To me it seems the obvious problems with this analysis are self evident. When you are a disenfranchised underclass in your country the opportunity to rise upwards is a lottery ticket. In this article and book you are speaking of households supported by a single mother. Those households leave unattended teenage males rudderless as more often then not a single mother struggles to sustain fiscally. Then the young male and often female children fail to achieve educationally from lack of support. This then feeds into increased chances for criminality. Once that criminality has occured and is punished with documented bias they are pushed farther out of the system. With a criminal record the right to vote, ability to obtain college funding, and job prospects become unreachable. This then only leads the disenfranchised into more criminality or underclass status.
The current economic climate suggests even more indicators of that bias. The unemployment rates of non whites are very much a cautionary indicator. I am not sure how to break the cycle. I don't think anyone knows until it is attacked on multiple fronts. In this age of rising libertarian and corporate oligarchy the safety net to combat it is being ripped open. It is a chicken or the egg dilemma. The correlations are obvious to the causation. In this summary there are only offered band aid fixes for jugular cuts. As the United States continues to thrive on the backs of its underclass the minorities who overwhemingly make it are forced into social decline.
I haven't read the book but after your review Danehy I am now going to. The idea though that everyone has the opportunity to live out a sports movie coming of age success story is unrealistic. I am certain you are proud of your former student. I myself even from this small blurb in her life am as well. The realities though are much more bleak then "cast a wider net."
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