GFunkMoneyDog wrote:Cate McCalley wrote:If we need to grow our population, all we have to do is make it where a couple can have a few children without worrying about being in debt all their lives, and whether they will be able to provide for the children they bring into the world.
So you contend that the black population is declining because of the economy?
That coupled with the unintended consequences of the Civil Rights Act that included quota's that forced black populations opportunity's instead of affording it's population the natural process of the cream rising to the top. In the attempt to correct 300 years of equal opportunity suppression, the quota mandate gave a diluted mixed result. Creating a backlash of reverse discrimination and further segregation. The kind of segregation we see in large urban city neighborhoods, controlled by the disenfranchised amd surviving on the illegal economy of the drug trade and it's connected illegal activity. I understand the logic behind the implemendation of the quota mandate. It's failure is due to the abandonment of the concept of merit, a result to hastily rectify an injustice over centuries.
The advent of easy access to birth control, freeing women of color to choose economic independence over motherhood that often relegated their lives to partial or complete dependence on the state has played a significant role in the declination of the black population. When a disporportunate number of the children they may produce (1 out of 3) futures are confined to a choice of a prison term or death sentence from their peers, where is the incntive to produce them?
A solid education followed by equal job opportunity and a just criminal system is what lifts people out of poverty. It's what is needed to create a stake in a civilized society. There will always be the poor among us. Those that are poor should be ones that are made poor by unavoidable circumstance, like natural physical and mental disabilty, unforseen tragedy, infirming old age and vulnerable youth. Their poverty should not come from circumstances thrust upon them. Like disavantaged job opportunity based on race, gender, religion or age. Or closed opportunity for restoration of whole citizenship because of a misdemeanor criminal record that made them felons, before ever having an opportunity to vote, a benefit of whole citizenship.
There's not one single issue like a well economy that will stop the decline of our black population. There's a host of social issues that are compromised and must be addressed as well.