as we can see from mike’s press release of 2011, an excerpt of which is below, mike is not blind to the legacy of slavery and racism in nyc. and he is, in his own way, attempting to address the situation through the creation of “special” programs. however, i have to wonder if mike does not see the relation between poverty, which is upheld by his administrations adherence to a minimum wage which keeps working people impoverished. i am quite certain mike knows no new yorker can live on a minimum wage of $7.25. and yet, when the spectre of increasing the minimum wage is raised, mike goes into panic mode crying this is : “a terrible terrible idea and would be disastrous for New York City.”
given that new york city is made up of people – as in the city is defined by the people who live here – i question how raising the minimum wage of the people would be disastrous for the city?
and perhaps rather than singling out a portion of the population for “special” programs such as “the young men’s initiative,” a raising of the base economic level of everyone will, through an increased sense of dignity and value, empower (which yes, comes from having a decent wage meaning one job is sufficient, and yes, so you can take the time to sit with your children and help them with their homework, and yes, so you have the time and energy to devote to family rather than chasing after the next gig to pay for next months rent..etc.) people to address their own issues on their own terms.
so mike – do something radical – beat the minimum wage of $10.29 implemented by santa fe in 2012 – why not go for the $11.50 living wage you vetoed previously? apply it across the board. surprise the hell out of everyone.
to this day:
Approximately 53 percent of New York City homeless shelter residents are African-American, 32 percent are Latino, 6 percent are white, 1 percent are Asian-American, 1 percent are Native American or other race/ethnicity, and 9 percent are of unknown race/ethnicity.
. . . . . . .
MAYOR BLOOMBERG LAUNCHES NATION’S MOST COMPREHENSIVE EFFORT TO TACKLE DISPARITIES BETWEEN YOUNG BLACK AND LATINO MALES AND THEIR PEERS
August 4, 2011
“When we look at poverty rates, graduation rates, crime rates, and employment rates, one thing stands out: blacks and Latinos are not fully sharing in the promise of American freedom and far too many are trapped in circumstances that are difficult to escape,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “Even though skin color in America no longer determines a child’s fate – sadly, it tells us more about a child’s future than it should. And so this morning, we are confronting these facts head-on, not to lament them, but to change them, and to ensure that ‘equal opportunity’ is not an abstract notion but an everyday reality, for all New Yorkers.”