Poverty breeds violence. This is proven repeatedly through various studies by acclaimed institutions but the issue of poverty as it relates to violence is continuously unaddressed in legislation that proposes so-called solutions to end crime.
First of all the wording is all wrong. A “War” on anything except corruption is uncalled for. War is not a solution. It is action composed of violence, force, and control. It doesn’t meet the empathetic requirements to resolve the underlying issues that cause crime, which is poverty. It’s a one-dimensional solution for a multi-dimensional problem.
Forty-seven percent of 20- to 24-year-old black men in Chicago, and 44 percent in Illinois, were out of school and out of work in 2014.
The disparity is obvious Compared with 20 percent of Hispanic men and 10 percent of white men in the same age group, according to the report from the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Great Cities Institute.
The upcoming war on violence in Chicago will quadruple mass incarceration. Filling the pockets of the rich, and emptying African American communities of men and women, shattering families and communities. The problem will still persist after the so-called war on violence is done because generational poverty will still remain.
Mass incarceration is not a solution for poverty. It is a catalyst for poverty.
Poverty and crime combined together leave people with two choices: either take part in criminal activities or try to find legal but quite limited sources of income that will take you from poor and unemployed to the class of the working poor. Either way, you will still be poor!
Studies show African Americans with college degrees make less money than whites with high school diplomas. We are being locked out of wealth from every angle.
But most importantly, what reveals the unmistakable connection between poverty and crime is that they’re both geographically concentrated – in a strikingly consistent way. In other words, where you find poverty is also where you find crime and this combination is what creates ghettos.
Immigrants move to the United States hoping for a better life and statistically, they are more likely to achieve that compared to African American Descendants of slaves because the systematic racism and predatory corruption against blacks is a wealth building machine for the elite, giving immigrants ten times more opportunity than black Americans.
We are now in the age of “Running away from our problems.” A.K.A the Age of the Coward. Instead of staying in your own country and making the sacrifices and committing to the FIGHT it will take to change it, most immigrants run away from it taking the easy way out by moving to America, the land of “Opportunity.”
Immigrants will fight for their rights in America but not in their home country. We are not doing the work as a people, globally. The only way out is to stand up and fight back.
Running away from a problem gives the greedy elite absolute power to continue with their deadly regime. Absolute power breeds corruption. And we wonder why NOTHING is changing!
However, if immigrants are not able to achieve success, they will be preyed upon by the criminal justice system. The economic slavery they tried to escape in their own country will be cast upon them in the United States by deceptive and covert means.
Chicago has the highest crime rates and the highest poverty rates among African American males. The connection was established years ago, but there is no legislation tackling the catalyst of crime which is poverty.
How successful was the war on drugs? It depends on who you ask.
If you’re asking a wealthy capitalist who invests in private prisons, it was a huge success because it created mass incarceration, filling the beds in private, for-profit prisons.
If you ask black and Latino men and the communities and families they had to leave behind for decades due to over-inflated sentences, the war on drugs was a huge failure!
Mexico’s war on drugs failed massively!
The U.S. has the largest prison population in the world, with about 2.3 million behind bars. More than half a million of those people are incarcerated for a drug law violation.
We don’t need any more studies or research on the issue. We need the government TO DO SOMETHING WITH THE RESEARCH already established to end poverty, once in for all. Why isn’t the war on poverty waged yet?
Are we failing as citizens to demand change that our ancestors died for us to have the freedom to do? Are we politically lazy? Or are we too distracted living paycheck to paycheck and watching reality TV that we are NOT fighting anymore for what is right and just?
5 Reasons we are failing as Citizens:
- We aren’t involved politically. Get involved in politics TODAY! We are not making our concerns known as citizens, we are not exercising our democracy. As Yvette Carnell once said on her Youtube show airing Mondays & Weds 8 pm CST “We cannot afford to go to work and go home and watch TV.” We must really get involved. This means voting locally on all levels, attending town hall meetings, writing politicians, and attending school board, park board and neighborhood association meetings. Protesting and waving signs with cute quotes doesn’t change legislation! We must make politicians address the issue of poverty and crime for African Americans and implement strategic measures to end POVERTY which will end crime.
- The for-profit prison system MUST END. If you are not doing everything in your power to shut down for-profit prisons, systematic poverty and crime will continue to create billions for the few at the top who benefit from it.
- Demand Reparations for Descendents of Slaves: If you are not for reparations for Descendants of slaves, you are NOT an ally of the African American community. The United States paid The Japenese for putting them in camps, but they never apologized or paid those who fell victim to Jim Crow, mass lynchings, and slavery. The only way to even the score is to pay reparations because the income gap between blacks and white is so wide, no legislation or “donations” to nonprofits will work in evening the score. Please watch Yvette Carnell Show on Youtube and donate if you can, she is pro-reparations and her argument is undeniable!
- We must identify puppet politicians, celebrities, and coons who want our support but do NOT support the African American community, the right to receive reparations and equal justice in the U.S Judicial system. We must stop watching them on TV, buying their products, music, clothing, etc.,
- We must boycott and withdraw money from people, politicians, and corporations who do not support reparations for African Americans.
Get off your ass and get involved. We need YOU. We are only strong as a collective. There is no such things as INDIVIDUAL SUCCESS. Isn’t it time we do the work and change the political landscape before it’s too late?
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By Janell Hihi @copyright2017