The Other Wes Moore Made Violence

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“Capital is a coward. It flees from corruption, it flees from bad policies, it flees from conflict and it flees from unpredictability.” When Colin Powell spoke these words, he used them as a guiding principle for developing countries in Africa (Wayne). Rewinding history two decades¬ before—to the Eighties—reveals how applicable his words were at home. In inner-city America, immigrants and minorities were fiscally in want but unable to access the capital they needed: businesses were afraid to enter communities inflicted with overwhelmed, underfunded public service, and infected with drugs. Violence made money. The Other Wes Moore made violence. Recounting his childhood and that of his counterpart, Mr. Wes Moore narrates how two boys with no intrinsic differences meet two different ends in his novel. An analysis of the book and research into environments similar to those described indicates the pair’s division was largely the byproduct of social factors. Raising sons in single-parent households makes the mothers of Wes and Wes very influential on their children. Parenting can give minors a pathway to success or it can be a substantial risk factor for behavior issues: “Lack of parental involvement, poor monitoring and supervision, and harsh and inconsistent discipline, have all been established as strong predictors of antisocial outcomes in children and adolescents” (Hawes). While neither mother is able to adequately supervise their children due to their working statuses, Joy
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