Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Sandtown upheaval in Baltimore a year ago reminds us of tremendous gap in opportunity for minority youths

The Wonkblog of the Washington Post offers are rather scathing, morally speaking, posting by Emily Badger, p. A14, Wednesday, April 20, 2016, “A look at people who can’t afford to ease into adulthood”, or, online, “Why becoming an adult means something very different when you’re poor”.

She compares “privileged” millennials who live with their parents, maybe respecting house rules, with youth who grow up in Baltimore’s Sandtown, site of the riots a year ago.  Teens often have to raise younger siblings and deal with absent parents.  Future expectations as to legitimate vocations are sharply reduced (she gives an example with health care).

The gap in opportunity for young adults plays big into moral debates over what we should expect of everyone.

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