2015 May 02 Saturday
What Inner City Lower Class Really Like

Read this piece by Heather Mac Donald. Miss Linda is the crack addict mother of 3 adolescent boys growing up in Philadephia.

On Sixth Street, drug dealing is tantamount to a bourgeois occupation. Chuck complains that his middle brother, Reggie, lacks the patience for “making slow money selling drugs hand to hand.” Instead, Reggie favors armed robberies, to the admiration of his mother, Miss Linda. “He fearless,” she says. “A stone-cold gangster.” It would be a mistake, however, to think of drug dealing as a peaceful activity. Early on, a disgruntled supplier firebombs Chuck’s car. Chuck responds by shooting at the supplier’s home. In 2007, at the end of Goffman’s chronicle, Chuck is fatally shot in the head while standing outside a Chinese restaurant, one of three shootings that night in Philadelphia. The killer, Goffman writes, was “trying to make it at the bottom rung of a shrinking drug trade.”

Another part of the article:

Ned, 43, supports himself in part by stealing credit cards and intercepting checks in the mail. When he and his girlfriend Jean, a crack addict, need money for property taxes, they lure a cousin of Reggie’s (Miss Linda’s second son) to their house with the promise of gossip about a former girlfriend. Waiting there is a man in a hoodie, who robs the cousin at gunpoint. The unintended punch line of the story: Ned and Jean also get income from working as foster-care parents, a fact that does not apparently give Goffman pause but that speaks volumes, sadly, about the quality of parenting in the area.

Rob your cousin for property tax money. Just another day in Philly.

My sympathy is with the cops who have to keep us safe from these people.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2015 May 02 06:01 PM 

Pythagoras in Chicago said at May 4, 2015 1:57 PM:

Research question for sociology study. Find poor inner city blacks who were born to mothers using drugs and alcohol during pregnancy. Compare their life outcomes with the life outcomes of those born to mothers who did not use drugs and alcohol during pregnancy. Control for parental IQ.

Toddy Cat said at May 5, 2015 10:25 AM:

"Alice Goffman is a reprehensible excuse for a human being"

Yes, according to her book, she was actually driving one of her gangbanger friends around with a gun, while he looked for one of his rivals to shoot, and she also helped some of her subjects flee a robbery. In a sane society, this chick would be on trial as an accessory to attempted murder, and aiding and abetting a felony. Astonishing. How much would you like to bet that she was, ah, "intimate" with one of these guys? Women don't usually drive getaway cars for men who mean nothing to them, and if she wasn't gang-raped, which she apparently wasn't, she almost certainly had a protector. Maybe I just have a dirty mind, but still...

Jonathan Portes said at May 5, 2015 11:26 AM:

Toddy Cat,
You are right.
Another point is that hardened gang-bangers would never but never trust a white person, any white person, but specifically an over privileged outsider with a completely different life experience to them. Say what you think about blacks, but they have natural animal cunning and know when someone is trying to 'screw them over' pun intended.
My only guess is that this bitch paid them in either cash, sex or drugs, and probably all three to gain some sort of access. She's lucky to have got out when she did. They certainly would have wised-up and killed her in time.

Stephen said at May 5, 2015 4:38 PM:

To quote from the story: "Mike is, at that point, living in Goffman’s apartment, along with Chuck"

Seth W. said at May 6, 2015 2:41 PM:

I have no sympathy for cops, because they DON'T really protect us from all this social trash you talk about nor from those white-collar criminals responsible for the current state of affairs.

Andy60 said at May 15, 2015 8:05 AM:

Great link to City Journal, same content also in Kendrick Lamar's inside view from black neighbourhood


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