BLM--Itís tme to sift the chaff from the wheat
Brutal and unjust actions by some policemen have struck a nerve in the consciousness of many people in America. The actions of a few bad cops has tainted the good work of most police. This reminds me of the sexual abuse scandals of the Roman Catholic Church. When civil or religious institutions shield bad members from disclosure and accountability, they must be reformed. In order for police departments to serve and protect they must have the input and oversight of their citizens. Therefore, I propose that an elected board of citizens supervise the police unions and be the governing body of police departments. These citizens must represent the communities served and be rotated with term limits such that they can’t make these positions career jobs. The funding for such citizen boards must be adequate to train and hire police. They must have by-laws that require them to allocate funds and resources to those areas of the cities that are most in need.
The BLM movement cries for justice in order for there to be peace. I agree with this but we must find solutions that are constructive and unify Americans. We need to take pride in every American citizen and embrace each other with respect regardless of race, politics or religion. We must restore blighted and poor urban areas and improve them through investments. The federal government should develop urban renewal programs that offer incentives to businesses for moving into these communities. Federal funds should be made available to provide construction jobs and projects to revitalize these neighborhoods and build new houses with grants and loans to working poor so they can be rewarded for their labor. This could be something like the CCCs of the 1930s except this would be the Civil Construction Corps. Likewise new schools must be built and staffed with well paid teachers. We must remove barriers for those who want to attain higher education and better paying jobs. We must root out drugs and gangs less by force and more by providing good paying jobs for those who stay in school and complete their education. Those who do not wish to go to college should be provided with training and provided with skilled jobs in construction and other trades. Volunteers should be paid by the federal government to mentor and tutor those who need academic help or need parenting assistance.
This is going to cost a lot of money. However, this approach is constructive and will help alleviate the faults of the current system that makes it easy and attractive to turn to drugs and crime. The idea of paying blacks money to make reparations for being black is a divisive and destructive approach. How much money would be enough to satisfy every black person in this country? The suggestion that thousands or tens of thousands of dollars per person is adequate will be viewed as racist because it places an inadequate value on what blacks have experienced. If we make all the blacks millionaires, how would the rest of the people feel about this? Once we set this precedent, then how about paying the American Indians, Hispanics, Japanese Americans and anyone else who has suffered social injustice? The right path forward is to look for ways to turn blighted neighborhoods into attractive neighborhoods and make it easier for blacks to move to white neighborhoods. Once they do, whites must welcome them. Americans must learn to become color blind and evaluate each person for their character. We should strive to continue to help our black citizens until black neighborhoods are viewed as desirable places to live.