pointed out, there is a lack of access to employment. Photo courtesy of the National Archives and the New Deal Network.)
The troubles of Ferguson, Missouri have been caused by a toxic mix of greed, corruption, discrimination, and right-wing politics & economics. Ferguson is the intersection where trickle-down economics meets racial discrimination. Of course, this phenomenon is not isolated to Ferguson. All across the nation, as super-wealthy Americans are enjoying historically low tax rates and record wealth (while also enjoying & utilizing offshore tax havens, tax shelters, tax loopholes, tax deductions, and so forth), the squeeze is put on everyone else to make up the revenue difference. Higher water bills, higher bridge tolls, higher sales taxes, higher DMV fees, and a higher utilization of just about any type of regressive money extraction tool available.
Let's not sugarcoat this: The middle-class and poor are being aggressively targeted for revenue, so that the massive private fortunes of the most wealthy Americans can be protected.
What Ferguson's black residents (and the rest of us) need is a New Deal. But instead of a New Deal, it's likely that they're only going to get more parking tickets and court fines. A city official stated as much while acknowledging unfair court procedures: "...the city cannot afford to lose any efficiency in our Courts, nor experience any decrease in our fines and forfeitures." In other words, "We need the money, and if we have to get it in unjust ways, well, so be it."
Isn't that amazing?