President Obama expresses support for the grievances often aggregated under the slogan "black lives matter."
“I think everybody understands all lives matter,” Obama said. “I think the reason that the organizers used the phrase ‘Black Lives Matter’ was not because they were suggesting nobody else’s lives matter. Rather, what they were suggesting was there is a specific problem that’s happening in the African-American community that’s not happening in other communities.

“And that is a legitimate issue that we’ve got to address.”
Yes, by all means, let's scrutinize police profiling and zero tolerance ordinances that might exist as a way of taxing a population when the municipality has insufficient commercial activity to provide governance conducive to commercial activity, and let's scrutinize controlled-substance policies under which Masters of the Universe and entertainment moguls can do their lines of coke, while their suppliers, and the sellers of loose cigarettes, are prosecuted beyond the fullest extent of the law.

But, Mr President, let's push that further.  Let's scrutinize the links between insufficient commercial activity and generations of young people rendered unemployable by government schools and the minimum wage.  Let's understand the effects of fifty years of urban renewal and Model Cities and the War on Poverty in creating a cohort of voters dependent on Democrat policies that somehow never lift people up.


David Foster said...

"government schools and the minimum wage"....also, the extreme hostility toward manufacturing which has been reflected in public policy and general culture. There aren't going to be as many manufacturing jobs (as a % of the total) and there were in 1950, but there should be a lot more than there are.

Stephen Karlson said...

Yes, and the skilled trades are looking for replacement workers as the baby boomers and the oldest Thirteeners age out.