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Poverty doesn't explain shooting

July 31, 2010
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This problem [at Black Expo] is nothing new; it has a long history of violence and disrespect for the community we all live in.

I think your [July 26 editorial] was very accurate except for one statement: “The violence is rooted in families broken by economic hardship—and not just hardship associated with the recent Great Recession. Long-standing poverty has produced parents who are unable or unwilling to adequately supervise their children.”

There are inner-city white and Hispanic families that experience the same economic hardships and difficulties but don’t display the type of crime within their community. The root problem is, there are no consequences for the Black Expo, and city officials are afraid to take action, thinking this would appear as a race issue.
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Kirby South

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