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Poor Economic Conditions Contributing to Ferguson Missouri Social Unrest

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Tragically, another young black male’s life has been cut short.

Michael Brown, an 18-year-old from Ferguson, Missouri, was shot by a police officer. As the circumstances surrounding Brown’s death are under investigation by local and federal officials, individuals are exploiting this tragedy by rioting and looting under the guise of justice which is appalling.

While the media is focusing on the social unrest, it would be wrong to ignore the community’s poor economic conditions as a contributing factor.

Unfortunately, job opportunities in black communities are bleak. Among black Americans, unemployment is unacceptably high at 11.4 percent, more than twice that among white Americans at 5.3 percent and black teens have the lowest rate of employment with unemployment at 35 percent.

Sixty-five percent of Ferguson’s population, a suburb of St. Louis, is black with an average income of only $37,500 which is about $10,000 lower than the state average. And while 15 percent of Missouri’s residents are below the poverty level, Ferguson’s rate is much higher at almost 25 percent.

With high unemployment and lower average incomes among blacks, education opportunities need to be improved. According to a report by St. Louis public schools, their graduation rate is only 68 percent.

Without an education, a job, and a bleak future, individuals are prone to exploit situations and turn to criminal activities for personal gain.

Tragically, President Obama’s progressive policies have not helped but harmed urban communities. Obama opposes school choice and his climate change agenda is forcing energy prices higher.

Social unrest on the streets of Ferguson is bad for the Brown family and the community. For the sake of the community and the family, in the short-term let’s hope the citizens will put an end to the violence.

Going forward, we need to adopt free-market policies to improve the economic outcomes for all Americans.

Deneen Borelli

Deneen Borelli is the author of Blacklash: How Obama and the Left are Driving Americans to the Government Plantation. Deneen is a contributor with Newsmax Broadcasting. She is a former Fox News contributor and has appeared regularly on “Hannity,” “Fox & Friends,” “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” and “America’s Newsroom.” She has also appeared on Fox Business Network programs “Making Money with Charles Payne,” “The Evening Edit with Liz MacDonald,” and “Cavuto: Coast to Coast.” Previously, Deneen appeared on MSNBC, CNN, the BBC and C-SPAN. In addition to television, Deneen co-hosted radio programs on the SiriusXM Patriot channel with her husband Tom. Recently, Deneen co-hosted the Reigniting Liberty podcast with Tom. Deneen is a frequent speaker at political events, including the FreedomWorks 9.12.2009 March on D.C. which drew a crowd estimated at over 800,000 people. Deneen is also an Ambassador with, a social media platform that promotes free speech, and with the America First Policy Institute (AFPI) which advances policies that put Americans first. Deneen testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources in May 2011 and before the Ohio House Public Utilities Committee in December 2011. Previously, Deneen was a host, Outreach Director with overseeing its outreach program, a Project 21 Senior Fellow, and Manager of Media Relations with the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). Prior to joining CORE, Deneen worked at Philip Morris USA for 20 years. During her corporate career at Philip Morris she worked in various positions, her last as Project Management Coordinator in the Information Management department where she was responsible for the department’s mandated quality processes, communications, sales information and database management. Deneen began her Philip Morris career as a secretary and advanced to positions of increasing responsibilities. Deneen worked full-time and attended classes at night for 11 years to earn her B.A. in Managerial Marketing from Pace University, New York City. Deneen served on the Board of Trustees with The Opportunity Charter School in Harlem, New York. She appeared in educational videos for children, worked as a runway fashion model, and auditioned for television commercials. Her interests include ancient history, pistol target shooting, photography, and volunteering at her church. Deneen currently resides in Connecticut with her husband Tom.

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