No social capital.
Ceaseless violence, requiring a monthly march, vigil or basketball game at midnight to try and convince the black individuals living in the city to collectively stop... the... violence.
In nearly 90 percent black Jackson, Mississippi (the capital of the state), the Detroit Corollary comes to life in stunning ferocity. [Jackson Pastors call on community to help cut down on crime, WDAM.com, 4-19-17]:
A group of Jackson pastors are calling on the community to come together and stop the violence following the capital city's 20th homicide of the year.
“Jackson, we are better than this,” said Pastor Hosea Hines.
Pastor Hosea Hines is with the 100 Concerned Clergy of Jackson. He along with members with Heal the City Coalition, and The Business Ministerial Alliance of Mississippi are fed up with the rise in crime.
They point to Tuesday's gun battle that left two dead and one injured.
“Most of our crime has to do with a lot of teens, so we know one thing we are going to have to do is we are calling out all our men,” said Pastor Aaron Banks.
They point out that the senseless acts of violence put citizens in fear and destroy families and communities.
"We need unity. We certainly need peace and we need a respect of life. We are going to come together on Monday, April 24, at 6:30 PM at Save-a-lot on the corner of Suncrest and McDowell and I'm encouraging all pastors and clergy to come in with their congregations and let's have a big rally as it relates to coming together," said The 100 Concerned Clergy of Jackson.
“One way to prevent crime is to come up with methods within our community. If you see something, say something. We are helping to influence the minds of stakeholders in the community, so we can turn this situation around in the black community,” said Banks.A persistently deficient quality of life is found in communities once they edge north of being 55 percent black, with black residents electing a black mayor and a majority black city council voted into power precisely because high rates of black crime keep productive white citizens away.
Mind you, it's these displaced white citizens who desire a government maintaining infrastructure, parks, roads, and schools, which is the exact opposite of what elected black officials care about in majority black cities: they are voted into power to stymie gentrification and to augment black political power.
Prayer doesn't work. Marching doesn't work. Vigils don't work. Midnight basketball doesn't work.
But persistent black violence, both homicides and nonfatal shootings by blacks, does work in keeping white people from moving back into cities their ancestors abandoned (via white flight) and potentially mandating their tax dollars go to improving the local government instead of just enriching blacks and propping up a public sector-fueled black middle class.
All blacks in Jackson are stakeholders in maintaining black violence and keeping away white people, because they would demand accountable government instead of a bureaucracy accountable only to blackness.
The Detroit Corollary to Putnam's findings on diversity negatively impacting social capital is alive and well in Jackson. WDAM-TV 7-News, Weather, Sports-Hattiesburg, MS