On a salary of $8 per hour or $270 a week, 25-year-old Shenita Simon supports her family of seven, which includes her mom, brother, husband and three children.
She works at a Kentucky Fried Chicken in Brooklyn, New York and on her near-minimum-wage salary, is one of more than 10 million Americans working and living below the poverty line.
We tend to underestimate the value of social capital in trying to assess equal opportunity. A high schooler with two college-educated parents may have very similar aptitude to a fellow student with one parent who finished the sixth grade. When it comes time to prepare for college and apply for admission, the educated parents can provide significantly more help with the hidden, inner game of transcript building, standardized tests, application essays, and school selection…
There is mutually assured damage from continuing the way we’ve been going. The United States needs those young people educated. And those young people need us, concerned adults ready to step out of their daily routine and intrude in the steady production of dropouts who go on to less promising adult lives. We can do better."
— Ray Suarez, Call is Out to Sabotage the Dropout Crisis
Don’t just say that black unemployment is four times that of whites. Say that black businesses only get 2 percent of the $1 trillion of black buying power, and then say that black businesses are the greatest private employer of black people.
Then you might be able to say, wow, if there were more support of black businesses, if maybe a little more of that $1 trillion got to those businesses, unemployment wouldn’t be so high.