Posted Feb 16, 2015 by anonymous | 521 views | 3 comments
Back in 2001, I spent one of my summers in college working with Habitat for Humanity. We built 15 homes on a single street on the Southside of Chicago.
There were about 35 people on the building team. We were all white. There was a construction company that helped us and gave us the big tools we needed. That company had a full time security guard, whose only job was to watch the tools, even though there were people with them at all times during the day. They said they had learned from experience that the only way to keep people in that neighborhood from stealing things was to have a guy with a gun watching them at all times.
At night, they took all of the tools out of the neighborhood. They couldn't lock them up on the site. They had to actually pack up every single hammer, screwdriver, etc, and drive them out of the neighborhood.
We were there for six weeks. Every day we saw the same few dozen guys - young black men - who came out of their houses at around noon, and just kind of hung around the block. They would watch us. They would catcall the girls on the crew. They never once inquired about helping us improve their community.
Those houses were all given to low income families. They weren't fancy houses, but were nice and new.
So, like I said, that was 2001. I happened to be back in that neighborhood last weekend for a basketball tournament. I drove down the block that we worked so hard to improve. In just 14 years the place had gone right back to its original state - shitty. The yards were all overgrown, the gutters had small trees growing from them. There was trash everywhere. Windows were broken. Some of the building had been spray painted. Fences had been knocked down.
And there were dozens of young black men, just standing around.
My confession: I still try to help the less fortunate. I have the resources to donate to food pantries and other charities. But I don't donate the any charity that spends most of its time trying to help blacks. I just don't see the point.
Commented Feb 16, 2015 by anonymous
Go to many parts of poor rural America. You'll find the same ungrateful attitude and cycle of apathy from white folk. People are people, whatever color they are.
I worked in the Peace Corps doing something similar. While we worked to build a school and a clean water supply. The people living in the village stood around drinking beer and just watched. I went door to door asking for their help and they said that's why we were there.
I don't help anyone now that doesn't want to help themselves.
Commented Mar 6, 2015 by anonymous
I wonder when you guys will finally get it: Its impossible to get excited to take care of massa's sh!t - IT DOESN'T HAPPEN!
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