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Freddie Gray reactions shows the melting pot is full and boiling over

There is a Chinese idiom that sometimes it takes 100 years to solve a problem. It took 100 years from Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation to the end of legal segregation. That was only half of the move to racial equality. We now face two unpleasant futures — anarchy and mob rule or living under martial law — by maintaining the status quo.

Brian Moore was buried last week. He is the fifth New York police officer to be shot while on duty since December in race related attacks. Two police officers have since been assassinated in Mississippi. In Baltimore, the city is relatively calm; however; there has been a spike in inner city black on black homicides, and the city continues to be a racial powder keg ready to ignite with any white on black incident.

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Baltimore rivaled Detroit in the 1990s as the murder capital of the US.. The last time that there was stability in the city was after 2000 when Mayor Martin O'Malley brought in Ed Norris as police commissioner following a successful career in New York City. That era is long gone.

Other major cities have a veneer of stability but seething rage continues to bubble under the surface which will boil over violently when police action by a white officer results in a black citizen's death.

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The social scientists never include economic and cultural realities when they try to micromanage inner-city problems. Across the nation there is a 60-year history of politicians dumping trillions of dollars into bottomless inner city pits of despair with no positive results yet they will offer the same quick fix again here.

The unaddressed problem is a combination of corporate greed and liberal hypocrisy. The unfortunate confluence of good and bad happened in the 1960s with the violent end of legal segregation and the 1965 immigration act that produced uncontrolled legal and illegal immigration via open borders. This was coupled to a free trade policy in which jobs and technology were exported in exchange for low cost imported consumer goods.

Bethlehem Steel's Sparrow's Point plant was once the world's largest steel mill employing tens of thousands in high paying jobs. Today it is a scrap heap. Every job exported forces a high paid manufacturing employee into a lower paying job and prevents nominally educated black citizens from moving up.

An unholy alliance of businesses looking for cheap labor and liberal causes seeking to relieve the suffering of the world brought a massive influx of legal and illegal peasants into the country. Every destitute Hispanic immigrant takes a low skilled job from a semi-skilled black citizen.

The inner city populations continue to expand producing additional black youth that are ill-equipped to assimilate into an increasingly technically driven world; and as the jobs open to the black population dwindle, the level of rage will increase. In every city with a majority poor black population surrounded by suburbs with an affluent majority white population, we have created a Gaza Strip with black citizens replacing Palestinians hating white Americans rather than Israelis on the other side of the fence.

President Obama has begun the steps toward amnesty for illegal immigrants via executive action. Hillary Clinton is promising full amnesty for illegal immigrants to gain votes in the 2016 elections. Between now and November 2016 there will be a massive rush for the U.S. border by Hispanic peasants to establish residence. This will be a replay of the 1980s when President Reagan gave amnesty in exchange for immigration reform by a Congress which never implemented the agreed changes. This surge will reduce opportunities for black citizens and increase the rage and violence.

Continuing the last 40 years of immigration and trade practices in the next 40 years we will have an additional 100 million Hispanic poor; limited job opportunities; more inner city black citizens; and increased racial violence.

Replace all trade agreements with Warren Buffett's 2004 balanced trade proposal. This will immediately increase U.S. jobs. Senators Byron and Feingold converted Mr. Buffett's proposal to a bill named the Balanced Trade Restoration Act. It was not enacted.

Stop all immigration and end anchor baby, chain and dual citizenship; register all current illegal immigrants as such allowing them to stay and work without penalties, access to government programs, or citizenship; deport anyone who does not comply; and reinstitute the Bracero system to import temporary Mexican farm labor.

If we implement immigration and trade policies that on balance favor our citizens net increases in US jobs will gradually bring our center city residents into the mainstream economy by 2100 and slowly eliminate the racial divide.

Charles Campbell is a retired senior vice president for Gulf Oil Corporation. His email is lochawe@verizon.net.

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