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Reply to "Should Affluent Blacks Stay or Flee Blighted Communities."

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Originally posted by UppityNegress:

I don't know, I'm really confused on the issue. What do you guys think?


I grew up in the hood, and I live right next to it, in what I guess I can describe as "hood lite." It's not a beautiful place, but it's not Jamrock either. Jamrock is a few blocks away.

When I have the opportunity to, I will move to a more affluent area near here. The question in my mind is settled, and it's been so for a long time.

The problem is, no matter how heavily society at-large impacts the state of things for African-Americans, the real problems that we have to deal with in these neighborhoods consists of the chosen acts committed by people who live there. No matter how much evidence there is that flight, white racism & so on are the root reasons for things, no amount of retrenchment on your part is going to benefit somebody who willfully chooses to do things that he/she shouldn't do. Unless you're a multi-billionaire, who can buy up blocks and build schools and community centers, your presence there is not going to make the kind of difference that will make it worth it for you to live there dealing with the risks of being there. That's because, as you know, the problems you'll be faced with are not some amorphous "condition" as much as it is, stated simply, people who don't know how to act doing F'ed up things to you and yours (and to them and theirs, really).

Staying in the hood, you will only make a difference to those people who already are struggling to improve their condition. The ones out there banging will not respond favorably to you. Move out, and maintain some sort of volunteer or business presence in the hood. Living there is not the move unless u're gonna have some major resources to make huge changes.
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