I remember growing up in Richmond, Va. environs that Black families lived in the inner city in tenements and had very little, including not owning cars, and white people lived in nice houses in the suburbs. School children were being bussed across town to integrate schools and fights broke out every day in the hallways and on the school grounds. Later in life with my husband in the Navy and our two sons in local schools on the West Coast in a well-off area, I became aware that just minutes down the highway, this very wealthy county was home to a redlined community living in poverty. I set out to understand it. I learned about the differences between low-wealth school districts and high-wealth districts. I learned about the inability of middle-class Black families to purchase property in other areas and that it was all about the discrimination of banks owned and run by Whites against providing mortgages. They also wouldn't fund investment in this community. I tried to get the Boy Scouts (we were members) to help get Black families engaged in Scouting, but I found little support, and it didn't happen.
What I'm getting at here is that redlining perpetuates generational poverty. As a scholar of developing countries, families living in slums beget generations living in slums because opportunities to rise out of poverty are prevented by elite. In the United States, the elite are White People. Period. End of Sentence. In addition, the videos talk about property taxes and low-wealth schools as contributing factors to poverty and that one in 9 Black children have an incarcerated parent. Well, things are worse than the videos present. See, there's this thing called "the school to prison pipeline" where those Black children who are acting out because of their psychosocial circumstances, are treated as acting criminally, rather than being assisted with services to help them cope and prosper. It then becomes a matter of survival rather than putting their efforts into creating a successful life. I could keep writing, but I want to finish this module. Peace.