Reflect on the discussion about history, our foundational structures, the "red lining" of families of color out of opportunity for economic advancement, the connection between poverty, educational opportunity, and incarceration. Are you able to see those connections?
All of the above topics are a continuous cycle. Trying to fix just one of them would be like putting a Band - Aid on a bullet hole. They all feed into on another, with lack of a college education or other type of training there won't be decent paying jobs, which leads to poverty. Poverty leads to not being able to afford a nice place to live, which leads to children going to a disadvantaged school. These disadvantaged schools lead to students not being able to do their best, and the wheel of injustice keeps turning and turning.
The foundation of the United States was built by white people for white people, and enforced with the concept of "Law and Order." The origin story of law enforcement and policing is oppressive based. In the South, policing was simply used to preserve the slavery system. We want to keep the foundation strong so our house does not collapse, but this leads to more oppression as many white people see changes that positively affect people of color, as negatively affecting there own stature.
I see the connections all over and even more so now that I know the true origin of law enforcement. I hear and see the quote "the system is broke" all the time, but was it ever really "whole?" According to what I have seen in our country's history it doesn't seem like it ever has been.