Such a suburban mindset and a response of someone who's never lived in the hood at all. They are on the streets because there's no jobs for kids anymore. They are being taken by grown men trying to make due in tough times. There's no recreation centers to pass times, and the only person they see with money are those doing wrong. So you have no positive role models, the ones that do have a nine to five are struggling making ends meat. What is a kid with no direction going to do? Follow the crowd that's doing bad and flashy money like he has no cares in the world. Just be glad you weren't born into that and had a nice family support group to steer you right. I'm glad I.had one as well.. That don't make them fake thugs. They living that life on the streets and dodging real bullets. Motives are skewed butt they aren't fake.
That's bullsh*t. When have kids ever worked at a high percentage in America anyway? There's rec centers, parks, basketball courts, community centers and boys and girls clubs all in the hood. You hear about community projects and athletes from those areas donating sh*t all the time to help fund projects. It's just the people who live there let the sh*t fall down and decay and don't appreciate it. I've driven past a number of projects that have basketball courts, playgrounds, community centers and all you see is litter everywhere.
There's plenty of positive role models in and outside the hood for these kids. I agree a strong parental and family background makes a huge difference but dont act like there aren't a plethora of black people out their doing positive things in Chicago and the United States period. Given the history of Chicago, I'm sure there's a number of black owned businesses in the area, you got Obama from there and other positive role models throughout history. For whatever reason, our kids choose not to emphasize these things and always want to blame some bullsh*t like the white man wants it this way. Nobody is even thinking about black folks like that, honestly. The majority of people are trying to live their own life.
People don't want to blame hip hop but it's just fact. Music is powerful and has been throughout history. Why do you think Hitler emphasized dramatic music during all his rallies? Because, it helped to control the masses. Teenagers and young adults are going to be especially attracted to hip hop because when you're that age your hormones are all over the place and like aggressive, rebellious, fu*k the world type music. Even going away from hip hop, most the kids who have done sh*t like shoot up schools have been influenced by music and even that guy who shot up that theater recently in Colorado was listening to aggressive trance type music to put him in the zone.
Obviously, there's underlying issues that have made Chicago and the inner city of America the way it is, but the entire culture of hip hop has to change in order for these kids to change.