So what are we going to do about it? This is not bait and switch, this is putting your money where your mouth is. At the end of the day we can be grand keyboard warriors, pointing a finger and pontificating about what others should do, or we can get can get off our asses and lend a hand. I’m not claiming to be some tireless activist, but I do what I can to combat the more odious parts of the prison industrial complex, lack of healthy food in low income communities and the legalization of cannabis.
Most of those black kids go to jail for a joint or two, and in case you didn’t know, jail doesn’t offer redemption, it offers a crash course on how to be a career criminal. These 18 year olds thrown into a situation with murderers and rapists are forced to become ruthless just to survive. Then they take that behavior out with them when released, and the whole lovely cycle is endlessly perpetuated. This is what your mainstream news doesn’t tell you. I don’t deny the Democrats are spineless panderers, and I look forward to the complete destruction of that party and neoliberalism in general.
Also, crime is down. Way down. Across the board, for all races, as well as blacks:
So a record in Chicago, in light of violent crime reducing 1/4 since the 90’s, is not the horror it’s been touted as. Turn off your TV. It’s telling you who to value and discard. We have to stoke empathy to pull our communties out of this (yes, whether you like it or not, those people are your fellow citizens).