Peace....


His name is Jerome Terrance Philips. He has just been released from Jackson Penitentary...He is 32 years old and has three children by three different women. The children are ages 14, 14, and 13. He was incarcerated for felony assault, and the sale of narcotics. He has just completed a 12 year term in prison, and he is ready to re-enter society. He made several really dumb decisions as a teen ager which cost him 12 years of living, however, that is behind him now. He is a changed man......

Jerome has pledged to become a good father, and an upstanding member of society, however, without any marketable skill, he finds that employers are less than receptive when they discover his criminal background. Relentlessly he searches for any opportunity, and eventually he finds employment at McDonalds. His salary is $377.00 per week.

Rent is $400.00 per month in the worst area, he has no choice but to accept this, he also has utilities to pay, food to buy, and the other necessities of living. His children are looking for him to make his word his bond...They need things from him which costs money, however he cannot afford to do anything for them..He is barely able to make ends meet...

What are his choices???



Moat
"Old fool! This is my hour. Do you not know Death when you see it? Die now and curse in vain!" And with that he lifted high his sword and flames ran down the blade.
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377 a week at McDonald's that kinda high for Micky D's. But to answer your question he is set up for failure. Someone will have to help this brother, put him in a position to grow.He has two choices, accept the trap he knows is set for him, and sell drugs or become a theif. Or he can work two low paying jobs, seek out help from organizations that can help brothers in his situation. If he wants to make it he will have to be persistant, creative and realize he can make if he keeps trying.
Peace....


quote:
MCDONALD'S DOES NOT PAY $377/WEEK



I know...I was trying to keep things reasonable. the truth is that working at McDonalds would propbably ear a person more like $300.00 per week....


quote:
377 a week at McDonald's that kinda high for Micky D's. But to answer your question he is set up for failure. Someone will have to help this brother, put him in a position to grow.He has two choices, accept the trap he knows is set for him, and sell drugs or become a theif. Or he can work two low paying jobs, seek out help from organizations that can help brothers in his situation. If he wants to make it he will have to be persistant, creative and realize he can make if he keeps trying.


The problem is that this reality would mean that without some form of government assistance, inmates and others in similiar predicaments cannot make it.

Is this demonstrative of some flaw in the system of democracy and capitalism?

I would say yes...



Moat
Now, you bleeding heart nay-sayers, this Black man just must go to school and up-grade his skill set, making him a more desirable employee.

But wait ... {Sarcasm Off}

For the general ex-offender:

http://72.14.253.104/search?q=cache:gfW1CiYyJScJ:urbanp...n&ct=clnk&cd=2&gl=us

Employers self-report over 60% will not or are unlikely to hire someone with a criminal record.

For the Black ex-offender,

quote:
Our research [Princeton University] suggests that ex-offenders suffer a significant penalty in the search for low-wage employment. But beyond a general effect, it is blacks who suffer the greatest disadvantage.
http://72.14.253.104/search?q=cache:gbs_MxYFGBwJ:www.pr...&ct=clnk&cd=21&gl=us


and, Black ex-offenders are less likely to be considered employable.
http://www.nul.org/publications/SOBA/2005SOBAEXCSUMMARY.pdf

Thus, I renew my call for ex-offender status to be designated a quasi-suspect class, meaning employers that do not hire BECAUSE of ex-offender status, would be required to show a compelling reason for doing so.
What percentage of the population does the system work for?

Is it more a question of how badly it works for what percentage of people?

Then it is a matter of how much we cooperate versus compete with each other in dealing with the system. The system depends on our competing and sabotaging one another.

umbra
quote:
Originally posted by umbrarchist:

The system depends on our competing and sabotaging one another.



yeah

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