Discrimination and Poverty
The city of Gary has been victims to the vindictive cycle applied to keep the black community at disadvantage. It began in 1968 when the first African American Mayor was
elected into office. This resulted in the “white flight” or mass migration of the white population.
However, the migration of general white population was not the issue, but the migration of the white owned major businesses which caused economic despair. The city’s labor market faced
thousands of layoffs resulting in the increase in the unemployment rate. As this rate climbs the economy drops; the black community are no longer able to afford their homes, to pay taxes, and take care of their families. This could not go by unnoticed and as a result there was an increase in government assistants throughout the city. Nevertheless, this was no accident, yet it was one of the many malicious tools used to demean the black community. This assistance comes in many forms from Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, welfare, unemployment benefits, and food stamps; each of which has their own beneficial properties. Conversely, the assistance was offered not to help the unemployed black community, but to force them to rely on this assistance followed by nationwide stereotypical endorsement along with belittling social and political persecution.
the poverty level, and with African Americans making up 84% of Gary’s population this is an issue. As the majority of Gary’s black community lives in poverty the effects of which start to show. The population starts to grow and disregarding the limited housing and poor conditions.As the spatial isolation of the black community from the rest of society increase so does the social and psychological barrier between the two. This results in the difference in vernacular of the black language and appropriated behavior between the black community and the rest of society. As some may disagree and blame the decline of Gary solely on its inhabitants take into consideration if you were put in that exact situation. How would you react? Would you overcome or succumb to the preconceived racially motivated application of poverty?