Opinion – Black Culture Is Not the Problem – NYTimes.com – John Gelmini

The problem is not just down to the police or poverty amongst blacks because other people, like my late mother, came from much greater poverty in Southern Italy than anything experienced by American black youth in Baltimore or anywhere else.

This included working for up to 2 weeks and then being told there was no money to pay her or being fired and offered your old job back in exchange for a bribe.

Any work there was, was back-breaking and poorly paid and started in her case at age 12 as her parents small tenant farmers were so impoverished that they could not afford to keep her at school.
The same is true and to a greater extent of others from the Indian subcontinent, rural areas of China and a lot of other places.

Rioting during the middle of the day is a function of not having enough to do and conditions so vile and unrelenting that you think you have no other choice.

It is also a function of lack of self discipline, lack of male role models (too many absent fathers), drug culture, gang culture, too much junk-food with e-numbers and harmful chemicals, like aspartame making for over exuberant behavior and lack of meaningful work.

Clearly, there is a problem of “The devil making work for idle hands” due to the fact that many blue collar jobs that some of these youngsters could have done in the past have gone to the Far East and now via re-shoring to robots.

The answer is to toughen up the education system via the Troops to Teachers program, then remove these youngsters from their areas and put them into 2 years of National Service many miles from where they live or somewhere like the UK whereby they would be leased to the UK Tri Forces which has a military recruitment problem.

When they emerged from this regime the non academically inclined would go into business boot camps, be taught languages and enabling personal philosophies, again in locations miles from where they used to live.

Brighter youngsters could be fast tracked into university and then into work.

John Gelmini

Opinion – Race and criminal justice: The lessons of Baltimore | The Economist – John Gelmini

Part of the problem of disaffected youth, and black youth in particular, in cities like Baltimore, is lack of discipline, lack of employability, lack of a credible father figure (many of these young men, and they are mostly young men, have no father around), plus drugs and gang culture.

The Economist talks about a long-term problem and Dr Alf is right to be disappointed at the lack of vision and focus from the Economist. I feel the same way about that left-wing publication, and indeed President Obama who mouthed some platitudes along the lines of “something must be done” which had the emotional power of a would be Lothario on a date in a restaurant who has been stood up and jilted for someone more appealing, ordering something to eat from a restaurant menu whilst a knowing waiter hovers with feigned sympathy ready to take down an order.

The problems do require a radical long-term solution but there are things that can and must be done immediately to fix the situation and stabilize it:

1) Everyone in the country of whatever race needs to have two years of National Service before starting work or university

Military discipline would give the more disadvantaged youngsters a sense of self-worth and the most troublesome ones could be sent to the UK on lease so that we could solve our military recruitment problem and they would travel and experience different role models.

2) There should be zero tolerance of gang leaders, and local drug barons on sink-estates.

3) The education system from age 11 that these young men are put through needs to be significantly toughened up via the Troops-to-Teachers program and the education, itself needs to take place in remote locations, well away from where they live, possibly in a barracks style environment.

Once there, they would be taught languages, put through business boot camps, taught enabling philosophies and be permitted to write to their parents and see them at Christmas and Thanksgiving.

They would be required to work on cleaning and maintaining their environment and would grow much of their own food and learn how to cook it properly.

Days would be long and learning intense borrowing from the best elements of the South Korean school system and the one in Singapore.

4) Bright academically-inclined students would be identified early and the exceptionally talented ones made ready for a slightly shorter period of National Service as happens in Portugal prior to entering university proper.

5) With these problems removed, policing could be a little less in the style of “The Wire” and “NYPD Blues” and there would be fewer people to stop and search.

This would reduce tension and the need to take people into custody.

6) The police themselves need training in how to better defuse situations, without turning out en mass as if they were about to attack a city in the Middle East and clear it of ISIS fighters.

7) With proper tax incentives and writing-down allowances and a more stable environment, businesses could be incubated there, and inward investment promoted so as to create jobs (people who are earning and busy do not have the time or inclination to riot).

John Gelmini