2013-08-16 / Columnists

An Intern’s Take

By Ilyassha Shivers

For the past few weeks I have been talking to you about my perspective on race. I wanted to thank those who chimed in. And for those that did not, I hope you are living in that post-racial society that we all pray for. I wanted to wrap this up because some things will forever remain the same. We can only change the things that we have influence over, and most times that doesn't even include ourselves.

I thought I would share with you on a personal note. As I have stated in the past I currently care for my two children, Elijah, who is three and Judah, who is eight months old. If you have small children, you are aware of the cost of raising a child with diapers, formula, food, etc. I guess I am a part of the working poor-- those of us that find each day a challenge. When you have to choose between paying a cable bill or a metro card to get to work for the next two weeks, television becomes less important. Recently, I have been following Councilman Richards in his attempt to live on a fixed income. He is finding that it’s impossible. There are thousands of city residents for whom this is a reality. For them there is no going back to life as normal. We live in a time where the income gap between the rich and the poor is becoming wider.

Those who sit in Washington, most of whom are millionaires, are taking away the little support that is available. As children prepare to return to school and the summer comes to an end, what memories will your child return to school with? A summer filled with fun and excitement, or a summer of change? Will they return to school touched by the events that took place over the past few months? How can these events make them a better student? For one they need to value education, and be a part of what’s going on in their community. Parents need to join the PTA and get involved.

If you pay attention you can smell change in the air. It depends on which way your wind blows. What do you think? Email me at shiverswave@gmail.com I value your ideas and input. Enjoy the rest of the summer and don't forget to read The Wave.....

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