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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Ben Carson and Common Sense on Ferguson

Ben Carson nails the tragedy and real problems reflected in Ferguson with some hard questions:

Could it be that we are erroneously being manipulated into making this incident a racial issue, when, in fact, it is a component of a much larger social issue? 
Why are there so many young black men in the streets of America with defiant attitudes that frequently lead to incarceration or death?

Could it be that a large number of them grow up without a father figure to teach them how to relate to authority and the meaning of personal responsibility?
He also suggests some solutions:
As a society, we must concentrate on ways to break this tragic cycle that has produced a higher poverty rate in black communities across America with the increasing frustrations that underscore potentially explosive, tinderbox situations, as we have seen in Ferguson. 
Once we get the most powerful economic engine the world has ever seen back on track with sensible economic policies, we should devote some of the tax revenues generated to child-care facilities that would allow many of those unwed mothers to get their General Education Development or higher degree and become self-supporting.

There are also a number of programs across the nation that offer free classes that teach social and job skills, which would give many of the young men some different options.

We must concentrate on these kinds of programs because we cannot afford to lose large segments of our society to despair and underachievement in an increasingly competitive world. We have a social crisis brewing if we continue down the path we are on now, but we have the power to change our downward course with true compassion that allows people to rise and escape dependency.
Is anybody listening?  (Read complete article here.)


1 comment:

newguy40 said...

"Could it be that a large number of them grow up without a father figure to teach them how to relate to authority and the meaning of personal responsibility?"

THAT, my friend, would require the black community and their so called leaders to take a long and hard look in the mirror. Dr. Carson holds up a mirror. They don't like what they see in the mirror. And, they really hate the man holding up the mirror to them. ie Dr. Carson.

Things are going to get worse before they get better.