First, find some third generation immigrants,
Add some racism and confused cultural identity,
Mix – to create poverty.
Next, find narrow minds and an unwillingness to change,
Add bad parenting –
Allow to simmer.
In teenage males stir in low educational achievements,
A macho street ethos,
And a refusal to think for oneself.
Use plenty of blame culture (hint: it’s everyone else’s fault),
Bring to the boil.
Now, in a separate container,
Mix bright women, aspirations, a willingness to adapt:
Throw in employment, hard work, morality,
Allow to ferment.
Place beside your boiling mixture.
Add a plentiful helping of drugs, general thievery and joy-riding,
Beat violently with extreme religion,
Touch feebly with religious and community leaders
Then leave well alone.
Finally, get some inadequates,
Watch the creation of an identity through destruction,
Apply to local shops, churches and pubs –
Let the decent evaporate away.
Wash hands of all responsibility,
Serve with large helpings of blindness and self-pity.
This might seem like quite a cruel poem, but is based on personal observation (the Asian area where I live went through a very bad patch and at one time was heading downhill).
First-generation immigrants are hard-working and have fixed cultural and religious values, the second-generation question but still work reasonably hard, whilst the third generation are lost. They don’t belong to their birth culture or to the host culture and find themselves aspiring to materialism but barred from attaining it.
The second-generation don’t have cultural or religious certainties and their confusion affects their parenting. For third generation teenage males this leads to lack of direction and identity and a resulting emphasis on materialism and machismo.
Teenage women are much more grown-up – they have high aspirations, work hard, have higher morality (perhaps through greater social coercion or perhaps because women are intrinsically more spiritual) and find it comparatively easy to get jobs. Their success compared to the failure of teenage males makes the males feel even more inadequate.
Add in criminality, a dash of extreme religion, and community and religious leaders who are completely out of touch, find some losers who want to look good in front of their mates and who go around destroying everything and the decent people slowly drift away as bingo! a ghetto is created.