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Julian Castro, the former $20-per-day fake mayor of San Antonio promoted to Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, announced the Obama Administration’s new plan to move inner city poor people to your neighborhood on Wednesday in Chicago, a place I may have mentioned once or twice in discussing housing.

The Washington Post coordinated with the White House ahead of time to come up with an immense piece about how redlining in the distant past is the reason for the travails of blacks today:

Martin Luther King Jr. chose Chicago when, in 1966, he launched a campaign for “open housing” in northern cities where blacks had been restricted to slums. On Chicago’s South Side, their neighborhoods had been “redlined” by banks that refused to lend to black homebuyers. Restrictive covenants outside the ghetto barred blacks from moving in.

How can anything that happened in the last half century when liberals were running the race question in America have any influence on 2015? Haven’t you read today’s greatest public intellectual Ta-Nehisi Coates about the 1930s? Liberalism hasn’t failed, it just hasn’t yet been tried.

The Post put together a map proving that that white racism was still keeping the black down:

Okay, so there are almost no neighborhoods left in Chicago that aren’t at least 1% black. (By the way, that tiny new black-free neighborhood on the northwest side that emerged between 2000 and 2010 is very near where former Obama chief of staff and now mayor of Chicago Rahm Emanuel lives.)

The Austin neighborhood where my wife grew up is the left edge slightly north of the midline that changed rapidly from 1960 to 1980 (it’s now only 4% white). Whereas Oak Park, IL, where my father grew up is just to the left of Austin off the map and did not change rapidly due to city fathers imposing the black-a-block quota on real estate agents. The very liberal, very gay, quite white Oak Park is still 64% white.

Perhaps just to troll me, the New York Times explains:

Some local governments, like the Chicago suburb of Oak Park, have already created the kinds of fair housing plans the federal government will now require. Rob Breymaier, the executive director of the Oak Park Regional Housing Center, a nonprofit group that advocates “meaningful and lasting racial diversity,” said he hoped other communities would follow that example.

“This rule makes it clear that the fair housing obligation isn’t just being able to say, ‘I didn’t discriminate,’ ” Mr. Breymaier said. “It’s also saying, ‘I’m doing something proactively to promote an integrated or inclusive community.’ ”

Yeah, right …

In contrast to everybody knowing all about redlining in FDR’s day, the history of liberal control of housing from 1968 onward has disappeared down the memory hole. Fortunately, a liberal journalist named Alyssa Katz published a solid 2009 book, Our Lot, that documented the disastrous impact of liberal power on the Austin neighborhood in Chicago. I reviewed it in VDARE six years ago:

Our Lot: How Real Estate Came to Own Us by Alyssa Katz, a liberal journalist and NYU journalism professor who writes for Mother Jones, is the best book yet on how the sacred cause of “diversity” merged with pedal-to-the-metal capitalism to bring us the Great Mortgage Meltdown.

The book hasn’t garnered the attention it deserves—probably because it makes clear the bipartisan responsibility of both her opponents on the Right and her friends on the Left.

Our Lot focuses equally on the misdeeds of both capitalists and leftists. But I won’t give the boiler room boys as much attention in this review because they’re a more familiar tale, while Katz`s reporting on the role of her side is compelling “testimony against interest.”

Katz is remarkably frank about how government programs and political pressure to boost minority homeownership helped blow up the economy. She’s particularly good at explicating how leftist housing activists, such as ACORN and Gale Cincotta, the godmother of the Community Reinvestment Act, worked with Democratic politicians such as Bill Clinton, HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros, and Jim Johnson, CEO of Fannie Mae, to lay the groundwork for the Bubble and Bust.

Katz doesn’t devote quite as much depth to the Bush Administration`s culpability (which, to my mind, is even greater). Perhaps she lacked Republican contacts to give her the kind of inside story she got on her own party’s mistakes.

Still, Our Lot makes clear that on housing policy, the Clinton-Bush years form a single continuum with one overarching plan: boost the minority homeownership rate by lowering credit standards. I call it the Era of Multi-Culti Capitalism.

And there’s little reason to think that its lessons have been learned yet.

Katz begins her book in 1972, in the collapsing Austin neighborhood on Chicago’s Far West side, where Gale Cincotta was a Greek-American housewife.

Fortuitously for me, Our Lot fills in the political backstory of my own in-laws’ lives. My wife grew up in Austin, which had been a peaceful, densely populated working class [actually, middle class] neighborhood where small children could play safely on the crowded sidewalks. Suddenly, in the late 1960s, middle class blacks began buying into the neighborhood.

Friends warned my late father-in-law, a classical musician and union leader, to flee, that underclass blacks would follow. But he and my late mother-in-law, a schoolteacher, resolved to show that integration could work.

After my future wife was mugged twice and her younger brother once, however, my in-laws finally sold in 1970—losing half their life savings. They moved 63 miles out of Chicago, to a dilapidated farm where they lacked running water for their first two years. (And my father-in-law started voting Republican.)

How did this disaster hit Austin? Katz demonstrates that it was the direct result of a 1968 change in the Federal Housing Administration, which set off a bubble and bust in America`s inner cities, like a smaller precursor of this decade. As in 2005,

“In 1972, in Chicago and in every other city in the nation, almost anyone could get a home mortgage, including borrowers who didn’t earn enough to pay them off, on just about any house, for any reason. … And just like the recent adventure in lending beyond any rational limits, the mortgage disaster of the early 1970s was born from a lofty ideological conviction that enabled the basest of crimes and most foolish of gambles under its cover, insulated from almost any scrutiny until the damage was already done.”

Franklin D. Roosevelt had started the Federal Housing Administration to insure home loans, and Fannie Mae to buy loans from lenders. Together, these agencies created the familiar template of 30-year-year fixed rate mortgages with a moderate down payment that underpinned the growth of home-owning suburbanites after WWII.

FDR’s FHA, however, was reluctant to back loans in black neighborhoods—a practice that Cincotta later dubbed “redlining.” Eventually, in 1968, liberal Illinois Republican Senator Charles Percy and the Johnson Administration revamped the FHA in a more politically correct direction. Katz explains:

“The FHA was now, in effect, a front in the War on Poverty. … Under the new regime, homebuyers living in Chicago and other inner cities weren’t just eligible for loans. Lenders who signed up to sell FHA-insured mortgages were asked to do everything they could to make sure the buyers got them.”

Of course, the results of the Federal government`s encouraging mortgages with down payments of never more than $500 were absolutely predictable:

“Across the country, neighborhood destruction became a booming business, financed by the federal government. In Chicago they called it ‘panic peddling.’ In New York, it was ‘blockbusting.’ … The FHA-insured loans threw gasoline on that smoldering fire. … Indeed, the insurance made it profitable to seek out the most impoverished and unreliable borrowers, since the sooner a borrower defaulted on a loan, the more quickly the lender would get paid back in full by FHA.”

In Chicago, Gale Cincotta started a national coalition of “community activists,” who helped pass the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act of 1975 and the Community Reinvestment Act of 1977. Cincotta remains a heroine to the author, although she can’t quite make clear Cincotta’s logic. If the feds encouraging lending to minorities had destroyed Austin, how was more hair of the dog that bit you supposed to fix Austin?

Sadly, Austin remains unfixed. On a visit to Chicago earlier this month, my wife drove by her old house. Her former home had no doorknob, just an empty hole in the front door. But at least it was still standing, unlike two large apartment buildings on her old block, which are now just crabgrass-covered vacant lots.

Cincotta died in 2001—across the municipal border from Austin in Oak Park. In telling contrast to Austin, that prosperous suburb that had succeeded in saving its famous district of Frank Lloyd Wright homes (where my father was born in 1917) by limiting the number of blacks allowed to move in through its notoriously illegal but effective “black-a-block“ quota.

Katz notes that Cincotta`s organization of the left, combined with the invention of mortgage securitizing by investment banker Lewis Ranieri in 1983, made possible the disasters of this decade.

Cincotta began siccing her “pushy capitalist radicals” on Fannie Mae, which remained reluctant to buy the dubious mortgages of likely deadbeats. Still, Katz writes, “The reality was that to meet its growth objectives, Fannie Mae needed these poor people as much as the poor people needed them.”

Looking back from 2009, Katz asks:

“How did Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac … turn into the world`s biggest funders of Wall Street-backed subprime mortgages? … It all started with the best of intentions, with … the activists who demanded bank loans for the poor and urban.”

But how can any of this more recent history be of any importance compared to events from Glenn Miller’s heyday?

 
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  1. TNC’s writing is so formulaic at this point and filled with his favorite catchphrases (i.e., plunder, black bodies) that The Atlantic doesn’t even allow commenting on his articles anymore because it inevitably devolved into lefties gushing over what a powerful voice he is and those on the right asking why anyone takes this clownish racist seriously.

    But what underlies his and other writers at The Atlantic’s (and elsewhere) think pieces is that they firmly believe that concentrated groups of black living together are bad news for all concerned, and the only cure is to break them up and put them closer to upper class whites in the hope that they will somehow take on the characteristics of the social group the left is most fond of bashing.

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    • Replies: @SEATAF
    Your second paragraph crystallizes the contradictions.
    , @gregor
    I too have noticed this theme of forced integration as the path forward for black America in articles by TNC, that Jamelle Bouie guy, and several others. But the writers don't confront the lurking implication there that blacks are incapable of creating or maintaining a functional society of their own, a claim that would cause them to point and sputter if anyone else dared to express it explicitly. There is always a) a need to mix blacks with other groups (to dilute the chaos presumably) and b) a need for extensive resources pouring in from outside. It's always outsiders that have failed to provide nice schools, infrastructure, housing, etc.
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  2. It’s patently obvious the solution here is busing. Middle class whites,particularly those with school aged children, need to be driven into the South side as soon as possible. Why do we have a National Guard anyway if not to utilize it on just such occasions. Somewhere around 2075 some surviving descendant of those unfortunates can write a Great American Novel about the “Trail of Tears” from Highland Park to the South Side Rez.

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    • Replies: @WillBest
    @kaganovitvh

    Whites in Chicago don't attend public school unless their kids have tested into the magnet schools so there aren't any of them to bus.
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  3. Anon • Disclaimer says:

    “This rule makes it clear that the fair housing obligation isn’t just being able to say, ‘I didn’t discriminate,’ ” Mr. Breymaier said. “It’s also saying, ‘I’m doing something proactively to promote an integrated or inclusive community.’ ”

    Instead of sending blacks to whites, send the Lib whites to blacks.

    Send half the whites in Vermont to Detroit.

    It’s not enough to say ‘blacks came here’. You must say ‘We go to blacks’.

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  4. White racism in Birmingham is still keeping all neighborhoods from integration. Natalie Holloway’s upscale neighborhood of Mountain Brook (pop. 20,000) has 7 blacks according to the census. This is a neighborhood in Birmingham…

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    • Replies: @Bill
    One correction, Mountain Brook is not a neighborhood, its a very rich city over the mountain from Birmingham proper that the elite whites ran to after desegregation. However, they know what they are doing to keep the blacks out.

    We bought a house in Riverchase, a fairly nice area in Hoover, another suburb of Birmingham. We later met our middle class black neighbors, and in conversation they mentioned that they had put an offer on a home in Mountain Brook, and the next day the owners decided to take it off the market. They got the message and looked elsewhere.
    , @Bill
    Birmingham has some absolutely beautiful neighborhoods. I was shocked at how gorgeous some of them are. Well, not Birmingham, outside Birmingham, naturally.
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  5. Control the terminology.

    Call it FORCED INTEGRATION.

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  6. It all started with the best of intentions….

    They always say this, but why should we believe it? One is presumed to intend the natural and probable consequences of his acts, and the harm (to certain people) caused by these policies was immediately apparent.

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    • Replies: @Jack D
    We know what the road to hell is paved with.....

    There are a number of problems with the "good intentions" meme. First of all, these are self-proclaimed by the Left, and biased. Somehow, their intentions are always Good and everyone else's intentions are evil. The Left are as self-interested as anyone, but it is a terrific mindf*ck if you can act selfishly while loudly proclaiming that you are acting "for the good of the people".

    Second, "good intentions" has been used as an excuse for all sorts of harm. Millions died in the Soviet Union in the name of the "good intention" of achieving a utopia. "Making an omelet" is a good intention - if you have to break some eggs on the way (even if "eggs" means "human lives"), then so be it. The ends do NOT justify the means.

    It's really time to call people on this "good intentions" crap but don't hold your breath. As we can see, it still works to this day and the Left has no reason to stop using it as their tool as long as they can get away with it, and as long as they hold the megaphone, they can.
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  7. “% Segregated” (or some derivation of statistical segregation) always seemed like a speciously vague statistic to track. How does one arrive at such a figure? Is it simply the aggregate percentages of whites and blacks in an area? Is income level (or lack thereof) taken into consideration? And frankly, it only really describes a phenomena, it doesn’t necessarily explain why this is such a bad thing, or why it’s bad for one side (blacks) and not other (whites). Yet, if we did that we might have to answer some uncomfortable questions about racial divides that are best left to those with the propensity to go ostrich in the face of empirical evidence.

    I guess I’ve never cared enough to investigate it, but as its appearing more and more in articles used by progressives to keep whitey down, perhaps I should get to know voodoo sociological arithmatic so as to more properly cow toe to my moral superiors. At any rate, the left is more than happy to jocky their sham statistics around to beat Conservatism, Inc. into bloody and increasingly contorted submission.

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  8. The new nonblack area is all latino, some displaced Puerto Ricans from Humbolt Park, mostly Mexicans and a lot of Central americans. The south edge is Grand Avenue. South of Grand is fried chicken places, north of Grand is tacotown. It is lightyears from Rahm’s house, which is in the very swpl Ravenswood Neighborhood. Rahm does have over 1 % black near him, due to Uptown.

    On edit: It appears the south edge is technically Armitage, west is Cicero, north is Irving Park, east is the abandoned rail line.

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  9. Regrettably, few Americans know about the systematic housing policies that have been written into policy in cities around the U.S. designed to keep African Americans in neighborhoods away from White Americans.

    Anyone interested in challenging assumptions about African Americans and life in the inner-city should listen to an interview with Richard Rothstein of the Economic Policy Institute.

    http://www.epi.org/multimedia/historian-says-dont-sanitize-how-our-gover…

    America’s never-ending apartheid sensibility created pearly white suburbs and office parks and suburban jobs and it left inner cities to wither on a vine of poor blacks and who were just starting to gain an economic foothold in the Civil Rights era.

    Modern segregation has failed pretty spectacularly in Newark, Detroit, Baltimore and may other Inner cities; a little more effort and a little more honesty on integration is long overdue in the United States of Apartheid.

    Black Americans have been systematically and repeatedly abandoned economically, geographically and constitutionally by White Privilege for hundreds of years.

    Thanks to President Obama for doing the right thing and trying to solve a real problem instead of perpetuating the usual whitewashing of America.

    Down with the Old and New Confederacy.

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    How much does Axelrod pay you people?
    , @Buffalo Joe
    Really Hermen, The United States of Apartheid? South African apartheid was a government sponsored program to oppress blacks and keep them segregated at all levels from whites. May I remind you that our POTUS is black, our current and previous Attorney General is black, our Director of Homeland security is black and a number of major US cities have local governments that are majority black, if not totally black. Glad you threw in "white privilege" and "whitewashing" too. To quote another poster from another recent comment board...." Pull string, doll talks."
    , @Jus' Sayin'...
    I saw the Negro underclass destroy -- and that's not too strong a word -- East Orange within a year in the early 1970s. A decade later I saw them destroy a vibrant, ethnically-diverse but white Trenrton in just a little over twice the time. Trenton was doing quite well economically with a lot of small light and heavy industry businesses. The Negro underclass drove the white-skilled albor away and the busiunesses followed. Trentons motto used to be "Trenton makes; the world takes." Now it might better be phrased "Trenton takes."

    Negroes don't even like to live with each other. The first thing a succesful Negro gets is a home in as white a community as possible, e.g., the Obama's and their con-religion Jeremiah Wright buddy, whose white community is even gated. The second thing they go for is a white trophy wife; when they can find a sufficiently stupid and/or neurotic a specimen.
    , @Bob
    If every negro moved out of my neighborhood I would have no problem with it. Wouldn't miss them one bit.

    If every white escaped from the negroes, why should they care ... except a host escaping a parasite is a mortal threat to the parasite.

    They need us. If it weren't true, segregation would happen via free will.
    , @Nathan Wartooth

    America’s never-ending apartheid sensibility created pearly white suburbs and office parks and suburban jobs and it left inner cities to wither on a vine of poor blacks and who were just starting to gain an economic foothold in the Civil Rights era.
     
    Nope. The blacks rioted, destroyed the cities and then the whites fled. Since the blacks couldn't create the same kind of prosperity that whites did, inner city is now a euphemism for poor.

    I don't want to hear about poor black people when the riots destroyed literally hundreds of millions of dollars in housing value that white people created. Millions of white people lost their life savings fleeing from the horrible conditions the blacks created after the riots.
    , @MarkinLA
    Modern segregation has failed pretty spectacularly in Newark, Detroit, Baltimore and may other Inner cities; a little more effort and a little more honesty on integration is long overdue in the United States of Apartheid.

    It wasn't the segregation that failed it was the high concentration of blacks that created the necessary conditions for failure.
    , @Charles Erwin Wilson
    Has it never occurred to you that your dishonesty damages those whom you supposedly seek to help?

    Assertions contradicting reality undermine efforts to improve the circumstances of the underclass. When you insist, "You cannot succeed because... Apartheid!" those whom you persuade keep themselves down by believing the damned lie you peddle.

    Do you want to help, or are you merely an instrument of genuine privilege, i.e. White Liberal privilege?

    The greatest challenge to improving the position of the underclass is the dishonesty of White Liberals and the people of color they keep. You are part of the problem, hermen, and an impediment to the solution.
    , @pork pie hat
    Why should mere segregation hurt blacks (much)? If you segregated whites, they'd prosper and like it. Who creates black poverty but blacks? "Segregation!" is a cover for "concentrated blacks -> poverty". It's a worthy goal to remove black kids from the secondary effects of black concentration, but, people /like/ to concentrate themselves, so it will come at the expense of dragging other neighborhoods down. A lot of churn for nothing, or very little.
    , @Jeff77450
    I've always been the type to announce when "the Emperor isn't wearing any clothes." That is to say, stating unpleasant truths. The closest thing to a solution to America's racial problems is for blacks, Hispanics and Muslims to get their birthrate down to anything below 2.0 - and keep it there. There need to be major changes to our immigration policies, legal & illegal as well.
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  10. I have mentioned this before – this kind of skipping of recent history reminds me of Communist China. The government there is always glad to bring up Japanese atrocities from 70+ years ago and allow a little anti-Japanese rioting now and then to let the population let off steam. But much more recent Maoist atrocities (not to mention all the deaths the current regime caused in ’89) are shoved down the memory hole.

    It’s always much easier to blame someone else instead of the person that you see in the mirror. We see this with the black community in the US – blacks kill a dozen or two of blacks every day, day after day for decades (324,000 in the last 35 years), and this is no cause for alarm, but if a racis’ white cop kills a single black, holy hell is raised.

    Not only is the liberal media not going to call people on this BS – they are actually promoting it.

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    The Japanese should accuse the Chinese of culturally appropriating the traditional warrior ethic of old Nippon. They are othering Japanese self-expression. Or maybe it doesn't work that way.

    Anyhoo, putting on a kimono like a white woman did 140-ish years ago is cultural appropriation and racist, and wrong badfeelz. It's OT, but this is such perfect iSteve fodder I can't resist.

    Following an uproar of criticism on social media, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) cancelled an event that protesters labelled racist and culturally insensitive.

    Museum officials announced that they would cancel "Kimono Wednesdays," which was originally scheduled to run until 29 July.

    Every week, visitors were encouraged to "channel your inner Camille Monet" by posing in front of Claude Monet's "La Japonaise" while trying on a replica of the kimono Monet's wife, Camille, wears in the painting.
     
    http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-trending-33450391
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  11. I seriously think they are trolling you. No denying the influence of the Emanuel Goldstein of our times even if they don’t cite you by name.

    Hey, remember that I was reading you a decade ago, before you were cool. :)

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  12. @ben tillman

    It all started with the best of intentions....
     
    They always say this, but why should we believe it? One is presumed to intend the natural and probable consequences of his acts, and the harm (to certain people) caused by these policies was immediately apparent.

    We know what the road to hell is paved with…..

    There are a number of problems with the “good intentions” meme. First of all, these are self-proclaimed by the Left, and biased. Somehow, their intentions are always Good and everyone else’s intentions are evil. The Left are as self-interested as anyone, but it is a terrific mindf*ck if you can act selfishly while loudly proclaiming that you are acting “for the good of the people”.

    Second, “good intentions” has been used as an excuse for all sorts of harm. Millions died in the Soviet Union in the name of the “good intention” of achieving a utopia. “Making an omelet” is a good intention – if you have to break some eggs on the way (even if “eggs” means “human lives”), then so be it. The ends do NOT justify the means.

    It’s really time to call people on this “good intentions” crap but don’t hold your breath. As we can see, it still works to this day and the Left has no reason to stop using it as their tool as long as they can get away with it, and as long as they hold the megaphone, they can.

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  13. I’ll play the devil’s advocate a bit but there some other unintended consequences. Some medias talk a lot about gentrification. http://io9.com/heres-what-happens-when-white-people-move-into-your-nei-1627658680 But they don’t often mention some black neighborhood turning into hispanic neighborhood like Compton, CA or even Harlem as Spanish Harlem expands.

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    Just adding this info then I found on this following blog who mentions a black flight in St. Louis.
    https://countenance.wordpress.com/2015/07/08/black-flight-continues/

    Gentrification had played a role but there might be others factors who might explain this black flight. Does St. Louis attract lots of Hispanic/Latino people like Chicagoland?
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  14. Mostly it’s an unwitting alliance of fools with good intentions and knaves with bad ones.

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  15. I have to give this administration credit for their ability to coordinate their agenda with and through the compliant press. Headlines this morning in the Buffalo News, a very liberal Warren Buffet owned paper….”Tackling Region’s Racial Divide.” An article that details the region”s population makeup using a color coded racial distribution graph and an article on how HUD is going to make it all better. Funny thing is that a week ago the News published an editorial by their Urban Affairs Editor that pointed out that people moving into Buffalo’s formerly all black neighborhoods were……” richer, better educated and white.” So whites moving into black neighborhoods equals bad, blacks moving into white neighborhoods equals good.

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  16. Fersguson, as the entire country now knows, is the great counter-argument to Section 8 type desegregation plans. So what cities does Castro use as his examples of places in need of this type of plan? Why, Baltimore and … Ferguson!

    You’d think he’d be mindful of conjuring fears of public housing voucher-holders moving locust-like from neighborhood to neighborhood, razing one after another and then moving on. Maybe he’s just that clueless though.

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  17. anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    The Chicago mayor may live in a black-free area but his son was mugged not too long ago on his block by a black. There’s no barbed wire separating neighborhoods; people wander all over the place. Whites living in mostly white neighborhoods don’t get mugged or robbed by people who live in their area.
    The black gangs terrorized whites out of their homes in the neighborhoods that changed and the homes were lost for pennies on the dollar. This went on all across the country and it would be interesting to know how much money was lost, in total, to this ethnic cleansing perpetrated by blacks. Loans weren’t an unobtainable barrier to blacks in acquiring the homes of fleeing whites since they were so dirt cheap anyway that just one person with a job could get one; no one else was bidding except perhaps other blacks. There’s no talk of reparations for the whites who lost a part of their life’s earnings to this. Instead of moving blacks into white neighborhoods to achieve integration perhaps they could induce non-blacks to move into the black areas. Good luck in trying that one.
    I’ve always wondered about a lot of these supposed ‘grass-roots’ community organizations that work in tandem with monied business interests; how many are just fronts?

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    I’ve always wondered about a lot of these supposed ‘grass-roots’ community organizations that work in tandem with monied business interests; how many are just fronts?
     
    My guess would be most of them.
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  18. For more on Lewis Ranieri, pick up a copy of Michael Lewis’ “Liar’s Poker.” It goes into a play-by-play analysis of how the commodification of mortgages and the creation of related “derivatives” came to be.

    An obese, college-dropout, cheap-suited vulgarian from Brooklyn, Ranieri had a major hand in the Twilight-Zonization of our economy forever.

    Mr. Lewis was a present witness as it happened, and it’s… not pretty. If the world was fair, Ranieri would currently be breaking rocks at Guantanamo.

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  19. Mike says:

    One thing that is never appreciated is that the base of this is the awful design of our financial system. We have a monetary system where new loans MUST be made to keep the whole thing afloat. Exactly where the loans are made at what time are up for debate, but as the pool of borrowers who can make a payment necessarily shrinks due to everyone else already being indebted, our system naturally must push into untried areas.

    No one cares about the plumbing of our financial infrastructure but it is deeply destructive over the long term. If more people understood that banks create money by issuing loans (and that money creation has nothing to do with the government) the way things are might make a lot more sense to people. Most people also believe the myth that banks lend out their deposits and make money on the spread. This bizarre belief should be obviously falsified by looking at your own deposit amounts in the bank and the debt you have (and yes, everyone else’s financial profile looks very similar to yours in your range).

    Bottom line all the good borrowers are gone. We are at a point where we need to find new borrowers or the system implodes.

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    One thing that is never appreciated is that the base of this is the awful design of our financial system. We have a monetary system where new loans MUST be made to keep the whole thing afloat.

    Is this really true? I've always heard this, and the fact that friggin' auto title loans are now bundled and sold as securities seems to confirm it. We are really scraping the bottom of the barrel at this point.

    Serious question - any references or links that explain this?
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  20. OT: Intelligence and the ethnic composition of where people live may have a bearing on life satisfaction, a study done by Satoshi Kanazawa (of ‘ugly black women’ fame), written up by the London School of Economics!

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  21. Dee says:

    Did a little reading about Cincotta; she wasn’t a ‘dogooder’, she wanted the redlining and not lending to poor blacks ended so the blacks could buy homes in black areas and not have to invade Austin, where Cincotta lived. Makes perfect sense what she did, except for the part about the blacks repaying their loans. That was good thinking on her part to define it as ‘helping poor blacks’, instead of keeping poor blacks out of her neighborhood.

    My grandmother sold her northeast Detroit home in 1972, drove down the street in 2000 and her house and 80% of the other homes were vacant lots.

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  22. I believe that public life in America would be significantly improved by popularizing the phrase “Multi-carg0-culti.”

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  23. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    If the FHA minimum requirements were really as scant as you portray them, then the problem is less about “good intentions” than a society-wide Great Anti-Awakening, a collective stupor that descended right before the Age of Aquarius (awaiting Sailer’s detailed lead-paint explanation here)

    Any adult who thinks automatic government insurance of anything squares up with Good Intentions is either an idiot or slated for a relearning soon; check out that chemo doc on trial in Detroit who dosed everyone he could find with enough Rituxan to kill an elephant, for make great Medicare billing to glorious republic Transferstan of course.

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  24. @Mike
    One thing that is never appreciated is that the base of this is the awful design of our financial system. We have a monetary system where new loans MUST be made to keep the whole thing afloat. Exactly where the loans are made at what time are up for debate, but as the pool of borrowers who can make a payment necessarily shrinks due to everyone else already being indebted, our system naturally must push into untried areas.

    No one cares about the plumbing of our financial infrastructure but it is deeply destructive over the long term. If more people understood that banks create money by issuing loans (and that money creation has nothing to do with the government) the way things are might make a lot more sense to people. Most people also believe the myth that banks lend out their deposits and make money on the spread. This bizarre belief should be obviously falsified by looking at your own deposit amounts in the bank and the debt you have (and yes, everyone else's financial profile looks very similar to yours in your range).

    Bottom line all the good borrowers are gone. We are at a point where we need to find new borrowers or the system implodes.

    One thing that is never appreciated is that the base of this is the awful design of our financial system. We have a monetary system where new loans MUST be made to keep the whole thing afloat.

    Is this really true? I’ve always heard this, and the fact that friggin’ auto title loans are now bundled and sold as securities seems to confirm it. We are really scraping the bottom of the barrel at this point.

    Serious question – any references or links that explain this?

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    I recently jumped down this rabbit hole. It really is mind-blowing / terrifying that debt now keeps the entire world's economy going. Here's a great video I found that explains the whole thing fairly well (I believe it was made shortly after the 2008 crash):

    Debt as Money
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqvKjsIxT_8

    There's a part 2 that goes into more detail as well:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l_IgcmsqnVM

    , @Kyle McKenna
    Yep: Money is loaned into existence by banks.
    That's where money comes from in our economy.

    Chris Martenson's Crash Course was helpful to me when I was beginning to learn about finance. It's changed its shape since then but I assume the message is still accurate. Pay particular attn to Chapters 6-8 (the readable transcripts are still linked below the videos).

    http://www.peakprosperity.com/crashcourse

    , @Stan D Mute

    Serious question – any references or links that explain this?
     
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ov2Sd-QRi_g
    , @ben tillman

    One thing that is never appreciated is that the base of this is the awful design of our financial system. We have a monetary system where new loans MUST be made to keep the whole thing afloat.

    Is this really true? I’ve always heard this, and the fact that friggin’ auto title loans are now bundled and sold as securities seems to confirm it. We are really scraping the bottom of the barrel at this point.

    Serious question – any references or links that explain this?
     
    I think his point is something along these lines:

    In truth, money is not created until the instant it is borrowed. It is the act of borrowing which causes it to spring into existence. And, incidentally, it is the act of paying off the debt that causes it to vanish.
     
    Or this:

    The typical way money is created by the FOMC – The short form

    It's a simple four-step process.

    1.The FOMC first approves the purchase of US government bonds on the 'open market'. [When the government is short of funds, the Treasury issues bonds and delivers them to independent bond dealers, which auction them off.}

    2.When the FED wants to "expand the money supply'"i.e. create money the New York Fed bank buys these government bonds from the independent securities dealers (financial markets always have an equal number of buyers and sellers).

    3.The Fed pays for its purchases with electronic credits to the sellers' banks, which, in turn, credit the sellers' bank accounts. These credits are literally created out of nothing.

    4.The banks receiving the credits use them as reserves and loan out several times the amount of the money held in reserve due to the magic of fractional reserve banking. If their reserve requirement is 10% then 10 times the money put into reserve can be loaned out. The banks can create new loans because of these increased reserves. As the money is loaned the money supply in the U.S. increases.

    Or a short and simple way to look at it is:

    The Federal Reserve uses open-market operations to either increase or decrease reserves. To increase reserves, the Federal Reserve buys U.S. Treasury securities by writing a check drawn on itself. The seller of the Treasury security deposits the check in a bank, increasing the seller's deposit. The bank, in turn, deposits the Federal Reserve check at its district Federal Reserve bank, thus increasing its reserves". When a bank increases its reserves it can loan more money due to the magic of fractional reserve banking.

     

    , @Mike1
    My very long reply was knocked back because it said my name was an established commenter but then wanted my regular email. I enter gibberish for my email so hard to do!

    http://www.bankofengland.co.uk/research/Documents/workingpapers/2015/wp529.pdf

    http://www.scribd.com/doc/260617614/Iceland-Monetary-Reform

    http://www.pimco.com/EN/Insights/Pages/For-Wonks-Only.aspx
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  25. This seems fairly stupid even by Liberal standards. One of the great unsung realities of modern politics is how easy it is to muster out Black voters who vote en masse for Democrats, at election time. It is orders of magnitude easier to muster out Black voters who are concentrated in urban areas than spread out in Ferguson like suburbs, geography matters. Furthermore, in large urban centers Blacks are THE key component to assuring Democrat control. Take Illinois for example. Without Chicago and a few other big cities it would flip (presumably to just as corrupt) Republican. But Black bloc voting in Chicago makes sure that a few population-dominant cities make the whole state Blue.

    Moreover, as Steve noted, his late father in law started voting Republican. The surest way to create widespread hatred of Blacks by Whites is to put the actual physical Black urban underclass right next door to them. Ta Nehisi Coates may be full of Get Whitey rhetoric, but I suspect when push comes to shove he’s all talk and no action. [And its interesting to note he's keen on getting/keeping Black urban Underclass/ghetto approval, rather than doling it out to the underclass, much like performers such as Rihanna. You'd think a Black man writing for the Atlantic would be the one doling out the approval not the one seeking it but there it is.]

    And as Steve notes, losing half one’s life savings makes permanent political enemies.

    MTV has a show forcing tearful confessions of young Whites for “ruining America” and their “White privilege.” Meanwhile in California, Whites are now a minority. Trump keeps moving up in the polls as Republican figures bash him. Even Ace of Spades has thrown in the towel in what he’s called “failure theater.”

    I’d say Whites are already a defacto minority in this country, just like they are a minority in California. Furthermore I’d say White identity is being born, right now — an amalgamation of the Confederate Flag as Rebel Symbol (not the Klan), a repudiation of the Puritan Consensus, disgust with the traditional media, and a desire to be as bad and dangerous as possible. The Front Page of the LAT reports crime up massively (and “unexpectedly!”)

    A Multicultural society pretty much destroys Portlandia and creates the Sons of Anarchy everywhere. That is what we are seeing now.

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    Brilliant last paragraph.
    , @pork pie hat
    > a desire to be as bad and dangerous as possible

    Yes, Jonathan Bowden said there's an attraction to the dark side, that leftism is boring, that the right are now the rebels and have the thrill of transgression and aura of darkness and sexiness. imo this is worth a 5 minute listen:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sDGWr8kMBk8&t=1h08m20s

    I seem to keep spamming their link here, but therightstuff.biz is a bunch of smart, active trolls, doing just this; spreading hatefacts, feigning mockingly-extreme faux lefty opinion and generally stretching the Overton Window in left-wing comment sections. The difference from most right-wing comments is that they're witty and fun.
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  26. http://internet.gawker.com/internet-racists-are-obsessed-with-nickelodeons-show-ab-1716108536

    Well, when you hire a porn-maker to make a show for kids, people are gonna wonder.

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  27. @kaganovitch
    It's patently obvious the solution here is busing. Middle class whites,particularly those with school aged children, need to be driven into the South side as soon as possible. Why do we have a National Guard anyway if not to utilize it on just such occasions. Somewhere around 2075 some surviving descendant of those unfortunates can write a Great American Novel about the "Trail of Tears" from Highland Park to the South Side Rez.

    @kaganovitvh

    Whites in Chicago don’t attend public school unless their kids have tested into the magnet schools so there aren’t any of them to bus.

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    "Whites in Chicago don’t attend public school unless their kids have tested into the magnet schools so there aren’t any of them to bus."

    The hoarders and the wreckers will be dealt with, never fear
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  28. Wow, when a nation goes nuts, there is no stopping it. Sad to see this great nation go down like this.

    http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/education/article4467994.ece

    http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/uk/article4416634.ece

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  29. I do not understand the 1% for white neighborhood but 50% for black neighborhood.

    So, it is a white neighborhood if it is less than 1% black?

    But it is a black neighborhood if it is more than 50% black?

    Holey double standard Batman!

    I bet that 99.01% white neighborhood votes dem.

    So what do the lying SJW’s call the 95% white neighborhood? home?

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  30. Tex says:
    @Jack D
    I have mentioned this before - this kind of skipping of recent history reminds me of Communist China. The government there is always glad to bring up Japanese atrocities from 70+ years ago and allow a little anti-Japanese rioting now and then to let the population let off steam. But much more recent Maoist atrocities (not to mention all the deaths the current regime caused in '89) are shoved down the memory hole.

    It's always much easier to blame someone else instead of the person that you see in the mirror. We see this with the black community in the US - blacks kill a dozen or two of blacks every day, day after day for decades (324,000 in the last 35 years), and this is no cause for alarm, but if a racis' white cop kills a single black, holy hell is raised.

    Not only is the liberal media not going to call people on this BS - they are actually promoting it.

    The Japanese should accuse the Chinese of culturally appropriating the traditional warrior ethic of old Nippon. They are othering Japanese self-expression. Or maybe it doesn’t work that way.

    Anyhoo, putting on a kimono like a white woman did 140-ish years ago is cultural appropriation and racist, and wrong badfeelz. It’s OT, but this is such perfect iSteve fodder I can’t resist.

    Following an uproar of criticism on social media, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) cancelled an event that protesters labelled racist and culturally insensitive.

    Museum officials announced that they would cancel “Kimono Wednesdays,” which was originally scheduled to run until 29 July.

    Every week, visitors were encouraged to “channel your inner Camille Monet” by posing in front of Claude Monet’s “La Japonaise” while trying on a replica of the kimono Monet’s wife, Camille, wears in the painting.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-trending-33450391

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  31. @Tiny Duck
    Regrettably, few Americans know about the systematic housing policies that have been written into policy in cities around the U.S. designed to keep African Americans in neighborhoods away from White Americans.

    Anyone interested in challenging assumptions about African Americans and life in the inner-city should listen to an interview with Richard Rothstein of the Economic Policy Institute.
    http://www.epi.org/multimedia/historian-says-dont-sanitize-how-our-gover...


    America's never-ending apartheid sensibility created pearly white suburbs and office parks and suburban jobs and it left inner cities to wither on a vine of poor blacks and who were just starting to gain an economic foothold in the Civil Rights era.

    Modern segregation has failed pretty spectacularly in Newark, Detroit, Baltimore and may other Inner cities; a little more effort and a little more honesty on integration is long overdue in the United States of Apartheid.

    Black Americans have been systematically and repeatedly abandoned economically, geographically and constitutionally by White Privilege for hundreds of years.

    Thanks to President Obama for doing the right thing and trying to solve a real problem instead of perpetuating the usual whitewashing of America.

    Down with the Old and New Confederacy.

    How much does Axelrod pay you people?

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    Most of the money originates from Soros. I was mildly surprised a few years ago when I was flipping through the Help Wanted ads in the LA Times that there is actually a classification just for "activists". That was a while ago but it didn't seem like it paid super well compared to the cost of living, the ones that listed wages were typically something like $350 a week plus undefined "benefits". A lot of those were probably for phone and door to door fundraising but I understand some people are assigned to monitor websites for opposition research and occasionally trolling the comments section.
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  32. Off topic:

    http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2015/07/how-the-south-skews-america-119725.html?ml=m_a3_1#.VZ69HWrD_ML

    Neocon turned salon leftist michael lind launches an attack on the south. Notice how he points out the high level of violence in the south, yet neglects to break that down by race. Since lots of blacks live in the south, it is no surprise that high levels of violence take place there. Notice how lind attempts to imply that it is whites causing the huge level of violence without saying it.

    Too bad for the salon cultural Marxists that average people can access Fed doj stats and see a white murder rate of 1.9 per 100k vs 14.4 per 100k for blacks.

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  33. @The Anti-Gnostic
    One thing that is never appreciated is that the base of this is the awful design of our financial system. We have a monetary system where new loans MUST be made to keep the whole thing afloat.

    Is this really true? I've always heard this, and the fact that friggin' auto title loans are now bundled and sold as securities seems to confirm it. We are really scraping the bottom of the barrel at this point.

    Serious question - any references or links that explain this?

    I recently jumped down this rabbit hole. It really is mind-blowing / terrifying that debt now keeps the entire world’s economy going. Here’s a great video I found that explains the whole thing fairly well (I believe it was made shortly after the 2008 crash):

    Debt as Money

    There’s a part 2 that goes into more detail as well:

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  34. @Tiny Duck
    Regrettably, few Americans know about the systematic housing policies that have been written into policy in cities around the U.S. designed to keep African Americans in neighborhoods away from White Americans.

    Anyone interested in challenging assumptions about African Americans and life in the inner-city should listen to an interview with Richard Rothstein of the Economic Policy Institute.
    http://www.epi.org/multimedia/historian-says-dont-sanitize-how-our-gover...


    America's never-ending apartheid sensibility created pearly white suburbs and office parks and suburban jobs and it left inner cities to wither on a vine of poor blacks and who were just starting to gain an economic foothold in the Civil Rights era.

    Modern segregation has failed pretty spectacularly in Newark, Detroit, Baltimore and may other Inner cities; a little more effort and a little more honesty on integration is long overdue in the United States of Apartheid.

    Black Americans have been systematically and repeatedly abandoned economically, geographically and constitutionally by White Privilege for hundreds of years.

    Thanks to President Obama for doing the right thing and trying to solve a real problem instead of perpetuating the usual whitewashing of America.

    Down with the Old and New Confederacy.

    Really Hermen, The United States of Apartheid? South African apartheid was a government sponsored program to oppress blacks and keep them segregated at all levels from whites. May I remind you that our POTUS is black, our current and previous Attorney General is black, our Director of Homeland security is black and a number of major US cities have local governments that are majority black, if not totally black. Glad you threw in “white privilege” and “whitewashing” too. To quote another poster from another recent comment board….” Pull string, doll talks.”

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    Really Hermen, The United States of Apartheid? South African apartheid was a government sponsored program to oppress blacks and keep them segregated at all levels from whites.
     
    To "oppress" Blacks? Really? Limiting the extent to which people can use and enjoy things created by others is not oppression.
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  35. http://news.yahoo.com/cosby-quaaludes-admission-fallout-statue-whoopi-raven-symone-142419067.html

    Disney is removing the Bill Cosby statue because he was likely a date-rapist.

    Well, how about removing the MLK monument too since King was a violent thug and sex fiend who not only hit women but laughed and cracked jokes about it?

    http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/2449/was-martin-luther-king-jr-a-plagiarist

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  36. @Arclight
    TNC's writing is so formulaic at this point and filled with his favorite catchphrases (i.e., plunder, black bodies) that The Atlantic doesn't even allow commenting on his articles anymore because it inevitably devolved into lefties gushing over what a powerful voice he is and those on the right asking why anyone takes this clownish racist seriously.

    But what underlies his and other writers at The Atlantic's (and elsewhere) think pieces is that they firmly believe that concentrated groups of black living together are bad news for all concerned, and the only cure is to break them up and put them closer to upper class whites in the hope that they will somehow take on the characteristics of the social group the left is most fond of bashing.

    Your second paragraph crystallizes the contradictions.

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  37. @Tiny Duck
    Regrettably, few Americans know about the systematic housing policies that have been written into policy in cities around the U.S. designed to keep African Americans in neighborhoods away from White Americans.

    Anyone interested in challenging assumptions about African Americans and life in the inner-city should listen to an interview with Richard Rothstein of the Economic Policy Institute.
    http://www.epi.org/multimedia/historian-says-dont-sanitize-how-our-gover...


    America's never-ending apartheid sensibility created pearly white suburbs and office parks and suburban jobs and it left inner cities to wither on a vine of poor blacks and who were just starting to gain an economic foothold in the Civil Rights era.

    Modern segregation has failed pretty spectacularly in Newark, Detroit, Baltimore and may other Inner cities; a little more effort and a little more honesty on integration is long overdue in the United States of Apartheid.

    Black Americans have been systematically and repeatedly abandoned economically, geographically and constitutionally by White Privilege for hundreds of years.

    Thanks to President Obama for doing the right thing and trying to solve a real problem instead of perpetuating the usual whitewashing of America.

    Down with the Old and New Confederacy.

    I saw the Negro underclass destroy — and that’s not too strong a word — East Orange within a year in the early 1970s. A decade later I saw them destroy a vibrant, ethnically-diverse but white Trenrton in just a little over twice the time. Trenton was doing quite well economically with a lot of small light and heavy industry businesses. The Negro underclass drove the white-skilled albor away and the busiunesses followed. Trentons motto used to be “Trenton makes; the world takes.” Now it might better be phrased “Trenton takes.”

    Negroes don’t even like to live with each other. The first thing a succesful Negro gets is a home in as white a community as possible, e.g., the Obama’s and their con-religion Jeremiah Wright buddy, whose white community is even gated. The second thing they go for is a white trophy wife; when they can find a sufficiently stupid and/or neurotic a specimen.

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    When I saw that big Trenton Takes sign on a trip to Philly, I thought immediately that Trenton Fakes. It was sad to see a once-productive city reduced to a caricature, but I wouldn't want to live there.
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  38. @The Anti-Gnostic
    One thing that is never appreciated is that the base of this is the awful design of our financial system. We have a monetary system where new loans MUST be made to keep the whole thing afloat.

    Is this really true? I've always heard this, and the fact that friggin' auto title loans are now bundled and sold as securities seems to confirm it. We are really scraping the bottom of the barrel at this point.

    Serious question - any references or links that explain this?

    Yep: Money is loaned into existence by banks.
    That’s where money comes from in our economy.

    Chris Martenson’s Crash Course was helpful to me when I was beginning to learn about finance. It’s changed its shape since then but I assume the message is still accurate. Pay particular attn to Chapters 6-8 (the readable transcripts are still linked below the videos).

    http://www.peakprosperity.com/crashcourse

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  39. It’s the “proposition nation” thing in microcosm. Anyone from anywhere in the world can become an American by moving to America, and underclass blacks will likewise absorb the values and morals of their middle class white neighbours by being sent to live among them.

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  40. Bill says:
    @Anonymous
    White racism in Birmingham is still keeping all neighborhoods from integration. Natalie Holloway's upscale neighborhood of Mountain Brook (pop. 20,000) has 7 blacks according to the census. This is a neighborhood in Birmingham...

    One correction, Mountain Brook is not a neighborhood, its a very rich city over the mountain from Birmingham proper that the elite whites ran to after desegregation. However, they know what they are doing to keep the blacks out.

    We bought a house in Riverchase, a fairly nice area in Hoover, another suburb of Birmingham. We later met our middle class black neighbors, and in conversation they mentioned that they had put an offer on a home in Mountain Brook, and the next day the owners decided to take it off the market. They got the message and looked elsewhere.

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  41. I see the Chino eyed Chicano Julian Castro is down with the Black and Brown alliance. That is why people in Left Wing circles call him the Mexican Obama. He is suppose to be The Chosen One like Anakin Skywalker in episodes 1-3 or Drew McIntyre. He is being propped to become America’s first Hispanic president.

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  42. OT
    Jackie Fuchs and Kim Fowley, in the news again.

    http://highline.huffingtonpost.com/articles/en/the-lost-girls/

    Trigger warning.

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    If true, Fuchs/Fox should have come out with this while Fowley was still alive.

    Accusing the dead of grave offense when there is no plausible reason why one did not do so when the perpetrator still lived is, in my mind, cowardice if true and repulsive calumny if not. Fowley was not some dictator or mafioso who could have had her killed or beaten, and Fuchs is sufficiently connected-she's a lawyer-to make the threat of legal action on Fowley's part laughable.

    I know four or five people who have known or worked around various Runaways alumni, and if anyone would have told anyone else about such an act as was supposedly done, they'd have heard it. Girls are not very good at keeping quiet about these kinds of things. Is there any evidence the story floated around back then?

    This smells a little like Mackenzie Phillips' claims that her father was jazzing her. It isn't impossible, but it's unlikely.
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  43. Bob says:

    Of course Africa is held back in the stone age. Everybody is stuck with black neighbors. Not that there is anything wrong with them …

    … and at least they aren’t racist that are running away to neighborhoods and countries with little to no negro populations, except whenever they can.

    Diversity is chasing down the last white person.

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  44. Bob says:
    @Tiny Duck
    Regrettably, few Americans know about the systematic housing policies that have been written into policy in cities around the U.S. designed to keep African Americans in neighborhoods away from White Americans.

    Anyone interested in challenging assumptions about African Americans and life in the inner-city should listen to an interview with Richard Rothstein of the Economic Policy Institute.
    http://www.epi.org/multimedia/historian-says-dont-sanitize-how-our-gover...


    America's never-ending apartheid sensibility created pearly white suburbs and office parks and suburban jobs and it left inner cities to wither on a vine of poor blacks and who were just starting to gain an economic foothold in the Civil Rights era.

    Modern segregation has failed pretty spectacularly in Newark, Detroit, Baltimore and may other Inner cities; a little more effort and a little more honesty on integration is long overdue in the United States of Apartheid.

    Black Americans have been systematically and repeatedly abandoned economically, geographically and constitutionally by White Privilege for hundreds of years.

    Thanks to President Obama for doing the right thing and trying to solve a real problem instead of perpetuating the usual whitewashing of America.

    Down with the Old and New Confederacy.

    If every negro moved out of my neighborhood I would have no problem with it. Wouldn’t miss them one bit.

    If every white escaped from the negroes, why should they care … except a host escaping a parasite is a mortal threat to the parasite.

    They need us. If it weren’t true, segregation would happen via free will.

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  45. @The Anti-Gnostic
    One thing that is never appreciated is that the base of this is the awful design of our financial system. We have a monetary system where new loans MUST be made to keep the whole thing afloat.

    Is this really true? I've always heard this, and the fact that friggin' auto title loans are now bundled and sold as securities seems to confirm it. We are really scraping the bottom of the barrel at this point.

    Serious question - any references or links that explain this?

    Serious question – any references or links that explain this?

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  46. @Anonymous
    White racism in Birmingham is still keeping all neighborhoods from integration. Natalie Holloway's upscale neighborhood of Mountain Brook (pop. 20,000) has 7 blacks according to the census. This is a neighborhood in Birmingham...

    Birmingham has some absolutely beautiful neighborhoods. I was shocked at how gorgeous some of them are. Well, not Birmingham, outside Birmingham, naturally.

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  47. @anonymous
    The Chicago mayor may live in a black-free area but his son was mugged not too long ago on his block by a black. There's no barbed wire separating neighborhoods; people wander all over the place. Whites living in mostly white neighborhoods don't get mugged or robbed by people who live in their area.
    The black gangs terrorized whites out of their homes in the neighborhoods that changed and the homes were lost for pennies on the dollar. This went on all across the country and it would be interesting to know how much money was lost, in total, to this ethnic cleansing perpetrated by blacks. Loans weren't an unobtainable barrier to blacks in acquiring the homes of fleeing whites since they were so dirt cheap anyway that just one person with a job could get one; no one else was bidding except perhaps other blacks. There's no talk of reparations for the whites who lost a part of their life's earnings to this. Instead of moving blacks into white neighborhoods to achieve integration perhaps they could induce non-blacks to move into the black areas. Good luck in trying that one.
    I've always wondered about a lot of these supposed 'grass-roots' community organizations that work in tandem with monied business interests; how many are just fronts?

    I’ve always wondered about a lot of these supposed ‘grass-roots’ community organizations that work in tandem with monied business interests; how many are just fronts?

    My guess would be most of them.

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  48. @WillBest
    @kaganovitvh

    Whites in Chicago don't attend public school unless their kids have tested into the magnet schools so there aren't any of them to bus.

    “Whites in Chicago don’t attend public school unless their kids have tested into the magnet schools so there aren’t any of them to bus.”

    The hoarders and the wreckers will be dealt with, never fear

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    how astute, they are hoarding their white children.
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  49. @kaganovitch
    "Whites in Chicago don’t attend public school unless their kids have tested into the magnet schools so there aren’t any of them to bus."

    The hoarders and the wreckers will be dealt with, never fear

    how astute, they are hoarding their white children.

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  50. Ed says:

    Coates is like Morning Joe both don’t produce a compelling product but their products are all the rave to the Acela crowd & academia.

    Reparations was widely read in white liberal circles. I have noticed several occasions where something Coates mentioned is picked up by Democrat politicians. This confederate flag business is a prime example. He’s been ranting & raving about the flag for awhile now. Next thing you know having the flag is a crime against humanity. He’s also been to White House several times for private meetings with Obama

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    This confederate flag business is a prime example. He’s been ranting & raving about the flag for awhile now. Next thing you know having the flag is a crime against humanity.
     
    Then that is one heck of a powerful young man. God bless him. Maybe instead of whining about him you should find a way to emulate him on some level.
    , @Clyde

    He’s also been to White House several times for private meetings with Obama
     
    Are you sure? I see nothing on the internet about this. Coates has been too critical of Obama. From the left of course. Stevie Wonder has been there quite a few times jamming an jiving. This is more Obama and Moochelle's speed
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  51. Steve needs to update one of his catchphrases to reflect TNC’s groundbreaking scholarly research:

    A racist butterfly flaps its wings in 1913 Chattanooga, and a hundred years later poor blacks remain poor, black.

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  52. Coulter talks immigration.

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    Thanks for sharing. Ann is pretty ruthless in the face of 3 guests, a host and an audience that hates her.
    , @vinteuil
    Ann Coulter is by far the best media performer that immigration restrictionists have going for them now.
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  53. Maybe the plan to spread Section 8 recipients out is not a black-versus-white thing, but a black-middle-class-versus-black-lower-class thing.

    When you give a voucher to an undesirable black family, they tend to move to better housing in a better black neighborhood. Middle class blacks don’t like this any more than middle class whites do. Hence, this program is seeking to keep middle class blacks from bearing the full burden of Section 8 destruction.

    Michelle Obama is from a black middle class neighborhood. She probably knows about this from personal experience.

    William Julius Wilson wrote a book about racial tensions in Chicago neighborhoods and discussed how black neighborhoods tried to keep out lower class blacks.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/There_Goes_the_Neighborhood_(book)

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    Here's my in-depth review of William Julius Wilson's "There Goes the Neighborhood" about Chicago housing:

    http://www.vdare.com/articles/race-real-estate-and-immigration-on-chicagos-south-side

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  54. @The Anti-Gnostic
    One thing that is never appreciated is that the base of this is the awful design of our financial system. We have a monetary system where new loans MUST be made to keep the whole thing afloat.

    Is this really true? I've always heard this, and the fact that friggin' auto title loans are now bundled and sold as securities seems to confirm it. We are really scraping the bottom of the barrel at this point.

    Serious question - any references or links that explain this?

    One thing that is never appreciated is that the base of this is the awful design of our financial system. We have a monetary system where new loans MUST be made to keep the whole thing afloat.

    Is this really true? I’ve always heard this, and the fact that friggin’ auto title loans are now bundled and sold as securities seems to confirm it. We are really scraping the bottom of the barrel at this point.

    Serious question – any references or links that explain this?

    I think his point is something along these lines:

    In truth, money is not created until the instant it is borrowed. It is the act of borrowing which causes it to spring into existence. And, incidentally, it is the act of paying off the debt that causes it to vanish.

    Or this:

    The typical way money is created by the FOMC – The short form

    It’s a simple four-step process.

    1.The FOMC first approves the purchase of US government bonds on the ‘open market’. [When the government is short of funds, the Treasury issues bonds and delivers them to independent bond dealers, which auction them off.}

    2.When the FED wants to “expand the money supply’”i.e. create money the New York Fed bank buys these government bonds from the independent securities dealers (financial markets always have an equal number of buyers and sellers).

    3.The Fed pays for its purchases with electronic credits to the sellers’ banks, which, in turn, credit the sellers’ bank accounts. These credits are literally created out of nothing.

    4.The banks receiving the credits use them as reserves and loan out several times the amount of the money held in reserve due to the magic of fractional reserve banking. If their reserve requirement is 10% then 10 times the money put into reserve can be loaned out. The banks can create new loans because of these increased reserves. As the money is loaned the money supply in the U.S. increases.

    Or a short and simple way to look at it is:

    The Federal Reserve uses open-market operations to either increase or decrease reserves. To increase reserves, the Federal Reserve buys U.S. Treasury securities by writing a check drawn on itself. The seller of the Treasury security deposits the check in a bank, increasing the seller’s deposit. The bank, in turn, deposits the Federal Reserve check at its district Federal Reserve bank, thus increasing its reserves”. When a bank increases its reserves it can loan more money due to the magic of fractional reserve banking.

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  55. @Tiny Duck
    Regrettably, few Americans know about the systematic housing policies that have been written into policy in cities around the U.S. designed to keep African Americans in neighborhoods away from White Americans.

    Anyone interested in challenging assumptions about African Americans and life in the inner-city should listen to an interview with Richard Rothstein of the Economic Policy Institute.
    http://www.epi.org/multimedia/historian-says-dont-sanitize-how-our-gover...


    America's never-ending apartheid sensibility created pearly white suburbs and office parks and suburban jobs and it left inner cities to wither on a vine of poor blacks and who were just starting to gain an economic foothold in the Civil Rights era.

    Modern segregation has failed pretty spectacularly in Newark, Detroit, Baltimore and may other Inner cities; a little more effort and a little more honesty on integration is long overdue in the United States of Apartheid.

    Black Americans have been systematically and repeatedly abandoned economically, geographically and constitutionally by White Privilege for hundreds of years.

    Thanks to President Obama for doing the right thing and trying to solve a real problem instead of perpetuating the usual whitewashing of America.

    Down with the Old and New Confederacy.

    America’s never-ending apartheid sensibility created pearly white suburbs and office parks and suburban jobs and it left inner cities to wither on a vine of poor blacks and who were just starting to gain an economic foothold in the Civil Rights era.

    Nope. The blacks rioted, destroyed the cities and then the whites fled. Since the blacks couldn’t create the same kind of prosperity that whites did, inner city is now a euphemism for poor.

    I don’t want to hear about poor black people when the riots destroyed literally hundreds of millions of dollars in housing value that white people created. Millions of white people lost their life savings fleeing from the horrible conditions the blacks created after the riots.

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    I don’t want to hear about poor black people when the riots destroyed literally hundreds of millions of dollars in housing value that white people created.
     
    You silly and negligible human; money is not destroyed, it simply changes hands from one alabaster-toned gentleman to another.
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  56. @Arclight
    TNC's writing is so formulaic at this point and filled with his favorite catchphrases (i.e., plunder, black bodies) that The Atlantic doesn't even allow commenting on his articles anymore because it inevitably devolved into lefties gushing over what a powerful voice he is and those on the right asking why anyone takes this clownish racist seriously.

    But what underlies his and other writers at The Atlantic's (and elsewhere) think pieces is that they firmly believe that concentrated groups of black living together are bad news for all concerned, and the only cure is to break them up and put them closer to upper class whites in the hope that they will somehow take on the characteristics of the social group the left is most fond of bashing.

    I too have noticed this theme of forced integration as the path forward for black America in articles by TNC, that Jamelle Bouie guy, and several others. But the writers don’t confront the lurking implication there that blacks are incapable of creating or maintaining a functional society of their own, a claim that would cause them to point and sputter if anyone else dared to express it explicitly. There is always a) a need to mix blacks with other groups (to dilute the chaos presumably) and b) a need for extensive resources pouring in from outside. It’s always outsiders that have failed to provide nice schools, infrastructure, housing, etc.

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  57. @JohnnyWalker123
    Coulter talks immigration.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tW0GowO_MaM

    Thanks for sharing. Ann is pretty ruthless in the face of 3 guests, a host and an audience that hates her.

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  58. @Tiny Duck
    Regrettably, few Americans know about the systematic housing policies that have been written into policy in cities around the U.S. designed to keep African Americans in neighborhoods away from White Americans.

    Anyone interested in challenging assumptions about African Americans and life in the inner-city should listen to an interview with Richard Rothstein of the Economic Policy Institute.
    http://www.epi.org/multimedia/historian-says-dont-sanitize-how-our-gover...


    America's never-ending apartheid sensibility created pearly white suburbs and office parks and suburban jobs and it left inner cities to wither on a vine of poor blacks and who were just starting to gain an economic foothold in the Civil Rights era.

    Modern segregation has failed pretty spectacularly in Newark, Detroit, Baltimore and may other Inner cities; a little more effort and a little more honesty on integration is long overdue in the United States of Apartheid.

    Black Americans have been systematically and repeatedly abandoned economically, geographically and constitutionally by White Privilege for hundreds of years.

    Thanks to President Obama for doing the right thing and trying to solve a real problem instead of perpetuating the usual whitewashing of America.

    Down with the Old and New Confederacy.

    Modern segregation has failed pretty spectacularly in Newark, Detroit, Baltimore and may other Inner cities; a little more effort and a little more honesty on integration is long overdue in the United States of Apartheid.

    It wasn’t the segregation that failed it was the high concentration of blacks that created the necessary conditions for failure.

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  59. @BurplesonAFB
    How much does Axelrod pay you people?

    Most of the money originates from Soros. I was mildly surprised a few years ago when I was flipping through the Help Wanted ads in the LA Times that there is actually a classification just for “activists”. That was a while ago but it didn’t seem like it paid super well compared to the cost of living, the ones that listed wages were typically something like $350 a week plus undefined “benefits”. A lot of those were probably for phone and door to door fundraising but I understand some people are assigned to monitor websites for opposition research and occasionally trolling the comments section.

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  60. @FactsAreImportant
    Maybe the plan to spread Section 8 recipients out is not a black-versus-white thing, but a black-middle-class-versus-black-lower-class thing.

    When you give a voucher to an undesirable black family, they tend to move to better housing in a better black neighborhood. Middle class blacks don't like this any more than middle class whites do. Hence, this program is seeking to keep middle class blacks from bearing the full burden of Section 8 destruction.

    Michelle Obama is from a black middle class neighborhood. She probably knows about this from personal experience.

    William Julius Wilson wrote a book about racial tensions in Chicago neighborhoods and discussed how black neighborhoods tried to keep out lower class blacks.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/There_Goes_the_Neighborhood_(book)

    Here’s my in-depth review of William Julius Wilson’s “There Goes the Neighborhood” about Chicago housing:

    http://www.vdare.com/articles/race-real-estate-and-immigration-on-chicagos-south-side

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  61. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Glenn Miller-era policies, and a group no one has heard of, explain why 4% of the Washington population is black, 2% of Oregon’s, 0.8% of Idaho’s and 0.6% of Montana’s. Portland’s black population has dropped from 6.6% to 6.3%, and Seattle’s from 8.4% to 7.9% because racism. Hipsters driving up housing costs and making neighborhoods economically and social uncongenial for black people has nothing to do with anything. Nor does the fact that Barack Obama got 56% of the vote in Washington in 2012, and 54% in Oregon. http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2015/07/northwest-front-americas-worst-racists-119803.html#.VZ8bLMZViko

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    "Glenn Miller-era policies, and a group no one has heard of, explain why 4% of the Washington population is black, 2% of Oregon’s, 0.8% of Idaho’s and 0.6% of Montana’s. Portland’s black population has dropped from 6.6% to 6.3%, and Seattle’s from 8.4% to 7.9% because racism."

    Can the fact that there are extremely few Han Chinese people living in the city of Detroit be because Blacks are racist against Chinese people? Why is there a lack of Jews living in East St. Louis? Are Blacks anti-Semitic? Why are there so few Mexicans living in Gary, Indiana? Are Blacks racist against Mexicans? Why is there a lack of Italians living in East Cleveland? Are Blacks racist against Italians?

    Why don't Chocolate cities in America ever get called out on their lack of diversity. Why does nobody in the media criticize Chocolate cities for not representing the diverse face of America?

    , @Kauai
    My relatives in Portland say that there is a significant skills gap. That explains a lot of unemployment and subsequent emigration. The same patterns repeat in various large cities such as LA (exacerbated by those fecund Mexican diablas). I feel sorry for blacks as they vote daily against their own self interest. I hired a lot of responsible blacks over the years, and they usually said that it was difficult to keep their families together due to the cultural pressures from both sides.
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  62. Since we’re talking housing and Section 8, it’s probably worth revisiting this article from 2008:

    http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2008/07/american-murder-mystery/306872/

    Hard to believe it would be published by the Atlantic today. Perhaps it was pre-TNC.

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    Perhaps hiring TNC was the Atlantic's penance for daring to publish such hate-facts.
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  63. @Hrw-500
    I'll play the devil's advocate a bit but there some other unintended consequences. Some medias talk a lot about gentrification. http://io9.com/heres-what-happens-when-white-people-move-into-your-nei-1627658680 But they don't often mention some black neighborhood turning into hispanic neighborhood like Compton, CA or even Harlem as Spanish Harlem expands.

    Just adding this info then I found on this following blog who mentions a black flight in St. Louis.

    https://countenance.wordpress.com/2015/07/08/black-flight-continues/

    Gentrification had played a role but there might be others factors who might explain this black flight. Does St. Louis attract lots of Hispanic/Latino people like Chicagoland?

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  64. I notice that Hollywood films and television shows always make rich affluent neighborhoods appear Blacker than they actually are in real life. Bel Air for example is only 0.9% Black in real life, yet the Banks family on the fictional Fresh Prince always had a healthy dose of rich Black neighbors. The Banks were not the token rich Black family on the block.

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  65. The reviews are starting to come in on Ta-Nehisi Coates’ latest magnum opus, “Between the World and Me”. Shockingly, the publisher is openly admitting that the publication date was moved up from an October print date in light of (i.e. to take advantage of) the Charleston, South Carolina massacre.

    Featuring a less than flattering drawing of TNC, Slate raves: “A book destined to remain on store shelves, bedside tables, and high school and college syllabi long after its author or any of us have left this Earth.”

    http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/books/2015/07/between_the_world_and_me_by_ta_nehisi_coates_reviewed.html

    The New York Times Book Review while positive demonstrates a less than full commitment to the Cause.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/10/books/review-in-between-the-world-and-me-ta-nehisi-coates-delivers-a-desperate-dispatch-to-his-son.html?_r=0

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    Oh lord a month of the media fawning over his book. I wonder how many will call it the greatest piece of writing ever?

    Will any one of them dare to trash the book?
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  66. @Anonymous
    Glenn Miller-era policies, and a group no one has heard of, explain why 4% of the Washington population is black, 2% of Oregon's, 0.8% of Idaho's and 0.6% of Montana's. Portland's black population has dropped from 6.6% to 6.3%, and Seattle's from 8.4% to 7.9% because racism. Hipsters driving up housing costs and making neighborhoods economically and social uncongenial for black people has nothing to do with anything. Nor does the fact that Barack Obama got 56% of the vote in Washington in 2012, and 54% in Oregon. http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2015/07/northwest-front-americas-worst-racists-119803.html#.VZ8bLMZViko

    “Glenn Miller-era policies, and a group no one has heard of, explain why 4% of the Washington population is black, 2% of Oregon’s, 0.8% of Idaho’s and 0.6% of Montana’s. Portland’s black population has dropped from 6.6% to 6.3%, and Seattle’s from 8.4% to 7.9% because racism.”

    Can the fact that there are extremely few Han Chinese people living in the city of Detroit be because Blacks are racist against Chinese people? Why is there a lack of Jews living in East St. Louis? Are Blacks anti-Semitic? Why are there so few Mexicans living in Gary, Indiana? Are Blacks racist against Mexicans? Why is there a lack of Italians living in East Cleveland? Are Blacks racist against Italians?

    Why don’t Chocolate cities in America ever get called out on their lack of diversity. Why does nobody in the media criticize Chocolate cities for not representing the diverse face of America?

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    Why don’t Chocolate cities in America ever get called out on their lack of diversity. Why does nobody in the media criticize Chocolate cities for not representing the diverse face of America?
     
    Along those lines why don't nonwhite, nonblack areas get called out for a lack of diversity? For example, Ron Unz likes to point out how 80% hispanic El Paso has one of the lowest crime rates in the entire nation. Well, why doesn't 80% hispanic El Paso become more diverse by taking in more blacks? Does the government spend section8 money to bring blacks to El Paso?

    Further, why are all these integration policies designed to go after the so called whitopias? What is the matter with integrating the many China towns of this nation, or the numerous areas where mes0-Americans are the majority? How about Kiryas Joel, New York?
    , @Truth

    Why don’t Chocolate cities in America ever get called out on their lack of diversity. Why does nobody in the media criticize Chocolate cities for not representing the diverse face of America?
     
    If you want to move to North Philly, no one is stopping you.
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  67. @Jus' Sayin'...
    I saw the Negro underclass destroy -- and that's not too strong a word -- East Orange within a year in the early 1970s. A decade later I saw them destroy a vibrant, ethnically-diverse but white Trenrton in just a little over twice the time. Trenton was doing quite well economically with a lot of small light and heavy industry businesses. The Negro underclass drove the white-skilled albor away and the busiunesses followed. Trentons motto used to be "Trenton makes; the world takes." Now it might better be phrased "Trenton takes."

    Negroes don't even like to live with each other. The first thing a succesful Negro gets is a home in as white a community as possible, e.g., the Obama's and their con-religion Jeremiah Wright buddy, whose white community is even gated. The second thing they go for is a white trophy wife; when they can find a sufficiently stupid and/or neurotic a specimen.

    When I saw that big Trenton Takes sign on a trip to Philly, I thought immediately that Trenton Fakes. It was sad to see a once-productive city reduced to a caricature, but I wouldn’t want to live there.

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  68. @Anonymous
    Glenn Miller-era policies, and a group no one has heard of, explain why 4% of the Washington population is black, 2% of Oregon's, 0.8% of Idaho's and 0.6% of Montana's. Portland's black population has dropped from 6.6% to 6.3%, and Seattle's from 8.4% to 7.9% because racism. Hipsters driving up housing costs and making neighborhoods economically and social uncongenial for black people has nothing to do with anything. Nor does the fact that Barack Obama got 56% of the vote in Washington in 2012, and 54% in Oregon. http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2015/07/northwest-front-americas-worst-racists-119803.html#.VZ8bLMZViko

    My relatives in Portland say that there is a significant skills gap. That explains a lot of unemployment and subsequent emigration. The same patterns repeat in various large cities such as LA (exacerbated by those fecund Mexican diablas). I feel sorry for blacks as they vote daily against their own self interest. I hired a lot of responsible blacks over the years, and they usually said that it was difficult to keep their families together due to the cultural pressures from both sides.

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  69. @Tiny Duck
    Regrettably, few Americans know about the systematic housing policies that have been written into policy in cities around the U.S. designed to keep African Americans in neighborhoods away from White Americans.

    Anyone interested in challenging assumptions about African Americans and life in the inner-city should listen to an interview with Richard Rothstein of the Economic Policy Institute.
    http://www.epi.org/multimedia/historian-says-dont-sanitize-how-our-gover...


    America's never-ending apartheid sensibility created pearly white suburbs and office parks and suburban jobs and it left inner cities to wither on a vine of poor blacks and who were just starting to gain an economic foothold in the Civil Rights era.

    Modern segregation has failed pretty spectacularly in Newark, Detroit, Baltimore and may other Inner cities; a little more effort and a little more honesty on integration is long overdue in the United States of Apartheid.

    Black Americans have been systematically and repeatedly abandoned economically, geographically and constitutionally by White Privilege for hundreds of years.

    Thanks to President Obama for doing the right thing and trying to solve a real problem instead of perpetuating the usual whitewashing of America.

    Down with the Old and New Confederacy.

    Has it never occurred to you that your dishonesty damages those whom you supposedly seek to help?

    Assertions contradicting reality undermine efforts to improve the circumstances of the underclass. When you insist, “You cannot succeed because… Apartheid!” those whom you persuade keep themselves down by believing the damned lie you peddle.

    Do you want to help, or are you merely an instrument of genuine privilege, i.e. White Liberal privilege?

    The greatest challenge to improving the position of the underclass is the dishonesty of White Liberals and the people of color they keep. You are part of the problem, hermen, and an impediment to the solution.

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  70. Many bodies in the excerpts in Michiko Kakutani’s review: “police, who he tells his son ‘have been endowed with the authority to destroy your body‘” ….”And fear of the streets where members of crews … revel in the might of their own bodies” …. “the rules that would have you contort your body to address the block” …. “police and firefighters … could — with no justification — shatter my body” …. “black men and women were enslaved, their families and bodies broken.”

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    "Harry Baldwin says:

    Many bodies in the excerpts in Michiko Kakutani’s review: "

    The United Negro College Fund..............

    .................because a body is a terrible thing to waste.

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  71. @Area Man
    Since we're talking housing and Section 8, it's probably worth revisiting this article from 2008:

    http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2008/07/american-murder-mystery/306872/

    Hard to believe it would be published by the Atlantic today. Perhaps it was pre-TNC.

    Perhaps hiring TNC was the Atlantic’s penance for daring to publish such hate-facts.

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  72. @Harry Baldwin
    Many bodies in the excerpts in Michiko Kakutani's review: "police, who he tells his son 'have been endowed with the authority to destroy your body'" ...."And fear of the streets where members of crews ... revel in the might of their own bodies" .... "the rules that would have you contort your body to address the block" .... "police and firefighters ... could — with no justification — shatter my body” .... "black men and women were enslaved, their families and bodies broken."

    “Harry Baldwin says:

    Many bodies in the excerpts in Michiko Kakutani’s review: ”

    The United Negro College Fund…………..

    ……………..because a body is a terrible thing to waste.

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  73. @Ed
    Coates is like Morning Joe both don't produce a compelling product but their products are all the rave to the Acela crowd & academia.

    Reparations was widely read in white liberal circles. I have noticed several occasions where something Coates mentioned is picked up by Democrat politicians. This confederate flag business is a prime example. He's been ranting & raving about the flag for awhile now. Next thing you know having the flag is a crime against humanity. He's also been to White House several times for private meetings with Obama

    This confederate flag business is a prime example. He’s been ranting & raving about the flag for awhile now. Next thing you know having the flag is a crime against humanity.

    Then that is one heck of a powerful young man. God bless him. Maybe instead of whining about him you should find a way to emulate him on some level.

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    Then that is one heck of a powerful young man. God bless him. Maybe instead of whining about him you should find a way to emulate him on some level.
     
    But Truth he didn't "race mix"......I thought that "that simply wasn't Cricket" in your book?
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  74. @Nathan Wartooth

    America’s never-ending apartheid sensibility created pearly white suburbs and office parks and suburban jobs and it left inner cities to wither on a vine of poor blacks and who were just starting to gain an economic foothold in the Civil Rights era.
     
    Nope. The blacks rioted, destroyed the cities and then the whites fled. Since the blacks couldn't create the same kind of prosperity that whites did, inner city is now a euphemism for poor.

    I don't want to hear about poor black people when the riots destroyed literally hundreds of millions of dollars in housing value that white people created. Millions of white people lost their life savings fleeing from the horrible conditions the blacks created after the riots.

    I don’t want to hear about poor black people when the riots destroyed literally hundreds of millions of dollars in housing value that white people created.

    You silly and negligible human; money is not destroyed, it simply changes hands from one alabaster-toned gentleman to another.

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    Money is robbed from alabaster-toned people by coal and chocolate-toned lads. I suppose it doesn't go to total waste.
    , @vinteuil
    "You silly and negligible human; money is not destroyed, it simply changes hands..."

    But, "Truth," you surprising man: he didn't say that money was destroyed. He said that value was destroyed.

    Surely even you can understand the difference between money and value.

    Btw, you might want to watch it on the eliminationist rhetoric: "negligible human" is not a phrase that ought to be in any gentleman's repertoire.
    , @Mr. Anon
    Wealth was destroyed. Wealth is quite real.

    Leave it to you to not know the difference.

    "Truth" is that kind of man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.

    Except that he probably also doesn't know the price of everything.
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  75. @Clifford Brown
    The reviews are starting to come in on Ta-Nehisi Coates' latest magnum opus, "Between the World and Me". Shockingly, the publisher is openly admitting that the publication date was moved up from an October print date in light of (i.e. to take advantage of) the Charleston, South Carolina massacre.

    Featuring a less than flattering drawing of TNC, Slate raves: "A book destined to remain on store shelves, bedside tables, and high school and college syllabi long after its author or any of us have left this Earth."

    http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/books/2015/07/between_the_world_and_me_by_ta_nehisi_coates_reviewed.html

    The New York Times Book Review while positive demonstrates a less than full commitment to the Cause.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/10/books/review-in-between-the-world-and-me-ta-nehisi-coates-delivers-a-desperate-dispatch-to-his-son.html?_r=0

    Oh lord a month of the media fawning over his book. I wonder how many will call it the greatest piece of writing ever?

    Will any one of them dare to trash the book?

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  76. @benjaminl
    OT
    Jackie Fuchs and Kim Fowley, in the news again.

    http://highline.huffingtonpost.com/articles/en/the-lost-girls/

    Trigger warning.

    If true, Fuchs/Fox should have come out with this while Fowley was still alive.

    Accusing the dead of grave offense when there is no plausible reason why one did not do so when the perpetrator still lived is, in my mind, cowardice if true and repulsive calumny if not. Fowley was not some dictator or mafioso who could have had her killed or beaten, and Fuchs is sufficiently connected-she’s a lawyer-to make the threat of legal action on Fowley’s part laughable.

    I know four or five people who have known or worked around various Runaways alumni, and if anyone would have told anyone else about such an act as was supposedly done, they’d have heard it. Girls are not very good at keeping quiet about these kinds of things. Is there any evidence the story floated around back then?

    This smells a little like Mackenzie Phillips’ claims that her father was jazzing her. It isn’t impossible, but it’s unlikely.

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  77. @Buffalo Joe
    Really Hermen, The United States of Apartheid? South African apartheid was a government sponsored program to oppress blacks and keep them segregated at all levels from whites. May I remind you that our POTUS is black, our current and previous Attorney General is black, our Director of Homeland security is black and a number of major US cities have local governments that are majority black, if not totally black. Glad you threw in "white privilege" and "whitewashing" too. To quote another poster from another recent comment board...." Pull string, doll talks."

    Really Hermen, The United States of Apartheid? South African apartheid was a government sponsored program to oppress blacks and keep them segregated at all levels from whites.

    To “oppress” Blacks? Really? Limiting the extent to which people can use and enjoy things created by others is not oppression.

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  78. @Ed
    Coates is like Morning Joe both don't produce a compelling product but their products are all the rave to the Acela crowd & academia.

    Reparations was widely read in white liberal circles. I have noticed several occasions where something Coates mentioned is picked up by Democrat politicians. This confederate flag business is a prime example. He's been ranting & raving about the flag for awhile now. Next thing you know having the flag is a crime against humanity. He's also been to White House several times for private meetings with Obama

    He’s also been to White House several times for private meetings with Obama

    Are you sure? I see nothing on the internet about this. Coates has been too critical of Obama. From the left of course. Stevie Wonder has been there quite a few times jamming an jiving. This is more Obama and Moochelle’s speed

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  79. @Truth

    I don’t want to hear about poor black people when the riots destroyed literally hundreds of millions of dollars in housing value that white people created.
     
    You silly and negligible human; money is not destroyed, it simply changes hands from one alabaster-toned gentleman to another.

    Money is robbed from alabaster-toned people by coal and chocolate-toned lads. I suppose it doesn’t go to total waste.

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  80. @Jefferson
    "Glenn Miller-era policies, and a group no one has heard of, explain why 4% of the Washington population is black, 2% of Oregon’s, 0.8% of Idaho’s and 0.6% of Montana’s. Portland’s black population has dropped from 6.6% to 6.3%, and Seattle’s from 8.4% to 7.9% because racism."

    Can the fact that there are extremely few Han Chinese people living in the city of Detroit be because Blacks are racist against Chinese people? Why is there a lack of Jews living in East St. Louis? Are Blacks anti-Semitic? Why are there so few Mexicans living in Gary, Indiana? Are Blacks racist against Mexicans? Why is there a lack of Italians living in East Cleveland? Are Blacks racist against Italians?

    Why don't Chocolate cities in America ever get called out on their lack of diversity. Why does nobody in the media criticize Chocolate cities for not representing the diverse face of America?

    Why don’t Chocolate cities in America ever get called out on their lack of diversity. Why does nobody in the media criticize Chocolate cities for not representing the diverse face of America?

    Along those lines why don’t nonwhite, nonblack areas get called out for a lack of diversity? For example, Ron Unz likes to point out how 80% hispanic El Paso has one of the lowest crime rates in the entire nation. Well, why doesn’t 80% hispanic El Paso become more diverse by taking in more blacks? Does the government spend section8 money to bring blacks to El Paso?

    Further, why are all these integration policies designed to go after the so called whitopias? What is the matter with integrating the many China towns of this nation, or the numerous areas where mes0-Americans are the majority? How about Kiryas Joel, New York?

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    The Texas border cities are safe because Mexicans take their victims over the line to murder them in Mexico.
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  81. @Tiny Duck
    Regrettably, few Americans know about the systematic housing policies that have been written into policy in cities around the U.S. designed to keep African Americans in neighborhoods away from White Americans.

    Anyone interested in challenging assumptions about African Americans and life in the inner-city should listen to an interview with Richard Rothstein of the Economic Policy Institute.
    http://www.epi.org/multimedia/historian-says-dont-sanitize-how-our-gover...


    America's never-ending apartheid sensibility created pearly white suburbs and office parks and suburban jobs and it left inner cities to wither on a vine of poor blacks and who were just starting to gain an economic foothold in the Civil Rights era.

    Modern segregation has failed pretty spectacularly in Newark, Detroit, Baltimore and may other Inner cities; a little more effort and a little more honesty on integration is long overdue in the United States of Apartheid.

    Black Americans have been systematically and repeatedly abandoned economically, geographically and constitutionally by White Privilege for hundreds of years.

    Thanks to President Obama for doing the right thing and trying to solve a real problem instead of perpetuating the usual whitewashing of America.

    Down with the Old and New Confederacy.

    Why should mere segregation hurt blacks (much)? If you segregated whites, they’d prosper and like it. Who creates black poverty but blacks? “Segregation!” is a cover for “concentrated blacks -> poverty”. It’s a worthy goal to remove black kids from the secondary effects of black concentration, but, people /like/ to concentrate themselves, so it will come at the expense of dragging other neighborhoods down. A lot of churn for nothing, or very little.

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  82. @Whiskey
    This seems fairly stupid even by Liberal standards. One of the great unsung realities of modern politics is how easy it is to muster out Black voters who vote en masse for Democrats, at election time. It is orders of magnitude easier to muster out Black voters who are concentrated in urban areas than spread out in Ferguson like suburbs, geography matters. Furthermore, in large urban centers Blacks are THE key component to assuring Democrat control. Take Illinois for example. Without Chicago and a few other big cities it would flip (presumably to just as corrupt) Republican. But Black bloc voting in Chicago makes sure that a few population-dominant cities make the whole state Blue.

    Moreover, as Steve noted, his late father in law started voting Republican. The surest way to create widespread hatred of Blacks by Whites is to put the actual physical Black urban underclass right next door to them. Ta Nehisi Coates may be full of Get Whitey rhetoric, but I suspect when push comes to shove he's all talk and no action. [And its interesting to note he's keen on getting/keeping Black urban Underclass/ghetto approval, rather than doling it out to the underclass, much like performers such as Rihanna. You'd think a Black man writing for the Atlantic would be the one doling out the approval not the one seeking it but there it is.]

    And as Steve notes, losing half one's life savings makes permanent political enemies.

    MTV has a show forcing tearful confessions of young Whites for "ruining America" and their "White privilege." Meanwhile in California, Whites are now a minority. Trump keeps moving up in the polls as Republican figures bash him. Even Ace of Spades has thrown in the towel in what he's called "failure theater."

    I'd say Whites are already a defacto minority in this country, just like they are a minority in California. Furthermore I'd say White identity is being born, right now -- an amalgamation of the Confederate Flag as Rebel Symbol (not the Klan), a repudiation of the Puritan Consensus, disgust with the traditional media, and a desire to be as bad and dangerous as possible. The Front Page of the LAT reports crime up massively (and "unexpectedly!")

    A Multicultural society pretty much destroys Portlandia and creates the Sons of Anarchy everywhere. That is what we are seeing now.

    Brilliant last paragraph.

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  83. @iSteveFan

    Why don’t Chocolate cities in America ever get called out on their lack of diversity. Why does nobody in the media criticize Chocolate cities for not representing the diverse face of America?
     
    Along those lines why don't nonwhite, nonblack areas get called out for a lack of diversity? For example, Ron Unz likes to point out how 80% hispanic El Paso has one of the lowest crime rates in the entire nation. Well, why doesn't 80% hispanic El Paso become more diverse by taking in more blacks? Does the government spend section8 money to bring blacks to El Paso?

    Further, why are all these integration policies designed to go after the so called whitopias? What is the matter with integrating the many China towns of this nation, or the numerous areas where mes0-Americans are the majority? How about Kiryas Joel, New York?

    The Texas border cities are safe because Mexicans take their victims over the line to murder them in Mexico.

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  84. @JohnnyWalker123
    Coulter talks immigration.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tW0GowO_MaM

    Ann Coulter is by far the best media performer that immigration restrictionists have going for them now.

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  85. @Truth

    I don’t want to hear about poor black people when the riots destroyed literally hundreds of millions of dollars in housing value that white people created.
     
    You silly and negligible human; money is not destroyed, it simply changes hands from one alabaster-toned gentleman to another.

    “You silly and negligible human; money is not destroyed, it simply changes hands…”

    But, “Truth,” you surprising man: he didn’t say that money was destroyed. He said that value was destroyed.

    Surely even you can understand the difference between money and value.

    Btw, you might want to watch it on the eliminationist rhetoric: “negligible human” is not a phrase that ought to be in any gentleman’s repertoire.

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    Value is a totally imaginary situation that depends upon the opinion of two people. If someone is willing to pay $1,000,000 for a 1977 AMC Pacer, that's its value.

    But you're right about Mr. Reed and I am man enough to know when I am wrong:

    Fred, I'm sorry that referred to you as a human.
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  86. @Truth

    This confederate flag business is a prime example. He’s been ranting & raving about the flag for awhile now. Next thing you know having the flag is a crime against humanity.
     
    Then that is one heck of a powerful young man. God bless him. Maybe instead of whining about him you should find a way to emulate him on some level.

    Then that is one heck of a powerful young man. God bless him. Maybe instead of whining about him you should find a way to emulate him on some level.

    But Truth he didn’t “race mix”……I thought that “that simply wasn’t Cricket” in your book?

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    I don't know that Tennessee didn't race mix, I would assume, of course without a shred of evidence, that he probably has at least once, but no, to be perfectly honest, I don't give two shits.
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  87. @Whiskey
    This seems fairly stupid even by Liberal standards. One of the great unsung realities of modern politics is how easy it is to muster out Black voters who vote en masse for Democrats, at election time. It is orders of magnitude easier to muster out Black voters who are concentrated in urban areas than spread out in Ferguson like suburbs, geography matters. Furthermore, in large urban centers Blacks are THE key component to assuring Democrat control. Take Illinois for example. Without Chicago and a few other big cities it would flip (presumably to just as corrupt) Republican. But Black bloc voting in Chicago makes sure that a few population-dominant cities make the whole state Blue.

    Moreover, as Steve noted, his late father in law started voting Republican. The surest way to create widespread hatred of Blacks by Whites is to put the actual physical Black urban underclass right next door to them. Ta Nehisi Coates may be full of Get Whitey rhetoric, but I suspect when push comes to shove he's all talk and no action. [And its interesting to note he's keen on getting/keeping Black urban Underclass/ghetto approval, rather than doling it out to the underclass, much like performers such as Rihanna. You'd think a Black man writing for the Atlantic would be the one doling out the approval not the one seeking it but there it is.]

    And as Steve notes, losing half one's life savings makes permanent political enemies.

    MTV has a show forcing tearful confessions of young Whites for "ruining America" and their "White privilege." Meanwhile in California, Whites are now a minority. Trump keeps moving up in the polls as Republican figures bash him. Even Ace of Spades has thrown in the towel in what he's called "failure theater."

    I'd say Whites are already a defacto minority in this country, just like they are a minority in California. Furthermore I'd say White identity is being born, right now -- an amalgamation of the Confederate Flag as Rebel Symbol (not the Klan), a repudiation of the Puritan Consensus, disgust with the traditional media, and a desire to be as bad and dangerous as possible. The Front Page of the LAT reports crime up massively (and "unexpectedly!")

    A Multicultural society pretty much destroys Portlandia and creates the Sons of Anarchy everywhere. That is what we are seeing now.

    > a desire to be as bad and dangerous as possible

    Yes, Jonathan Bowden said there’s an attraction to the dark side, that leftism is boring, that the right are now the rebels and have the thrill of transgression and aura of darkness and sexiness. imo this is worth a 5 minute listen:

    I seem to keep spamming their link here, but therightstuff.biz is a bunch of smart, active trolls, doing just this; spreading hatefacts, feigning mockingly-extreme faux lefty opinion and generally stretching the Overton Window in left-wing comment sections. The difference from most right-wing comments is that they’re witty and fun.

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  88. @Dew
    Money is robbed from alabaster-toned people by coal and chocolate-toned lads. I suppose it doesn't go to total waste.

    Then what do they do with the money they rob?

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    Well, I suppose you can cross out buying tanning lotion. Fathers Day cards probably aren't popular with some of them either. Shame.

    I'm sure they will make efficient purchases of food and clothing.

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  89. @vinteuil
    "You silly and negligible human; money is not destroyed, it simply changes hands..."

    But, "Truth," you surprising man: he didn't say that money was destroyed. He said that value was destroyed.

    Surely even you can understand the difference between money and value.

    Btw, you might want to watch it on the eliminationist rhetoric: "negligible human" is not a phrase that ought to be in any gentleman's repertoire.

    Value is a totally imaginary situation that depends upon the opinion of two people. If someone is willing to pay $1,000,000 for a 1977 AMC Pacer, that’s its value.

    But you’re right about Mr. Reed and I am man enough to know when I am wrong:

    Fred, I’m sorry that referred to you as a human.

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    "Truth says:

    Value is a totally imaginary situation that depends upon the opinion of two people. If someone is willing to pay $1,000,000 for a 1977 AMC Pacer, that’s its value."

    How much would YOU pay for that Pacer if it ran on water?

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  90. @Jefferson
    "Glenn Miller-era policies, and a group no one has heard of, explain why 4% of the Washington population is black, 2% of Oregon’s, 0.8% of Idaho’s and 0.6% of Montana’s. Portland’s black population has dropped from 6.6% to 6.3%, and Seattle’s from 8.4% to 7.9% because racism."

    Can the fact that there are extremely few Han Chinese people living in the city of Detroit be because Blacks are racist against Chinese people? Why is there a lack of Jews living in East St. Louis? Are Blacks anti-Semitic? Why are there so few Mexicans living in Gary, Indiana? Are Blacks racist against Mexicans? Why is there a lack of Italians living in East Cleveland? Are Blacks racist against Italians?

    Why don't Chocolate cities in America ever get called out on their lack of diversity. Why does nobody in the media criticize Chocolate cities for not representing the diverse face of America?

    Why don’t Chocolate cities in America ever get called out on their lack of diversity. Why does nobody in the media criticize Chocolate cities for not representing the diverse face of America?

    If you want to move to North Philly, no one is stopping you.

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    "If you want to move to North Philly, no one is stopping you."

    Heh. Almost kinda true, in a way.
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  91. @fish

    Then that is one heck of a powerful young man. God bless him. Maybe instead of whining about him you should find a way to emulate him on some level.
     
    But Truth he didn't "race mix"......I thought that "that simply wasn't Cricket" in your book?

    I don’t know that Tennessee didn’t race mix, I would assume, of course without a shred of evidence, that he probably has at least once, but no, to be perfectly honest, I don’t give two shits.

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  92. Oh for Pete’s sake – here is the Everything You Need To Know About Redlining:

    http://thosewhocansee.blogspot.fr/2014/08/reparations-for-red-lining.html

    A long read, but plenty of choice meat to chew on.

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  93. @Truth

    I don’t want to hear about poor black people when the riots destroyed literally hundreds of millions of dollars in housing value that white people created.
     
    You silly and negligible human; money is not destroyed, it simply changes hands from one alabaster-toned gentleman to another.

    Wealth was destroyed. Wealth is quite real.

    Leave it to you to not know the difference.

    “Truth” is that kind of man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.

    Except that he probably also doesn’t know the price of everything.

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  94. @Truth
    Value is a totally imaginary situation that depends upon the opinion of two people. If someone is willing to pay $1,000,000 for a 1977 AMC Pacer, that's its value.

    But you're right about Mr. Reed and I am man enough to know when I am wrong:

    Fred, I'm sorry that referred to you as a human.

    “Truth says:

    Value is a totally imaginary situation that depends upon the opinion of two people. If someone is willing to pay $1,000,000 for a 1977 AMC Pacer, that’s its value.”

    How much would YOU pay for that Pacer if it ran on water?

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  95. @The Anti-Gnostic
    One thing that is never appreciated is that the base of this is the awful design of our financial system. We have a monetary system where new loans MUST be made to keep the whole thing afloat.

    Is this really true? I've always heard this, and the fact that friggin' auto title loans are now bundled and sold as securities seems to confirm it. We are really scraping the bottom of the barrel at this point.

    Serious question - any references or links that explain this?

    My very long reply was knocked back because it said my name was an established commenter but then wanted my regular email. I enter gibberish for my email so hard to do!

    http://www.bankofengland.co.uk/research/Documents/workingpapers/2015/wp529.pdf

    http://www.pimco.com/EN/Insights/Pages/For-Wonks-Only.aspx

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  96. @Truth

    Why don’t Chocolate cities in America ever get called out on their lack of diversity. Why does nobody in the media criticize Chocolate cities for not representing the diverse face of America?
     
    If you want to move to North Philly, no one is stopping you.

    “If you want to move to North Philly, no one is stopping you.”

    Heh. Almost kinda true, in a way.

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  97. @Truth
    Then what do they do with the money they rob?

    Well, I suppose you can cross out buying tanning lotion. Fathers Day cards probably aren’t popular with some of them either. Shame.

    I’m sure they will make efficient purchases of food and clothing.

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    Well it took us a while, but we'll go with it, a professor is always happy to hear the class clown contributing; and to whom does the money go with these food and clothing purchases?
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  98. @Dew
    Well, I suppose you can cross out buying tanning lotion. Fathers Day cards probably aren't popular with some of them either. Shame.

    I'm sure they will make efficient purchases of food and clothing.

    Well it took us a while, but we’ll go with it, a professor is always happy to hear the class clown contributing; and to whom does the money go with these food and clothing purchases?

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    Several professors (especially Ethnic studies ones) act like class clowns these days but the humor is unintentional.
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  99. […] expanding the potential buyer base by climbing down the credit spectrum (which, sorry, had everything to do with government efforts regarding […]

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  100. @Truth
    Well it took us a while, but we'll go with it, a professor is always happy to hear the class clown contributing; and to whom does the money go with these food and clothing purchases?

    Several professors (especially Ethnic studies ones) act like class clowns these days but the humor is unintentional.

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  101. 102 comments? Is that for real? Anyway, the opening chapter of Alyssa Katz’s book is a real eye-opener, at least for me: the US government has been here before not once but four times, starting in the 1920′s: https://goo.gl/dCyMV4

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  102. @Tiny Duck
    Regrettably, few Americans know about the systematic housing policies that have been written into policy in cities around the U.S. designed to keep African Americans in neighborhoods away from White Americans.

    Anyone interested in challenging assumptions about African Americans and life in the inner-city should listen to an interview with Richard Rothstein of the Economic Policy Institute.
    http://www.epi.org/multimedia/historian-says-dont-sanitize-how-our-gover...


    America's never-ending apartheid sensibility created pearly white suburbs and office parks and suburban jobs and it left inner cities to wither on a vine of poor blacks and who were just starting to gain an economic foothold in the Civil Rights era.

    Modern segregation has failed pretty spectacularly in Newark, Detroit, Baltimore and may other Inner cities; a little more effort and a little more honesty on integration is long overdue in the United States of Apartheid.

    Black Americans have been systematically and repeatedly abandoned economically, geographically and constitutionally by White Privilege for hundreds of years.

    Thanks to President Obama for doing the right thing and trying to solve a real problem instead of perpetuating the usual whitewashing of America.

    Down with the Old and New Confederacy.

    I’ve always been the type to announce when “the Emperor isn’t wearing any clothes.” That is to say, stating unpleasant truths. The closest thing to a solution to America’s racial problems is for blacks, Hispanics and Muslims to get their birthrate down to anything below 2.0 – and keep it there. There need to be major changes to our immigration policies, legal & illegal as well.

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  103. FYI that’s not Ravenswood. Ravenswood is farther east. I think that’s Jefferson Park.

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