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When the church was the center of the black community, Harlem, S. central LA, Chicago's S. Side and E. St. Louis were civil and livable. Today they are not civil and for most, not livable.

But what changed first? I'd argue that jobs and opportunities went away first, and then people stopped going to church.

With the inner cities, the whole thing is ENORMOUSLY complicated because of the lead/crime issue, which may be what was at the root of the whole dynamic.

That can't be the reason for what's happening to white rural America, though.
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