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Your Questions About Low Income Housing Projects

June 17, 2012

Carol asks…

Why is low income housing called the projects?

Did it start out as a project way back when?

Administrator answers:

They were built in huge government construction projects, lots of units all at once. The “war on poverty” in the 1960′s launched all that. Somehow, the government believed that you could give a poor person the trappings of the middle class, and they’d just become middle class. The projects were intended to be a kind of middle class wonderland. It didn’t work, of course. The reasons that individual people were poor was that they were morally weak. Once they all got in a building together, it wasn’t wonderland.

Even though that was 40 years ago, we have never been able to discuss the reasons that doesn’t work, and of course the government has not officially stopped trying to make it work. You won’t hear a lot of politicians say anything about it. In fact, I heard some talking head on MSNBC just a few weeks ago saying the reason for the decline of the middle class is that we’re not giving free money to the lower class fast enough.

The truth is, if you’re not disabled, you’ll only stop being poor because you make choices to stop.

Sandy asks…

How do you act when you work at a low income housing project?

I work as an activities director. Sometimes i feel like i say the wrong things. How do i get people to come up to do activities?

Administrator answers:

Speak to your customers on their own level, dress down, don’t use jargon, don’t talk down to them, have a laugh with them, ask them what they want and be enthusiastic.

You’ve actually got loads in common with them if you think about it…everyone eats, picks their nose, has relationships, brushes their teeth, sleeps, socialises, moans about old people on the bus…we all just do things a bit differently to each other.

You need to gain trust..sit and have a brew with them and make sure you buy the biscuits.

Michael asks…

If there were no low-income housing, ghettos, projects and slums in America would hip-hop cease to exist?

I know that rap and hip-hop music trends started in the 1970s, became marketed in 1980s and then became mainstream in the 1990s. But I think hip-hop is a negative product of African-American society based on the exploitation of poverty, racism, classism and segregation. Like slaves created American Rhythm and Blues, originated from the African continent. Blacks (descendant from southern migrant blacks) in the housing projects of New York, Chicago and L.A. created rap and hip-hop derived from Southern R&B/Soul/Jazz, due to the nature of their substandard living conditions, involving fatherless-households, teenage pregnancy, crime, promiscuity, gang violence and impoverish conditions. I think it is ironic and a guilty pleasure that hip-hop exists.

Look at the origins of most hip-hop artists like T.I., Snoop Dogg, P. Diddy, Lil Wayne, etc…..about 90% of them grew up without fathers, were raised in impoverished conditions and have criminal records. They all have tattoos, gold chains, and repeat foul language….It all sounds like guilty pleasures to me. It sounds like to me the record companies carelessly exploited the problems of urban society and transformed it into a superficial ‘Scarface-like’ rags-to-riches decor. And unfortunately, people (black folks especially) are buying into it. It is like leading lemmings to slaughter.

By the way, I am a 31 y/o educated black man who lives in Georgia.

Administrator answers:

No, because a large portion of hip-hop’s fanbase are whites living in suburban and rural areas…they are the ones who are buying the CDs and attending the shows.

I am a 47 y/o educated black woman living in Oregon who is also a singer/songwriter and musician. Although I work primarily with folk rock music, I’ve written raps in the past and have performed them in churches, coffeehouses and had them aired on local radio stations. My “raps” are about black history, encouraging kids to stay in school, and about getting out there and making a difference in the world.

Rap and hip hop is not only about the antics of gangbangers and dissing on women. It has been and can still be used as a force for good…and I think it’s up to people to encourage rap artists to use their talent to benefit the community rather than just knocking them.

When rap and hip-hop first started, it had something to say but unfortunately, it became corrupted and exploited by the suits in the recording industry…it became all about the money and the conspicuous consumer lifestyle…that’s a big part of the problem. However, you can see that in other genres as well. So why single out only hip hop for criticism? Country and folk music has its share of negative factors, too like glorifying adultery and encouraging women to have a “victim” mentality…and there are plenty of songs that go back over 300 years that glorify serial killers, murder-suicides and all sorts of violence…yet no one is criticizing white artists for singing that stuff, are they?

James asks…

What are the pros and the cons about living in the “projects” or low income housing?

Administrator answers:

Pros
Shelter

Cons
Violence
Negative stigma

My mom grew up in the projects. I don’t see the problem.

Linda asks…

What Year Was The First Government Run Housing Projects Built For Low Income Black People?

What year/decade did government run apartment buildings for poor low income Black people like the one you see in this gangsta rap video, start popping up all across the big major cities of the United States.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=02nJKP7Vctw

Administrator answers:

After they prove that black people got bigger dicks den white so they had 2 seperate them to save the white race

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