Sunday, September 27, 2015

Economic Justice for All By Mel

On August 9, 2014 in Ferguson, MO an unarmed black teenager Michael Brown was shot and killed which gain national media coverage.  What goes beyond this horrific event is that economic justice has not serve minorities which furthers widen the gap of income inequality among white Americans.  Colin Gordon did a fantastic blog titled “Segregation’s Long Shadow” in which he explained, “In 2012, median black family income ($40,517) was 61.5 percent of white median income ($53,706).”  I would argue that historically that the U.S. Constitution and the legal system allowed whites to acquire wealth and power off the back of black slave labor.  Back then, the foundation was laid for whites to have better educated resources and slave laws to suppress black revolts.  I feel even the legal system back then was a major player to further enhance income inequality to blacks and later on in time to all minorities.  A good example would be the famous 1857 Dred Scott case which stated that blacks had no rights and economic aid to blacks was against the Constitution.  Fast forward to 2015 and it seems like a modern day slave plantation.  According to the Pew Research Center George Gao stated, “In 2010, all black men were six times as likely as all white men to be incarcerated in federal, state and local jails, according to a 2013 Pew Research Center Study.”  Yes we do have affirmation action but I do not feel it is not enough to balance income equality towards everyone.  When black males are mostly criminalized like Michael Brown this destroys the black family unit.  A household that is raised by a single black mother is more difficult to sustain a financial cushion.  This does not excuse blacks and other minorities from engaging in petty criminal activities and they should be held accountable.  However, the system should provide MORE financial opportunities across the board in urban cities.  More financial opportunities lead to less criminal activities, leads to more co-parenting leads to better educated resource. 

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