mind it because white males are the biggest consumers of rap music.

    Your post was nothing more than a 1990's strawman/angry white man rant typical of someone that doesn't have a clue about what goes on in this country. Grow up and learn something.

    July 28, 2009 at 10:10 am |
  9. White Jesus is Watching You

    "How about instead of telling blacks what to do you let the black community handle its own problems and go take care of the problems in YOUR community."

    Well isn't that EXACTLY why black communities are the way they are in the first place? Because someone let them try to handle their problems, THEIR WAY? Understand that "their way" means that if something isn't going their way, it's because of whitey or racism. They have proven that they cannot handle their communities by themselves. Hence the need to be told what to do.

    Learn by example. Look what happened to Africa in the early 1980's when the Africans demanded that colonial rule be abolished and demanded that whitey quit trying to help them out. They fell flat on their faces. And over 25 years later, they still have not recovered on their own.

    August 10, 2009 at 10:35 pm |

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