Black lives matter! Police brutality! Burn! Burn! Burn! These are just 3 of the many slogans we have heard in recent months concerning the deaths of mostly black Americans at the hands of police. Ferguson, Baltimore, New York and other cities have seized the headlines for the wrong reasons. The question is: what will we do? What is the answer? Is there an answer, or do we just hope for the best?
One suggestion I have been considering has 2 parts: immediate and long-term. Immediately, those cities that suspect such problems, might get ahead of their onset by electing majority representatives from the community and lesser numbers from police and government. The objective would be to identify the problems and recommend solutions through community meetings and other means. The long-term solution would include education , job creation especially of local projects and training of workers. This would, of course, require funding, and the question always arises: where do we get the funding? Perhaps, the answer is the money is already there. The problem is that we have been spending it foolishly. While our infra-structure decays, our education and health standing in the world sags, and wages stagnate, we spend billions on war machines. Does your senator or congressperson have the wisdom and political courage to stand up for his constituency instead of feeding our military addiction? What’s your opinion?