I Think the ills of the african american community are the indirect result of the lack of investment in those communities. As we can see, no businesses=no jobs. If the only businesses that come into the black communities are drug dealers and liquor stores, then what can we expect people to gravitate towards. If our basic public services, such as libraries and public schools are not equipped with the same tools as predominantly white communities, then what can we expect the people who arise from these communities to amount to? I grew up in the middle-class Pill Hill neighborhood on the south side of Chicago. There was one library which was outdated with green screen computers that were hardly meeting minimum requirements, not to mention outdated reference materials, and was located next door to the most thriving business in my community, Kenwood Liquors. So the unfriendly environment combined with lack of resources led me out of my neighborhood for basic service.
Also, my parents were unable to send me to a competitive public school in my neighborhood because the even in a middle class black neighborhood, there are subpar buildings with subpar teachers and subpar equipment, no computer labs or science labs and the like. Simply videos about computers and videos about lab experiments. So Children are already behind when they reach a reasonable age in terms of education.
So the unskilled, ignorant, alcoholic, jailed, black person may not always be the problem as an individual. It may be that the system is set up for the young black student to fail in life. Fortunately my parents were middle class and sent me to Bridgeport and Hyde Park, and ultimately private school to get a quality of life, which simply weren't available in my neighborhood, where there were no projects, no hoodlums, just regular working class black people.
My dad worked for the Chicago Police Dept for 33 years and was unable to send his kid to a school in his district where he lived in a nice single family home and paid taxes that was relatively low in crime, simply because the resources were not available and he refused to let his child fail in life.
Signed Lauren D. Russell, CPA, 26 years of age, Chicago, IL