From Juvenile Law (CASA) conference in Boston:
Statistic 1. Every time a child changes schools, he/she regresses approximately 6 months.
Statistic 2. There is a disproportionate number of children of color in the foster care and delinquency system.
Statistic 3. Children of color are generally detained longer after being taken into state custody, due to unsuitable or unavailable homes.
Statistic 3. Most states lack sufficient resources to adequately respond to the problems above.
Now then, some conclusions –
As much as I would like to say ‘let’s focus on “underprivileged” instead of “children of color,” and I generally try not to distinguish between colors, as I cannot find the dividing line, someone did in order to come up with these statistics.
If this is in fact the case, wouldn’t it make just as much sense to help the “majority of the underprivileged” as it does to help the “majority?” In other words, given the fact that we pass laws to give breaks to the wealthy (largely white male) with the idea that it will trickle down, shouldn’t we justify laws to give breaks to the underprivileged (largely black) by similar logic – to assist the majority because that will promote the betterment of society?
I guess the question rises as follows: “majority of what?” Do we justify assistance only when it helps a certain people? If we truly believe that state help should go to the majority because that will promote the welfare (bad word?) of the minority, then we should apply that logic to the majority of the privileged and underprivileged alike.
Strange, aberrant, thinking isn’t it? But here’s the thing:
WHAT WE ARE DOING ISN’T WORKING.
That’s right. I raised my voice for a moment. And I’m not apologizing. I’m frustrated. Why, you ask? Thanks for asking. I truly appreciate your concern.
I have spent most of my career as an attorney “helping others.” Often for little or no compensation, and I didn’t complain, until I had children to support. Due to my emotional and financial responsibilities, I took a decently paid government job. But that job is not my passion. The subject above is. It has been for 20 or more years. And I can’t seem to find my way back to it because I cannot support my family with it.
Meanwhile, more and more children live in fear every day.
In Nigeria, more Christian school children have been abducted again by Muslim terrorists, so the adbucted fear what is likely and those not adbucted fear abduction.
In America, children fear abuse at home or bullets at school.
In many countries, children fear the pain of starvation, or the loss of their parents due to wars between the governments of people who don’t even know the subject of their leaders’ disputes.
And I am reading contracts and litigating whether a man can marry his laptop computer.
Time is wasting for these children. Some people (me) give a crap but can’t get to the life preserver to throw it, and some people stand at the edge of the water and say, “I really want to see them invest in their own rescue.” I don’t subscribe to this ideology.
I want to help. It haunts me.
Put me in, coach. I have skills to offer. I’m trained for this.