National Health Crisis: US Inner-City Kids Suffer 'War-Zone'-Like PTSD

BBC’s ‘America First?’ series sent Aleem Maqbool, a North America correspondent, to the inner city of Atlanta, Georgia, where he uncovered a rather shocking statistic in which 46% of the inner city residents suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a rate that is much higher than U.S. soldiers (10-20%).

Maqbool describes Atlanta’s inner city environment as a “war zone”, where death and destruction are contributing to high levels of PTSD in adults and children. He further quoted researchers and said levels of PTSD in America’s inner cities are comparable to refugee populations around the world.

To make matters worse, the video makes the claim: gun murder rates (per 100,000) in the US are at astronomical levels when compared to other countries. A startling find, when considering the US, the richest country in the world, does not perform well in the international rankings.

As the crisis spreads, PTSD in children and young adults are sparking a public health crisis, where traumatic events are negatively influencing brain development.

This is already having a significant effect on inner-city youth, who already suffer from broken families, drug abuse, education inequality, and wealth inequality.

Back in 2016, President Trump told the American people the true state of the inner cities. He correctly labeled the areas across the country, a “war zone” (see below).

"The Democrats have failed completely in the inner cities,” Trump said. “For those hurting the most, who have been failed and failed by their politicians, year after year, failure after failure, worse numbers after worse numbers, poverty, rejection, horrible education, no houses, no homes, no ownership, crime at levels that nobody has seen. You could go to war zones in countries that we’re fighting and it’s safer than living in some of our inner cities that are run by the Democrats.”

 

“It is a disaster the way African-Americans are living in many cases and in many cases the way Hispanics are living,” Trump continued. “And I say it with such a deep felt feeling, what do you have to lose? I’ll straighten it out. I’ll bring jobs back, We’ll bring spirit back. I’ll get rid of the crime, so you’ll be able to walk down the street without getting shot. Right now, you walk down the street, you get shot.”

America’s once hustling and bustling inner cities are contracting in terms of economic productivity and in some cases population. Atlanta’s inner city war zone is not the only city dealing with death and destruction, which raises our eyebrow because children who are suffering from war zone PTSD is much more widespread than thought, making it an unrecognized national public health crisis. As per MSN, America’s most dangerous inner cities:

  • DETROIT, MICHIGAN: Violent crime rate: 2,047 per 100,000
  • ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI: Violent crime rate: 1,913 per 100,000
  • MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE: Violent crime rate: 1,820 per 100,000
  • BALTIMORE, MARYLAND: Violent crime rate: 1,780 per 100,000
  • ROCKFORD, ILLINOIS: Violent crime rate: 1,659 per 100,000
  • KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI: Violent crime rate: 1,655 per 100,000
  • CLEVELAND, OHIO: Violent crime rate: 1,631 per 100,000

Like Alcoholics Anonymous, President Trump submitted the inner cities into America Anonymous, a 12 step program to get the country back on the right path. The first step is admitting there is a problem, which was completed in 2016, with eleven more steps to go, who said this was going to be an easy rebuild?

It’s time the American people awaken from their decades’ long sleep and learn the truth about the disastrous mistakes government has made in governing this country.

In the medium range, Americans will have to start stomaching the consequences of bad policies in the form of an entire generation of children who are suffering from PTSD and the ramifications surrounding brain development.

Comments

ne-tiger Sat, 12/09/2017 - 14:25 Permalink

Yes, I am always wandering why poor people are so fat here. Then I saw a program: if you are poor, have no car, you cannot even go to supermarket to buy vegetable. So you are stuck with corner stores with soda and chips. Welcome to US lf Assholes and land whales.!

overbet toady Sun, 12/10/2017 - 11:03 Permalink

Hate Crime A: extreme violence | probationThe first of four Chicago suspects accused of beating and torturing a disabled teenager and broadcasting the attack on Facebook has pleaded guilty, but a judge let her off without prison timehttp://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/12/09/judge-releases-19-ye… Hate Crime B: non-violent | 15 yearsFlorida Man Convicted of Hate Crime for Leaving Bacon in Mosque, Smashing Windows Gets 15 Years in Prisonhttp://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/12/09/florida-man-convicte…

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hedgeless_horseman Five Star Sun, 12/10/2017 - 11:09 Permalink

 

Many Americans, like Mr. Muzik, clearly believe they and their Mamma are entitled to free food, housing, public utilities, transportation, healthcare, education, and, "that shit."  For a black twenty-something like Mr. Muzik, I imagine that much of his life has actually been that way.  The thought simply may not occur to him that either he, or his mother, should work at a job to provide things like food for the family, rather than rely on others to provide for them, as my livestock rely on me for food, shelter, veterinary care, etc. http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-03-14/i-am-tempted-harbor-deep-resen…

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hedgeless_horseman Five Star Sun, 12/10/2017 - 11:10 Permalink

 

However, if my head is clear, I will sometimes hear the voice of Murry Rothbard.   He reminds me that by doing for these people what they could and should be doing for themselves, our government is intentionally preventing these, "descendants of slaves," from ever being truly free.  As Lyndon Johnson supposedly said, "I'll have those niggers voting Democratic for 200 years."http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-03-14/i-am-tempted-harbor-deep-resen…

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IH8OBAMA Escrava Isaura Sun, 12/10/2017 - 11:58 Permalink

"Wait when we run out of crude oil (2027/2032)."Peak Oil 2030 now?  LMAO  Why are liberals so ignorant?Even if we did somehow run out of oil, Methane Hydrates would work better than oil anyway.  And, there is plenty around the world. Just can't let them escape into the atmosphere before burning.  And, that assumes we don't figure out fusion power in the next decade or so.

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RAT005 IH8OBAMA Sun, 12/10/2017 - 12:53 Permalink

These stats look cherry picked to me.  They list Gun murders but not murders.  There is no racial correlation to the other countries listed.  Then the horrible high violent crime stats are listed just after suggesting how there are too many guns in US.  Where are the African and Centeral American stats?How about this stat:  Murder per 100,000, Gun murder per 100,000, racial pie chart for each place listed, violent non murder crime per 100,000.Then I suggest a wise person carry where violent crime per capita is higher than their comfort level and avoid race demographics with higher crime rate.

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Philanthropocalypse IH8OBAMA Sun, 12/10/2017 - 19:44 Permalink

What the f^*# does "fusion power" have to do with a replacement for liquid fuels? Apples and wombats. Literally no comparison to be made.And, we are not a decade away. More like two, if ever. The tech is still not viable. Don't count this egg, it hasn't even been laid yet!I'm not aware of a single micro- or macro-scale venture exploiting MH for power or fuel, anywhere. Got a reference you'd like to share?"Even if we did somehow run out of oil..."  -you sound like a child. You've done (passably) better work. 

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MEFOBILLS Escrava Isaura Sun, 12/10/2017 - 13:18 Permalink

Escrava, Hubberts Peak Oil Theorem may be wrong.  Already his predictions are starting to fail.Yes, humans fail to understand exponentials, especially debt mechanics (exponential math), which is overlaid onto the natural world.  There are a lot of dumb people, so getting IQ's up is critically important ... hence Eugenics is required.Here is an article by Engdahl, who often hits the nail on the head:http://www.engdahl.oilgeopolitics.net/Geopolitics___Eurasia/Peak_Oil___… existing deep oil wells, which replenish themselves, give lie to Hubbert.  Abiotic means that the carbon is sourced from deep in the earth - not from biological sources, like dinosaurs._______An entirely alternative theory of oil formation has existed since the early 1950’s in Russia, almost unknown to the West. It claims conventional American biological origins theory is an unscientific absurdity that is un-provable. They point to the fact that western geologists have repeatedly predicted finite oil over the past century, only to then find more, lots more.Not only has this alternative explanation of the origins of oil and gas existed in theory. The emergence of Russia and prior of the USSR as the world’s largest oil producer and natural gas producer has been based on the application of the theory in practice. This has geopolitical consequences of staggering magnitude. 

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SeaMonkeys MEFOBILLS Sun, 12/10/2017 - 14:47 Permalink

MEFOBILLS, Engdahl's article is a pickle. I would love to speak to knowledgeable earth science people about this.But with all due respect, I disagree with you about eugenics. The failure of the American people to understand is deliberate policy and propaganda, not a function of biology. The lack of critical thinking is evenly spread across the political, social, racial spectrum. Look at all the fools on ZH who shill for corporations and monopolies. Look at all the fools who limit their criticism to the Fed and central banks, but ignore commercial banks, monopolies and rents, media's grip on thought, information, and hence feelings, and so on.The racial aspect of the story really complicates things. The Democrats push white guilt because they want to divide the country, and the GOP does the same by embracing white anger. Both sides are playing this good cop/bad cop game. This is why they felt so threatened by Trump and Sanders' candidacies. Both Trump and Sanders were addressing social class, which is taboo for both parties.Conservatives rightfully feel disgusted by the white guilt narrative. They and the rest of the country are unable to handle the complexity of the real history that puts blame on all people at different times. Ditto for the Liberals.The Democrats want to encourage black pride, which feeds off of narcisism and vanity. Most blacks are not a part of this fake identity. The best proof would be to look at the TV show "Family Feud." Those black and white contestants are very similiar to each other. The blacks on that show do not want to be the Democrats idea of blackness. They do not show narcisistic vanity and pride. They are Americans who are black, as it should be.The problems of the inner city are complex, and involve the economics that you so often write about. Unwinding the damage done by identity politics and hate requires economic solutions that will create a new internal logic to our problems based on sound economic thinking. The substitution of identity politics for economic thinking amounts to fantasy used in place of reality. It can't work in the long run. 

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Escrava Isaura MEFOBILLS Sun, 12/10/2017 - 15:25 Permalink

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Eugenics will happen. And here’s why: Tad Patzek: The two sides enter into endless debates about whose interpretation is better, but the empirical fact remains: The global rate of liquid and solid hydrocarbon production has stopped growing since 2004. Call this empirical observation by whatever name that better suits your taste, but first please look at figure 5. To meet global oil demand between 2010 and 2035, IEA reported in 2011 that $10 trillion would be needed, with the upstream sector accounting for 85% of this amount.  IHS CERA reported in 2012, that the upstream costs more than doubled in 2011, relative to the year 2000.  This trend is expected to continue because higher demand for raw materials, equipment, and specialized labor will create shortages.  Most importantly, the global oil and gas industry is moving away from the easy oil to the transitional and unconventional oils, and this means a continuous increase of cost and complexity of the future upstream operations.  In human language, we will have to run ever faster to stand still.  So, if Professor Patzek 2004 is correct, prepare for a 6% exponential decline by the middle of next decade or thereabout. Alice Friedman: Turchin, who has looked at the patterns of collapse in civilizations going back to Mesopotamia, says it takes about 20 years on average. That is in line with Hook’s estimate of a 6% exponential decline, which is the rate at which the 500 giant oil fields decline on average after peaking (something like 270 of them last I checked), all others (offshore, shale, smaller, and so on) decline much faster, hence Hooks estimate of an exponential increase of .0015 a year as non-giants increasingly contribute to what’s left of production (giants are now 60% of world oil production). If Hook (2009) is right, that means we’ll be down to 10% of what we produce after global peak production in 16 years. At that point, even if governments are rationing oil wisely to grow and distribute food, you’re reaching the breaking point. Oil makes all other resources possible, so although many resources reaching their limits, the decline of oil will be the true beginning of the end. No more pumping water from the Ogallala 1,000 feet down, going 10,000 miles on factory farm fishing boats, and so on. Oil is masking how incredibly far we are over overshoot. Above all, 99% of the supply chain transport – trucks, rail, ships – depends on oil. 80% of communities in the U.S. depend entirely on oil, by far the least efficient mode of transportation of the three.  

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SeaMonkeys Escrava Isaura Sun, 12/10/2017 - 16:18 Permalink

Escrava Isaura,You should read the Engdahl link MEFOBILLS provides. Engdahl's article cites Russian geological work from the 1950's that claims that oil is not (limited to) the product of heat and pressure applied to organic matter, as the conventional science tells us. The Russian claim is that the oil is produced by the same processes that create magma. I read the article a long time ago and don't remember the details of the claim, but the gist, as I remember it, is that new deposits of oil are continuously being created and we will never run out to oil.

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Escrava Isaura SeaMonkeys Sun, 12/10/2017 - 17:28 Permalink

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Oil doesn’t come from fossils as MEFOBILLS mentioned. Oil comes from diatoms/phytoplankton which are biotic properties. There is no evidence anywhere in the world that oil can be from abiotic source. All the abiotic source that’s ‘claimed' to be available, such as in Russia and Vietnam has biotic properties on it. So, even if we were to find a field that is proven to be 100% abiotic, US alone imports over 9 million barrels a day. Very few oil fields in the world can give you 1 million barrels a day. Abiotic? Never. Second, the average abandonment of an oil field is around 35%, meaning 65% stays on the ground. So when you hear we will never run out of crude oil, they are correct, because that oil is garbage or there’s no more pressure.    

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SeaMonkeys Escrava Isaura Sun, 12/10/2017 - 18:36 Permalink

I honestly don't know enough to have an opinion. I don't remember enough of the Engdahl article to compare it to your arguments. I agree that since fossil fuels must contain carbon, it stands to reason that fossil fuels must be biological in origin. Oh well, if I re-read it and it has bearing on this discussion, I'll mention it to you sometime.

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Bigly City_Of_Champyinz Sun, 12/10/2017 - 13:48 Permalink

At this point, I am trying hard to care...really.  It's just that my empathy well has pretty much dried up given the deadwood who has had a free ride off my back for the decades I have been in the work force.And when I think if what I would have now if it were not essentially stolen from me year after year I get outraged.No, I suppose I pity these inner city people, but my anger >  pity. WHATEVER.....

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knukles Bigly Sun, 12/10/2017 - 15:15 Permalink

I have empathy for the inner city denizens.  I have contempt for the policy makers who designed this shit; LBJ's Great Society started it, the Establishment perpetuated it and there we have, viola... utopian nirvana.Thinking about it, the folks who did that Urban Renewal should be tried for genocide.

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lil dirtball hedgeless_horseman Sun, 12/10/2017 - 12:23 Permalink

> our government is intentionally preventing these, "descendants of slaves," from ever being truly free

I'll take that with a grain of salt. There are plenty of whites and other colors on the dole as well. They aren't free either, but they don't give a shit (either).

If the .gov didn't want things in this chaotic fashion, things would be as different as the .gov wants it. And make no mistake - in 2017, there is nothing organic about societal change.

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Offthebeach hedgeless_horseman Sun, 12/10/2017 - 11:29 Permalink

Urban black= Gov housing( project slum/never equity or ownership Section 8), EBT, Gov skools( unable after 12 years read, rite, simple math) Government buses, parks, juvunal jail, jail, prison, probation,  single obese 5th generation leftist welfare, ALL males with out skills or work ethic.  Drugs.And, this is good.....For-------> White urban lefties that get to play Marx, experiment and make great taxpayer paid livings in the ( post) Industrial Welfare Complex.Plus the blacks are the reserve army of voters, now 5-6 generation welfare zombies trading hope and liberty for food.None of this at this point is a "mistake", or "policy error".  It is the system to perfection.  And welfare business is doing great! 

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CNONC Never One Roach Sun, 12/10/2017 - 21:45 Permalink

Who gets to decide what a felony is?  In many states, malicious damage to property of more than a token amount, say 250 dollars is a felony.  So throwing away your daughter's cell phone because she won't stop calling her tatted up dope smoker of a boy friend can be a felony. What is "violence?" Some feminists assert that a man standing to urinate is a form of violence as he "luxuriates in his masculinity."  What is "assault?'  It is to induce fear in another.  The definition used to be to induce fear of harm, bodily injury or death, but the definition if "harm" has been expanded by prosecutors, and accepted by judges and juries (your peers, don't ya know) to include fear of ridicule,  or so called bullying.  No, my friend, looking to the legal system for solutions is not the answer.  The legal system has been weaponized along with the rest of "government of the people."  Don't give them more power.   

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SoDamnMad overbet Sun, 12/10/2017 - 12:03 Permalink

Hate Crime C  Cop in Mesa, AZ plays with guy lying face down in hall who can't keep up with his Simon Says Game and shoots him 5 times.  Video of murer on cops body camera.  Jury acquits.  No one understands why we don't respect the badge.   How do you spell, Cold blooded murder.

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CNONC SoDamnMad Sun, 12/10/2017 - 22:00 Permalink

The down vote tells you everything you need to know.  The new American man loves his oppressor.  I am shocked, amazed and saddened to compare and contrast America and Russia.  After 70 years of Soviet attempts to beat the Russian into the shape of the "New Socialist Man," the Soviets disappear, and what is left behind?  The unreconstructed Russian.  In America, we loved our toys more than our identity, freedom, and integrity, and so consumed our into slavery.  I suspect, and hope, a series of crises such as Russia faced in the nineties would have a similar effect on Americans, and help us to reclaim that which we gave away.   

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Giant Meteor toady Sun, 12/10/2017 - 11:23 Permalink

Possibly, if you properly work that angle ..However, is seems clear, there are a lot of dirty hands in this stew. Why some might even say, this train wreck couldn't have been better better delivered almost as if it were planned that way all along. And again, when the cities, towns, municipalities, many of which resemble bombed out Dresden, not fit for habitation, let alone healthy living, become the norm, well we may wish to dig a bit deeper for insight as to how exactly, the nation completely jumped the rails of sanity ..So I say, go back to the debt as money system, where "money" , a.k.a. debt notes, entirely controlled and manipulated by the moneychangers of said system, has facilitated death, war, destruction, unlimited penury and every other manner of evil, and intended consequences ..The scale of the evil has increased, exponentially, in relationship to the parabolic rising debt train. No coincidence.I mean consider this ..All that wealth, concentrated in so few hands ..Why this place should be a veritable paradise !Disaster capitalism at it's finest ..

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Lucretius Giant Meteor Mon, 12/11/2017 - 01:51 Permalink

Why this place should be a veritable paradise !WHY, this place SHOULD be a veritable paradise! FIFY.Please enter my vote for the best comment on ZH, EVAH!Indeed, were it not for greedy, corrupt, vain maggots, there is enough of every thing on this planet for all people to live peaceably, with out want. Wanna nice life? Get your lazy ass out of bed and work for it   . Why bother, the .gov is gonna steal it from me   . See a problem? Or am I missing something?Peace, L.

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