Star, president and founder of the Center for Urban Renewal and Education, met with South Carolina’s attorney general, Alan Wilson; State Rep. Samuel Rivers, Jr.; State Rep. Peter McCoy; Pastor Mike Gonzalez; and SCGOP Chairman Matt Moore, to talk about solutions to the problem. Is it fixable? An excerpt:
Panelists decided strong family values and education are needed to bridge the gap.
At one point Parker was discussing the percentage of African Americans in federal prisons and said, “These youth are not in jail because of drugs. Overwhelmingly they’re in jail because they are doing violent offenses to their community and they’re doing offenses to the community because their dad is not there and this is a question we must address.”
Rivers moderated the event and opened up an honest discussion about race and ways to bridge the gap, both socially and politically.
“The Republican people need to start talking to people in the African American community, not just during the election cycle,” said South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson. Wilson, who is a Republican, also said democrats need to stop taking the minority vote for granted.
“I think a lot of the things that I stand for and that other people on this panel stand for are other types of policies that empower families and I think that’s good for the African American community. It’s certainly good for any other community,” said Wilson.
Many said in order to bridge the racial gap and to make real change in minority communities; it starts at home and in the classroom.
Do you agree that bridging the racial gap requires strong family values and education? What else do you think is important?