My own state has lost out on huge corporate investments and potential contracts (that would have helped both Black and WHite citizens) because of such. I, personally have lost out on at least two Graduate Fellowship opportunities at "Northern" Universities and was told it was because it was believed my "background experiences may clash with the overall focus of the University's History Program" (in nice terms). Being labeled a "racist" simply because I happen to be white and happen to be from the South is not a great feeling. Hatuey, I guess this is just the best that I can do to explain my position - take from it what you will
"Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence." - Dr. Carl Sagan
I mean when you are living in the hood? Safety is the way of life and sadly? Sometimes the way to eat or have clothes is by resorting to thug life. Consider it like trying to survive in a jungle and doing what you gotta do.
It is not like a lot of these young black men feel it is cool but they feel it is needed in order to live. You see what I mean?
What we really need are more stronger black roles models going into these inner city schools and teaching these kids that there are other ways out but also showing them how with actual REAL help. Not just going in giving some lame ass speech then rolling out back to your normal life. HELP these kids. Make damn sure they are safe, fed, clothed, help with school and help em go onto college.
I do not care how much it cost it is needed.
~Following My Own Flow~
When I was homeless, we were standing in a food line for hot dogs. A young good looking black guy was in front of me near the piled hot dogs. He started stuffing his pockets with them. I said "why are you doing that? Their is plenty for everyone. This is about honor and integrity." He looked me straight in the eye and said "I have none of those" and that was that.
Take what you will, but I am done.
No Lives Matter
Well I was talking about a little more deeper than food lines and about programs in schools to help. But ok.
I am sure there are white folks that rob food lines too and that is pretty messed up. I am done too as said what I needed to say so far
~Following My Own Flow~
Just because slavery ended a long time ago does not mean it has not left its mark even to this day. For people who talk about the black urban poor you need to remember two words "white flight" and how that tells you just about all you need to know. I mean, Harlem used to be one hoppin' place. However, as more colored folk moved in the white people started getting the hell out of Dodge and they took their money with them.
I do not think racism is really holding the black community down anymore, but rather it is the generational poverty brought on by centuries of abuse. Breaking out of poverty is very difficult for any individual and this is even more the case when someone lives in an impoverished area. The linkage between the situation in the black community to slavery is basic history.
"For what is Evil but Good-tortured by its own hunger and thirst?"
- Khalil Gibran
For European countries which don't really expel their Jews, they end up moving them into 'ghettos'. In these 'ghettos', Jews not only have businesses but they essentially are running their micro-cities with institutions of higher learning, law courts etc. There were really no laws governing their finances or forbidding them from attaining credit and developing an economic culture. As opposed to America, where blacks were not only taxed without any kind of representation but they were systematically denied the creation of such culture.
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I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality. - MLK
Until these things change, how can we expect the lives of blacks to ever improve? They're doing it to themselves.