$4.6 million. That’s the immediate cost of last month’s riots in Charlotte. But that’s just the beginning. While the cleanup and repairs were just getting started, the usual suspects began spinning the violence for political ends. One Charlotte councilman, Ed Driggs, informed the city council that the “unrest” was caused by “racial inequality in housing, jobs and other social areas,” and that the riots were a “cry of despair.”
But we already know the broad outlines of what must be done. We’ve been talking about it for decades. We need to counter the isolation and marginalization of the poor, including the working poor, by mixing more affordable housing throughout the city, suburban areas included. We need to counter the resegregation of schools, either with redrawn school boundary lines or new magnet schools or some combination. We need to connect people in the struggling neighborhoods west, north and east of uptown with good jobs and new hope. … Making headway against deep-rooted inequities is never easy, as civil rights lawyer James Ferguson said Tuesday evening during a WFAE-FM panel discussion on the unrest. “We have to work for it, with intentionality,” he said. Some will resist. They will ask why their families should sacrifice to help solve the problems of others. It’s not an unreasonable question. But, as we learned so painfully in recent weeks, the problems across town eventually become everyone’s problems.
All the “social justice” lobbying groups heard a loud and clear “ka-ching!” This week, Charlotte picked Marcus D. Jones as its new city manager. Kim Eagle, the city’s director of strategy and budget, had been a favored candidate, but she’s White. As the Observer put it, “Jones will be the city’s first African-American manager. His hiring comes at a crucial time for Charlotte, which saw days of civil unrest after the Sept. 20 police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott.” Destroying police cruisers and terrorizing motorists is a lot more fun than lobbying your city council, and it pays better, too.
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