2019-2020 Commentary Slider — 10 December 2019
City Needs to do More to Create Safety

By Elisha Sparks

On April 25, Oakland was in the top 10 most dangerous cities in the country, according to KTVU. Oakland is known for its diversity, culture, food and more but it’s also known for its many problems. From sideshows to drugs and from robberies to gun violence, Oakland’s crime rate has gone up drastically since the late ’60s. 

According to AreaVibes, Oakland’s daily crimes are 2.47 times more than California’s average and 2.65 more than national average. In 2019 there have been at least 69 reported murders, 400 rapes, and 2,676 robberies not counting assaults, burglary and vehicle theft, according to AreaVibes. All this leaves me and maybe others questioning why is Oakland like this? 

Hard to say the exact problems due to the many problems Oakland has. I don’t think there is any question that Oakland needs serious help on every aspect there is. Mayor Libby Schaaf needs to step up and the communities need to step up in doing something about the things that happen in Oakland. Because if you’re not helping the problem, you’re part of the problem. 

Groups such as the East Bay Housing Organizations, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, and The Northern California Outreach & Admissions Department work on low-income housing, affordable housing, job skills, and things to make communities in Oakland safe. 

To help this situation or community, you can do what’s right in your community and help those in need if able by donating to these programs and giving  money to people on the streets every now and then. Never become part of the problem; be the problem-solver.


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