The collective view of whiteness… from liberals and conservatives, Dems and Republicans… and progressives is that violence is a cause of poverty.. this is why their solutions involve more policing, why they’re willing to invest tax dollars in policing rather than black people.
“As has been reported many times by the media, violent crime has been decreasing across the country for decades, but that’s of little comfort in places like Baltimore and Chicago, where it has in fact been on a steady increase for several years. The violence in these cities are also almost exclusively located in low income, black neighborhoods. There’s no doubt that there is a link between violence and poverty, but to imply that reducing violence is necessary to reduce poverty is backwards, and dangerous.
Violence does not cause poverty. Violence, is a symptom of poverty. To say otherwise perpetuates false information that has plagued policy in this country for decades and made it impossible to affect real change. When you muddy the relationship between the two, it contributes to a myth that has plagued the poor, especially poor black people, forever: That their situation is their fault.
If they weren’t so violent, maybe they wouldn’t be so poor.
If people are violent, it’s usually because they are poor, because when you are poor, your opportunities to escape poverty are exceptionally limited. “
Violence is a symptom of poverty, not a cause
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