posted on Mar, 14 2007 @ 08:28 AM
Deus, we know the ghetto is harsh, that is why people try to get out. That's why people try to buy houses outside of the ghetto, but therein lies
the problem. When people selling homes see people from the ghetto trying to buy one, they often turn them down for no reason other than where they
Mikell, please clarify what you are saying. To me, it sounds like you're saying that black people have no respect for anyone, and cannot be trusted
to run a city.
From what I found of the city, the median income was $17,000 dollars per year, and 42% of the population is living below the poverty line (which for a
family of 5 is $23,000 per year). And, coincidentally it happens to be 92% black. So, the state of your city may be attributed to a number of
reasons, and not just because most people are black.
Benton Harbor, when it was white-ruled, had been the most prosperous city in Berrien County. It was a major tourist center, business capital, and
industrial center. All during the 1930, 1940’s and 1950’s, Blacks from Arkansas, Tennessee, and other Southern states flocked to the city to work
in its industrial and manufacturing plants. The Blacks had no political power, but at least they had jobs and opportunity. There was a burgeoning
Black community that traded among itself, created their own culture, and made the best of it.
It was apparently the 1966 Black revolt which caused many whites, both business and political leaders, along with white citizens generally, to bolt
the city of Benton Harbor and make the trek to St. Joseph and other predominately white cities in the county. Thousands of whites left the city,
apparently no longer feeling safe and in control of Benton Harbor. This did not happen immediately, but over the years, they have managed to bankrupt
Benton Harbor and build up the economy of St. Joseph. How did they do this? By seizing control of the county government, then diverting incoming
federal and state community and economic developments funds to St. Joseph, after which, this induced high levels of unemployment in Benton Harbor. In
addition, St. Joseph banks systematically engaged in bank redlining and denial of business credit and loans to Blacks in Benton Harbor, creating a
shortage of multiple and single family dwellings, housing improvements, or creating new buildings.
That is a sociological nightmare, but I don't think the reality is as bad as all that though. The truth is, I don't think people care if they are
called a sellout by a select few, as long as they are making money. I think you're talking about the 50cent v. Oprah case, am I right?
I don't think many people took 50 very seriously in the end.
I do however see a sociological nightmare when the owners of these companies that own the likes of 50 cent are white, and are pushing a violent idol
onto black culture, a-la BET, MTV, and the countless Clear Channel radio stations. There are other artists that could be played that have a better
message, and yet are shunned by the likes of Viacom and Clear Channel.
That's a true nightmare.