It is no surprise, yet still disappointing and discouraging, to see how much of the reaction from far too many people results in blaming OTHER people who are poor, lacking good jobs or any work at all, deficient in education, decent housing...
Mentioned, and considered, and examined all too seldom is The System, and the terrible history which is out there (recognizing that some try to hide it AND to hide their heads in the sand) to verify what it means when people with money and power do whatever is necessary to keep all they have, while making more, strictly for themselves. Maybe the donation of a few dollars now and then, but let's be reasonable. "These people WANT us to take care of them!"
Our greed and selfishness and determination not to face OURSELVES...altogether this combo is more than sufficient to kill us if we don't watch out.
A variation on the Pogo quote: the enemy is us.
I'm a white person who lived in Brighton until 1992, and heard the Town "leadership," more than once, justify keeping its distance from problems in the City.
Also sadly, I went to meetings at a black City church where a majority non white membership politely allowed me to be present, but cautioned me strongly to watch my step and not interfere. I stopped going.
Since 1992 we have lived in the City ourselves. I do fear being outside at midnight, and now I recognize it is time to fear being on the street at any time, ever.
Yet, I am ready to attend meetings and be involved...provided I am welcomed as an equal with others, that is.
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