There is one other factor that determines, in conjunction with poor economic realities, why certain regions of the country become run down. It is one that I and most others would prefer not to contemplate and that is that in certain regions of the country the average gene pool is as run down as the physical conditions of the region. But at least this bitter truth is race free when it comes to Whites and Blacks. Some parts of the country it’s a bigger factor with blacks and others it’s White and some it’s a mix of races.

Jim Ridgway, Jr. military writer — author of the American Civil War classic, “Apprentice Killers: The War of Lincoln and Davis.” Christmas gift, yes!

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