As I sat and tried to think of ways to better black America, some intricate plan that would resolve all the woes the plagues us I couldn’t do it. Sometimes the best solutions are the simplest.
1. Don’t have children young and out of wedlock. Young is a relative term. I would say that as a rule of thumb people should try their hardest not to have children while still a child themselves. I don’t have to look up stats to try to convince you that the younger you have children the more likely you are to land in poverty. There is no reason to rush to have children (despite what that delusional chick said on twitter today). You have your whole life to have children. They take a lot of responsibility and they take a lot of money.
2. Pick better baby fathers. I could say that more black men need to step up and handle their responsibilities (and they do) but I also think that women should share in some of this responsibility. Men who bail on their children do themselves and their communities a disservice. My thing is I doubt that when a man leaves a woman to carry that responsibility on her own it was the first that man showed some type of sketchy or questionable behavior.
3. If you do have children play an active role in their lives and education. Help them with their homework, talk to their teachers and hold them accountable, give them structure, teach them responsibility. Don’t try to be their friend, be their parent. This goes a long way in how children view adults and authority.
4. Learning how to save money. Black people spend a considerable amount of their disposable income on depreciable products. I’m not saying that poor or less advantaged people can’t have nicer things in life but poor people have to be more cautious about how they spend money if they want to survive. If the poor want to get out of poverty they might have to save money that the middle-class might use to buy brand-name products, or go to a movie or out to dinner.
Those are my solutions. I had some more controversial ideas but I don’t think I’m ready to divulge those solutions in a public setting just yet. What do you think of these solutions? Have any of your own?