Any time you sincerely want to make a change, the first thing you must do is raise your standards. When people ask me what really change my life... I tell them that absolutely the most important thing was changing what I demanded of myself. I wrote down all the things I would no longer accept in my life, all the things I would no longer tolerate, and all the things I aspired to becoming.
Loving and supporting someone is not the same as loving and supporting someone's actions if they are harming themselves or others. The first, encourages, the second, enables. It takes courage to say, "I love you, but I can't support what you're doing." But that will give them incentive to change much more than hoping they'll change ever will. Easier said than done, but better done than only wished for.
The good works that really matter require the help of heaven. And the help of heaven requires working past the point of fatigue so far that only the meek and lowly will keep going long enough. The Lord doesn't put us through this test just to give us a grade; he does it because the process will change us.
The suburbanization and the ghettos that were created as a result of the limits of where [African-Americans] could live in the North [still exist today.] And ... the South was forced to change, in part because they were losing such a large part of their workforce through the Great Migration.