Thursday, February 23, 2012

Black on black

‘crime and the fear of crime, drug and alcohol abuse, arson, vandalism, a dilapidated bombed-out physical environment and a way of life utterly separate from the American mainstream have become associated with poor city blacks more than any other group.’

The inner city problems of American cities have always been more than typically environmental. The great many non-white inhabitants of the slums and ghettos have been subject to the violence, drug distribution, poverty and lack of government intervention over the course of century. However the face of suburban America was changing, it was the underbelly that fuelled the feeling of many Black and Latino neighbourhoods, later becoming what many considered a separate state, void of constitutional law and justice, and instead adopting a new form, street justice.

It was a scenario that allowed for the philosophy of ‘get money any way you can’, again not for all who were part of this environment but for many of the youth and hardened elders for whom the ‘system’ had failed or would inevitably fail.

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