One of my brothers challenged me regarding "systemic racism".
"If systemic racism is not the reason for inner-city ills, then what are the reasons and more important, how would you fix them? Give me five actions."
In no particular order:
End compulsory education
End compulsory education beyond some point....perhaps seventh grade. In many inner-cities students enter ninth grade with a higher reading ability than when they leave high school.
Compulsory education is not working. Compulsory education sends the message that "No matter how egregiously you fail we will continue to drag you down the field. Your failure is not your fault."
The current system fosters the same bad behaviors seen in abusive men who know their wives must take them back. The kids who want to learn suffer. Valedictorians of large inner-city high schools have to take remedial classes as college freshmen. They have been failed.
"What would I replace it with?" Nothing. If they change their mind they can go to the local community college.
Incidentally, these action items should be applied everywhere, not just inner-cities.
Remove anti-marriage incentives
We are have been so concerned about destroying women's self-esteem that we have destroyed, at this point, three generations of men in the inner city.
"But they will starve?" The women or the kids? It can be phased in where all kids currently alive get welfare but ones born after some date do not. If they chose to have kids it is on them.
OK, this will get me in hot-water with the Catholic Church. But one tenant of brainstorming is to throw everything on the table. Those ideas may be deeply flawed but they can serve as stepping-stones to much better solutions.
The third time a woman gets an abortion she is told it will be free if she also gets her tubes tied. Otherwise, it costs some amount of cash-out-of-pocket. Each subsequent abortion is the same deal but the cash portion increases.
If they have a child/fetus who shows symptoms of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, they get a mandatory sterilization.
Symptoms and consequences of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and subclinical FAS (source)
- Poor coordination or balance
- Intellectual disability, learning disorders and delayed development
- Poor memory
- Trouble with attention and with processing information
- Difficulty with reasoning and problem-solving
- Difficulty identifying consequences of choices
- Poor judgment skills
- Jitteriness or hyperactivity
- Rapidly changing moods
- Difficulty in school
- Trouble getting along with others
- Poor social skills
- Trouble adapting to change or switching from one task to another
- Problems with behavior and impulse control
- Poor concept of time
- Problems staying on task
- Difficulty planning or working toward a goal
So, how does that list of characteristics line up with the behaviors of a few who make life miserable for all?
If the aborted fetus shows traces of illegal drugs, the mother gets a mandatory sterilization.
Remove Federal protections, contracts and subsidies to corporations that profit from the distribution of Rap music.
"Artists" can still create Rap music. Corporations can still distribute it if they divest all Federal business. No problem.
It breaks my heart to see large numbers of black people, especially women, go to university and graduate with majors that provide no economic return on their investment of time and money.
Since many of these students are first-generation college students, they have nobody to explain the fact-of-life as they relate to college educations.
Universities should be held as accountable as credit card companies. They should be forced to present students with data-driven income estimates of new graduates.
Furthermore, it should be "normalized" against the average wages of a non-college graduate and the number of years required for the student to show a net-gain vs. that non-college graduate. Be sure to tack on the student loan interest when making the calculations and the four (or five) years of wages that were lost when the student was at the University.
To prevent "gaming" the numbers, every student who graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Forensic Psychology (to give an example) must be included in the calculations. If they are a null data point, i.e. they don't report, the value of zero must be used in the calculations.
Too many colleges cook the numbers by reporting only the graduates who get jobs. That is misleading if 80% of the graduates cannot get a job or are too embarrassed to report their earnings as a dishwasher.