From the NYT:
“Culprits” is a dysphemism for the uprooted victims.
By LEAH BOUSTAN MAY 15, 2017
Princeton, N.J. — In Agatha Christie’s “Murder on the Orient Express,” the detective Hercule Poirot proposes an improbable theory to explain an improbable murder: Maybe they all did it. Twelve riders each stabbed the victim once, making it impossible to know who struck the fatal blow.
Poirot’s solution offers some insight into a debate among journalists and Democratic strategists: Was Donald Trump’s surprise victory due to his voters’ racism or their economic anxiety? The right answer might be that it was both.
A similar question of “whodunit” inspired my research on the history of postwar white flight. White movement to the suburbs coincided with a period of substantial black migration out of the rural South: From 1940 to 1970, four million blacks settled in industrial cities in the North and West. As they moved in, the fraction of white metropolitan households living in the typical Northern or Western central city fell from two-thirds to one-third.
Ta-Nehisi Coates refers to the white exodus as a “triumph of racist social engineering,” and he is not wrong. Many white households moved to suburban towns precisely because black households were effectively excluded from them by real estate agents and mortgage brokers.
In the case of my liberal inlaws on the West Side of Chicago in 1968-1970, the culprits who ruined their dream of integration and finally drove them out were the black criminals who committed three felonies against their children.
To complicate the picture, few of them left personal accounts,
Uh, actually, lots and lots of the victims of black crime would love to tell you exactly what happened, but academia and the media haven’t been interested in hearing them.
and they may not have been able to articulate exactly why they moved. We are left reconstructing the pieces through careful detective work. In my own work, I have found that Poirot is often right: Each suspect wielded his own knife.
Of course, the word “crime” doesn’t appear in this op-ed.
The suspects are white and the knives are metaphorical (racism, etc.).