|100 blacks rioted in Brooklyn at a vigil for one of their comrades -- the "urban ghetto" inhabitants revolutionary fervor is growing|
|In 1984, Professors Daniel Fusfeld and Timothy Bates published “Political Economy of the Urban Ghetto.” Not once in the book did the authors surmise the conditions of the ‘urban ghettos’ might be due to the inhabitants of the community, but like in so many sociology books blamed ‘white flight’ for the economic climate – without asking themselves why wherever these frequent white flyers land they instantly create conditions in their community ripe for economic expansion.|
Economic and political gains for blacks and other minorities will come at the expense of other economic interest groups. In particular, lower-middle class income whites may feel threatened as the present underclass moves up. A political backlash and heightened racial tensions or conflict are probable effects of economic and political gains by blacks and Hispanics. Indeed, economic gains for them are a threat to the existing economic and political power structure in general.
One is tempted to draw historical analogies. A traumatic social upheaval on the scale of the Civil War was required to break up the system of coerced labor embodied in slavery. The next pattern of coerced labor, sharecropping, debt tenure, was eliminated under the combined impact of three great social forces, the depression of the 1930s, the economic changes stimulated by World War II, and the technological transformation of southern agriculture. What will it take to eliminate the current pattern of coerced labor embodied in the ghetto economy? Will the majority of Americans willingly give up their favored economic position relative to the racial minorities of the urban ghetto? Probably not, unless they are forced to do so by a social upheaval that reorders basic economic relationships. In this sense, the urban ghettos represent a revolutionary core within American society whose presence will create continuing turmoil within the larger economic and social order.
|A book from 1984 that warns urban ghettos "represent a revolutionary core within American society whose presence will create continuing turmoil within the larger economic and social order."|
A 6-month-old baby has died after she was shot Monday while her father was changing her diaper.
After several surgeries, Jonylah Watkins passed away Tuesday morning, Chicago Pastor Corey Brooks confirmed.
Jonylah's father, identified by family members as 28-year-old Jonathan Watkins, is in stable condition. He was changing the little girl's diaper on the front passenger seat of the family van when the shooting occurred, police said.
"The city of Chicago should be outraged that a 6-month-old baby could be shot and killed in our city," Brooks said. "It's horrific."
Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said incident has "very strong gang overtones" and the father, who has an extensive criminal history, was the intended target. Police are pursuing several angles, McCarthy said, and urge anyone with information to call Area Central Detectives at 312-747-8380.
"This is another tragedy, because no child, certainly not an infant, should be a victim of gun violence," McCarthy told reporters Tuesday.
Brooks said the baby's mother, Judy Young, is distraught and in a lot of pain. "We're going to find who did this and make sure they are brought to justice," he said. "We're not going to be afraid. We're going to take back our neighborhood."
Family members said the girl's 20-year-old mother was at work at a McDonald's when the shooting happened. She had been shot in the leg last spring while pregnant with Jonylah, they said.
More than two dozen shootings occurred within a few blocks of Monday's shooting through 2012, city crime statistics show. But through February 2013, the area has seen far fewer shootings than during the same two-month period in 2012. Down the street from the shooting site Monday, Sedell Brown, watched her grandchildren, 12 and 13, walk to her apartment from school. The two grandchildren live with Brown, 54, who doesn't let them play outdoors. "It don't make sense how they kill people around here," she said.