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People can move away from troubled areas. If where you live is violent, then move to a safer, friendlier area. If the entire country is crappy then move to another if possible. People did it in the 30's to find work. I would certainly move away from a neighbourhood that had lots of gun violence. Just take a look at what America calls entertainment. 90% of it is violent in nature and features screaming, fighting, drinking, demented gun totting imbeciles. America has lost it's moral compass. It's values now are akin to Rome's before it's fall. Unfortunately America is destined to destroy itself from the inside. I just hope the collateral damage (as the US military like to call it) is minimal to the rest of the world. It's not to say the rest of the world is not suffering a huge value/morals crisis, but the US seems to be on a plummeting rush to the bottom. It's truly sad to watch. It's like watching the favoured child who had looks, brains and a good family turn to crack and die on the street. Don't get me wrong, I'm not a US hater. I spent a good part of my life in the US. It's just so sad to see it all pissed away.
Eric, while I agree wholeheartedly with your overall USA assessment, the "just move if ya don't like it" scenario is not always practical, or possible. People with limited education, job experience or opportunities (need I mention the present economic state even for those with advanced degrees and resumes), not to mention... money, have little chance of ending up in better living situations even when they can move. Usually, it's a matter of trading one inner city environment for another. I'm not even going to get into the incredibly pernicious restrictions imposed on those trying to turn their lives around after incarceration (see below).Moreover, just consider the circumstances of the two individuals cited above. One was bedridden (for all practical purposes) in the "relative" safety of his own home, the other was a cop in his own neighborhood! Both shot up by gun crazy cops. Then there's Treyvon- who gets shot up for no reason whatsoever by a wannabe cop who is in turn protected by cops in the "relative" safety of a... gated community no less! Just where is one supposed to go, how is one to behave? That's the point so blatantly emphasized by all three of the above!http://www.npr.org/2012/01/16/145175694/legal-scholar-jim-crow-still-exists-in-america
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