Ross Douthat’s Racial Paranoia [Salon.com h/t Racialicious]
It’s hard not to notice, especially in California, that our commitment to education has diminished as the proportion of children in our schools has become less white. I’m noticing correlation, not arguing causation, but it’s hard not to believe the two things are related. Progressives here have been trying to give older white voters and taxpayers a reason to invest in our multiracial future. Maybe Douthat’s message can work to scare conservative whites into investing in the future of all children, but, of course, it’s intended to do the opposite: To scare them into believing they can’t afford to believe there will be a safety net when they retire, so we might as well dismantle it now.
Raheem Jackson’s Death and Scary Walks Home [Dcentric]
Jackson’s heartbreaking poem speaks volumes to the fear of violence many kids face head on so that they can participate in extracurricular activities. Fear of having the same unfortunate fate of Jackson also impedes people from being physically active. A recent study by Kaiser Permanente and the Prevention Institute found fear of violence stops people from taking advantage of recreational facilities and opportunities even if they are in their neighborhoods. The study found that “people who are afraid of violence walk and bike infrequently, avoid using neighborhood parks, and restrict their children’s outdoor play.” In other words, if you build it, they may not come if it feels too dangerous to walk there.