Take some time & layout your ideas on how to get started. Be sure & include actions by ALL involved, including the downtrodden.
Instead of just repeating the same stuff over & over & over (see years & years of these 'discussions' we had at CCH) how about finally laying out an initial action plan, how about suggesting some solutions?
Every time we try to do so you belittle them. Your turn.
I'm glad you asked. To me, the bedrock is education. This is where it all starts and ends.
Right now across America, the revenue generated by property tax is the prime driver for the funding of our schools. The more affluent areas where property values are higher generate more revenue than impoverished areas. This simple difference creates a gap in the quality of education. More affluent areas are able to get top teaching talent because their districts are able to pay higher salaries. Impoverished districts have to get either inexperienced teachers are less motivated or skilled teachers.
If it were my call, I'd put all of the property tax revenue in one barrel and divide it equally. Thus leveling the funding playing field. Additionally, since working in the ghetto isn't a prime goal for many, I'd offer incentive pay for qualified teachers that were willing to take their talents to the inner city. What would qualify them? A combination of performance history, experience, education level and certifications. You get better talent in some of these schools, you will see sharp improvement in the performance of the students.
Secondly, I would make an investment in highly qualified guidance counselors with the primary emphasis being on life after high school. I would demand that they take a proactive approach towards counseling. Your students that are high achievers work with them to get them in four year colleges; your students that show effort and improvement, work with them on getting into community colleges; and then your students that struggle, direct them towards the trades. In my opinion, every school district should have a close relationship with the local community colleges and trade schools. By first day of a kids senior year in high school, that child should know exactly what their plan is for continuing their education after high school. Employment
The next piece of the puzzle is employment. If you build it they will come! As we are seeing in St. Louis, the city and state are jumping through hoops to keep the Rams in St. Louis. They are figuring out ways to get more and more money to subsidize a stadium for a billionaire. The effort is impressive but in my opinion its a bit misguided. They can use that money and put it to good use in communities that need it more than E. Stan Kroenke.
If it were my call. I would level the abandoned buildings in the ghettos, rezone some of the areas and build industrial parks with the goal of luring companies and businesses into these communities. The work of tearing down, cleaning up and building would provide work to a large number of people in those communities. And the companies that would eventually take up residence in these parks would be able to employ people in these areas. Law enforcement
I'm a believer in the broken windows theory of policing. The theory is sound, if you clean up the small stuff, the big stuff will go away. The problem with broken windows is the execution. As we've seen in New York, where 'stop and frisk' is a driver in broken windows disproportionately impacts blacks and latinos. This comes from not having enough police officers in these communities that understand, can relate to or look like the residents they are serving.
I would make a push to recruit and hire more minority officers. I would recruit heavily in urban communities and impoverished neighborhoods. I would then use these officers to patrol the areas in which they live or are familiar with. Using 'broken windows' and a more community based policing approach you will minimize the chances of incidents like Eric Garner, Mike Brown or Samuel DuBose occurring.
I think these three efforts alone would make a significant improvement and provide a sense of ownership of their communities to people that don't feel as if they have any control or ownership of anything.
There are far too many misguided beliefs about the reasons for poverty in this country. There are some of you that believe that minorities are genetically predisposed to poverty or that they come from a culture of poverty borne from inappropriate traditions in the subcultures of the communities, ethnic groups or homes. Some believe that individualism is king and a persons success or failure is based on their effort rather than the social circumstances that they may find themselves in. Others believe in essentialism which states that less privileged groups (blacks, hispanics, native americans) inherit genetic characteristics that account for whatever lack of success they have or is the main driver of criminality.
All of these are wrong. They are flat wrong. All people need is a chance, a fair chance, to live, learn and pursuit happiness.
So that's what I would do if I were given the opportunity. And people that believe in those principles are the people that I vote for.
Tulcard wrote:Some cannot, or will not make the effort to escape the generations of living in poverty. It's unfortunate but that is the way it is.
Two questions for you.
1. What do you think caused the generations of poverty?
2. Why do you believe people can't escape the grips of poverty?