I’m still trying to understand why this documentary was called “The Pruitt-Igoe Myth.”
In 1954, downtown business interests and Disingenuous White Liberals (DWLs) built this massive public housing project for blacks in St. Louis. The idea was to cure poverty by moving them out of the blighted slums and into the “City of the Future.”
From the mid-1950s to the mid-1970s, the blacks systematically destroyed Pruitt-Igoe. They urinated in the elevators and halls. They broke the windows. They dumped their garbage everywhere. They demolished the custom designed “indestructible” light fixtures and other aspects of their apartments.
The Black Undertow made Pruitt-Igoe a no-go zone for the police and fire department. They turned their homes into drug and prostitution dens. They turned the halls of the buildings into a war zone. They went on a rent strike which deprived the housing authority of the money used to maintain the buildings. They physically gutted the buildings in order to sell the scrap metal.
It’s Whitey’s fault for moving to the suburbs, taking the jobs and the tax base, and refusing to live amid the living conditions created by Concentrated Blackness. If black children grew up without fathers, it is because the housing authority didn’t want unemployed men living in the building. If black people were shooting and killing each other and fouling their own nest, it is our fault for not caring about them and not spending enough money on them.
Watch the videos. You can’t spin this one.