We have considered Detroit's demise in light of Afros' seeming inability to capably take over the reins of Euro-created government, be it in Port-au-Prince, Johannesburg, or Birmingham.
But it takes two to tango. Inept city leaders can do harm, but an inept population can double the damage. Consider Orange County's surprise bankruptcy in 1994. Referendum-loving Californians having made it nearly impossible for local government to raise taxes, county treasurer Bob Citron began to invest what little they could raise into ever-riskier securities. November 1994: The bomb dropped, with $1.7 billion up in smoke, also known as Citron's Barings Bank moment.
Or see New York City's famous near-bankruptcy in 1975 ('Ford to City: Drop Dead'), when the Big Apple was humiliatingly taken over by New York State. In addition to the oil shock, stubborn unions, and shoddy bookkeeping, the city had recently seen a sudden flight of net taxpayers and an inflow of the government-dependent:
The 1970s saw New York lose more than 800,000 residents, almost all of them non-Hispanic whites. This was the first significant population decrease in more than 150 years.
Residents with household incomes below federal poverty standards increased by 25 percent from 1970 to 1980, while all other income groups diminished in number. Whereas the number of impoverished white residents decreased by 12 percent, the number of poor blacks increased by 40 percent, and poor Hispanics by 52 percent.
Rona Stein opines that
There is some evidence that New York City and other industrial regions may have unintentionally encouraged the poor to move in by offering relatively generous levels of welfare benefits.
Perhaps, but the post-war boom that had made sure everyone who wanted a job had one was already waning in the 1960s. Afro-Americans were now, as they had been after the Civil War, thrown into sudden competition with other ethnies. W.H. Collins in 1918 had bemoaned the newly freed blacks' reticence to work, predicting:
However, when the population of the country reaches 150,000,000 or 200,000,000 then labor will likely be as plentiful here as it is now in Europe. Then, the labor of the Negro will hardly be solicited, rather otherwise. The white man's sympathetic attitude toward the Negroes' many shortcomings is fast passing. When the Negro is required to measure up to the white man's standard and is found wanting, what remains for him?
Then what will become of the Negro when he shall have to compete with the thrifty hard-working Poles, Bohemians, and native [Euro-] Americans from the North and the West? [...] In Chicago "there is now scarcely a negro barber in the business district. Nearly all the janitor work in the large buildings has been taken away from them by the Swedes. White men and women as waiters have supplanted colored men in nearly all the first-class hotels and restaurants. Practically all of the shoe polishing is now done by Greeks."
He attributes this to blacks' 'racial traits', which he defines as:
a happy-go-lucky disposition, indolence, shiftlessness, laziness, indifference, lack of mental stamina and ambition, and strong criminal tendencies.
(We have seen some of the reasons for this, rooted in natural selection in the tropics and worth recalling before we are too tempted to moralize.)
Deindustrialisation in the 1960s hitting the least able first: Afros. The most criminal element of society in many northern cities kept in de facto segregation: Afros. The result? Mass violence:
Consider the wave of race riots that swept the nation's cities. From 1964 to 1971, there were more than 750 riots, killing 228 people and injuring 12,741 others. After more than 15,000 separate incidents of arson, many black urban neighborhoods were in ruins.
A numbing list of them can be viewed here.
Detroit's 1967 riot left the city with
2,509 stores looted or burned, 388 families rendered homeless or displaced and 412 buildings burned or damaged enough to be demolished. Dollar losses from arson and looting ranged from $40 million to $80 million [$261 to $522 million today].
In addition to the long list of Afros shot while looting, Wiki helpfully informs us that the dead included
Krikor “George” Messerlian-- A 68 year-old Armenian immigrant, beaten to death by a group of black youths.
Sheren George-- Shot while in the car driven by her husband (Ross), as they tried flee from a mob of black youths beating a white man.
And, no surprise to those familiar with 2005's Hurricane Katrina,
Carl Smith-- A firefighter; shot by a black male while attempting to organize firefighter units to fight several fires at Mack and St. Jean.
Larry Post-- Post was a Sergeant in the National Guard. After an exchange of gun fire between National Guardsmen and a car with three men, Post was found with a gunshot wound to the stomach.
The National Guard and the Army troops engaged in firefights with locals[Post-Katrina, we feel reasonably sure this can be changed to: 'Locals engaged in firefights with the National Guard and the Army troops'], resulting in deaths to both locals and the troops. [...] Tanks and machine guns were used in the effort to keep the peace. Film footage and photos that were viewed internationally showed a city on fire, with tanks and combat troops in firefights in the streets.
The 'Paris of the West' was left thus:
After such a demonstration by the city's Afro population, the question is not, as most Right-Thinking People seem to assume today, 'How could whites possibly have fled such a place?', but rather, 'What on earth would have possessed them to stay?'
Race riots had occurred in America before, but never in this context. Suddenly, so declared the federal government, this apparently very dangerous group of people were going to be free to frequent any entertainment venue, sporting event, or means of transport that Euro-Americans did. Their children would be free to roam the halls of white schools. Any neighborhood they desired to live in, they now could. And no longer could anyone infringe upon their right to vote into office people exactly like themselves.
If this slew of measures left any lingering doubts in the minds of Whites considering Flight, the 'War on Poverty' surely crushed them. Giving the least able blacks cash pay-outs, free housing, and free food in exchange for blessing us with as many low-ability illegitimate children as they possibly could (who would become low-ability adults) signed the death warrant of urban America.
In New York City, violent crime rates more than doubled between 1965 and 1975. In Detroit, the homicide rate tripled from 1960 to 1980; the robbery rate sextupled. Afro violence was unleashed as never before seen on American soil. And Euros did what any sensible group of people would-- they ran.
The numbers tell the tale:
Philadelphia White Black Hispanic
2010 36.9 43.4 12.3
1980 58.2 37.8 3.8
1960 73.3 26.4 n/a
Baltimore White Black Hispanic
2010 28.0 63.7 4.2
1980 43.4 54.8 1.0
1960 65.0 34.7 n/a
Chicago White Black Hispanic
2010 31.7 32.9 28.9
1980 43.2 39.8 14.0
1960 76.4 22.9 n/a
Detroit is of course on the same road; she has merely traveled further:
Detroit White Black Hispanic
2010 7.8 82.7 6.8
1980 33.4 63.1 2.4
1960 70.8 28.9 n/a
She is joined there by a few others:
Newark White Black Hispanic
2010 11.6 52.4 33.8
1980 22.1 34.1 18.6
1960 65.6 17.1 n/a
Gary White Black Hispanic
2010 8.9 84.8 5.1
1980 21.8 70.8 7.1
1960 61.1 38.8 n/a
But are many aware that the trend creeps even into erstwhile 'Whitopias'?
Minneapolis White Black Hispanic
2010 60.3 18.6 10.5
1980 86.7 7.7 1.3
1960 96.8 2.4 n/a
Boston White Black Hispanic
2010 47.0 24.4 17.5
1980 67.9 22.4 6.4
1960 90.2 9.1 n/a
As Paul Kersey has covered in-depth, the unleashing of a huge welfare-subsidized Sub-Saharan African population upon a North European one, with no constraints on their movements, lodging, or employment, has been a disaster for urban America. The White Flight outlined above should come as little surprise, seeing as the population from whom the whites are fleeing have higher rates of murder, robbery, assault, interracial rape, juvenile delinquency, high school drop-outs, illegitimate children, sexually-transmitted diseases, unemployment, as well as use of food stamps and subsidized housing.
Detroit, through a mix of poor Afro governance and a poorly-behaved Afro populace, has chased out nearly all its productive citizens. It happens that a large number of these are ethnically Euro.
J.A. Tillinghast wrote in 1902, not forty years after Emancipation:
No longer controlled by external force, the Negroes have depended for a generation past upon their own self-command. But from time immemorial they have been weak in self-command, they have been dominated by impulse, [...]
Thus they have lost the stimulus of example, as well as the direct training and discipline, given by the superior [European] race. The strain required to maintain life on the level of the whites is driving the Negroes to develop a society of their own, with easier moral standards, better fitted perhaps, to their peculiar temperament. This movement is symptomatic of a dangerous weakness, while at the same time directly contributing to aggravate it.
Of the younger generation of free blacks, he says they appear
...restless, unsteady at labor, and impatient of restraint ; that they are yielding place to the whites in many of the better paid employments, and that they are excessively fond of spending for display or other economically unsound purposes.
It also appears that in their sexual and family relations there is increasing looseness and instability. Their imperfect socializiation is revealing itself in their criminality, which is increasing at a much greater ratio than the [global] Negro population.
Confronted by these facts, we can hardly avoid the conclusion that the heavy task laid upon the American Negro, after liberation from slavery, has proved too much for him, and that this people, considered as a whole, is slowly but surely tending to revert.
Seized and transplanted unwillingly, forced sharply into new and severely exacting habits of life, held for a time in this condition of strain, and then suddenly released, the Negro finds it surpassingly difficult to suppress the hereditary instincts that do not harmonize with American social organization.
Can we be blamed for imagining Tillinghast penned these lines just last week?
His final words ring, one hundred and ten years later, like a thwarted prophecy (emphasis ours):
There is nothing in this conclusion to surprise the student of evolutionary phenomena. But no right-minded citizen can help deploring it, and hoping that some means may be found of preventing reversion with its inevitable consequence-- elimination.
Far from 'eliminated,' Afros remain among us at rather their historic rate-- a bit more than ten percent (12.5). But Tillinghast could not have foreseen the sort of pseudo-slavery into which so many have fallen: Sustained by a bevy of taxpayer-funded food, housing, and health care programs for the least able; hired en masse into the civil service for those who are more able but for whom the private sector has no use; and ramrodded into colleges and professions far outside their capabilities for the most able, through a state-enforced quota system.
Detroit is a shock, and a harbinger. The residents of Minneapolis or Boston should not flatter themselves that 'it can't happen here'-- it already is-- nor those of the Whitopias of Portland or Seattle. Urban America is gravely ill: Misguided post-war racial policy has brought us here. What visionary policy-maker shall bring us out?
Collins, Winfield H., The Truth About the Negro and Lynching in the South. NY: Neale Publishing Co., 1918.
Tillinghast, J.A. The Negro in Africa and America. NY: Negro Universities Press, 1902.