York is segregated by race, ethnicity, and class. You can drive around and see it. The population of the city is made up of about 50% minority. Those minorities have a much higher percentage of poverty and a much larger percentage of disenfranchised citizens who don’t see the city and institutions as working for them and on their side.
For a city to be successful, it must serve the interest of all of its citizens. Yet, history and social culture are powerful forces. The challenges mixed up in race and economic relations are many and extremely complex. Regardless, the city, no, the community is charged with the responsibility to do something.
We need to make York a better place for all people. This is not only the right thing to do, but it is the economically sound thing to do. We cannot sustain 30% poverty without it spiraling downward as the growth continues to come. If we are the home of the disenfranchised and impoverished, then that is what we will grow to become. Yet, if we are the home of innovation in community well being, if we are a community that is doing great things in engaging and enriching its citizens while improving the quality of their lives. Then, York is a place that people of choice want to live.
York should commit itself to the success and inclusion of those in need.