The city of Memphis is in crisis mode.
Since January 1, 2006, there have been over 90 homicides in the city limits. Many of the victims have been teenagers. Disbelief and dispair are two prevelant emotions as a city attempts to figure out what went wrong.
What went wrong in the City of Memphis began long before this year. We’re finally beginning to see the results of years of entitlements from the government, political promises, and the resulting breakdown of the African American family.
The welfare system in this country became a replacement for the black father. Things were hard, and men had trouble providing for their families… but they were struggling and doing it. But in the 40s-60s along comes big brother government to take care of the black family. Suddenly, the black father’s manhood is one upped by a check in the mail. He’s no longer needed at home, and that does numbers on the male psyche.
We are providers. That’s how we’re genetically coded. Its dehumanizing to be dependent on a government. Thus began the destruction of the black family.
When fathers started leaving, children lack an important part of their development. Discipline is lacking. Neighborhoods decline. Gangs step into the place that father’s should have filled. Drug abuse is rampant. Things get bad.
When crime gets bad in a city… people start moving away. White flight its called. I don’t know that its a matter of race so much as it is a matter of safety. Is it wrong? I don’t know. I’m entrusted with the protection of my family, so I’m not going to move into an area of town that we might get shot by a stray bullet.
So people are moving out of Memphis. Due to that, the tax revenue is plunging, which means fewer services and police officers, which means more crime and less aesthetics, which means more people leave. The downward spiral.
What are we supposed to do?