Poverty breeds crime

William T. Robinson, Jr.

William T. Robinson, Jr.

In this country there is a substantial gap between the ‘have’ and the ‘have nots’ that keeps us from a harmonious union as a nation. This equates to an economic and social divide that literally relegates us to a class system. Whether this is intentional or programmed, it seeks to create a notable environmental difference that without a doubt is a contributing factor to many of the problems and woes we face as a nation.

While we are constantly talking about righting the many wrongs and improprieties contributing to so many of the problems that plague our nation, we have only to recognize and work on improving the economic gap catapulting so many people into lives of poverty. Without question your environment plays an indelible part in how you respond and relate to the world. The difference can be seen in every aspect of one’s life whether it is social, economic or mental.

When you have communities of people living in dire economic situations void of decent amenities and unable to see themselves rising above their present situation you have a recipe for excessive crime. You often create people with low self-esteem and a profound sense of hopelessness.

Common sense dictates that when you create a hostile inpovished environment, the recipients will eventually rebel—wreaking havoc out of frustration and a need to survive the only way they may know.

Many times you have children growing up in financially disadvantaged families with parents lacking educational skills, parenting skills, and the economic means to expose their children to venues that will promote their children’s intellectual and social growth. Such situations are conductive to producing products apathetic to society.

It is easy for crime to become the modus operandi for people who just don’t care about themselves or others.

Middle and upper class citizens have a propensity for a more rewarding and gratifying life based on a more positive and nurturing environment made possible by means of a more feasible and adequate income. They usually have a brighter outlook and respect for established rules and expectations than their financially strapped brethren. There cannot be a realistic approach to remedying many of our societal problems without an honest conversation and advances made to improve the distribution of wealth and employment opportunities in this country.

The varying expectations of people are noticeable in communities often separated by amenities according to zip codes.

The differences can be compelling—affecting education, housing, and opportunities in general. While education is encouraged as a conduit to equalizing the playing field, all too often there exist extenuating circumstances that seem to act as barriers only allowing so many people into middle and upper class status.

Discriminatory practices in play keeping certain groups or communities from opportunities and resources necessary to better their living conditions seem to be contributing factors, all too often.

Thus you have two realities. One that offers hope and the opportunity to improve one’s lot with education and hard work and another void of all hope and vision to overcome their desolate and depressing conditions.

The disadvantaged group begins to hate the system they feel is holding them down and even trivializes their worth. This can catapult people into hating who they are, participating in illegal activities, and adopting a stance of hopelessness, not caring whether they live or die. Crime can become a part of life for many of those who feel victimized and neglected by society. Their spirituality is sometimes not enough to help navigate them through this desolation and futility.

On the other hand, you have those so blessed with the fruits of success and accomplishment that they appear indifferent and apathetic to the pain and suffering of their fellow men. This apathy is so profound that you have many of the economically blessed looking down of those less fortunate and blaming them for contributing to their own inadequacies.

Therefore you create two factions literally at odds with what is real to them. Sometimes it seems that those with the most are jealous and devoted to keeping others from obtaining the advantages they so flagrantly manifest.

What makes one believe that most people don’t want to live in a safe and comfortable neighborhood, have access to quality education for their children, and have the means to afford some of the amenities that makes life comfortable?

It is only when we come together and work to improve the lot of all our citizens that there will be a demise of crime, hate and apathy.

Economic equality is the one real solution in eradicating poverty. It’s the leading component that contributes to crime. A greater effort is needed to shorten the economic gap, to help make this a country that appreciates and benefits us all.

Too many other proposed remedies only act as temporary bandages or smokescreens to satisfy or maintain the status quo.