Liberty City Is Like Baghdad

Liberty City Is Like Baghdad
C. Stiles

The violent conflict in Iraq and the street violence in Liberty City share a common, disturbing theme: Governments in both places have systematically disenfranchised a class of citizens to the point where they have nothing to live for. When that happens, people become all about survival. They develop a "kill or be killed" personality.

Liberty City will stop being like Iraq when everyone comes together to create opportunities for the disenfranchised.

And that's why we experienced another tragedy in Liberty City when last week unknown gunmen with assault rifles sprayed a crowd gathered in front of an apartment in the Pork 'n' Beans projects. After the smoke cleared, two young men were dead and another seven victims were seriously injured.

It's a scene that plays out every day in predominantly African-American neighborhoods across America. This is happening from Miami Gardens to Detroit to Compton.

In Iraq, rebel factions fight over control of the towns. In Afghanistan, the Taliban protects its opium fields. In Liberty City, African-American drug dealers battle for control of the best dope holes. The difference is that Liberty City is part of the United States, where our government, from the local to the federal level, is supposed to provide everyone with opportunities for a brighter future.

Black neighborhoods are in a perpetual state of self-destruction because they get stuck with the worst schools, the highest unemployment rates, and the lowest number of government contracts.

Instead of spending billions of dollars in Iraq and Afghanistan, how about addressing the terror war in America's inner cities? It's unacceptable that black people can't live and thrive in their own neighborhoods. Mayors in every major city suffering from inner-city gun violence need to provide things like more trade schools and more contracts for black contractors, as well as make sure public construction projects built in predominantly black neighborhoods employ 80 percent of the workforce from those areas.

Giving people pride in their community goes a long way in erasing their apathy and despair. Liberty City will stop being like Iraq when everyone in Miami — white, Hispanic, and black — comes together to create opportunities for the disenfranchised.

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Mechanesthesia
Mechanesthesia

I don't know what the answer is.  But I think putting the best schools in the worst neighborhoods might help.  And also educators and staff need to have an understanding that when these children are in "survival mode" the last thing they are worried about is their math homework when they don't even know if they will be alive after the last school bell rings.  They need to have resources and available in these schools to make sure they don't "fall through the cracks."  Counselors, conflict resolution tactics, after school programs, something...

leoneufeld
leoneufeld

Mr. Cambell, I agree wholeheartedly.  I think everyone in Miami should consider doing a better job of taking care of their own.  Whatever community you consider yourself as part of, the situation needs to be improved.  Over my time spent growing up here, I am aware of what seems to be a pattern of disenfranchisement in the interest of personal gain.  People are starving for power over here, and it is all over the city.  


Until we learn that we can gain nothing for ourselves unless we lend help to those less fortunate than ourselves, we are not going to get anywhere.

mikemoskos1
mikemoskos1

If you want to help Liberty City, you must shop there. There is zero reason why the neighborhood cannot be thriving except that residents are spending their money with people outside the community. 


If you go past the main avenues where all the subsidized housing is, you'll find lots of single family homes and a lot of these people have investment money. They need to get it away from the Wall Street wealth extractors, create self-directed IRAs and invest in businesses in Liberty City (or any other poor community).  The answer is not another perpetual dependency on government, the answer is self sufficiency. 


As for Miami Gardens, run by African Americans who've arrested 55,000 people in stop and frisk raids, MOVE. Don't give those scoundrels another cent of your tax money to oppress you. 



pcscharfy
pcscharfy

A foolish simile. Liberty City is the result of the liberals' failed welfare state -- decades of paying the stupidest, laziest, most criminally inclined to reproduce themselves ad infinitum.

jonmartinez
jonmartinez

The only thing similar is both Baghdad and Liberty City residents aren't self-sufficent enough to govern themselves. Shame.

Israel_Soto
Israel_Soto

The truth is people who live in poor neighborhoods are use to having nothing. Most have a mentality of why work when I can live off the government. There comfortable at the bottom and that's where they want to stay. Then there kids are raised that way so the cycle continues.

WhyNotNow
WhyNotNow topcommenter

Obviously you have not been to Baghdad. Liberty city is not Baghdad. In your world the government is responsible for everything. White people are responsible for all of the ills of black people. My neighborhood has had a woman abducted and sexually assaulted at gun point. An attempted abduction at gun point of 2 little girls (they had the sense to run) and a neighbor who interrupted a burglary and was shot and killed, all of this by black males. How is this explained? Poverty? The government? Bad parenting?

bigberthasback
bigberthasback

Removing the blacks from the black neighborhoods will make them liveable again, once the decay and destruction they have caused have been repaired...

njkevinmartin
njkevinmartin

I need to know why you think throwing more money and resources at inner cities will help. We have been doing this since the 1960s. Entitlement after entitlement and never an improvement always conditions getting worse. Absolutely a bad analogy to compare urban USA with anything happening in the middle east. Here urban dwellers have only their own to fear.

I hear many exclaim "SMH" when faced with more news of drugs and or violence. With that attitude it will never get better. Shaking your heads will do nothing. Teach personal responsibility and respect for others to the children so that hopefully when they grow up they'll know better than to act like this current generation. The American dream is available for all. Still.

 
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