I agree whole-heartedly agree with your last statements about listening to the masses, especially the hard-working African Americans in our communities. And I, being unabashidly Liberal (my co-workers and professors have used the term "radical", but my students have used other terms like "mom" and "auntie"), would add the voices of the "obviously-ungrateful criminals" because I think understanding their point of view is important to their rehabilitation, but also to those who make policy regarding incarceration, AOD treatment programs, mentoring programs and other organizations working with communities in crisis. I don't mean to give the impression in any way that I support criminal actions that show wanton disregard for property or the lives of others; those actions are wrong. And I don't think giving them voice encourages this behavior. In my experience, hearing them out helps them reflect on their choices, take responsibility for their actions and begin restitution for what occured. It doesn't legitimize their negative behaviors in any way.
With regard to "Christian values", I simply meant that people who find themselves on the wrong side of the law may consider themselves members of any number of faiths, and many believe that they do have Christian values. You and I may disagree with their understanding of what Christian values are; however, disagreeing won't change anything. I would rather create a space for respectful dialogue which may lead to the formation of a more civil society. A society where those who choose to actively participate in illegal activities still have the opportunity to change and positively contribute.
While you and I may respectfully disagree on some points, I appreciate your point of view and that you took the time to respond to my earlier comments. Gracias. :D