(reblogging myself because it seems relevant rn)
We know the first part:
Africans came to the US as slaves. Until the Mid 50s and early 60s, African Americans were not welcome in society.
Desegregation occurs. Schools are forced to desegregate.
The government creates programs to help the newly desegregated settle into the city where they once were not welcome and branch into the suburbs. Since African Americans did not have the job opportunities that whites did, the government subsidized money to give African Americans “a head start.” This is called the projects.
Logic: your family was enslaved. then freed from slavery and pushed into society without the proper resources to get a good paying job, or a job at all. slavery is not equal to a job. slaves were not paid. it’s not like they were fired or laid off, they had no money to begin with.
WHERE DO YOU SUPPOSE MONEY COMES FROM?
the vietnam conflict/cold war begins hitting home. the government abandons “the projects” and quickly yanks all funding to help african americans in the head start program to fund the war and the draft.
with no money to sustain their homes, their families, their stomachs, and their education, the projects began to experience what is known as urban decay.
NO, PEOPLE. THE GHETTO IS NOT BLACK PEOPLE’S FAULT. WHAT ELSE DO YOU EXPECT TO HAPPEN WHEN DESEGREGATION PRETTY MUCH FAILS AND ALL YOUR MONEY IS TAKEN FROM YOU ABRUPTLY BEFORE YOU MAKE ENDS MEET?
Urban decay takes over. Job opportunities are still scarce for the newly adjusting american society. Money becomes hard to come by.
The crack trade proves to be the most lucrative trade for people with no money for educations, people who did not finish school, and those living in the projects who are suffering stress. So the crack trade begins, prostitution ensues.
This is not called ignorance, it is called working with what you’ve got.
when jimmy carter visited the ruins of the bronx projects, he stated “this is worse than the destruction in world war II.” and later admitted to having some part in it.
with no educations (since the government ripped funding away from all programs, including art, science, music, and sports), african americans are abandoned and left to find their own way. this branches into the world we know today:
sports: many african americans pursue sports because of natural affinity, genetics, and the fact that education was scarce
music: hip hop is the art of sampling already made music and creating your own. since people in the urban areas did NOT have the instruments necessary for creating new music, sampling was born. self-made and composed music, such as rap and beatboxing are born. there is no room to educate the arts, no money to teach children to dance or paint. breakdancing and graffiti are born to supplement.
graffiti uses spray paints, which are available in the home, rather than the paints you have to buy such as acrylics and oils that are far too expensive. walls are cheaper than canvas.
breakdancing requires no uniform, no special shoes. your shoes, your basement, your clothes.
turntables is just using your mom’s record player and creating your own sounds using riffs and scratches.
rap music quickly overtakes all other trades, including drug trade, in terms of average pay. the rapper makes more than the athlete and drug dealer combined with enough talent. for those with little education, rapping is a glamorous way to make money and be famous.
FACT: a huge percentage of african americans bring their wealth home to their families and share earnings with friends and families as opposed to white americans.
do you hear politicians and corporation owners bringing their cash home to mama?
GANG AFFILIATION is NOT ignorance, it is seeking safety. with the crack trade running rampant, there is also danger in the streets from people willing to steal and kill for crack or because of it. to ensure your safety, it is natural to want friends to back you up, it is natural to form a group of people that will have your back.
gangs do serve a function and they are actually necessary for survival on hard streets. who is to say your whole family is going to be there for you tomorrow? maybe not, but your gang will be. and if you die, and your family lives, it is your gang affiliation that will stay to protect them, even if you can’t.
watermelon: first. everyone loves watermelon. second, watermelon is economical. for people with not very much money, watermelon supplements as both food AND drink. not very many other foods can both fill you up and quench your thirst. not only this, but the watermelon is large and can be shared with large families. it is sweet and agreeable with children.
kool-aid: for only a few cents worth of sugar packets, you can make four pitchers worth of drink. MUCH cheaper than milk, much cheaper than soda (Even knock off) and can easily be watered down to make more. ALSO, the drink can be frozen and made into popsicles while soda would go flat. kool aid does not go flat, it withstands time, and is cheap. this is what you do when you have many children who want candy and soda. with both a drink and a popsicle recipe, your children enjoy two treats for the price of a single packet of kool-aid. mix many flavors together for a different experience that your children won’t realize is just kool-aid.
chicken: EVERYONE loves chicken first of all. but what other meat is cheaper than chicken? beef is expensive, fish even more so. pork is popular but still a bit more expensive especially in the city. only in the south can you enjoy things like pig’s feet— it is not readily available in the inner city. so you are left with chicken. not only is chicken cheap and delicious, one chicken either serves one person for at least 4 meals, or a whole family for 1 meal.
fried chicken is an easy to make, VERY cheap recipe. no spices or special ingredients. just breading left over from homemade bread. fried chicken also makes the undesirable parts of the chicken desirable so that the entire bird is eaten.
southern/soul food: eg collared greens are the parts of vegetables that white people did not eat, threw outside and the slaves would pick up and cook; pig’s feet, ears, etc are also parts of the pig white folks did not eat. these, like any and ALL recipes the world over, are passed down through generation and become an acquired taste.
detroit specifically: since many of the projects and developments were built in the city, detroit suffered “White flight” which resulted in the movement of the whites from the city to the burbs. that is the reason for the segregation, nothing more.
THINK BEFORE YOU STEREOTYPE.
Damn, shit got analytical.