It’s the last day of Black History Month, but it’s not the last day of discriminat, but it’s not the last day of discrimination against black people.
“The last hired and the first fired” is still an adage that’s alive and well when it comes to black Americans. To exacerbate the lack or loss of jobs for black Americans is the fact that job deserts were created when companies and/or factories within or near black communities left.
The lack of jobs is especially tragic for black males. A study reported in the Bloomberg Business Week (September 2012) estimated that 33 percent of black males within the 16-to-24-year-old range were unemployed. What is that saying about idle hands being the devil’s workshop?
The news is full of examples of “street” crimes committed by black males every day, but it’s not often pointed out that the offenders were unemployed.
I do not condone crime, but as an older black male said in a documentary of the ’60s, “If I can’t make it [make a living], then I will take it [steal or rob].”
How many brain cells or studies are needed to show (and know) that people will find a way to survive by “any means possible?”
How many brain cells or studies are needed to show that it’s not just black males who will commit crimes in order to survive?
And how many brain cells or studies are needed to show that survival is not just about having food to eat or money to pay one’s rent? It’s also about a sense of worth.
There’s an old gospel song that says, “The Lord will make a way somehow.”
Sadly, a minister accused the Lord of letting him dupe insurance companies out of money. There will always be people who commit crimes, but we need to find ways to minimize those crimes that are committed because people lack the means to earn a living.
My mother always said, “The Lord didn’t give people brains just to fill their skulls.”
Let’s give this problem some serious thought.
We’re all in this together.