Charles Hawkins, Founder & CEO, Hawk & Sole LLC
Growing up on Chicago’s Southside and taking summer breaks in Georgia with my family framed my upbringing. I was born in Georgia and moved to Chicago when I was still a boy.
During summer breaks, my siblings and I would visit our grandparents in Georgia where we were spoiled — lavished with plenty of love and attention.
One of my fondest memories is spending time with my grandfather during those visits. He was a man of few words and a moral compass that always pointed true north.
Whether in Chicago or Georgia, my behavior and well-being seemed to garner the attention of every adult around me. It wasn’t unusual for an adult whom I didn’t know to chide me if I misbehaved or provide encouragement when I needed it.
I’m not sure I appreciated it at the time, but I benefited greatly from being part of two communities that looked out for and were invested in me.
The fact is, people in those communities understood that it was in the moral well-being of society that we all do well.
Words from my Grandfather
In Exploring the black-white wealth gap, Kriston McIntosh, et al., discuss the “staggering racial disparities” that lie just below the wealth gap in America.
The Black-white wealth gap “reflects a society that has not and does not afford equality of opportunity to all its citizens.”
Wealth observes McIntosh, is a safeguard that helps protect against the short-term economic shocks of job loss or a healthcare crisis; it affords people the opportunity to take career risks knowing that they have a buffer when success is not immediately achieved.
Wealth affords people opportunities to be entrepreneurs and inventors. And the income from wealth is taxed at much lower rates than income.
Maya Angelou, Poet, memoirist, and activist
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