Yes, the House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan said racist things about inner city black males (they are lazy, they do not want to work, it's a cultural thing, and so on), but he also said:
"If you're driving from the suburb to the sports arena downtown by these blighted neighborhoods, you can't just say, 'I'm paying my taxes, government's got to fix that.' You need to get involved, you need to get involved yourself, whether through a good mentor program, or some religious charity, whatever it is to make a difference. And that's how we help resuscitate our culture."Do not get me started about Christian charity or about the ideology of American individualism (the government is not the solution, you are). But I will say something about this strange trip from the suburbs to the stadium.
The person who makes this journey is, of course, white, owns a big house, and, unlike the blacks in the core of the economically dead city, has a strong work ethic. Between the safe points of home and the arena, the driver is exposed to the streets, the "blighted neighborhoods." What is this trip telling us? The years between 2007 and 2009 do not exist in Paul Ryan's picture of American urban life. The stable suburbs apparently slept as the housing market crashed all around them and the whole world collapsed into the Great Recession. Also, gas prices have not risen one bit during this time—which is why the trip to the stadium is still so cheap. Also, the gentrification of the inner city never happened in Ryan's world—whites flew away long ago and they will never come back to those places permanently blighted by blacks. Also, the suburbs know no poor, no foreclosures, no none of that. New malls are popping up everywhere. Home values there only know how to rise and rise. All of this, as you can see, is just bizarre.