As a pastor, I spent several weeks in Philadelphia some years ago. I drove through the neighborhood described in this article, and tried to minister to some of its residents. I saw then what the author describes today. It hasn't changed.
The poverty rate and true unemployment rate in these West Philly neighborhoods exceed 50%. Over 80% of the children are born out of wedlock. The crime rate is off the charts. The residents are functionally illiterate and completely dependent on the state for their sustenance. Drug dealing is the main form of commerce. There are as many vacant boarded up, dilapidated, crumbling fleapits as there are occupied eyesores. I’ve witnessed some of these pigsties fall down after a heavy rain. The steady deterioration of West Philly continues unabated as Democrat welfare policies encourage dependency, ignorance, sloth, and depravity.
Sink holes appear and are ignored for months by the less than pro-active government drones. They dig holes to fix whatever sewer or water line has broken underground, but feel no obligation to refill the holes. Gaping chasms in the middle of streets remain for months, as incompetent, uncaring, union government workers and their bureaucrat paper pushing apparatchik bosses care more about their gold plated pension plans and retaining their bennies than serving the public. Exploding water mains flood entire neighborhoods on a regular basis as city taxes are funneled to corrupt politicians and their cronies, rather than basic infrastructure needs.
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Democrat politicians in West Philly and hundreds of other urban shitholes throughout the country ... [have] no intention of helping blacks succeed. Keeping them chained on a welfare plantation ensures their votes to keep their free shit coming. So they are left living in neighborhoods like this ... This is what 50 years of Great Society welfare programs and rule by Democrat politicians has wrought. Bombed out German cities after World War II looked better.
There's much more at the link, including more photographs.
I've had the opportunity to minister to inner-city communities in several US urban areas, in states such as New York, Pennsylvania, Louisiana, South Carolina, California, and others. In all of them, I saw approximately what the author describes in West Philadelphia. It's mind-boggling to see such squalor and hopelessness in the middle of the richest country in the world . . . but it's a reality.
People in these neighborhoods have no conception of working for what they get. They either take what they want (by stealing it, or committing crimes to pay for it), or they demand that the government (local, state or federal) give it to them. If the "gravy train" of government handouts dries up for any reason, they feel absolutely justified in taking what they want from anyone and everyone within reach - including wholesale looting, if necessary.
I've personally witnessed a West Philly neighborhood store get emptied of food within half an hour by shouting, screaming "welfare ninjas" who couldn't wait for their next infusion of government (read: taxpayer) cash. One woman just stormed in and started helping herself, screaming at the storekeeper that he was "a racist piece of ****" who exploited them for their welfare benefits, so now he was going to help her, whether he liked it or not. As he called the police (from behind the bulletproof glass partition that surrounded the till area), others standing around outside suddenly decided to join in, and started stripping the shelves of anything they wanted. More arrived as word spread. By the time the cops arrived, the store was denuded of its stock. I saw grown men running down the streets, cramming entire bags of candy into their mouths, throwing the empty packets away, shouting unintelligibly at each other with their mouths full, laughing and posturing at their "success". Others offered "high-fives" in congratulation, running alongside the thieves and holding out their hands for their share of the loot.
Those of us who believe in the rule of law, who work for a living, and who take pride in providing for our families, are living in a different world to these people. If push comes to shove, they'll be along to take whatever they want from us - and they'll scream at us for being racist, and selfish, and anything else they can think of, if we resist or dare to "push back".
Welcome to the low-hanging fruit of the "welfare state" - the "entitlement society".