The culture-of-poverty option
The black culture option
The racism exists option
All three, with some lean towards 1 & 2
Any combo, including government
"God is the name by which I designate all things which cross my path violently and recklessly, all things which alter my plans and intentions, and change the course of my life, for better or for worse."
-C G Jung
but doing the right things is more effective than doing things right
and if we do not understand the circumstances that perpetuate poverty, how can we identify the appropriate solutions to address the elimination of poverty
i would suggest this is the same conundrum we presently also face with our public education system. we know it needs to be repaired. but what exactly needs to be fixed. taking action, like no child left behind, just to take action is both expensive and ineffective
- Colonel Paul YinglingNobody who wins a war indulges in a bifurcated definition of victory. War is a political act; victory and defeat have meaning only in political terms. A country incapable of achieving its political objectives at an acceptable cost is losing the war, regardless of battlefield events.
Bifurcating victory (e.g. winning militarily, losing politically) is a useful salve for defeated armies. The "stab in the back" narrative helped take the sting out of failure for German generals after WWI and their American counterparts after Vietnam.
All the same, it's nonsense. To paraphrase Vince Lombardi, show me a political loser, and I'll show you a loser.
A lot of it is simply genetics IMO.
The average Afro-American's IQ is only 85 and that puts them at a significant disadvantage when competing in the job market.
And another factor is their above average propensity towards violence. Being convicted of a violent crime can certainly shut out economic opportunities. This obviously also has a genetic component to it.
And there is also immigration and globalization. A lot of manufacturing and agricultural jobs that are suitable for a person with a low IQ are being filled by immigrants or sent overseas. The lack of isolationism and protectionism is particularly hard on the Afro-American community.
Poverty increases crime. It impedes stable homes, and lessens children's well-beings and educational achievement. Poverty decreases life spans and general health, and increases things such as drug, tobacco and alcohol abuse. It sends out shock waves of social ills that have the tendency of destroying societies. The very most immediate effect of selfishness and removing aide to the needy would be a drastic increase in those social ills.
In what sane world would you want to do that?
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The black people themselves.