How Does Poverty End?

Alex and I have been doing a podcast about living in the inner-city of Milwaukee since this summer.  I don’t post much on it because I never want to force things on people.  I used to just think that some people care about some things and others just don’t and that was fine.  Now, I am coming to understand that unless we all care about people in poverty and the effects of systemic racism, nothing will ever change.  It has been over 50 years since MLK said: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”

It is clear that more people need to care about the ties that being Black in Milwaukee, means you have less access to a good education or a well paying job.  Unless we all care and start doing more, it will be 50 more years of 55% of children growing up in poverty or only 66% of black students graduating in Milwaukee Public Schools.  In our recent podcast episode we discuss whose responsibility is it that there are many so murders in the central city and spoiler, it’s all of ours.  I love the idea that systemic racism is a heavy load but if we all lend a hand, we can really make an impact.  I would love your thoughts and ideas, we need each other to make a change.