Baltimore and living with the facts of America – News & Observer

The Political Agitator response: When we deal with the root of the problem and then we can deal with the reactions. As long as folks don’t want to deal with the root nothing will change!

During his recent sold-out appearance in Charlotte, heralded civil rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson pushed the rhetorical button that should be labeled: “Send Conservatives Up Nearest Wall.”

He said the problems facing inner-city African-Americans – elevated poverty, crime and unemployment rates – represent the lingering aftershocks of centuries of slavery and generations of segregation.

He traced the Baltimore riots and nationwide tensions over police shootings of black men back to those twin evils of American history. He threw in a provocative afterthought: We agonized over cars and buildings that went up in flames in Freddie Gray’s neighborhood, but we’ve largely ignored the human suffering unfolding there for generations. (Source: Read more)

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Black segregation in US drops to lowest in century

WASHINGTON — America’s neighborhoods became more integrated last year than during any time in at least a century as a rising black middle class moved into fast-growing white areas in the South and West. (Read more)