Let Them Drink Kool-AidSpencer J. Quinn
The coverage of the ongoing water crisis in Jackson, Mississippi signifies much that has become dysfunctional in modern America. If future historians (Hey, guys!) are ever searching for a symbol of the great American decline during its latter days, they could do a lot worse than this.
In the last week of August, heavy rains combined with many years of neglect caused the city’s main water treatment facility to fail. This not only deprived many of Jackson’s 150,000 residents of water, it also caused many businesses to shut down and prevented the city’s firefighters from being able to do their jobs. It’s been a major news story for well over a week now.
Joe Biden quickly declared it a federal emergency and authorized the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to coordinate disaster relief in Jackson. Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba issued a notice to boil water, which is still in effect, and has called upon the National Guard to help distribute water bottles to residents. But, as CNN reported last week,
the distribution itself proved unsustainable. Residents of all ages were seen waiting in lines more than a mile long at Hawkins Field Airport for at least two hours Tuesday for just one case of bottled water. The event was supposed to span three hours, but barely ran two as people were eventually turned away when the 700 cases of water ran out.
This state of affairs isn’t new in Jackson, of course. The city, which must be said is over 80% black, has experienced many water crises throughout the years, most notably in 2021. The mayor is black, and so are three of the five people in charge of Public Works, including Director and City Engineer Charles Williams Jr., PE, PhD and Deputy Director of Water Operations Mary D. Carter.
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Since the start of September, however, things seems to have calmed down a bit. With state and federal help, an emergency rental water pump has been installed at the city’s water treatment plant, and bottled water has been reaching the city’s residents. Problems remain, however. The plant still does not offer uninterrupted service, the water still isn’t fit for drinking, and the city is struggling to solve staffing shortages at its water facilities. In the meantime, it must rely on contracted third-party workers for day-to-day operations and maintenance.
So, this raises the obvious question: Why does this happen so often in Jackson and not in many other places? Unless you have a tight connection with someone working onsite, or can claim insider information on Jackson local politics, a definitive answer remains frustratingly elusive.
The official narrative assumes basically two positions. One suggests that Jackson’s black residents and leadership suffer passively from ongoing technical problems and are constantly in need of assistance, which the state’s white leadership is always reluctant to provide. The second simply blames racist white people. Either it’s white flight, which eroded the city’s tax base starting in 1970, when the city’s public schools were integrated, or it’s the result of malevolent neglect on the part of the state’s white Republican leadership. One article states that Jackson has a water problem only because the state legislature has an even worse race problem.
Narratives countering these are difficult to find, unfortunately. Often they appear as examples of badthink in articles attempting to uphold the official narrative. For example, in 2021 this article shamed Tennessee Governor Tate Reeves for suggesting that the Jackson city leadership needed to do a better job of collecting water bill payments before asking for state or federal assistance. And in this Mississippi Free Press article, also from 2021, the state’s Lieutenant Governor, Delbert Hosemann, and former Jackson Mayor Kane Ditto served up the following one-two punch:
Hosemann balked at the $1-billion price tag that Mayor Lumumba previously suggested would be necessary to wholly repair the city’s crumbling water infrastructure. But he also said it must be the City of Jackson that serves as the principal actor on any proposal to extract it from the current — and persisting — crisis.
“The prime mover needs to be the city itself. It’s the city of Jackson. Where do you start? What are the most complicated places? What’s your plan? How much money is it going to take, and how do you even pay for it? I haven’t seen any of that,” Hosemann said.
The lieutenant governor reflected fondly today to the Mississippi Free Press on a much earlier administration. “You remember during Kane Ditto’s administration, he did repair work on water and sewer. So what happened since then?”
Kane Ditto, who served as mayor of Jackson from 1989 to 1997 and as the last white mayor elected to the position, echoed some of Hosemann’s concerns to the Mississippi Free Press today, though he acknowledged that the enormity of the problem was beyond any individual administration.
“The administrations after ours were not as concerned with making the routine repairs plus the major infrastructure projects that it would take to fix both the water and the sewer system,” he said.
Got that? Not only do we have whitey blaming poor blacks for their own misfortunes, but they’re being underhandedly racist about it. At least this is what Harvey Johnson, Jr. suggests. Johnson succeeded Ditto in 1997, and served as the city’s first black mayor. In the same article, which is biased against Hosemann and Ditto, Johnson claims his administration spent over $200 million on improving water and sewer infrastructure and adding two new water storage tanks. Johnson then hopes aloud that “demographics” are not behind the so-called misinformation coming from Hosemann and Ditto. But if what Johnson says is true, then why does Jackson still have a water crisis? Author Nick Judin doesn’t leave us with a clear answer.
Best of all from the anti-establishment perspective, Frank Corder of the Republican-leaning Y’all Politics writes the following:
In Jackson’s case, years of financial mismanagement, internal squabbling, misplaced priorities, and a general lack of ability to operate a municipality are playing out in real time, and it is costing not only Jackson residents but every taxpayer in Mississippi, and now with the federal declaration from President Biden, it is costing every tax paying American as well. . . .
Every other city and town in Mississippi must operate within their means and provide critical services without relying on the State to bail them out. Expecting Jackson to do the same is not uncaring or reflective of some underlying racial inequity; it is fair and just for the other 2.75 million Mississippians that should not be on the hook for Jackson’s poor management.
So what to make of all this? And how is this fiasco symbolic of America’s decline?
It all boils down to how both conservatives and Leftists deny the reality of race. With lower average IQs and poorer impulse control, blacks as a group are simply less fit to be in charge of First World cities. This is the way it is, and there is nothing anyone can do about it. Instead of accepting this truth, however, conservatives and Leftists presume the false equality of blacks and whites. As a result, each side speaks to only that portion of the truth which suits their political purposes (which is, as always, to blame the other guy), and never the whole truth. Thus, both sides are equally true and false, but can never stop butting heads because they possess opposite sides of the truth.
I hope the following bullet list will make this clear:
- The Left claims the issue is all about race. Correct, it is.
- The Left also claims that it is primarily white people’s fault. Incorrect, it isn’t.
- Conservatives claim that the issue is not about race. Incorrect, it is.
- Conservatives also claim that black people are mostly at fault. Correct, they are.
And for all you visual learners out there:
The above table represents what I call The Great Racial Impasse. Both sides possess half the truth (the cells in green), and use this to great effect (represented by the arrows) against where the other side does not possess truth (the cells in gray).
There is no solving this impasse except by convincing both sides of the provable science behind race realism, or by — God help us — violence.
Now, I know we all like to see elegance when constructing our own pet theories. But The Great Racial Impasse is not quite as elegant as it seems. Yes, each side possesses only half the truth, but only one side, the conservatives, are being morally responsible. It’s one thing to misconstrue a cause, as the conservatives do. It’s something far worse to assign blame to someone who doesn’t deserve it, as the Left always does. This is basically why the Right calls conservatives stupid and the Left evil.
Not only this, but the blacks of Jackson fail to understand that by blaming whites for their troubles, they are alienating the very people competent enough to keep clean water flowing into their homes to begin with — sadly, an endemic problem wherever you find large numbers of blacks. This is why I cannot drum up too much concern for the plight of blacks in Jackson. Whatever water they are not getting in freebie drop-offs from the government, I’m sure they can make do with Kool-Aid (not the kind you mix, of course, but the kind that comes in pouches you can buy in bulk.) Their kids might like it better, and in any event, it suits their mindset given the lies their leadership continually tells them about white people.
When future historians assess the latter days of the American republic, they will find both sides of the Great Racial Impasse wielding half-truths like weapons, and contributing to the great unnecessary culture war which very well might claim us all. And nowhere will they find a better example of this than in Jackson, Mississippi’s water crisis.
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Not only will Mississippi tax payers pay for this mess, so will U.S. taxpayers. Man made disasters like this are yet another reason to get into prepping.
Modern water supply and sanitation is about the whitest thing possible. It requires complex engineering, long-term thinking, and an educated workforce, but this workforce never gets any credit, nor the dutiful white citizens paying water bills and long-term bonds so poor blacks can get water at discounted rates.
Now can you imagine putting black people in charge of such a system? Can you imagine a whole panel of black people at those boring water commission meetings, like where they plan out how to prudently forecast revenue so they can get another water treatment facility online by 2026? Racial impasse? More like racial impossibility.
Leftists still blame Haiti’s failures on European colonialism, even 2+ centuries after Haitians killed off their French population. There’s not the slightest chance they’ll ever see the truth even if every black-majority city in the United States gets turned into a third-world dump.
It’s going to happen in more cities across the country that are run by blacks. Here in Cleveland it’s already begun. Residents including myself routinely receive quarterly bills in the thousands. I personally have gone to the water department’s offices to try to straighten my bill out. I’ve always been shuffled from one black female to another none of which can either explain the bill or fix the problem. The best solution I heard was “just ignore it. Eventually it will straighten itself out “.If only we could ignore them and they’d go away.
I heard this story about Jackson. Most of the huwhite population is situated in the north of the city. Roads are really bad also in Jackson, as you might imagine. Well, on this long thoroughfare in north Jackson in the white predominant part, a manhole lid was left off in the middle of the road for months. Numerous complaints were made over months but it was never fixed. Finally a teenage girl was speeding along and her wheel went in, flipping the car, killing her. Ah, the costs of living with white supremacy, alas!
I appreciate the research into mayors going as far back as Kane Ditto in the 1990s.
They should reject indoor plumbing. That’s evil wypipo technology. They should reject electricity too on the same grounds.
I think stories like this are good for the cause. White people literally can’t win. If they move to non-white areas the left screams gentrification. If they move out once the area is becoming more non-white then it’s white flight.
The subconscious subtext of this story is that blacks when left to thei own devices can’t even manage a city. The angle of white flight being to blame is just the classic combination of deception and self-deception.
Another commenter here mentioned Haiti. How long can you blame white supremacy and colonialism for the short comings of non-white, namely blacks? Japan is a good example of a longitudinal study of race realism. They had two cities nuked and their Capitol firebombed. IIRC Japan has the 3rd largest GDP in he world.
The more I observe black people with an objective mind the more I believe we are not the same biological species. It’s not just the physical differences but more so the behavioral differences. Our leaders both left and right are in a deep state of Dunning-Kruger denial. They ignore what they see with their own eyes and pretend that we are all equally capable. This may well be what ends the White human species and with it, civilization.
Eventually, the races would have speciated. Sadly, a) humans reached the level of self-awareness, and b) whites reached the point of development where they could explore the world. Perhaps a few more thousands of centuries of evolution would have been sufficient for your hypothesis to have become reality. But the fact that whites and blacks can interbreed means we are simply different sub-species of the same species. That does not mean we aren’t, modally, very different and incompatible peoples.
“But the fact that whites and blacks can interbreed means we are simply different sub-species of the same species.”
Not true. Inter-genus breeding is a regular occurrence in nature and on the farm.
Look up hybrid on Wiki.
Correction: Inter-species breeding is a regular occurrence in nature and on the farm.
“The more I observe black people with an objective mind the more I believe we are not the same biological species.” Both physically, emotionally/mentally they are indeed a caricature of the white race. It seems that every aspect of blacks, in general, is an exaggeration. Further, they are entirely without personal authenticity; it’s monkey see, monkey do, which I’m inclined to think explains their monolithic values/political views. They embrace “blackness” because otherwise there is no THERE, there. They are, for the most part, savants of some sort or other.
The White man’s been maintaining a good water supply for around 3000 years, the black man was still running around in a loin cloth a few centuries ago. This ain’t rocket science, folks!
I lived there before. De industrial of the only industry they had, light industry. Massive crime and poverty. The suburbs are nice. Beyond that it gets country fast. It’s very isolated and feels like 1970. Good and bad.
You mentioned Tate Reeves being the Governor of Tennessee instead of Mississippi. Probably just a simple mistake.
Everyone white person I know here in Mississippi knows you don’t go to certain areas in Jackson and to be cautious just being in the city. We all know why even if they don’t want to appear racist by saying it. The last time I was there was at a hospital there and the security there was outrageous. The fact you have to worry about being shot or killed in a hospital is crazy. The city’s leadership has shown incompetence for a while so this is not surprising news to me. I just wanted to let people who aren’t aware that a lot of white people here know the problem but are too afraid to say it so it will probably continue. And the blacks in charge will never take responsibility for it. It’s always someone else’s fault.
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