While Black activists seem to only care about fighting the police after someone is killed by the police, there’s little to no real conversations about the socioeconomic conditions that destroy the lives of Black people. Economic and educational marginalization destroy the lives of Black youth and cause violence in our communities, as well as ultimately lead our youth into conflicts with the police. One big major problem that Black Lives Matter does not address in the news is the school to prison pipeline. The school to prison pipeline is the academic phrase for conditions in public schools that criminalize minority youth and essentially lead to them becoming criminals. Black students are disproportionately suspended, which leads to higher dropout rates and major issues with authority and causes lifelong if not generational economic damage because those who drop out of high school or who barely graduate are not likely to have the resources to properly raise their children.
This problem is not merely a big city urban problem. The problem is just as severe in smaller cities. It is institutional racism as its worst, and it is targeting the most vulnerable people in the Black community. Clearly something has to be done about this problem, but what? Activists and integrationists have been reforming education for years. After the Civil Rights Movement fought to integrate public schools, most white people across the South and in large urban centers in the North and West either sent their children to private schools or moved to mostly white suburbs. Integration, loved so much by liberals, never really happened at the K-12 level. Black and other minority communities cannot afford to listen to liberals and their solutions because, quite clearly, they do not work.