Blacks Kill Blacks all the Time

by The Augustan on 12/2/2014

Many blacks are killed by other blacks. Where is the outrage in those cases? 

This statement is commonly directed towards the black community when they express their outrage following the death of a black person at the hands of a non-black person under allegedly questionable circumstances.

Simply put, it suggests that blacks should be more concerned with the larger issue, which is black-on-black homicides. This statement also implies that blacks are being hypocritical because their outrage is inconsistent.

Though there may be some truth to that, arguing the supposed hypocrisy of the black community as a response to their outrage following a black person’s death at the hands of a non-black person is beside the point.

Relevance matters.

If the question is was Person “A” justified in killing Person “B,” then the only evidence that is of any importance must directly relate to that question. Introducing irrelevant information into a discussion is misguided at best, and at worst it is a malicious attempt to divert attention away from the matter at hand.

That said, if a person is interested in reducing the homicide rate within black communities, then I would invite them to investigate the causes of homicides. I imagine that they would discover that it has little to do with race and more to do with socioeconomic and psychological factors.

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Ms. Manigault

by The Augustan on 11/18/2014

On June 19, 2014, a 20-year-old woman named Alicia Manigault left her then 2-week-old child in the back seat of her SUV from 8:00 a.m. until 8:50 a.m. while she took an exam at Virginia College in Augusta, Georgia. 

Understandably, many members of the community were outraged. Even for a young mother, Ms. Manigault clearly demonstrated poor judgment when she decided to leave her child unattended in her vehicle. 

Still, does this unfortunate situation point to a broader issue?

The Family Y in Augusta offers a complimentary, two-hour Child Watch service to its patrons so that they can have their child nearby as they workout. By doing this, the Family Y has made it simpler and more convenient for parents to attend. I suspect that the intention of the Child Watch service is to encourage new membership.

What if colleges offered the same service?

After all, the obstacles that exist for a parent that seeks a workout are no different from those that exist for a parent that seeks an education. The terms of a college Child Watch service can be debated, but certainly the idea is worth exploring.

Many people appeared to be eager to condemn Ms. Manigault’s actions. There is no question that what she did was wrong. Even so, my hope is that people will be equally as eager to consider the need that her actions have inadvertently revealed.

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The Holy Trinity of Job Creation

by The Augustan on 11/11/2014

Many policymakers embrace the idea that job creation is the work of a select class of individuals. These individuals are affectionately referred to as “job creators.” They are more commonly known as business owners. Business owners are people that take on a greater than normal financial risk in order to start a business. 

The idea that jobs are created by business owners alone is wholly inadequate.

I would argue that viable job creation is not the work of a select group of individuals; rather, it is the outcome of a successful collaboration between three groups of people: business owners, employees, and consumers. 

Such a relationship is known as symbiosis. Our economy is an ecosystem. It thrives off of an interdependent relationship that exists between different entities. 

Obviously, in order for a job to be created, an individual or group must first start a business. A job is created, but is it viable? Of course not. Perhaps the business owner cannot create the product or render the service of the business themselves, so they hire skilled laborers. A job is filled, but is it viable? Nope. In order for the business to survive and grow there must be a consumer base that has the income to purchase the business’s products or services. 

Creation is complete.

Where would America be without individuals that had the courage to start a business? In the same way, where would America’s businesses be without a skilled labor force and a prosperous consumer base? Any job creation legislation should reflect an understanding or this relationship. A job creator is not one; it is three acting as one. The holy trinity. 

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