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Since Clay and Rush Limbaugh seem to be worried sick about the problem of black on black violence (especially in Chicago), I thought I'd start this thread.
Mind you, I've never subscribed to racist theories that black people are inherently less civilized or more pugilistic than white people. I think violence in a particular ethnic community is generally tied to economics. Regardless of race or ethnicity, if people are stuck in a rut of poverty and hopelessness, they're more likely to resort to crime and violence to survive. That's certainly true in my second favorite country (France), and it's true here in the U.S. as well.
So what measures do we take to stop violence? First, violent neighborhoods need a strong law enforcement presence. People need job opportunities, and decent schools so they can work to qualify for those jobs. They don't need part time, dead end minimum wage jobs that will keep them mired in poverty and dependence----they need jobs that will pay a living wage. They need health care, so problems like mental illness, ADHD, diabetes, hypertension and so on can be promptly and effectively treated. They need better access to healthy foods, rather than just cheap liquor and lottery tickets. They need affordable child care. They need after school programs, to keep their kids off the street while parents work. And they need good, sober role models for their children.
You'll notice that the Republicans have been doing their best to chip away at, or eliminate, all of these things. Other than that, their sole effort to address the problem of black on black crime seems to be bitching at Obama for bringing up issues that make them uncomfortable (for example, the death of Trayvon Martin and the fact that his killer is a free man today) and demanding that he obey THEIR demands, and talk about this issue instead.
So I'm waiting for you right wingers, especially the ones who dutifully listen to Rush and have been parroting his "But what about black on black violence?" attempts at deflection here. What can YOU do about black on black violence, other than bitch? What ARE you doing?
If you can't come up with any answers that don't start out with "But but but but OBAMA should----" then you're just using the black community's problems to attack the president, and should probably shut your collective piehole.
Waiting for your proposed solutions......