Coleman. She and her granddaughter face imminent
eviction from their public housing unit in New York City because Wanda's son is
a drug offender (so go the article lead-ins).
Our hearts are now supposed to bleed for Wanda and those similarly
whole thing raises the following issues/questions, in no particular order of
is it that public housing projects in America tend to be disproportionate in
their incidences of violent crime? According
to the leftist (far left and even, to an extent, near left) narrative, poverty
drives these people to commit crimes, and giving them money will cure the
problem. I have trouble buying into that
theory, however. For one thing, there
are plenty of people who are truly poor, but who can behave themselves and not
commit crimes. Including lots of them in
public housing projects.
why is it that in some societies, the haves and have-nots can be integrated far
better than in America? In my son's town
in Israel, for example, one of the wealthiest families in his neighborhood
lives on the same street within 50 meters of many of the poorest. The neighborhood is mostly crime-free (though
not 100%), safe to walk at all hours of the night (though most do not go it
alone in the wee hours of the morning).
Ditto for my wife's sister's neighborhood in another city in
Israel. There are just too many
exemplars for me to buy into the poverty-causes-crime theory.
for Wanda, she has lived in the housing project for 25 years. Okay, so she is in ill health, and may have
no choice. But if you aren't the owner
of the property, you need to abide by the owner's rules if you want to live
there. And in Wanda's case, the owner is
the New York City Housing Authority, which has promulgated rules that certain criminals,
including and especially druggies, may not enter the premises. Wanda's son is one of those criminals. But Wanda wants things both ways. She wants to bring her son onto the premises
(her maternal instincts are understandable), but she wants to be exempt from
the no-criminal rule.
our hearts are supposed to bleed for Wanda.
does not. The only way to deal with the
druggies is through a "tough love" approach. I am doing it now with a nephew of mine, and
I do understand how painful it is. But
the laying down of rules, and the enforcement of those rules, is the only hope
for the druggies (and even then, their odds are not the greatest).
I do feel a reflex to empathize with Wanda.
But then again, why should it be my responsibility if she fails to take
back to the public housing project thread:
Where is Wanda's incentive to be concerned with the viability of the public
housing project in which she lives? On
account of reasons that may or may not be her fault, she does not have the
wherewithal to acquire an ownership interest in the real property that is her
home. Home ownership by the residents is
one of the best impediments to crime-ridden neighborhoods. Those who have to go home to the neighborhood
every evening have greater incentive to keep the crime down than do absentee
landlords, who may be negatively impacted by crimes against property, but not
nearly as much as by crimes against persons other than themselves and their
next best thing is a regime where even those without equity in their homes can
take an interest in the neighborhood's well-being. This manifests itself in many forms,
including but not limited to residential patrols, tenants' organizations, and,
in the case of Wanda, a house rule that no druggies may enter the premises. But Wanda has failed to recognize adherence
to that rule as being in her self-interest.
This is why she is about to be evicted.
underlying problem is a culture of entitlement.
heart is not hemorrhaging over Wanda. Is
Labels: crime, Entitlement mentality, Public Housing