FBI Director James Comey has called for a conversation on race in that involves more than just law enforcement.
Comey said the US is at “a crossroads” in the wake of incidents involving White police officers fatally shooting unarmed Black men. He said racial bias exists in all areas of American society.
A lot of tough questions have to be addressed if we are to have a real conversation. And all of us have to face realities without excuses. Yesterday, on my new favorite site for nonsense postings (Yahoo) people asked me specifically about crime. The numbers are horrendous in poor Black communities.
Here are, I think, some root causes that can be applied anywhere in the world. They are in no particular order…:
Unfair Justice System = Arresting, prosecuting, and convicting people unfairly creates a culture of crime. Jails or prisons often make worse criminals out of people because of the conditions that exist there.
War on Drugs = This “war” has been – in short — a failure. States are now recognizing that it criminalizes otherwise law-abiding people has contributed to a number of problems. This “war” has fueled a drug trade that is too often violent.
Social/mental disorders = People with grave mental disorders can end up committing crime. We, as a society, should try to treat them before their lose control.
Family = Abuse in a child’s formative years from family can push a person into a life of crime. People who are neglected by their families and do not get the love and attention that they , and many turn to gangs for that love.
Regionalism = Or we can call it, the “neighborhood.” people who harbor regionalist feelings often go to great lengths to commit crimes against other communities. This is often ignored our leaders who see only classifications and not people. Such regionalism can influence crime.
Media = Media (TV, Internet, movies, etc.) is an integral part of our lives and how we see each other. It is important the we discern reality from fiction.
Bigotry = This has contributed to unrest all around the world. It is sad that we discriminate simply due to external appearances and different origins.
Politics = Political power is often misused to take advantage of weaker groups. Such situations often force the victims to resort to crime..
Poverty = People are often driven to great lengths of desperation by poverty all around the world. It is a dangerous thing. As the rich get richer and the poor get poorer, problems grow.
Overpopulation = Increase in population is the biggest cause of crime. Too many people crowded into a very small area.
Education = Failing schools limit prospects for children at the bottom end of the ladder to climb up. And while there are several noteworthy ideas out there (charters, vouchers, to name two), overall, the offerings are few and far between.
Employment = Where there is no “job,” a person will create one. Investment in areas where jobs are most needed has been slow – in the cities and in the rural communities.