To the Editor:
Jeff Bezos, you recently became the richest man who ever lived. It’s good to see you didn’t waste any of it on plugs or a crummy hairpiece. Smooth move. Literally. I have another smooth move. Build your next headquarters in one of Chicago’s tumultuous South or West Side neighborhoods.
Chicago is leading the league in homicides. That’s indicative of the disadvantages our poor people have in education, available housing and employment opportunities. They are the victims of institutionalized prejudice. These folks got a raw deal from Day One, and that goes back generations.
They aren’t the only victims. The beleaguered police and fire departments are fighting back their own conflagrations. Police officers and firefighters shouldn’t have to work in fear of their lives. You can change that.
Plop your headquarters down in Englewood or West Lawn. Give the locals construction jobs. Hire them as security. Give them training that will be useful in a data-driven future. Pour some of your dough into the local schools. Fix the buildings. Change the curriculum. Attract the best teachers. Bulldoze decrepit buildings and replace them with job-creating new homes.
You can use your big bucks to make a transformation that reverses age-old racism and poverty. Get your buddies, Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, to chip in, and anyone else on the Forbes list of richest people. That’ll make your riches much more important than any list could possibly measure.