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About That Poverty-Crime Link…

Posted on the 16 May 2014 by Calvinthedog

Jason Y writes:

I live near West Virginia. Just wait in a few years, this place will be a ghetto. We got plenty of one parent homes, along with pill and meth abuse. The only thing keeping this ship from going down is all the people who aren’t doing drugs. In black inner cities, unfortunately, there aren’t enough good guys to outweigh the bad.

West Virginia is the second poorest state in the US.

It also has the second lowest crime rate, and nearly all of the crime there is property crime.

So much for that poverty-crime link.

The catch? West Virginia is almost all White.

The single parenthood thing is not good, but the White rate now is ~27%, and the Black rate is ~75%.

The drug thing in West Virginia has been going on for a very long time now. Most of it is pills – narcotics pills like Oxycontin.

West Virginia in the past was way poorer than it was now. That place has always been Deliverance dirt poor. West Virginia ain’t turning into a ghetto any time soon.

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