The Two Americas: 8 Solutions to Fix the Great American Crisis

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Dr. King -- over 50 years later nation still mired in many of the woes he lamented

President Obama and Congress must address the economic genocide in black America before more innocent people lose their lives.

The great American hero Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. told us 50 years ago in one of his last speeches, "The Other America," there are two Americas. One has privilege, education, housing, jobs, access to capital, and economic inclusion. And the other America does not. These two separate Americas will not survive. We need one America -- one that includes housing, education, jobs, access to capital, and economic inclusion for every American. This will create a stronger America.Unfortunately, the speech that Dr. King gave a little over 50 years ago sounds like he gave it yesterday. Every day we are seeing the ugly symptoms of two Americas. Whether it is Ferguson, Oakland, or Baltimore, the escalation continues.

I was very disappointed in President Obama when he called those young men in Baltimore "thugs" and "criminals." He is the President of the United States and he should be above name calling. But beyond the name calling, here's what I found really disappointing: this is not the hope and change I believe the majority of Americans financially supported and voted for. President Obama and others know that we have positioned the African-American community to fail - the statistical data proves it. This failure has now become the great American crisis.

President Obama and Congress must address the economic genocide in black America before more innocent people lose their lives.

The great American hero Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. told us 50 years ago in one of his last speeches, "The Other America," there are two Americas. One has privilege, education, housing, jobs, access to capital, and economic inclusion. And the other America does not. These two separate Americas will not survive. We need one America -- one that includes housing, education, jobs, access to capital, and economic inclusion for every American. This will create a stronger America.

Unfortunately, the speech that Dr. King gave a little over 50 years ago sounds like he gave it yesterday. Every day we are seeing the ugly symptoms of two Americas. Whether it is Ferguson, Oakland, or Baltimore, the escalation continues.

I was very disappointed in President Obama when he called those young men in Baltimore "thugs" and "criminals." He is the President of the United States and he should be above name calling. But beyond the name calling, here's what I found really disappointing: this is not the hope and change I believe the majority of Americans financially supported and voted for. President Obama and others know that we have positioned the African-American community to fail - the statistical data proves it. This failure has now become the great American crisis.

For full piece & 8 solutions click here: The Huffingtonpost

 

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