IREAD and reread the Urban League of Philadelphia's 2007 State of Black Philadelphia Report. Suggestions made by the "action agenda," such as providing young people with early opportunities to work and addressing violence as a "health issue," are ridiculous and don't even come close to addressing the real problem.

The problem is in the black American home! We black Americans are not taking responsibility for our own actions. We black Americans are not teaching our children the value of education, history and respect. Yes, we black Americans insist on living and thriving in a "subculture" of drugs and violence.

Not all of us, but too many of us black Americans are uneducated, unskilled, drugged-up and unmotivated! Therefore, we black Americans will get only what we're prepared to get - CRUMBS!

George H. McGlone, Philadelphia