The state newspaper for the area in which I live, reported this morning that yet another young, black male has been murdered. The home at which the murder occurred was a known crack house that had been raided by the police just a few months earlier. Though the child did not live at this address, he was present at the time of the raid.
According to the article, the child was gunned down as he approached a car that pulled up to the house at 4 am. Having served in law enforcement for almost 20 years, I have a good idea the kid was not just asking for a ride.
The community is upset with the city over what they say is a lack of proper upkeep. Residents pointed to overgrown alleys and vacant houses as a source of the problem. They questioned why the home was allowed to sit vacant after the raid rather than being boarded. No one asked the obvious question though which is why was that child out at 4 in the morning?
We have to start admitting the truth. Its not the city's fault nor is it our fault, blame belongs on the persons residing in these neighborhoods. These are welfare communities or to be politically incorrect: Ghetto's. These are the very neighborhoods whose residents consume billions of dollars every year in public entitlements. They don't have to work, everything is provided for them yet they cannot find the time to properly supervise their children.
I agree that the beautification of rundown neighbors is vital towards reclaiming them but first you must address the societal decay within them.
Wake Up America!