“A dream deferred.”
America’s inner cities have long been known for crime and poverty. But they were not always like that in this country. At one point in time the neighborhoods were communities where even gangs weren’t the vigilant criminal element they are now. But what about the lost talent that exist in these environments? What about all the young people who had so much to give, but turned to an ugly way of life to survive? People who could have been CEO’s of multinational organizations turned to drugs and became kingpins.
The inner cities are famous for turning out countless athletes and entertainers. But what about the wave of engineers and business executives throughout the communities. Because when you look at a young man who turned to crime and managed to operate a $10 million to $100 million plus crime syndicate, imagine if that mind was cultivated for good. What could that same young become if he grew up in an environment like a Bill Gates or Mark Zuckerberg. Investing in the great mind of the youth could spur out an entirely new industry, or further grow an existing one.
How do you know who is capable of what in life? And answer to that question is, you don’t know. It’s very hard to understand who has the skills to do what until they step into the real world. But the problem with so many young men and women in poor communities is that they get in trouble before you can tap the talent. And the talent you see in the crime can’t be parlayed into something because they’re facing big jail time. So what you have to do is create better programs in these environments that will cultivate these great minds. Because the time they spend in jail could actually mean time spent building something great in America.
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