Until the US takes a serious look at the cultural and social issues in African For communities with major difficulties such as Detroit and others, the real problem is the culture and behaviors that are so destructive.
Think about a city that's in the news now such as Ferguson Missouri. What is molded the children growing up there.
1) Almost 10% of baby births are to 15 to 19 year olds! That's not gonna make life easy! http://www.towncharts.com/Missouri/Demographics/Ferguson-city-MO-Demographics-data.html#Figure17
2) Unwed mothers as a % of all births-82%!!!! How do you think that will work out? http://www.towncharts.com/Missouri/Demographics/Ferguson-city-MO-Demographics-data.html#Figure18
3) 47% of the families are headed by only a mom. http://www.towncharts.com/Missouri/Demographics/Ferguson-city-MO-Demographics-data.html#Figure15
4)37% of the people are in poverty and not working! http://www.towncharts.com/Missouri/Economy/Ferguson-city-MO-Economy-data.html#Figure20
5) 23% of the families don't have anyone working! DISASTER! http://www.towncharts.com/Missouri/Economy/Ferguson-city-MO-Economy-data.html#Figure17
6)Number of people living in poverty larger than any other city around them. And, of the families in poverty, 36% have kids under 12 in them. http://www.towncharts.com/Missouri/Economy/Ferguson-city-MO-Economy-data.html#Figure18
What do you think is going to happen to the kids growing up here? Children from single parents households are one of the greatest predictors of drug abuse and ending up in jail.
This is not unlike many many cities in America today. These kids have very little chance at happy and productive lives. This is a tragedy of the greatest order in America today. If you really want to improve cities you have to look at the social issues that most are too scared to criticize.