Low-income and non-white neighborhoods are often plagued by crime, but the real problem facing these neighborhoods isn’t crime. It’s a lack of investment in education and other social services. In this week’s column, “A Plea For A Right To A Safe Neighborhood,” Leonard Pitts Jr. writes:
You want to fix Liberty Square and places like it? Fine, improve the policing. But also fix the schools and give every child a quality education. Offer job training. Provide incentives that bring commerce and industry to the area. Encourage the restoration of nuclear families. End the drug war.