That conversation provoked me to examine my own conclusions on moral decay and lack of conscience in the black community. Questions began to surface in my mind, such as, what has happened to the black community that so many of our young people have succumbed to stereotypical behavior patterns and moral failure — even murder? And, what is the solution to address the pervasive poverty that has devastated the structure and the spirit of our neighborhoods? If employment was available, would residents go to work? If college were free, would young people apply? Is there a correlation at all between entrenched poverty and social dysfunction and apathy?