According to a study in Urban Affairs Review, “a growth of African American-owned businesses was strongly linked to a reduction in Black youth violence between 1990 to 2000.”
There are two reasons for the strong negative correlation between entrepreneurship and crime rates. For one, entrepreneurship acts as a social buffer, where business owners serve as positive role models to guide children away from a life of crime. Adding on to this effect, as Black poverty is mitigated, many of the negative effects of poverty - including tendency to commit a crime - are mitigated as well.
While conservatives and the “All Lives Matter” crowd complain about youth violence in the Black community, they fail to realize that the economic solutions offered by the Movement for Black Lives are a way to achieve results - as opposed to increased police presence and mass incarceration.
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