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It is time for conservatives to have a chance addressing the problems of the inner City. There has not been a Republican Mayor in Minneapolis for 60 years, and the City has been without conservative policy making for 40 years. The problems we have today were created by liberal politics. It is time for a change.
I have lived in the Whittier Neighborhood for 30 years. Since coming back to Minnesota after living on the East and West coasts, attending college, and being married and then divorced I have been extremely fortunate. I am an urban Republican, which is different than a rural Republican, which is to say every day I look upon the problems of the City and ask why these problems persist.
The well-intentioned efforts of the Democratic party have failed miserably – the protests turning into riots and homelessness are symptoms of a collapsing society. The Police are not the problem – the lack of jobs and consequence for personal behaviors are. Affordable housing for many of the homeless is myth.
Hennepin County must change its homelessness response system. Even if provided safe, “culturally specific” housing, too many of the “unhoused” are incapable of managing their lives. Drug use, lack of hygienic awareness, and substandard personal grooming make necessary a shift toward an institutional setting.
When protests easily transition into rioting and looting the only solution is the forceful protection of public assets. While there is a danger of Police overreacting when they are personally threatened, a modest or retreating law enforcement reaction is inappropriate.
Putting Police Officers in harms way and taking away the tools which will protect them is lunacy. If the current elected officials think that more social workers and mental health therapists will solve the problem - Fine, put them in front of the Officers and see how that works!!
I am 70 years old now and have experienced in life many of the disappointments the disadvantaged of the present moment have myself. Yes, of course, my “whiteness” has given me advantage. Yet to expect me and my white family to surrender what we have built for ourselves is unreasonable. It is not going to happen.
Black, brown, and other disadvantaged minorities have been held down more by reparations and unevenly administered welfare payments. Rather than creating a path to independence the current system has created dependence.
Although inadequate, the increase in the number of successful minority families and has gone unrecognized. The trend of “nouveau réussi” (“newly successful”) minority families will require growth of a parallel culture: Self-sufficient, equal in all terms, and working for each other. Assimilation, as has been subtly expected is not the right objective.
There is no immediate cure for racial disparities. The proper reaction is not incarceration, yet removal from environments that breed antisocial behaviors are necessary. .