Driving around Gallup NM these past few days, observing. Young men lounging on corners, sitting on the edge of sidewalks, talking, obviously with nothing to do. Ramshackle houses everywhere. A dying town. yet, in the hills around the downtown area, mansions, gates, BMWs. I think about these young men whose future is so uncertain, whose opportunities to obtain that which they can clearly see around them are seriously limited. Young people with few real opportunities become angry young people. They want security, good jobs, to build wealth, families. Anger and hopelessness sometimes manifest in impulsive, not well-thought-out decisions, or push kids into joining gangs, grabbing what they can, hitting back at society. Focusing on shootings and bad cops is just discussing the festering sore on the surface of the diseased body. This isn't going to get any better, unless we invest serious energy into transforming an economic system that is ravaging humanity to benefit a very few.