I am so sick of watching these programs with these so-called solutions to the violence in impoverished communities, especially in my hometown of Chicago. The people who come up with these solutions live in shiny highrises and fancy and comfortable homes and are out of touch. They do not understand the day-to-day struggles of the people in the communities they speak about. They are so quick to say the primary solution is repairing the broken home or the relationship between police and community, but what they do not seem to understand is that this is a very small problem we face.
Communities are not violent because the relationship with the police is fractured or non-existent. The violence is and always has been a big problem in impoverished communities because of the lack of opportunities to be successful, failing schools and limited skills training. When kids are abandoned by or lose interest in local schools and are unprepared for work opportunities, out of desperation, many resort to selling drugs, which leads to many conflicts over turf and money. The drug game and the violence that comes with it is what fuels violence and mass incarceration.
Until we tackle the issue of education and find ways to keep kids interested in school and better prepare them for the workforce, there will be no solutions to the problems of impoverished communities. The community must get informed on the issues and get active in politics and pressure the legislature to make the issues of their community a priority. Right now, it is too easy for politicians to overlook the issues of impoverished neighborhoods.
I pray that one day I will be able to see the world united on one accord to truly fight and change the big problems of poverty and violence in American cities and around the globe. I personally do not believe the creator intended for humanity to live in poverty. I also understand change starts with the individual. Let’s all delve deep within ourselves and make the necessary personal changes to better ourselves and the world we live in.