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Are Not Enough Blacks Politicians? Actually, Ferguson Is "a Serious Outlier"

Once again, the political science Monkey Cage blog at the Washington Post uses numbers to point out another fallacy in the current hysteria

Non-white representation on America’s city councils

By Seth Masket August 21

In a recent post at Pacific Standard, I examined the relationship between the percent of African Americans in a city population and the percent on the city council. What the evidence suggested was that Ferguson, Mo., was a serious outlier. As of 2001, just over 50% of its population was African American while none of its city council was. Today, 67% of the population is African American, while 17% (1 member) of the city council is. This is one of the largest representational gaps for African Americans in any U.S. city.

A lot of white people like to obsess over non-problems of blacks, such as the big to-do in the media a few months back over whether blacks don’t win enough Grammy Awards or the black shortage on Saturday Night Live.

But what the chart also showed is that overall, there’s a fairly strong representational relationship for African Americans. When a city is majority African American, it tends to have a majority African American city council.

Meanwhile, white people don’t care about Mexican-Americans, just as practically nobody has noticed how few American-raised people of Mexican descent ever get Oscar nominations, even technical ones.

… This looks very different from African American representation. The vast majority of cities are below the line. Each additional percent of the population that is Latino only translates to about an additional half percent of the city council. Among Asian Americans, each additional percent in the population only translates to about 0.4 percent on the city council.

Of course, the article fails to notice the Latino citizenship gap …

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  1. Lot says:

    A small poor suburb like Ferguson probably doesn’t pay its part time city council members or mayor much, if anything at all. And with the collapse in property values, there aren’t many opportunities for graft either as the city budget gets cut year after year.

    Detroit, which is 83% black and 8% non-hispanic white, now has a white mayor:

    http://www.detroitmi.gov/MayorsOffice/tabid/123/Default.aspx

    All of the 7 city council districts are black majority, except one that is only black plurality. The black plurality district nonetheless elected a Mexican American (3% of the city’s population), and an 80% black district elected a white guy over a black candidate. The same white guy represented a state house district that was 70% black.

  2. Lot says:

    @pizza with hot pepper

    The non-hiring of Steven Salaita, an unhinged Palestinian-American idiot who wrote a book called “Israel’s Dead Soul” and who tweets 20+ times a day about Gaza, is yet another sign that Christian Americans love Israel and Jews, as they should.

    The job he was un-hired from was professor of American Indian Studies. I checked out the UIUC Indian Studies department, and the hiring of a non-Indian is pretty normal for them. Out of 7, 2 were pacific islander, 2 were actual Indians, and the remaining four were regular looking white people, some of whom had possibly dubious and remote Indian ancestors.

    I’m not usually in favor of affirmative action, but there’s something wrong when an American Indian Studies program has 7 professors, only two of whom are actual Indians, and then when there is a new open position, that they try to hire a Palestinian who spends most of his time with anti-Israel “activism.”

    Here are some of Salaita’s endless, anti-white, anti-Semitic, and anti-American tweets, all from the one-week period before he was fired:

    When will the attack on #Gaza end? What is left for #Israel to prove? Who is left for Israel to kill? This is the logic of genocide.

    #Israel gets billions in aid, arms, and financial subsidies from the US, yet most Americans condemn imaginary Black women for welfare.

    Rednecks need a new slogan. Instead of “kick their ass and take their gas,” how about “#Gaza is a disaster, but Netanyahu is my master”?

    Perhaps #Obama can melt down his Nobel Prize and recast it as body armor for the children of #Gaza.

    Too much of Israeli society is cheering the bloodletting in #Gaza for me to make a firm distinction between the government and the people.

    “#Hamas makes us do it!”
    This logic isn’t new. American settlers used it frequently in slaughtering and displacing Natives.

    #Israel is rounding up people and murdering them at point-blank range. The word “genocide” is more germane the more news we hear. #Gaza

    I hope #Israel’s brutality in #Gaza compels people to think about the violence inherent to Western notions (and practices) of modernity.

    Supporters of #Israel should be forced–A Clockwork Orange style–to view pics of smiling children who were killed on endless repeat. #Gaza

    Only #Israel can murder around 300 children in the span of a few weeks and insist that it is the victim.

    Democrats: by all means, vote for #Hillary2016. Just don’t act surprised when terrible things happen to brown people. #Gaza

    #Bolivia declares #Israel a “terrorist state.” I’m pretty sure I know where I’m taking my next overseas vacation.

    It’s simple: either condemn #Israel’s actions or embrace your identity as someone who’s okay with the wholesale slaughter of children.

    #Israel’s relentless bombing illuminates the human capacity for evil. The people of #Gaza illuminate our relentless capacity for courage.

    Thanks to Zionism, those opposed to child murder and ethnocracy have to defend themselves against charges of racism and insensitivity.

    Married with Dysfunctional Children #PalinTVShows

    I find it exceedingly odd to argue #Palestine with a bunch of white guys in the US playacting a Middle Eastern identity.

    Sand Creek, Wounded Knee, Setif, Soweto, Hola, Myall Creek, Hispaniola, #Gaza…all part of the same tradition of settler colonization.

    Fuck you #Israel. And while I’m at it, fuck you, too, PA, Sisi, Arab monarchs, Obama, UK, EU, Canada, US Senate, corporate media, and ISIS.

  3. Lot says:

    I was following the Salaita story pretty closely this month, because it looked like all the anti-American online far-lefties, who engaged in a big pressure campaign for UIUC to rehire Salaita, might have a chance at winning. It got me engaged in a way that reminds me of a Sarah Silverman joke:

    They put my name in all the papers, calling me a racist. And it hurt, ya know? As a Jew, you know, as a member of the Jewish community, I was really concerned, you know, that we were losing control of the media.

    In a matter of weeks, more than 1,000 professors signed letters stating they would boycott UIUC if they didn’t hire Salaita. They also engaged in a massive cyber-smearing of Cory Nelson, a beloved retired professor and published expert on academic freedom, who defended UIUC’s decision.

    Instead, the Board of Trustees, a diverse group that includes an RFK offspring, Republican super-prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald, and some random black politicians and some rich businessmen donors to the state GOP and Democratic Party, all signed a letter fully supporting the decision and calling Salaita for what he is: an uncivil creep who doesn’t belong at UIUC.

    The impotent rage of all the radical anti-American professors in response to the trustees’ decision was just amazingly delicious. “It’s Unconstitutional!” “No more academic freedom in Illinois!”

  4. Is it justified for a Christian to be disappointed with another Christian losing his faith?
    Even as the former acknowledges the latter’s freedom to abandon the faith, he has reasons to be disappointed.

    Is it justified for a Muslim to be disappointed with another Muslim losing his faith?
    Even as the former acknowledges the latter’s freedom to abandon the faith, he has reasons to be disappointed.

    Is it justified for a Jew to be disappointed with another Jew losing his faith/community?
    Even as the former acknowledges the latter’s freedom to abandon the faith/community, he has reasons to be disappointed.

    Is it justified for a Marxist to be disappointed with another Marxist losing his dogma?
    Even as the former acknowledges the latter’s freedom to abandon the ideology, he has reasons to be disappointed.

    Then, it is justified for a white person to be disappointed with another white person losing his race.
    Even as the former acknowledges the latter’s freedom to abandon the race, he has reasons to be disappointed.
    After all, every race is precious as the product of tens of thousands of evolution and survival, adaptation, and improvement.

  5. anon says:

    OT:

    Is Matthew Yglesias trolling us about black crime data?

    “White on White Murder Is Out of Control”
    http://www.vox.com/2014/8/21/6053811/white-on-white-murder

    “Blacks represent 13% of the population but commit 50% of the murders; 90% of black victims are murdered by other blacks,” writes Time’s Joe Klein, calling for “provocative” thinking on race in America. “The facts suggest that history is not enough to explain this social disaster

    Right….

    Yet the disturbing truth, according to the FBI’s most recent homicide statistics, is that the United States is in the wake of an epidemic of white-on-white crime. Back in 2011, the most recent year for which data is available, a staggering 83 percent of white murder victims were killed by fellow Caucasians.

    What?

    Can someone please explain what his point it.

  6. A racial block electing someone of a different race can work out well. The politician bends over backwards to always show loyalty, whereas, in the standard arrangement, the base is taken for granted. A scared politician is a good politician.

  7. Are not enough blacks politicians? Actually, Ferguson is “a serious outlier” | Reaction Times says:Website

    […] Source: Steve Sailer […]

  8. The Washington Post publishes “Monkey Cage,” which blogs on African American issues?

    I see that the name “Monkey Cage” was taken from a quote by that forthright, unapologetic racist, H. L. Mencken.

  9. EriK says:

    @Lot

    “the city budget gets cut year after year.”

    That’s slightly overstated.

    Budgeted expenditures Ferguson, MO
    2008-09 General Fund $10.9M, Total all funds $19.9M
    2013-14 General Fund $12.3M, Total all funds $25.9M

    “Detroit, which is 83% black and 8% non-hispanic white, now has a white mayor”

    You forgot to mention, for the first time in 50 years.

  10. dearieme says:

    @pizza with hot pepper

    “As chancellor, it is my responsibility to ensure that all perspectives are welcome ..”: lying cow.

  11. fnn says:

    @pizza with hot pepper

    Goldman became a fanatical Zionist after he ended his long association with Lyndon LaRouche.

  12. Sluggo says:

    Ferguson’s demographics have changed significantly over the past 20 years. It’s difficult to change the entrenched political apparatus to match demographic data. Over time the skin color of the people in charge will change and Ferguson will devolve. If the school board and the city council were to become all black overnight, crime rates in Ferguson would increase.

    However, the current racial makeup of the city council or the school board has nothing to do with the criminality of the black underclass.

  13. OT, but the NY Fishwrap suggests that Putin has scored a PR coup with respect to the humanitarian aid issue:

    The aid convoy’s swift return, however, suggested that, at least for a moment, President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia had scored a public relations victory, especially on the domestic front.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/24/world/europe/russian-convoy-ukraine.html?_r=0

    More setbacks like that and Russia could lose the propaganda war.

  14. Art Deco says:Website

    @pizza with hot pepper

    What’s your point? Dr. Salaita was not ‘fired’. His hiring letter stipulated that his appointment was contingent on the approval of the trustees, ordinarily a formality. A supervisory administrator refused to forward the appointment to the trustees, as was her prerogative.

    Salaita has been ensconced in the English department at Virginia Tech, specializing in his research on an odd niche – imaginative literature by ethnic Arabs in America. He also wrote a volume comparing the epistolary writings of colonial Americans to Zionists in the Levant. He has no background in Amerindian folklore or in archaeology or in cultural anthropology. Yet, he was hired-to-tenure to teach “American Indian Studies”, an indicator if there was one that the hiring committee has no business in academe. He also had a history of rude and intemperate statements on Twitter &c. The chancellor figured they did not need an incompetent with issues on their faculty adding to the trouble in an already corrupted program.

  15. Black turnout in the most recent Ferguson city elections was 6%. White turnout was 17%.

    It’s not enough that Ferguson is in the process of becoming East St. Louis, everyone wants to seem to argue on how to turn the city’s political power structure to blacks even faster than it would naturally happen. Nobody is hitting the pause button to ask if this is even a good idea.

    I actually think the first real putsch from the system is that the courts will start forcibly merging police departments for the sake of diversity. Again, nobody wants to ask the obvious question about the sine qua non — A 6’4″ 292 pound man running and lunging after a much shorter lighter cop is going to result in the cop shooting the man.

  16. The ACLU has been noticing Latino underrepresentation, and they convinced a liberal judge to do something about it:

    Judge Thomas Rice’s summary judgment came after the Washington chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) sued Yakima in 2012. The organization argues that the city’s at-large elections dilute the Latino vote and block representation despite the minority group making up a third of the city’s voting-age population. The lawsuit was part of a protracted effort to change the city’s election system.

    “In the final analysis, there is only one rational conclusion to be drawn from the undisputed evidence recounted above: that the non-Latino majority in Yakima routinely suffocates the voting preferences of the Latino minority,” Rice wrote.

  17. The courts won’t address underrepresentation per se, they’ll only address underrepresentation of the progressive voting farm. It’s just like employee demographics. If whites are 50% over-represented, this cannot stand. If Asians or Jews are 300% over-represented, this is to be celebrated as proving that anyone who works hard can truly make it in America.

  18. @C. Van Carter

    I wonder when the ACLU is going to notice places like Google and Facebook have huge imbalances in representation?

  19. rod1963 says:

    @Jean Cocteausten

    This has already happened in my town of Palmdale, CA. Seems the Mexicans candidates don’t do well in local elections, so they get the state. NAACP and others to sue the city and invalidate the elections. Of course these plaintiffs routinely ignore why Mexicans don’t get elected – the vast majority don’t vote.

    Same applies to blacks, they don’t vote. Heck they don’t even watch the news or read newspapers either.

    Here’s the thing, minorities are not into civic duties or pride. Even if it involves politicians with the right skin color. Take Obama, he was put over the top by young college educated whites.

    Voter turn out is so bad in general that Los Angeles city council is considering paying people to vote. That’s right, paying them to vote. What they don’t talk about is why the voter participation is dropping – a increase of Mexicans and illegals who don’t care and don’t vote.

    This was evident in the city of Bell, where a bunch of crooked whites got elected to city council in a gerrymandered city that is 93% Mexican. How did a bunch of crooked whites get themselves elected? Easy, all they needed was a handful of zero-info suckers to vote them in.

  20. Alfa 158 says:

    @anon

    He is trying to make the logically false argument that black people don’t commit murder at a higher rate than whites because the percentage of murders committed by each race that are intra-racial, are the same.
    Leftists make these sorts of argument for one of two reasons. They either think that most of their readers are too stupid to see the obvious fallacy, or the crime-stop function programmed into their brains genuinely prevents them from following the logical train. Don’t which it is with Matt.

  21. As long as the Jewish media, activism, and groups play this game of Pin the Honkey…

    …why are whites–especially conservatives–so silent about Jewish over-representation vis-a-vis white gentiles in elite institutions?

    With support-of-’gay marriage’ being an OBLIGATION for all future elites, it will have an even more discriminatory effect on white conservative for reaching the top. Though all white cons must pay taxes to the government, government will refuse to offer any contracts or hire anyone who is critical of homosexuality and homo agenda. Elite institutions will defacto favor Jewish Libs over white gentile conservatives who still stick to traditional values and truths.

    Best defense is offense. Accuse the Jews who accuse whites. Say that Jews hog too much of the elite positions in Wall Street, government, courts, Hollywood, and etc.

    Enough of being spat on without spitting back.

  22. @Art Deco

    “What’s your point? Dr. Salaita was not ‘fired’. His hiring letter stipulated that his appointment was contingent on the approval of the trustees, ordinarily a formality. A supervisory administrator refused to forward the appointment to the trustees, as was her prerogative.”

    From a purely technical point of view, you’re correct.

    But if this had been done to a Jew for saying something negative about white Christians or Muslims, trust me when I say the Jewish community would be in a uproar and U of I would apologize and hire the Jewish candidate immediately.

  23. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2732880/Minnesota-hunting-club-agrees-pay-gay-couples-wedding-refusing-let-book-lodge-reception.html?ito=social-facebook

    Truly a nation of cowards.

    Homos bag another member of the Cowardicus Caucasianus and get to hang another trophy on the Wall.

    They took Charles Murray’s head long time ago.

  24. @pizza with cobra heads

    I highly doubt Ms Shapiro was raped. I think she just invented the story to bring home the message.

  25. @rod1963

    Voting is racissss!

    The courts should appoint the race hustlersrepresentatives who say they will work to improve their bank balancesthe lot of minorities.

  26. Jefferson says:

    “Yet the disturbing truth, according to the FBI’s most recent homicide statistics, is that the United States is in the wake of an epidemic of white-on-white crime. Back in 2011, the most recent year for which data is available, a staggering 83 percent of white murder victims were killed by fellow Caucasians.”

    If Matt Yglesias fears for his life living in a White neighborhood, he should move to a safe prosperous Black neighborhood where there is very little crime.

    Unless his yearly income is so little that he can not afford to move to a Black neighborhood and is stuck living in a White war zone with bullet filled dead bodies everywhere on the streets.

  27. AnAnon says:

    @anon

    probably that you’re more at risk from whites, but we’d need to know how many encounters there are, and how many become murders to really know that.

  28. The mayor and city council of Bell,CA were Mex-Americans, one of whom could not read English, but the city manager was a fat, bloated Italo-American who loved horses.

  29. Nobody seems to care about the 1/3 of Ferguson that isn’t Black. I guess they’re just supposed to pack up and leave town now that the WaPo and NYT say so.

  30. Anonymous says:

    Steve, any thoughts on the passing of Richard Attenborough?

  31. Sebastian says:

    Yet the disturbing truth, according to the FBI’s most recent homicide statistics, is that the United States is in the wake of an epidemic of white-on-white crime. Back in 2011, the most recent year for which data is available, a staggering 83 percent of white murder victims were killed by fellow Caucasians.

    Even by Yglesias’ low standards, that’s epically stupid. The percentage of white murder victims killed by fellow Caucasians could be 100% …. and it still would not be evidence of an “epidemic of white-on-white crime”.

  32. iSteveFan says:

    Yet the disturbing truth, according to the FBI’s most recent homicide statistics, is that the United States is in the wake of an epidemic of white-on-white crime. Back in 2011, the most recent year for which data is available, a staggering 83 percent of white murder victims were killed by fellow Caucasians.

    First, he is just quoting percentages, not actual numbers. If one white were murdered last year, and he was murdered by a white, the white-on-white murder rate would be 100 percent. So what?

    If Matt Yglesias fears for his life living in a White neighborhood, he should move to a safe prosperous Black neighborhood where there is very little crime.

    Unless his yearly income is so little that he can not afford to move to a Black neighborhood and is stuck living in a White war zone with bullet filled dead bodies everywhere on the streets.

    I like this. We all know that if we DON”T have the financial wherewithal, we are not able to move to high rent areas like Beverly Hills or San Francisco. But for someone with the means, they can live anywhere they want. A wealthy person can move to any neighborhood in the city where they reside. The only reason they don’t are that they either don’t want to be around people of color, or they don’t want to be around poor people.

    But since they control the narrative, avoiding poor people is acceptable while avoiding people of color is not. So when the Yglesiases of this world live in all white areas, it is to avoid impoverished areas, and is acceptable. When middle class whites live in all white areas, it is to avoid people of color, and is labeled white flight.

  33. Jefferson says:

    “probably that you’re more at risk from whites,”

    Matt Yglesias fails to mention the per capita violent crime rate in the White American community is at much lower levels than the Black American community.

    A Black person has a higher chance of being murdered by another Black person, than I a White person have of being murdered by another White person.

    There were 4 homicides in the last 2 days in the Southside of Chicago.
    http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/Four-Killed-24-Wounded-in-Chicago-Weekend-Shootings-272487011.html

    Do you know of any Whitopias in The United States where 4 homicides in 2 days is considered a common occurrence ?

  34. Jefferson says:

    “A lot of white people like to obsess over non-problems of blacks, such as the big to-do in the media a few months back over whether blacks don’t win enough Grammy Awards or the black shortage on Saturday Night Live.”

    SWPL types are also obsessed with the lack of Blacks who like to camping at national parks and the lack of Whole Foods supermarkets in Black neighborhoods.

  35. Art Deco says:Website

    @pizza with hot pepper

    I’ve no clue about that, nor am I pissing mad at the Jews for whatever reason the lot of you have.

    The University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana just dodged a spitball. Now they can free up some of their budget by discharging the American Indian Studies faculty for inanity above and beyond the call of duty.

  36. P says:

    @pizza with hot pepper

    Why don’t you give us an example then ?

  37. @iSteveFan

    Oh, so very true indeed.

    One question here. Keeps coming up over and over.

    The phrase, “people of color”……Honestly.

    How is this really any different than using the designation to describe African-Americans as, “colored”?

    It isn’t.

    “People of Color” v. “Colored”.

    It’s really the same designation, just with more words. It’s come back around full circle. It’s just that some PC African-American studies Prof or some SWPL leftist have officially designated that this is to be the new word used to describe America’s most favored status and protected racial group…..for now.

    Soooo confusing is this modern world of WWG, WWT, WWRaysiss, and every other PC sounding phrase that one is supposed to keep up with, as the fashion dictates, every single new season.

    “When I use a word,’ Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, ‘it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.’

    ’The question is,’ said Alice, ‘whether you can make words mean so many different things.’

    ’The question is,’ said Humpty Dumpty, ‘which is to be master — that’s all.” ”

    Well, at least that’s clear.

  38. @Jefferson

    Yes, yes! That’s it.

    Question: Does anyone know of any popular review or blogs where BLACK intellectuals worry and bemoan the “lack” of WHITE PEOPLE in various black dominated fields such as the NBA, NFL, rap music, etc? Do they exist? Do these black intellectuals exist, where they constantly fret and show concern and just want to help more white folks become part of their world in various ways?

    Do they exist?

    Really?

    Seriously?

    It does seem to be a white obsessed hangup, wondering why they have all the stuff and others (e.g. blacks) have not yet attained to the same level after all this time.

    Yet, we just don’t hear about blacks who are grieving and concerned about the “troubling” lack of whites in a given field that’s dominated by blacks at large.

    Wonder why that is?

    Maybe we should encourage all those blacks who really want to see more whites succeed in black dominated fields to speak up, boldly and publicly, so that we know that they’re there and that they truly do exist.

    Otherwise….one might get the idea that, like Prester John of old, these so called caring black intellectuals who want more whites to contribute to black society simply do not exist.

  39. Anonymous says:

    As our host pointed out here (http://isteve.blogspot.ca/2011/05/was-mugging-of-matthew-yglesias-hate.html), young Matt has experience with polar bear hunting. He also recently bought a $1+ million condo. Hardly an ink-stained reporter.

  40. anon says:

    Anti-Semitism is when ostensibly conservative people lament the failure of a public university to hire a race-baiting, grievance monger in an identity politics field with no serious academic merit and do so because he happens to hate Israel.

  41. Jefferson says:

    “But since they control the narrative, avoiding poor people is acceptable while avoiding people of color is not.”

    Where I live which is California, the vast majority of poor people are People Of Color (African Americans, Hondurans, Mexicans, Salvadorans, etc). California does not have a high percentage of the White underclass like Kentucky and West Virginia for example.

    So in California, avoiding poor people is pretty much the same thing as avoiding People Of Color, more specifically NAMs.

  42. Jefferson says:

    Floyd Mayweather barely knows how to read.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0OY5fvSwDA#t=70

    I wonder what percentage of Blacks in this country read at the same level as Floyd Mayweather ?

  43. Svigor says:

    Anti-Semitism is when ostensibly conservative people lament the failure of a public university to hire a race-baiting, grievance monger in an identity politics field with no serious academic merit and do so because he happens to hate Israel.

    Jewish Supremacy is when ostensibly liberal Jews support the killing of thousands of Palestinian civilians via bombarding Gaza with artillery fire, then turn around and get back to demanding whites knuckle under to blacks in Ferguson.

  44. @Anonymous

    Well, he made some interesting movies about dinosaurs, but none of them made it as big as Jurassic Park. If you ask me, his acting talent was nowhere near that of Paul Walker.

    I also read that he had a sinister side as well. Have you ever heard that of Paul Walker? Me neither.

    But still, RIP.

  45. Rufio says:

    There is also a dearth of white community organizers.

  46. Percentage of murders in NYC committed by whites: 3%. Wait! That might be a fluke. Let’s check Chicago. Oops: 3%.

  47. @anon@yahoo.com

    For example Bill Clinton (I guess?)

  48. Anonymous says:

    @anon

    Translation: yes, blacks commit 50% of American murders, but they are not killing white folks … much.

    So chill out you honkies. As long as they are killing each other and not you (much) what are you bitching about?

    It would sound incredibly callous to Negro murder victims if stated that bluntly, so he had to wrap it with sarcasm.

  49. Svigor says:

    Here are some of Salaita’s endless, anti-white

    Hmm? You’d think that would make him simpatico with the Jews.

    anti-Semitic

    Ah, I see.

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