So aggravating. The socioeconomic conditions in these neighbourhoods are what create the problem - and it's society that tends to push people from certain shared backgrounds into them. It's not a racial issue.
Here, we have communities that were forcibly resettled in the 1950s/60s. White communities. Today, many of their former residents have the exact problems many in Canada associate with aboriginal people - chronic unemployment, substance abuse, high suicide rates, a disconnect from mainstream society, a perpetual sense of victimhood, a deep distrust of government, an expectation of social assistance, etc. No one would ever look at these people and think it's because they're white. They recognize it's because they were forcibly displaced from their homes, culture, and way of life and thrust into a new society that didn't provide the necessary supports for them to assimilate, nor expected them to do.
In St. John's, our lowest class - like the city itself - is mostly white. Everything these articles moan about regarding black people is present here, with the exception that the violence here is rarely fatal, as is the case in most smaller cities and those farther removed from American access to firearms.
The sort of subconscious racism that we're all guilty of is why our society tends to push certain groups into certain conditions. But it's those conditions, not race, that generate the outcome. Different cities push different groups into them, and the outcome is always the same.