Quote of the Day 5/28/2014

“When we talk about societal ills, when we talk about gangs, violence and homicide, when are we really going to look at the problem? Much of that starts in elementary and middle schools with lack of achievement, lack of really good schools and resources. …Society has just gotten used to, ‘Oh, that’s just how black males are,’ or, ‘They’re dying at an alarming rate, but that’s just how it is’ — instead of saying, ‘Let’s fix the school systems, let’s fix the neighborhoods.'”

– Sharri Coleman, adjunct professor of African-American Studies at OU, speaking about Oklahoma’s disproportionately high rates of gun violence against African-American men (source: bit.ly/1os2FR0).


Gene Perry worked for OK Policy from 2011 to 2019. He is a native Oklahoman and a citizen of the Cherokee Nation. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a B.A. in history and an M.A. in journalism.

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