How Runaway Economic Inequality and Racism are Linked to Police Killings

Roc_die_in.jpgCauses intersect, where one disadvantaged group is pained, another is also pained. This has been emphasized in many of the recent protests against police brutality. While the root of police killings is racial, economic injustice is cited as an endemic problem that affects people in poverty regardless of race. From a racial perspective, racial injustice makes people more vulnerable to economic injustice. People like Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and Tamir Rice lived in poor neighborhoods where employment was low, income for those who were employed was low, and greater society didn't bat an eye.

Les Leopold's article for Alternet is an in-depth look at the economic injustice issues that perpetuate racism. His main focus is the criminal justice system in relation to poverty, poor neighborhoods vs. gentrified, high unemployment, a growing prison industrial complex, and Wall Street greed. Combined with our country's dismal racial history and we see just how broken our system is.

One issue I wish was included in this article was education. Education in itself is a large issue, but some factors tie in with economic issues. Graduation rates and poor funding for public schools, especially in urban areas, play a factor that lead to young people turning to underground employment. The rise in publicly funded charter schools also plays a factor in the dwindling budgets of public education.  A major part of what factors in projected prison populations is how black students are far