Too many black families still suffer from the consequences of racism– conditions that undermine upward mobility and perpetuate unacceptable levels of poverty, crime and other social ills, according to Project 21, a network of black leaders from across the nation, in a report released Wednesday.
New legislation is needed to prevent racial discrimination that still dominates the lives of minorities, one advocacy group argues.
Unfortunately, too many black families today suffer from a non-racial scourge – conditions that undermine upward mobility and perpetuate unacceptable levels of poverty, crime and other social ills, according to Project 21, a network of black leaders from across the nation–a program of the National Center for Public Policy Research.
“The vaunted social safety net has become a web that ensnares black families in a vicious cycle of dependency, ” the authors of “Blueprint for a Better Deal for Black America” said.
They listed the following steps required for desegregating America:
Promote K–12 Educational Choice: Establish federal needs-based vouchers funded in part through an IRS 1040 voluntary donation check-off. Improve school security through upgrades in entry doors and by allowing trained school personnel access to guns.
Improve Higher Education: Require schools to meet minimum graduation rate standards for both general and minority student populations to be eligible for federal student financial aid. Establish tuition caps for schools participating in student financial aid programs.
Reduce Black Unemployment: Abolish the Jim Crow-era Davis-Bacon Act; initiate a second wave of welfare reform with work requirements and waive the minimum wage and collection of FICA for younger workers in special low-income areas.
Strengthen Faith-Based Communities: Establish federal Tax Credit Scholarships; repeal the Johnson Amendment; create a tax credit for families paying for nursery-12 fees and tuition and ban abortions performed exclusively on the basis of fetus ethnicity.
Promote Self-Determination: End fraudulent election practices that dilute black votes. Require proof of citizenship to register; vigorously prosecute those who target minority communities for fraud and prohibit the mailing out of ballots that haven’t been requested.
Improve the Relationship Between Police and Black Communities: Get police out of the regulation business; disarm federal agencies and transfer the resources to support police community outreach programs; increase use of body cameras; provide training to police in identifying people with autism; end gun bans and put police in charge of safety training.
End Excessive Regulation: Require “Minority Impact Assessments” for new regulations.
Stop Wealth Transfer From the Poor to Non-Citizens: Bar illegal aliens from using public services, except in emergencies.
Reduce the Economic Harm of Excise Taxes: Repeal federal, state and local sin and gas taxes, all of which have a disproportionate negative impact on low-income families.
Reform the Criminal Justice System: Require convictions for assets to be forfeited; prohibit incarceration for fine-only misdemeanors; require fines and forfeitures be transferred to general funds instead of enforcing agency budgets and consider ability to pay in levying fines.
The following suggestions, authors argued, will remove barriers blocking blacks from reaching their full potential and ensuring the American dream is attainable for all.
A full copy of the report can be found here
This summary was prepared by Megan Hadley, a reporter for The Crime Report. She welcomes readers’ comments.