Black folks are the fundamental element of the economy. We are raised just like crops.. herded into schools that get paid per pupil.. into prisons that get paid per prisoner.. divided from families into individuals.. from one household to 4.. to 4 cars.. to 4 electric bills.. to 4 TVs.. etc.. our condition is the key to the US economy.. and the US economy is the key to the World economy. As we go, so goes the world. And the world knows it.. folks come from all over the world to setup shop in our neighborhoods.. to sell us alcohol and clothes and do our nails and sell us their hair.. our collective self-esteem issues are profitable.. our lackluster education is profitable.. our division is profitable.. our despair is profitable.. even our crime is profitable.. drug dealers pay electricity bills too.. and buy clothes and cars and jewelry.. when they are arrested, they don't make those companies return that money.. the car dealer keeps that money.. the seller of that house keeps that money, etc.. it could be argued that miseducated black boys are necessary components of the American economy. slavery or not, they will make money of us one way or another. The US pays farmers not to farm but is building more and more prisons to fill with black men and women.. I guess that means we are more profitable than corn or wheat..