He wants to blame social programs for the problems of the inner city.
During that same 50-year period, conditions for a segment of the black community—the inner city—have gotten worse.
Here was a kid, young Carson, growing up in inner city Detroit with an absent father and mom who was facing all sorts of problems.
A general term for impoverished areas of large cities. The inner city is characterized by minimal educational opportunities, high unemployment and crime rates, broken families, and inadequate housing. (See ghettos.)