Crime in Low-income Areas

I agree that a person’s upbringing in a particular surrounding plays a significant role in what they turn out. For instance, people in low-income areas like Benton Harbor Michigan would likely turn to the life of crime such as drug dealing, robberies, and gangs to survive as the only way to gain social mobility upward. There have been many theories about the high numbers of crime in low-income neighborhoods. Like some people argue that since these places have limited opportunities to succeed in terms of employment, they have to turn out to the life of crime to meet the demands of their life. Some people also argue that it is easy to turn out as a criminal in low-income neighborhoods because men and women do not try to work for themselves to succeed or make a future for them. I think these thoughts contribute to the growing problem of crime in these areas in one way or the other.

However, to me, I think the primary cause of high crime such as robberies, drug trafficking and being in life a gang is lack of mentorship in the low-income areas. Most people who have succeeded in low-income areas have done so in the life of crime. It is the reason why young people would instead follow in the footsteps of people in crime to survive. There is a lack of mentorship given to people in these areas, and people who should provide mentorship to them have instead labeled them as criminals. It is important to know that this branding and tagging do not help to nurture young people from low-income areas to try to succeed and work a future for their lives. Mentorship programs allow young people to begin to see life from a different perspective. For instance, if there were people who have succeeded through hard work in these areas, it would be easy for men and women to follow their footsteps of hard work.