Some background to set the table:
The 6 most dangerous U.S. cities (in order):
- St. Louis
- High %'age Black population.
- Industrial era jobs gone.
- Violent crime.
While many have focused upon the Black-White divide in these cities,
there's another divide that doesn't receive much attention. It's a Black-Black
- Black suburbanites in Baltimore have higher incomes than their urban counterparts.
- The life expectancy of Black suburbanites in Baltimore is 8 years-plus longer than their urban counterparts.
The "Great Migration"--Blacks moving from the South to northern industrial cities in search of jobs in the late-19th century and first half of the 20th century--worked economically and socially, in the sense that those jobs were available, the migrating Blacks filled them, and many of their children and grandchildren have left poverty behind. However, the Great Migration failed in the sense that the social sins of racism and segregation--culminating in the riots of the 1960s and the social and economic collapse that unfolded over the next 4 decades--has brought those urban centers and many of those residing in them to place where they are at today.
- Not much has changed in the nation's urban centers.
- A subtle form of "ethnic cleansing" has transpired.
- Class, racial, and intra-racial divisions have hardened.
- The "great inversion" positively impacted only a small percentage of the nation's urban population.
- Poor people and/or minorities aren't prepared to find work in today's growth industries, namely, education, technology, and medical service.
- The geography of fear in those urban centers remains very much what it was 50 years ago, as is evident in the 2015 Baltimore riots.
This outcome, despite the trillions of taxpayer $$$s spent on federal urban renewal programs over the past 50 years. More taxpayer $$$s and federal programs didn't and won't solve this social and economic problem.
So, the table is now set.
Yes. Quality education. Real education. Solid education. Knowledge and content-based education. Demonstrated achievement education.
But, that's the problem. The kind of education that many poor parents and/or minority parents want for their childen--one that would get their children out of the current social and economic circumstances in which they find themselves--hasn't been and currently isn't being provided to their children.
Why? The urban public school monopoly and its teachers' unions certainly bear their share of the blame. But, the finger of blame must be pointed directly at the political party that has controlled those schools, the apparatus of apparatchiks asssociated with them, as well as the vast majority of voters in the nation's troubled urban centers. That political party--and those blindly supporting it--bears the lion's share of the blame.
In the end, who's better off? Certainly not the poor and/or minorities left behind. No. It's the leaders of that party who have been the winners of this lottery and need the poor and/or minorities to remain in power.
Sad to say, that situation hasn't changed for the past 50 years.
So much for "empowering" people.
Let the discussion begin...
To read the New Geography article, click on the following link:
"America's Cities Mirror Baltimore's Woes."