85% of all juveniles who interact with the juvenile court system are functionally low literate. Did you know that not only are low literacy rates associated with higher rates of crime, but they also make it difficult for individuals to break the cycle of poverty and dependence on welfare?
Not only did the war on drugs disproportionately affect the African American community, it also turned out to be a rather ineffective approach to combating drug use. Despite stricter laws and increased incarceration rates down through the years, drug use has not decreased in the United States.
As a Pastor & also someone who is doing all that I can to bring people together around these divisive topics, my fear is that we are well on our way down the slippery slope of repeating some of our nation's dark history.
Apparently, some parents feel that this book (based on Ruby's actual real life experience as a child) mentioning a "large crowd of angry white people who didn't want Black children in a white school" was too harsh and didn't offer "redemption" at the end...
I've been in contact with a number of Christians who believe that social justice is not a part of the church's mandate and that it's not something the church should be chasing after. Some even believe that it's not something the church should even be getting involved in.