John Rogers, the founder and CEO of Ariel Investments, tells Reuters Impact Players host Robert Wolf that business leaders should help create better environments in cities with high levels of gun violence, like Chicago where he’s from. Wolf in an outside adviser to President Obama. (February 13, 2013)
Gun control that's obviously very hot topic in the country right now. We actually talked about it with you good friend Valerie Jarrett the White House last week. You grew up in Chicago's south side. But yes city has had a very brutal start to the year has been over forty homicides just in the month of January. When you hear that and you hear that debate going on gun control. As an African American what does that make you. We can think of a couple things and Arnie Duncan and I talked a lot about this and I've actually gone out and marched on Friday nights with father later. Who's been such an outspoken advocate for gun control. In Chicago and tragic reality of this epidemic of gun violence that is causing funeral processions of our children so I think. The first thing I -- if I think a lot of us have to be more involved when Dustin we have to support those leaders that are out there fighting this battle because it's such an important war. That we have to get guns off our streets. The second thing I think those are important in Chicago when I was growing up in this extraordinarily successful -- American -- and hours on the south side of Chicago. And Gardner was soft Sheen products. John Johnson with ebony and jet magazine and one of my heroes towards Johnson who created after Russian ultra Sheen and Johnson products and he's. Giants not only to -- away hundreds of people. Hundreds role models are created by these -- indoors but they gave back to those communities that help support Doctor King in the Urban League. Local schools and they made a difference so when the things I come at the little bit differently than we have successful minority entrepreneurship in our communities. I think will help to create a better environment for young people we've got to fight hard celebrate those heroes. And I know you go from the president right now is out there. Talking about gun control and I I think that -- what you said makes a lot of sense from people feel good about themselves. You know my guess is they'll be a little less violence going on in the -- to look forward to if they see people going to work every day. They can they want to go to school work extra hard because I know like get a job like my friend on the street in my friends' parents wrong calls Iran's. But at least -- hopelessness no jobs no opportunity. People then start to fall into the kind of desperate cycle has been so troubling foreigners that is.