Sunday, September 30, 2012

 

“Rob, steal and kill. That’s the only way. We didn’t grow up in Beverly Hills. We don’t get it handed to us.”

Yes, I remember getting everything handed to me.


“We’ve got to eat. We want to. We want money. We want to get fresh, we want fresh eggs almost every day. We want all that,” another young man said.
But where do they get the money they need? The young man answered bluntly.
“Rob, steal and kill. That’s the only way. We didn’t grow up in Beverly Hills. We don’t get it handed to us,” he said.
“We ain’t living in Hyde Park,” added a third young man. The home of the University of Chicago is only a couple of miles away from Englewood – geographically, at least.
But given the state of their impoverished Englewood neighborhood, where is the money they can get?
“Selling drugs,” a young man replied. “In our neighborhood, I ain’t going to lie to you. That’s where the money comes from.”
Some of the young men were brought into gangs as children. Isn’t that pretty young to play gang warfare?
This is one of the reasons I am for drug decriminalization. As long as they are illegal they will be the best choice for a lot of poor young men. Why work at McDonald's when you can sell drugs? No doubt Englewood is a sad, troubled place. There are good arguments that the pathologies which keep it poor are best solved with more aid. However, until the siren song of the drug trade is ended there is little the private sector can offer to lure people to a productive life and few carrots or sticks the public sector can offer to end the cycle of poverty.

How do black people get the idea that white people have everything handed to them in their head?


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