First, I’d like to posit that black people who are incarcerated on drug charges are not going because they were smoking pot. That is, unless they’re selling large quantities, or growing, which is the same reason whites are incarcerated with regard to weed. As far as usage, most blacks who smoke blunts, whether out on the stoop or not, are part of the rap/hip-hop subculture. These folks tend to have kind of a low-grade defiance underpinning whatever they choose to do. I guess the attitude might be, “Well, I have to fear the law anyway, and I just ain’t gonna let ’em scare me all the time.” Kind of a ‘bring it on’ type thing. Resignation, maybe.
In terms of smoking in front of young children, in my ganja days, I noticed that white people also didn’t bother to hide the fact that they were smoking in front of them. They just did it in the house, or in a crowd of people large enough that it would be more trouble than it was worth for any police presence to figure out where ‘that smell’ was coming from. _____________________