When are we going to learn? Some neighborhoods are just going to be more prone to violence than others. That is NOT a racist comment — it’s a factual one based upon years of behavior.
The problem is, I believe, poverty and culture combined. More black people seem to be in impoverished areas, but the reason may well be the culture some of them are brought up with; the belief that “whitey” is suppressing them, that they are being treated as 2nd class citizens. I do not believe that to the be the case in most areas of our country, but certainly some/many in these communities believe this, and then they bring up their children believing it as well. Of course, this is also fueled by race-baiters such as Sharpton, Jackson and even obama.
I am not sure how we fix this — how do we change a culture that truly believes these things? We could help by trying to find ways to really help them out of poverty — ways that do not just throw money at the problem and expect it to go away. We’ve been doing this for decades and it has only made the problem worse. We need to actually help the poor out of being poor so they can find and take pride in their efforts and their work. When you continually give someone money each month, just enough to survive, people will quickly lose their pride once they realize how dependent they have become. Instead of penalizing them for going out and finding work, we should ease them off of public assistance in ways that do not harm them financially. Find a job, even a minimum wage one, lose just part of your welfare, but actually increase your income. Get a raise, remove a little more assistance. The key is to always keep them earning more so long as they put forth effort to make something of themselves. At some point, they’ll be totally off of assistance and carry a new pride in their being.
I don’t quite know why someone hasn’t yet figured this out. It’s a common-sense method to try and fix a very old problem. Obviously what we’re doing is not working, so it’s insane to continue on that path. This new idea would be a form of ‘workfare’, but different in that it doesn’t completely penalize someone for finding a job — it actually increases their income all the while slowly taking away benefits. Let the people themselves earn the achievement and then feel good about them instead of feeling forced into it.