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  •  inner cities: the sinkholes of bad character (8+ / 0-)
    ... the best thing to help prevent violent crime in the inner cities is to bring opportunity in the inner cities, is to help people get out of poverty in the inner cities, is to help teach people good discipline, good character.

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013 (@eState4Column5).

    by annieli on Thu Mar 27, 2014 at 09:55:29 AM PDT

    •  Especially if you have ever been to the inner city (0+ / 0-)

      There are churches on almost every block, sometimes facing each other. I lived in "Bad News" Newport News for a while, and you can barely go 3 blocks without somebody trying to push you down the righteous path.
      The reality of the conditions of the city are, as Coates says, more likely to be due to low employment, loan sharks, and overt stereotyping from the police.

      •  Don't forget that "entry level" = dead end (1+ / 0-)
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        If there's anything that teaches kids that "work, well, don't work" is having parents all over the neighborhood making minimum wage and wearing out every joint from the waist down and never moving up the income ladder.

        Or learning that the only halfway decent jobs are in the government sector and the waiting list is interminable. Or that the military is only good for "Affirmative Action for War Vets" in the case of landing a postal job. And mail carriers wear out everything from the waist down for a decent job.

        That's the lesson I learned about the economy. Home ownership? Retirement? What a sick joke.

    •  everyone is little bit bigotted (2+ / 0-)
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      whl, KeepItRealFolks

      Be it northern folks just saying, if those southerners would just vote right their live would be so much better, or white people thinking that black people cause their own problems by not acting white, everyone has little things that make us not as accepting as we should be.  What makes us a racist is when we deny these things exist.

      What is true, in my experience, is this education thing where urban kids are taught  discipline and character is one of those code words in which what is meant that minority kids are taught to respect the white people and know their place.

      Sure kids much be taught character and discipline, but without a focus on creativity and authentic self esteem all you have taught is how to follow orders, good enough for the military or a minimum wage job, but not much else.

      What makes this worse is that there seems to be some worship of the white Midwestern culture at the mecca of education excellence.  This idea that if we could just teach the urban areas to be like Wisconsin, Iowa or Minnesota, all our problems would be solved. This is why I have seen an inordinate number of Midwestern teachers in urban centers telling the kids how fortunate they are to have a well educated teacher that can tell them how they should be living. Teachers that worked their out of similar circumstances of the students and can model relevant and succesful behavior are all too often seen as inferior.

      •  PR is a racist because he has the power to (1+ / 0-)
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        Punish us blah people with his budget. He is an agent of evil & is a material  & existential threat.

        We're plenty obedient otherwise our extermination would be out in the open.

        nosotros no somos estúpidos

        by a2nite on Sat Mar 29, 2014 at 05:04:15 PM PDT

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