“Burn this bitch down!”
Ferguson, Garner, & the End of Gentrification
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“One law for the lion and the ox is oppression.”–William Blake
I recently picked up Face to Face with Race, Jared Taylor’s anthology of first-person accounts of race relations in America from various contributors to American Renaissance. Interestingly, the harrowing stories of racial animosity in New York City struck me as exaggerated, based on my own experiences in New York.
I do not question the accuracy and honesty of these reports, some of which go back to the 1990s, so I have to ask: Has non-white behavior actually improved in the United States, despite continued multiculturalism, non-white immigration, and erosion of white norms? Crime statistics certainly bear out this impression, particularly for New York City.
But what has caused it? Are the races finally learning to live together peacefully in a multiracial, multicultural society? Is all the multicultural propaganda finally paying off? I doubt this for two main reasons.
First, racial and ethnic consciousness are hard-wired into the brain. It is natural for us to feel greater trust for people who are like us, greater fear of those who are unlike us. The human forebrain might be taught to disdain and ignore these feelings, but they never go away, and in some circumstances — like emergencies — they will trump our multicultural programming. This means that any multicultural amity that might exist is psychologically superficial. Thus multiracial institutions are weak and prone to break down under pressure.
Second, whites seem to be the only people who widely accept multiculturalism as an ideal. Whites think that if they only set aside everything about their interests, tastes, and expectations that might clash with those of other races, they can demonstrate sufficient openness and good will that non-whites will drop their resentment, hike up their pants, join hands, and help them usher in a new age of post-racial harmony. Non-whites, however, are encouraged to be as ethnocentric, aggressive, and accusatory as possible in their dealings with whites. Thus present-day multiculturalism is a formula for the exploitation and victimization of whites, which can only increase racial tensions.
Although I am sure there is a host of reasons why non-white crime is down in many urban areas, two stand out: aggressive policing and “gentrification.”
In New York, crime fell during the Giuliani and Bloomberg years, because the NYPD was aggressive and efficient in locking up criminals.
During the same period, whites began to “gentrify” racially-mixed neighborhoods. Gentrification begins with gays, straight singles, and childless young couples attracted by low prices, interesting architecture, walkable neighborhoods, and shorter commutes to work and cultural attractions. When whites create and attract new businesses, property values and rents rise, and non-whites find themselves priced out of the neighborhood. Many non-whites, aided by Section 8 housing money, end up in “slumburbs” like Ferguson, Missouri, where they ruin the lives and property values of “white bread” suburbanites disdained by hip urban “gentry.” Simply by decreasing the non-white percentage of the population, gentrification decreases crime — partly by relocating it to the suburbs.
Gentrification and aggressive policing are mutually reinforcing phenomena: lower crime encourages gentrification, and once whites move into racially-mixed neighborhoods, they demand even more aggressive policing to bring the neighborhood up to their standards.
When I lived in Atlanta, I spent a lot of time reading at a particular coffee house. One afternoon, I listened in on a conversation between a young gay couple (one white, the other black) and a few of their friends. All of them were starry-eyed liberal utopians. A few months before, the couple had purchased a great old house for practically nothing because it was in a black neighborhood. As soon as they moved in, they were horrified by the loud noise, littering, loitering, and street crime. Nothing in their presumably suburban and middle-class upbringings had prepared them for feral inner city blacks. And with perfectly clean consciences, they set to work cleaning up their neighborhood, which entailed frequent calls to the police, who obligingly locked up some of their neighbors. The shiftless and criminal element that remained free started looking for more comfortable environments.
If this couple had been straight, white, and conservative, their behavior would have immediately been decried as racist. And it is racist. For, in effect, what they were demanding is that the police enforce white standards of behavior on a black neighborhood. But because they were a liberal, gay, interracial couple, they got a pass on what is essentially racist oppression. Indeed, in places like Atlanta, Washington, D.C., and New York City, white liberal gentrifiers have been getting a pass on this kind of racist oppression for more than 20 years now.
But the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner in Staten Island, New York City spell the end of gentrification, for both deaths came about because the police were simply routinely enforcing white behavior standards, and aggressive enforcement of white standards is what makes gentrification possible in the first place.
The altercation in Ferguson began when Officer Darren Wilson told Michael Brown and his friend to walk on the sidewalk rather than in the middle of the street. Blacks typically have less intelligence, less empathy for others, and less impulse control than whites. Thus they simply can’t be bothered with the white man’s rules. When I lived in Atlanta, I would see blacks dart into 4 lanes of moving traffic rather than go to a crosswalk and wait for the signal. It was like those wildlife parks, where zebras and antelope dash in front of your Range Rover. “Urban wildlife” was my term for such behavior.
The altercation in Staten Island began when police apprehended Eric Garner for selling single cigarettes. Typical black impulsiveness and high time preferences mean that they will gladly pay more per unit for a single cigarette now rather than walk ten feet or wait ten minutes to buy a whole pack. Forcing blacks to buy cigarettes by the pack is just more arbitrary white man’s law, which gets in the way of hustlers like Eric Garner (who had 30 previous arrests) making a living gratifying the impulsiveness of his kind.
I think that in both cases, the police acted rightly to enforce the existing laws and broader white standards of behavior. Whites built this country, after all. I also think that Officer Wilson was right to kill Michael Brown. It was a clear case of self-defense.
Eric Garner did not deserve to die. But he did deserve to be arrested, and his death was simply an accidental effect of his arrest.
The police were right to subdue this large, agitated, black street criminal by force. Softer measures would have endangered the police themselves, and we cannot expect the police to defend our safety if they cannot defend their own.
The police were right to ignore Garner’s protests that he could not breathe, because if you can talk, you can breathe. Garner also claimed he “dindu nuffin” before his arrest, an all-too-typical lie that the police have heard a thousand times before. (Blacks have a very weak sense of moral responsiblity and shame.) If the cops thought that Garner’s claim that he could not breathe was also false, whose fault is that, exactly?
Garner did not die from being roughly subdued by the police. He died of cardiac arrest in the ambulance because he was obese and in poor health. He just wasn’t up to the rigors of being arrested. But he chose his life of crime. And the police can’t give a free pass to fat criminals because they might find arrest too strenuous.
Frankly, neither life is much of a loss, and I resent being told that “Black Lives Matter,” when it is all too obvious from black behavior that they regard both their lives and ours as quite cheap.
So the angry black mobs protesting both deaths are wrong on all the facts. But they are still fundamentally justified in their anger.
American blacks have a huge chip on their shoulder. Let us call it the chocolate chip. A chip on one’s shoulder means a set of preexisting grievances that are merely triggered by current events. Such behavior is essentially neurotic, because the reaction is seldom appropriate, either in kind or intensity, to what triggers it.
Sensible blacks should feel ashamed of Michael Brown’s behavior. Frankly, they should also feel somewhat safer because of his death, for if his criminal career had not been cut short, his own community would have been his most likely victims. Eric Garner did not deserve to die, but neither was he a credit to his race.
Still, the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, regardless of the facts, have tapped into a vast reservoir of bitterness about “racism.”
It is easy to be dismissive of black complaints about racism. Legal racial discrimination and segregation have been dismantled decades ago. Blacks today are objectively a privileged group in America, the beneficiaries of immense unearned wealth and prestige. But even with all their privileges, blacks are the sorriest racial group in America. Yet that is largely due to their own biological nature, not white ill-will. Blacks are arrested for more crimes because they commit more crimes. Blacks are poorer than whites because they work less, are less intelligent, and lack self-control.
But there is an underlying truth to the black charge that their unhappiness is largely due to deep, systemic American racism. America is essentially a white society. It is the kind of society that first arose in Europe and never arose in Africa. Europeans and Africans have dramatically different biological natures. (The best account of the biological differences between whites and blacks is Michael Levin’s Why Race Matters. Levin does not just focus on intelligence, but also on a whole array of moral and psychological differences.)
Our differing natures give rise to different kinds of societies, societies that conform to our natures, that fit them as comfortably as properly-sized shoes. European societies are just not a good fit for Africans, just as African societies are not a good fit for Europeans. And when we force Africans to live in European societies, it is like forcing them to wear tight shoes. When we impose white norms on blacks, we resent them for not meeting our expectations, and they resent us for setting expectations they cannot meet.
One law for the white man and the black man is oppression. America was created by whites, so naturally it is run by the white man’s law.
Routine liberal oppression of blacks has been the fuel of gentrification for more than two decades. But the Obama administration will no longer tolerate it. In a country of more than 300 million people, it is inevitable that the enforcement of even the most minor laws will sometimes escalate into accidental or justifiable deaths. If the administration does not back the police in such cases when they are merely enforcing white community standards, then those standards will no longer be enforced. That is the death knell of gentrification and the false impression of workable multiculturalism that it fosters.
Moving whites into the inner cities and non-whites into the suburbs has massively increased interactions between the races. Racial diversity inevitably leads to tensions, hatred, and violence. Aggressive policing has kept a lid on the violence. But Barack Obama and Eric Holder have removed the lid, which can only increase polarization between the races. The collapse of gentrification could even increase solidarity between whites as well. Besieged urban liberals may come to sympathize with suburban whites who are fighting the same battle against the same enemy. They may even come to understand why earlier generations fled to the suburbs. But now that the enemy is in the suburbs as well, the hipsters might as well stand and fight.
From a White Nationalist perspective, anything that increases non-white lawlessness, racial polarization, and white solidarity are good things. The worst possible outcome is a police state that keeps the lid on racial violence and polarization for a few more decades, allowing miscegenation, collapsing white birthrates, and surging non-white populations to drive our race on this continent beyond recall. Thus White Nationalists must resist the conservative tendency to side with the police and demand increasingly aggressive enforcement of white standards. Why try to preserve a society in which everything white is slated for destruction? Don’t we want to “burn this bitch down” too?
The races really are different. Thus to maintain white standards, we must oppress blacks. But I don’t wish to oppress blacks, and neither do most decent, fair-minded whites. But that leaves us only two options. First, we can surrender our standards and let blacks rule us, which is a non-starter, given the history of post-colonial Africa, post-white Detroit, and the widely televised chimp-out in Ferguson. Second, we can maintain our standards and go our separate ways by creating separate, racially homogeneous homelands for whites and blacks in North America. That is the ethnonationalist solution. It is the only solution that takes the well-being of both races into account.
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“In New York, crime fell during the Giuliani and Bloomberg years, because the NYPD was aggressive and efficient in locking up criminals.”
“The Crown Heights riot was a three-day race riot that occurred from August 19 to August 21, 1991 in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn, New York. It pitted black and Orthodox Jewish residents against one another. The riots began on August 19, 1991, after a child of Guyanese immigrants was accidentally struck and killed by an automobile in the motorcade of Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the leader of a Jewish religious sect.”
The only reason that NYC was ethnic cleansed from dangerous Blacks was because they became a threat to the jews, the Big Bagel is too important for the jews to become another Detroit or Philadelphia.
The “only reason”? I think not.I think you are being glib and reductionist here. Not everyone demanding tough urban policing is a Jew; Jews are also in the forefront of kvetching about police racism; and the same patterns of gentrification and aggressive policing exist in other cities with much smaller Jewish populations.
I think about a future North America divided up, reasonably enough, into ethno-states. One wonders about the future prospects for any African-American ethnostate. No one needs to mention that black ruled areas aren’t really states in the traditional European sense. Whites applied the name and formed the territorial boundaries on which we recognize most African states but to call them coherent units is a stretch. With that, any African-American entity would be a tribalistic war-zone. Competing groups would slaughter each other in African fashion. Refugees would be a serious concern for states bordering this tribal-zone. If the point is to separate the races and give them autonomy, even though we know any future black state would be dysfunctional, wouldn’t it just make more sense to remove them to Africa or Latin America and keep the land so it would be used productively?
The important thing is to get people thinking in terms of fair, amicable, and humane racial separation and partition. The details can be worked out later.
I am so grateful for Counter-Currents. This website is keeping me sane. I will adjust that last option mentioned at the end of the article. How about blacks return to Africa? It is there natural environment. George Lincoln Rockwell speculated they would do quite well there. Total geographic separation is the real solution.
American Blacks are like spoiled teenagers, they want to be “adults”, but they still want Mommy and Daddy to pay the bills. In other words, they want the conveniences and technology of European civilization and of course, the safety net of “programs” for public assistance, but reserve the right to revert to their primal African nature when they don’t get their way. Apparently it never enters their minds that when they “burn this bitch down” or “tear this goddamn country apart”, and we Whites are gone, all the goodies go with us and then they are right back in the jungle. The only sensible and obvious solution is complete separation, but that will never happen peacefully because despite all their protests to the contrary, they need and want us to provide the level of comfort to which they have become accustomed. Isn’t it strange that even though we’re supposedly so “racist” and inherently evil, not to mention stupid (according to the movies and TV), everybody wants to live around us in our White countries?
This may seem silly, but I’m a dog fancier and having spent thousands of hours at dog shows can conclude that even dogs differentiate and show preference for their own kind, working dogs gravitate to working dogs, toys to toys, hounds to hounds.
Philippe Rushton once did a presentation about genetic similarity theory in which he argued that people even tend to choose dogs that look like them. The illustrations were hilarious.
I remember that presentation!
I agree with the main thrust of your article of course, but I do believe we have “blue privilege” or a growing cop problem. The Media of course has spun this as more White Privilege, but even Garner’s family doesn’t agree. We’ll see if they stick with that when law suit time comes around. As for Garner, I believe he was murdered. He was taken down with a choke hold – on the carotid artery apparently. Ok. So he’s on the ground with several pairs of knees on holding him down and his hands behind his back. Yet the cop continues to choke him. Why? Even carotid artery chokes can be dangerous and martial arts teachers are careful when teaching them. One of the signs of a heart attack coming on is just feeling that “I can’t breathe”. And I must take issue with you on that: people do all kinds of things without breathing, like the hundred yard dash or singing very long notes. Then they really need to take a big breath. Mr Garner couldn’t take the breaths he needed to with all that weight on him and that arm around his neck. And as for the argument that it was his fault for being fat, well fat people should be up in arms about that. And plenty of skinny people have died from this kind of cop feeding frenzy.
I watched a black run into traffic today in downtown Miami. Had he darted a second or two earlier he would have been hit by a car traveling at about 40mph.
“Chocolate chip” I loled
It really is stressful living and working around these people. Their sense of life is so vastly different from that of Whites. I must plan my escape from this multicultural utopia.
In any event, good article. I wished this one didn’t end so soon.
Thanks. I successfully resisted comment on Trayvon/Zimmerman. But this was just too tempting.
Excellent commentary, on a subject most of us have wanted to step around.
Jared Taylor’s recent compilation is probably closer to the truth than most people have wanted to admit. Although most of the stories recall problems of ten or twenty years ago, the ‘Ferguson’ and ‘Garner’ excitements bring home to us some basic facts. Multiculturalism and racial indulgence are luxuries we can no longer afford.
Thanks. I was feeling bilious.
This article is remarkably similar to a piece by Robert Weissberg over at Unz.
I don’t agree, but I’ll take it as a compliment.
That was my thought as well. I had to check the author’s names again to ensure i wasn’t reading the same told in a slightly differing format.
Either way i agree entirely. I have been commenting for years on the main stream conservative sites trying to explain that it it the height of arrogance for whites to think blacks want exactly want the white man wants. When conservatives say that democrats and liberals are keeping blacks down i always ask them if they think all blacks are stupid. Blacks know exactly what they are voting for. They are voting for someone to give them something because they are too damn lazy to work for it and too impatient to save up money to acquire it.
My own view is that racism is a good and necessary institution that ought be openly embraced and propagated by parents and teachers. Sans racism, global homogenization become inexorable. And it is no doubt owing to racism that modern humans have only a sprinkling of Neanderthalic genes rather than wagon loads of them.
Genuine racism represents the victory of quality over quantity, and the particular over the general. Sane people do not chose a mate by lottery, but rather by a choice for the particular.
Remember, the smartest people have the most Neanderthal genes. They may well have been superior to Cro-Magnons and modern Humans.
Why would I remember this; I don’t even know that it’s true. Also, if the Neanderthals were superior to the Cro-Magnon then they would have won out in the competition for survival.
Well written article, I enjoyed it..
I have to wonder about your characterization of the single cigarette trade and its having anything to do with black impulsiveness. When I was at university in the Eighties the small dorms shop used to sell cigarettes by the stick. While a student may not have been able to pay 2.00 (or whatever the price was back then) for a deck, most certainly had a dime or two that they could scrounge for single cigarettes. At 12 or 15 dollars a deck (I’m not sure the price in NY other than the fact that their price and taxes are the highest in the nation) the lure of a single cigarette for a dollar becomes even greater when you don’t or otherwise can’t afford the price of a full deck. Any impulsiveness involved would be the universal craving that tobacco addicts typically have for a cigarette.
Gough, I had a certain sympathy for Eric Garner, feeling that the police response to him was too extreme for the “crime” he was committing. Honestly, I didn’t even know that what he was doing was illegal (I have never smoked, myself). I know that cigarettes are used as currency in prison, so if Garner had ever been in prison, he might have gotten used to dealing with single cigarettes. And anyway, it wasn’t like he was selling crack cocaine. The only reason it is a “crime” at all is because it somehow “cheats” the government of the excise tax. But the pack was already bought and the tax was paid, so I hardly see Garner’s selling “loosies” as being much different from simply giving a friend a cigarette. I would see this as an example of where black men would think that the white person’s law really was just too extreme and ridiculous. I mean, what’s next, are the police going to choke hold and throw down to the ground little suburban kids for having a lemonade stand? After all, they are breaking the law, they don’t have a business license.
Tour de force Greg – definitely one for the next collection of essays. I’ve read Old Right Versus New Right three times new and there are always fresh insights that leap out at me.
Thanks. A new collection will be out early in the new year.
Your essay conclusion that we are different and have different standards was so perfectly exemplified when I was listening to NPR here in Boston after the protests for justice for Eric Garner. The hosts were beside themselves with glee because here in Boston, there was no violence, just loud, rude malcontents screaming shopworn slogans but not engaging in any violence. It was a “proper” protest they were all proud of. There was so much more commentary along those same lines that day I just couldn’t believe it. The implicit whiteness of everything they said was so obvious to everyone but them and their fellow travelers.
Great article, and great discussion. I got Face to Face with Race this morning, started reading it, and just now finished. It’s a terrific book! People who don’t work with blacks have no idea what they’re really like. This knowledge is important, because it touches people. Being from the South, I’ve had a lot of experience with blacks, mostly domestic servants. This group is some of the best of the race, because they’d be fired in no time if they were threatening, disrespectful, or criminal.
I could go on for hours, but I’ll just give a few examples. We thought a lamp was broken and sent it to be fixed, but the honest repairman told us it only needed a bulb. This is how it came to light that one of the servants was putting all the old, burnt-out bulbs back into the same container with the new bulbs.
One day I went down to the laundry room where one of them offered to wash my clothes. I told her that I liked doing it myself (because some intelligence is required, and I didn’t know her), but I thanked her anyway. When I went back down to get them later, there they were in the rubber hamper, all carefully folded – soaking wet. So of course, I dumped them all in the dryer, and shook my head ruefully.
There are so many things they do that we don’t do! They stick their old chewing gum underneath a fine antique table. The leave the tops off felt-tipped pens and put them on the bed so it ruins the bedspread. They put on a normal pair of shoes, but they don’t bother to pull up the heels, so the back part gets smushed down and gradually the shoes become slippers. They put a big pile of old boxes in the front yard to just sit there, because they have no sense of propriety. The notion of urgency is foreign to them, as is the concept of responsibility. Strange blacks will come up to you in public places to ask you questions because they know you’re smart – example: a man says “My wife wants a special kind of bread, but I left my glasses at home [meaning I can’t read]” so you go around and help him find it.
The correlation between IQ and number of children is twice as strongly negative among blacks than among whites. In other words, we’re all getting stupider with each new generation, but they’re getting stupider twice as fast, and this has been going on at least since 1900. There’s a huge number of blacks in prison, so maybe that makes them look better in large cities.
My mother called one of her friends who’d had a new maid for a week. “Hello?” the maid answered. “May I please speak to Mrs. Jones?” my mother asked. “Well, I is working for some lady here, but I don’t know rightly know who she is.” “Umm, well, may I speak to her, please?”
My cousin taught high school at a public school in Memphis, but was shoved down the stairs by a black student, so she quit. I suggested to her that she should teach at a private school, but she said she didn’t want to teach at a place that was segregated, so I secretly rolled my eyes and gave up.
Marian, I would love to have a review of Face to Face with Race. Would you be interested in the job?
Face to Face with Race: Jared Taylor has done the movement a great service with his publishing these personal accounts of painful, at times terrifying experiences of Whites subsumed in a environment dominated by non-Whites.
We, White Nationalists, Race Realists need to form a community; and by sharing experiences, and by giving each other advice and comfort and the assurance that each one of us is not alone but that we all face the same problems, we build the movement. I speak as some-one who daily experiences the misery and humiliation as a White person of living, existing, surviving in one of these mega, multi-racial cities, in my case London, England.
I will make here a final point: IMO the most “thoughtful” of these personal accounts is given by an American academic who spent many years living, working and teaching in Black Africa and later South Africa. I say that his account is “thoughtful” in that he attempts to analyse and explain why the Whites of our time are so “fo0lish, weak and frightened” (his terms). The solution he gives, is for us Whites manfully – “and most of all, publicly” – to stand up for ourselves. Quite one hundred per-cent right. And then he signs off with a pen name.
Did the great heroes of the past, whose names we all know and whose courage and sacrifice made our world: Did their example not teach us how to solve the problems of our times ?
The main problem of the relation between the races is not “discrimination” but no discrimination at all. The idea that all races are equal and essentially the same (or even the absurd idea that race doesn’t exist at all) is the core of the problem. Race does exist, races are different and unequal in many respects. That is a reality that has been genetically encoded by nature and cannot be changed by whatever environmental means.
Actually “non-racism” is utterly racist itself, since it assumes that all non-Whites can be Whites in behavior and achievements. By that assumption it takes “Whiteness” as the norm for all non-White races.
Egalitarianism is the root of all problems, both in inter-class and inter-race relations. The slogan “ALL MEN ARE UNEQUAL” should be written in gold in all our public institutions.
An all-white state requiring the forced dispossession and deportation of millions of non-white property owners? Not gonna happen. And what blacks would want to live in an all-black state?
On the other hand, the breakup of the USA, creating one or more economically viable states with a permanent white supermajority and white cultural hegemony? This is very much in the realm of possibility, and what white nationalists who want to be taken seriously by sympathetic but unconverted whites should be advocating for.
A dropping crime rate might have more to do with the electronic surveillance and tracking gizmos available now than with better policing or people inspired by the words of the late Rodney King. Nowadays a car-jacker better know how to disable the GPS or his ride will be a short one.
”Thus White Nationalists must resist the conservative tendency to side with the police…”
The article is very logical and engaging. Thank you.
There is only one kind of conservatism in America- kosher conservatism. And kosher conservatives have created a narrative that they are the true anti-racists. That American conservatism reconciles all differences, brings blacks and whites together since they have similar interests, can achieve similar goals in life since they have similar capabilities and attributes. How vile and perfidious is this narrative?
National Review peddles the above lie everyday from its filthy pages with the help of ”kosherised” blacks such as Thomas Sowell, Ben Carson and others. Meanwhile, the party of kosher American conservatism prostrates before open border fanatics Paul Singer and Sheldon Adelson for their cash.
Revilo Oliver who helped to create the National Review and the John Birch Society later said that their objective was to create a Kosherized Conservatism for America.
“Thus White Nationalists must resist the conservative tendency to side with the police and demand increasingly aggressive enforcement of white standards.” Great observation, and we must always resist the idea that the police are ever on our side. The police are, –the minions farthest removed from the state– and their mission is to ensure the uninterrupted function of the state. They would kill any white nationalist without hesitation and afterwards brag in the dressing room how they took out the “racist.”
Why the over-generalizations? All blacks do not act the same, nor do all whites. It seems to me that you are equally, if not more culpable, of judging people by their race than by their individual character. You operate out of grievance? If I didn’t no better, I might even say that you act black.
You seem to have what is, effectively, a “Back to the 1950s” mentality. There’s no going back-the historical trend lines are clear. Even if we could go back, the inherent flaws of the post-1945 liberal, commercial order led us to where we are today. See, for example, Pierce’s “Why Conservatives Can’t Win.”
Greg, I wish I could do a review of Face to Face with Race because it’s a fascinating and important book, but I’m already swamped. Statistics are very important, but they don’t touch people emotionally, and this book surely does. It gives readers a sense of what black people are like, so they can feel down to their toes how utterly hopeless multiculturalism and integration are.
What about doing an interview with Jared Taylor?! It’s bound to make a splash, and guaranteed to be super-interesting.
It’s anecdotal, but there seems to be some evidence assault and murder by fire has been on the rise east of the Mississippi ever since Michael Brown’s father Louis Head said “burn these bitches.”
See this article in particular if you don’t recognize the name Jessica Chambers: 19 year-old white female burned alive immediately after local blacks called for the rape and murder of white women.
In Brooklyn, New York, a militant black Muslim just murdered a Hispanic police officer and an ethnic Chinese police officer to get revenge for Eric Garner and Michael Brown. The shooter is dead, so there is no way to know if he was targeting whites and got two of the wrong ethnicity because they happened to have fair skin.
A 15 year old white girl who looked like an angel from heaven was burned alive in Indiana yesterday. Looks like new trend here in the US.
Greg, I think you quite correctly described the situation that the “gentrifiers” you overheard discovered upon moving to their all black neighborhood, and it was also telling how the black man in the couple was also so shocked–even HE was used to something better due to his having lived in a basically white suburb. I’m surprised they hadn’t felt that extreme difference from just driving through the neighborhood (I certain could tell when I entered Harlem when I first visited New York); those differences are so palpable. I think their “utopian” thinking was a jamming signal to what would have been their normal sense of self-preservation.
When I was a little boy, from my birth in 1948 to first grade, we lived in one of country’s highest per capita income towns (Biltmore Forest, North Carolina), obviously all-white, and I would say at least weekly we would drive from our house to visit one or the other of my grandparents, who lived close to each other in their own exclusive residential neighborhood, Grove Park, in Asheville (quite near to the famous Grove Park Inn, where unfortunately Obama, prior to his first election, played golf and loved it enough to threaten to buy a house there once he was out of the White House; heaven help us).
The route we would take, which was the shortest straight line between Biltmore Forest and Grove Park, would take us completely through the 100% black neighborhood just south of downtown Asheville. My parents called this area “Valley Street”, which was the name of the main street that went through there. From the lush green forested estates of Biltmore Forest, to this all black neighborhood in the South was an amazing contrast, from everything quiet, elegant, well-ordered, and aristocratic, to a chaotic, squalid neighborhood of potholed streets, sagging weatherbeaten cottages and half-falling apart apartment buildings, with people out and about all over the place, laughing and shouting at each other back and forth from porches on the opposite sides of the street, hanging around on the sidewalks, roaming around in the middle of the street, everybody making lots of noise, newspaper pages blowing all around, tin cans and broken liquor bottles along the gutters, skinny dogs barking, and old rusted out cars with dirty stuffing popping up out of the ripped upholstery sitting against the curb. I never felt that it was dangerous, just “alien”, like going to the zoo. People who were compared to my normal experience just clearly so amazing different, and based on their behavior there in their own neighborhood, not at all like the black servants that we and our grandparents had, who were kind, friendly, sparkling clean, and of a noticeably better class (and who did not live in that particular “Valley Street” neighborhood).
We later moved from there to California, but continued to visit Asheville all the time, and somewhere along the line, a new freeway was built in Asheville that essentially obliterated the whole neighborhood of Valley Street. In a nearby section of town, the Housing Authority built an immense housing project for blacks, consisting of neat apartments and houses. I learned recently that the murder and crime rate in that project makes it now the largest crime area in the city, and the only known solution, that is about to occur, is to have the entire housing project torn down and all the residents dispersed. I have been told that there is another housing project north of the city that is a total police no-go zone. In effect, it is totally left alone, no police will set foot in there.
It’s maybe peculiar for me to judge how blacks live in their own neighborhood from my experiences as a little boy prior to the era of civil rights, but once we moved to California, it was very easy to simply not see blacks and black neighborhoods. In fact, were we lived in California was another high per-capita income town (nowadays, the very highest one), Atherton, which, ironically was across the freeway from the all-black town of East Palo Alto, which had the highest crime rate in California. (Nowadays, East Palo Alto seems to have mainly become an expansion of Silicon Valley office buildings and large stores like IKEA–all that cheap property, you know; another way to clear out the high crime.) All that separated Atherton from East Palo Alto was the Bayshore Highway, and never in my life did I even drive my car into East Palo Alto and I never saw a black person in Atherton.
You have strongly suggested separation of the races as being the most kind solution. It is interesting that more and more, that is exactly what blacks are asking for. Of course, they are asking for it because they “want to get away from whites”, but you know, they just might get what they ask for.
I do tend to worry about that solution, though, because from the point of view of Californians, it is so easy for people to say that the obvious location for the “black country” is the southern states. However, from having been born a southerner and always maintained ties with that region, I don’t see the South as some crappy junkyard to simply dump undesirable people. And southerners, it could be argued, are among the most American of the Americans (patriotic), and certainly more wedded to their beloved land than are the people of what-has-always-been-transient California. I wonder, instead, if their more natural location should be the entire Mississippi River strip from New Orleans to Illinois, and then head east to Chicago and Detroit. They gave up on their rural “five acres and a mule” aspirations long ago.
I think a white person’s dream would be for the majority of them to move “back” to Africa, but since blacks were brought here to these shores as far back as the 1600s, this was the home of some of their ancestors before many of the European, British, and other white people’s ancestors, so many of whom came here later, and have continued to come here later.
I think that most of us have a really dim view of Africa, considering it backward and violent, and yet that is an not a complete and accurate description of all of what is a very large continent. Investor Jim Rodgers, who took a three-year around the world trip from 1999-2001, saw that much of Africa was actually a phenomenal land of opportunity for young people to consider moving to, and by that, he meant white people, too. I know that must seem absolutely unconceivable to most white people, especially with what is going on in, say, current-day Johannesburg (and if you are an Afrikaner farmer), but I’ve subscribed to some websites coming out Africa and the picture is surprising, not at all what I had assumed. It’s hard for me to say, but I can strongly imagine that if I were black, I really would want to move to one of these urbanized, heavy-in-natural resources sections of Africa that are already starting on the upslope in their economic incline. My father always used to say that you can judge the success of a country by the fact of whether they build cars or not. Well, I was surprised to learn that there are five African car brands now designed and made in Africa by Africans. That’s not something we are told on CNN! For a young black American wanting to get a good start on a fruitful life, Africa could not only feel like an ancient homeland, but a brave new world.
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