Others may also conclude--based upon crime statistics--that the most violent places to live in the United States are its urban locales, places like Chicago, Detroit, Oakland, Memphis, St. Louis, Cleveland, and Baltimore. The sad news is that's a fact.
Unfortunately, some also conclude that all of this degradation is the result of the Black leadership (or lack thereof) in those locales. That's debatable.
In New Geography, Joel Kotkin discusses another conclusion, namely, the results of the "Great Inversion," namely, how Blacks migrated from the South to the North to find work in industrial businesses that flourished in the 1950s. That worked well until recent decades, as almost all of those jobs disappeared, leaving behind those who now have to find work in today's growth industries.
The problem the people living in those urban locales confront is that the place where these jobs are to be found isn't in those urban locales. Just look at the unemployment rate in urban locales versus suburban locales. No, the place where those jobs are to be found is in the suburbs, creating over the past few decades in those urban locales a subtle form of "ethnic cleansing." Look at Detroit.
In Baltimore, this Great Inversion evidences itself not only in the fact that there's a Black-White gap but, and perhaps more importantly, a Black-Black gap that's evidenced in the fact that Black suburbanites not only make more money than their urban counterparts, but their life expectancy is also 8+ years longer. Even though the affected Black population is relatively small, this Great Inversion has hardened racial and class divisions between Whites and Blacks as well as Blacks and Blacks.
The economic and social collapse evidencing itself in the isolation that Blacks in those urban locales are experiencing today can be healed. Offer those affected good jobs and the prospect of a better future, as Jack Kemp argued decades ago.
But, those jobs won't do much if anything to heal effects of the moral collapse that some Blacks living in those urban locales have been enduring for at least 30 years. As Daniel Patrick Moynihan and James Coleman argued long before the Great Inversion happened, two-parent families and intact neighborhoods develop in young people the social capital that provides the antidote to this moral malaise. These eminent sociologists prophesied the collapse of the intact Black family in the nation's urban locales and its negative impact upon the Black community.
Unfortunately, in the aftermath of the Great Inversion and having now to deal with the after-effects of the ethnic cleansing that's taken place, jobs aren't the singular solution. It seems that moral leadership is the solution.
Perhaps Ben Carson should run for Mayor of Baltimore.
Let the discussion begin...
To read Joel Kotkin's article in New Geography, click on the following link:
"America's Cities Mirror Baltimore's Woes."