Human Events Daily host Jack Posobiec hosted Raheem Kassam, Editor-in-Chief of The National Pulse, in a discussion of the potential rise of "no-go zones" in the United States.
Posobiec suggested that though Bolling Air Force Base (AFB) is where Marine One is located, there is, within “a stone’s throw,” one of the most “violent neighborhoods in America, and it blows my mind.”
Posobiec then turned the conversation over to Kassam, asking: “Has America seen the rise of no-go zones?”
Kassam suggested that the US is actively experiencing no-go zones right now, going on to reference the subtitle of his new book, suggesting that “Sharia is coming to a neighborhood near you.”
"And I suppose that still remains the case, except for the fact that it's a Sharia of the left, of the political left, rather than a shred of radical Islam that you're seeing taking root in so many cities across the United States at the moment."
"I think it was accelerated, in large part, by Covid and the movement away from downtown office buildings. The downtown of Washington, DC itself became you know, the entirety became a no-go zone for a couple of days, when the BLM marches were taking place, and I went out there with my camera and documented what had happened there and started to see how it was taking root in lots of American cities, and I've worked on this thesis for a while now," Kassam said.
In April, The Brookings Institute reported on four major cities across the US, asking residents what the largest barrier is to returning to work in an office in the city.
The report said: “Across all four cities [New York, Chicago, Seattle, and Philadelphia], the vast majority of residents, major employers, property owners, small business owners, and other stakeholders reported rising rates of violent crime and property crime downtown and indicators of 'disorder' (such as public drug use) as the top barriers stopping workers from coming back to the office—and thus impeding downtown recovery.”
Kassam drew attention to Houston and Dallas, two cities that he feels “are not just empty, but they’re effectively becoming shanty towns. The office block buildings are obviously empty, and they are in the process of converting those into residential areas. But they're not going to be high-end residential areas. They're not going to be places that people want to live because there's nothing really there anymore.”
He continued: “You know, in places like Dallas, you don't go downtown, you go to Highland Park, Houston.”
“And I think we're living in a moment where these things are changing right now. And my prediction is this: Within three to four years, I'll go maybe as high as five, but not much longer than that - you're going to see all of these downtown areas in what used to be, you know, from, you know, prideful American cities, turn into shanty towns.”
During last week’s episode of Human Event Daily, Posobiec drew attention to the major differences between cities in Poland and the US. He suggested that though there are, at times, petty theft, there is no serious crime in major cities across Poland, because the country takes crimes seriously, and stomps them out.
However, this does not appear to be the case in the US, where there are many cities that have a problem with violent crime, from major areas like Chicago, Illinois, to smaller areas such as Lansing, Michigan.