a reply to: Spider879
Thank you for the info. I am shamed to say that most of this is new to me.
I am very much aware of the problems in my town and have worried that it may be getting worse, but this situation in Chicago seems much worse than I
could have ever imagined.
I am not crazy about Spike Lee, but this movie looks interesting. He did say something that rang a bell for me.
I lived in Washington, D.C. when it was heralded as the Chocolate City, and things were so different then. I was young and full of spit and vinegar,
so I had no fear, but I didn't have anything to be afraid of. I walked the streets at night in my area, rode the bus and the Metro alone. It was no
big deal. I knew the panhandlers by name, they just came with the territory, the worse you had to deal with was stepping over a drunk sleeping on the
steps to your building.
People were busy with their jobs and trying to get a leg up, and for many, D.C. came with people with connections. Maybe I lived there when it first
started transitioning, it was always chocolate swirl where I lived. You had a lot of the super wealthy and the upper middle class that lived outside
the Beltway, but most of your middle class hard working folks lived in the city. We couldn't afford that commute, and where would you put all those
I have noticed that gentrification has escalated the problems in the inner cities. There seems to be a direct relationship to the increase in crimes
and violence and gentrification in areas. Of course it makes sense. What did we think was going to happen when you push people into a corner?
The less a person has, the more valuable their meager possessions become. I used to think it insane that someone would actually fight or die because
of something so trivial as a pair of sneakers. That is because I was blessed to have never known what it is like to have only one pair of shoes.
Spike Lee is shedding light on the increasing problem of Black on Black crime, but from where I sit, that is a serious over simplification. To pass
the problem off as one of color, overlooks the pink elephant in the room. Watch a video on the life cycle of the rat. Watch how they grow together,
build communities, work together. Then see what happens when they have grown into the category of an infestation. They kill each other, even
cannibalize each other.
This is a portrait of our society. We are pushing more and more people into a corner. Right now people are only focusing on what is happening in
predominately Black areas, because it is a great distraction. They also conveniently ignore that there are a lot of white faces in the crowd, because
that is something they don't want you to notice. You are not supposed to notice the swirl until it is to their advantage.
We can continue to play the game according to their rule book, and we know how that ending goes, or we can take the ball and create a new game. The
idea that woman can ban together and stop the madness, is only wishful thinking, and will only work when the alpha males have killed each other off
and the women will have to step up to the plate, to keep the wheels turning.
The solution will be very short lived if the women then continue to follow the male script they are following now.