Another conservative Republican displaces the blame of the riots in Ferguson, Mo., and in Baltimore and puts the culpability on the lack of parental guidance in the home.
Jeb Bush, the third member of the Bush political dynasty who wants to become president, was taking part in a Q&A session at a pharmaceutical company, Nephron, when the veered far away from the question at hand and brought up the tragic shootings of unarmed black men in Ferguson and Baltimore and subsequent riots.
The former Florida governor, answering an inquiry about the teachers union, instead took a convenience and rehashed detour into the realm of mass demonstrations and blamed poor parenting for the riots.
“Kids in this country are aimlessly wandering around in their lives because they’ve never been told they were capable of learning,” Bush said, according to Think Progress. “They’ve never been challenged to achieve far better. They’ve never really had the kind of mentoring and nurturing that gives them the sense their lives could be better. You see what happens in Baltimore and Ferguson. You see the tragedies play out. You see people becoming so despondent they take actions that are horrific.”
Bush spoke disparagingly about those two cities as if the actions happened in a vacuum, as if the people in the urban townsfolk just suddenly woke up one day and decided to tear and burn down their own neighborhoods. Of course Bush, obviously speaking to a predominantly white audience, failed to mention that those cultural quakes were caused by the deaths of unarmed black men (Mike Brown in Batimore and Freddy Gray in Baltimore).
To be fair, Bush did propose actions to raise wages, crack down on housing discrimination or banks’ illegal mortgage practices, or provide more resources for struggling families.