Beyond FACTS: THE COLOR OF JUSTICE
While I’m certainly no expert on race and society, I can’t help but connect the desperate conditions of our inner-city schools (see the September 20 post on Jonathan Kozol’s SHAME OF THE NATION) with the disparate rate of people of color who live in poverty, behind bars, or on death row in our noble country. This can’t be corrected overnight, but it seems a few simple things can be done to put us on the right track to a viable long-term solution: Let’s put funds back into neglected early eductaion, intervention, and counseling programs in our communities. Let’s cut through the red tape that’s made the No Child Left Behind goal a pipe dream. And let’s give children in every demographic decent schools where they not only learn but are loved and learn to love. While we’re at it, let’s support abused women and their children and show the world how compassionate we can be. Maybe then we can some day reduce the number of people in our own country who feel so disenfranchised and abandoned that they become criminals.
You can quote me on that...in or out of context...all you like.