Thousands of economically disadvantaged American young people are being arrested at busy subway stations, like Gallery Place, because they can’t afford a $200 monthly pass.
There’s a Great Wall that’s been built to obstruct migration domestically, within American cities: the public transportation turnstile.
In January 2018 alone, there were 2,000 people arrested at these DC turnstiles.
Inability to afford public transportation is a direct result of the racial disparity in unemployment which is widest in DC area.
And the racial disparity in unemployment is a direct result of greed.
Greed is hitting new breakout levels.
Cities must support programs that aim to reduce social greed and close the unemployment gap by race in the places where the gap is widest.
Full scholarship programs aren’t enough.
Mentoring programs only go but so far.
New MBK programs sponsored by the private sector should be conceived, encouraged, and supported.
Real estate development and urban planning policy is a distraction and diversion from the work of getting these young people into full-time jobs, because real estate industry isn’t one of the largest employers of leaders from economically disadvantaged families.
Focused policy and program development on the sectors employing the largest number of leaders from economically disadvantaged families will be what more likely boosts employment among young people in American economically disadvantaged families.
Personally, make a commitment to dedicate resources (time and money) strategically aimed at solving this real crisis at the borders of where young adults from American economically disadvantaged families, must meet with the rest of American society.
Importantly, this is not a crisis in policing.
Law enforcement should continue arresting people who break the law. But there is no grand conspiracy among communities of economically disadvantaged American young people to defraud public transportation systems of monthly revenue.
Poor people don’t pay, because they can’t. They do not have the financial capital. The easiest fix to this crisis, is to simply and voluntarily commit personal resources to provide these young people with employment.