See if this sounds familiar. A government deeply in debt due to an inefficient tax system and numerous expensive wars. Years of bad harvests and profits driving up the cost of living for the middle class, working poor and impoverished. Those of privilege vilified for their status and/or success while isolated and showing indifference the rising crisis. Leaders of the political left pushing harder and harder for freedom and justice for all. Leaders of the political right working to block political and social reform. All while the executive branch showed indecision and backs down from strong opposition.
Funny how 2015 sounds very much like 1789. We have pushed our United States to the brink of turning America into what it hates the most……France.
Just like the French Revolution the pain our cities are feeling is based on Class. It is not race that should shoulder the blame. The fact is the underclass in American cities is primarily black, which has fueled the fire of bigotry and the far worse crime of generalization.
Baltimore City Cops are Horrible Racist Thugs who take advantage of their position to abuse the good citizens of their jurisdiction.
Is just as invalid as…..
They are all Fucking Animals who are taking advantage of a horrible incident where a young man unnecessarily lost his life to get free liquor and burn their neighborhood down.
Just like any broad generalizations, there is a subset of the population that meets the above criteria. Are there shithead racist cops? Yep. Are there Black jackasses who live to create chaos? Of course.
As Sir Alfred Pennyworth once said. “Some men aren’t looking for anything logical, like money. They can’t be bought, bullied, reasoned, or negotiated with. Some men just want to watch the world burn.”
We will never be free of the “world burners” whether they take a communities outrage as their excuse or a fucking sports team winning/losing a game. They have always been there. In the human genome there exists a chaotic rage switch that starts bar fights over spilled drinks or shouts fire in a crowded theater just for the hell of it.
So how do we minimize the opportunities for the worst of us to get the most attention?
Class is in.
Education is key. Inner cities are famous for having the worst schools, but study after study shows education is the key to the American dream. Even more important than the American dream (rags to riches) is the American Achievable Goal (one step further up the ladder than my parents).
The combination of a good education and hard work are the best ways to rise above the level of your birth, but they only work together. I went to great schools in Anne Arundel County, MD but did not attend college. I figure that got me 25% of the way to the Achievable Goal. The remaining 75% (that math adds up, right?) was me busting my ass.
Now if you get a shit education from a shit inner city school, most likely you are not pursuing a degree. According to the Walls Street Journal 9% of all lower income students pursue a degree compared to 77% of higher income families. Of the ones that do only 1 of 5 complete the degree. That is a lot of hard work that many will not put in, which succeeds in maintaining the status quo.
Hey Oprah, people are talking and I hear there are schools that need help a lot closer to your roots than the ones in Africa.
Class it up
We need and deserve a police force above reproach. Our Police are struggling through the worst public relations crisis in recent memory and it is a self inflicted injury.
Too often we see a cellphone recording an officer violating the public trust. Body and car cameras are they only way the police currently have of telling their side of the story and even those are limited. Every cruiser needs to be equipped with the Google street view camera. A 360 view recording 24/7 on each cruiser. That is a lot of data and accountability. I bet it could even solve a few crimes. Hey Google, a strong protected police force is more important than self driving cars….get on that.
When one of the best and bravest shows anything other than the finest moral character show them the door. Police Chiefs around the country must model themselves after Commissioner Reagan on Blue Bloods (TVSAT question: Reagan is to TV Cops as Bartlett is to _________).
We all work under risk thresholds. If a bank teller is too far out of balance they don’t get to touch the money anymore. The Police’s job is to important to make mistakes, if someone in your custody suffers unnecessarily and it is directly related to your action or inaction, you don’t get to protect and serve anymore.
In the parlance of video game Gauntlet, “Thugs need parenting badly”.
Parenting is at an all time low in this country. Kids need role models in the community showing them how to do right and parents at home holding them accountable to doing as such.
Modern parents you might want to close your ears for a moment. Hugs and time outs won’t cut it this time. Some kids need a whoopin’. It is hard to hold on to your hands off parenting values when Junior his heading to the rally with a black mask and a backpack full of rocks. Lock them in the house. Guard the doors. If they still escape go and find them. Bring them home by any means necessary. If they live under your roof you are responsible for them. It time to hold parents accountable for not doing their job. If your kid get caught rampaging in the city, you get charged too. If your parenting skills are found lacking welcome to the world of sterilization.
These are modest proposals at best but much better than the equivalent of “Let them eat cake” our leaders has been feeding us lately.