Wednesday, August 16, 2017

In 70% black Baltimore, they can remove Confederate statues overnight, but can't convince blacks to stop killing each other for a weekend

Previously on SBPDL: Couldn't even make it Two Days... "Nobody Kill Anybody for 72 Hours" Ceasefire in 70% Black Baltimore a Failure

It's hard to take what's happening seriously, but the events in 70 percent black Baltimore over the past two days deserve a quick look. [Baltimore Mayor Had Statues Removed in ‘Best Interest of My City’, New York Times, 8-16-17]:

It was “in the best interest of my city,” Mayor Catherine Pugh said Wednesday, as she explained why she ordered Confederate monuments removed under the cover of darkness, days after violence broke out during a rally against the removal of a similar monument in neighboring Virginia.
Confederate statues removed from 70 percent black Baltimore. How long until we replace the national anthem because Francis Scott Key was a member of the American Colonization Society (he was influence to write it in Baltimore)?
“I said with the climate of this nation,” Ms. Pugh said later, “that I think it’s very important that we move quickly and quietly.”
With no immediate public notice, no fund-raising, and no plan for a permanent location for the monuments once they had been excised — all things city officials once believed they would need — the mayor watched in the wee hours on Wednesday as contractors with cranes protected by a contingent of police officers lifted the monuments from their pedestals and rolled them away on flatbed trucks.
After the violent clashes in Charlottesville, Va., many city leaders and even some governors around the country have urged the removal of Confederate monuments in their jurisdictions — a typically bureaucratic process that, in cities like New Orleans and Charlottesville, have been met with legal delays that helped feed tensions surrounding their removal.
But, in an interview here, Ms. Pugh suggested the tense political climate had turned her city’s statues into a security threat and she said that her emergency powers allowed her to have them removed immediately.
“The mayor has the right to protect her city,” she said. “For me, the statues represented pain, and not only did I want to protect my city from any more of that pain, I also wanted to protect my city from any of the violence that was occurring around the nation. We don’t need that in Baltimore.”

Sigh.

"We don't need that in Baltimore."

But what 70 percent black Baltimore does need is a plan to stop the violence - none of which happens because of Confederate statues - since The Baltimore Sun's homicide tracker shows almost all of the homicide victims since early March 2017 have been black (and almost 99 percent of suspects have been black). 

Because black people - not Confederate statues - are committing so much violence in the 70 percent black city of Baltimore, the same mayor who pulled down centuries-old statues in the cover of night now promises what the dwindling tax-base can't fund. [Mayor announces free community college as part of crime-fighting plan, WBALTV.com, 8-10-17]

They can remove the statues, but they can't stop the violence only confirming centuries-old stereotypes once compelling social policy to be enacted to protect western civilization from the consequences of Africans in America.


Monday, August 14, 2017

High Rates of Black Crime in Chicago Blamed on "Lack of Trees"; in Cleveland, the Fault is on too much "Concrete"

Not much to say. 

When you read these two stories, making excuses for high rates of black crime in Chicago and Cleveland (and the paucity of crime in white communities in the same city), you'll see why. [A Very Detailed, Interactive Map of Chicago’s Tree Canopy: It reveals some startling patterns, AtlasObscura.com, 8/14/17]:
IN JUNE, THE CHICAGO REGIONAL Tree Initiative and Morton Arboretum released what they say is the most comprehensive tree canopy data set of any region in the U.S., covering 284 municipalities in the Chicago area. Now, that data is helping neighborhoods improve their environments and assist their communities. 
“When we go to talk to communities,” says Lydia Scott, director of the CRTI, “We say ‘trees reduce crime.’ And then they go, ‘Explain to me how that could possibly be, because that’s the most bizarre thing I’ve ever heard.’” 
In Chicago, where more than 2,000 people have been shot this yearscientists are looking at physical features of neighborhoods for solutions. “We started to look at where we have heavy crime, and whether there was a correlation with tree canopy, and often, there is,” says Scott. “Communities that have higher tree population have lower crime. Areas where trees are prevalent, people tend to be outside, mingling, enjoying their community.” 
But the trees do have immediate benefits in other respects. Blacks in Green is a Chicago-based economic development organization that aims to create self-sustaining black communities through green initiatives. “We’re using the green economy to galvanize, organize, energize,” says founder Naomi Davis. Davis has met with Scott and CRTI multiple times over the last few years in order to plan BiG’s approach. “When you’re starting something, you should take stock of what you got,” Davis says. “We realized we were going to need to start with a tree inventory. Now we’re finally getting that inventory.”
That's Chicago. 

How about Cleveland? [Kids of King Kennedy are trapped by a brick ceiling: Mark Naymik, Cleveland Plain Dealer, 8-13-17]:
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Kids growing up in King Kennedy, a public housing complex in the city's Central neighborhood, are surrounded by hard surfaces.Inside, cinderblock apartment walls provide space for their posters and pictures but offer little light. Outside, asphalt lots and squat and towering brick buildings fill their landscape. 
The kids don't seem to mind. For instance, on scooters and bikes, they make the most of King Kennedy's "cheese hill," a decades-old park with an odd collection of poured concrete blocks, steps and pyramids that once featured large decorative holes reminiscent of Swiss cheese. The holes have been filled, but the park's nickname survives. 
While the kids have adapted to the hard surfaces of their physical environment, they are trapped by a psychological barrier -- one they don't even know exists but is potentially more harmful than any fall on concrete.  
It's the brick ceiling that blocks their view of life outside the projects and the opportunities and possibilities available to them.
So we know have two new excuses for out-of-control rates of black crime in America. 

Lack of trees and too much concrete. 







Sunday, August 13, 2017

A Micro Look at Failure of Reparations: Since 1999, more than $210 Million Funneled to Blacks in St. Petersburg with No Return on Investment

Just imagine this as a case study in why reparations will fail (and have already been paid) on the macro level. [$200 million later, why are St. Pete's poor black neighborhoods worse off?, Tampa Bay Times, 8-4-17]:

ST. PETERSBURG — The predominantly black, high-poverty neighborhoods south of Central Avenue have long attracted politicians courting voters with plans to turn them around. 
Answer: Because black people, despite the infusion of $210 million, still live there...
Improving the neighborhoods he dubbed Midtown was key to former Mayor Rick Baker's vision in 2001 of a "Seamless City" where persistent racial and economic inequities would melt away. Thirteen years later, newly elected Mayor Rick Kriseman promised to fight poverty across the region "South of Central" Avenue. 
Both mayors won the area by wide margins and now are vying again for its support. 
As Baker, Kriseman and four other mayoral hopefuls head for an Aug. 29 primary, the Tampa Bay Timesset out to assess the region's progress since the turn of the century, analyzing two decades worth of data on income, housing, demographics and crime. 
There wasn't much progress to be found. 
Though the city has helped steer hundreds of millions of dollars into the neighborhoods around Midtown since 1999, they remain stuck in poverty. 
Adjusted for inflation, the average household's income has gone down. 
Property values in the neighborhoods have dropped. Only 43 percent of homes in Midtown and Childs Park are owner-occupied, a rate that's steadily declined since it was 60 percent in 2002. 
Today, almost half of the region's renters spend the majority of their income keeping a roof over their heads — nearly twice as many as in 1999. 
There have been some modest gains. More people have a high school diploma or its equivalent, up from 60 percent in 1999 to about 75 percent today. 
Crime rates have dropped as well, mirroring the trend across the city, state and country. But many of St. Petersburg's most violent neighborhoods remain in Midtown. 
Other symbolic victories have vanished. Midtown's only grocery store, which opened in 2005 and was hailed by city leaders as a major quality of life improvement, closed for the second time in February. A few months earlier, the same thing happened to a soul food restaurant opened on the former site of the area's iconic nightclub.
From 1999 to 2015, St. Petersburg helped steer over $210 million in private and public investments toward trying to improve life in the Midtown area, city documents show. 
Much of spending was taxpayer money for large capital projects, like the reconstruction of Gibbs High School and Perkins Elementary, which cost $51 million and $9.4 million, respectively. 
The federal government also spent $40 million on the Pinellas Job Corps Center, which provides free professional training for low-income young people, adding to the $3.7 million the city spent in assembling the land. 
The largest investments made by the city itself were land purchases started during Baker's administration. The city spent $7.7 million buying up over 50 parcels — many of them homes — in the hopes of presenting a large tract of land to a big employer at a site it now calls Commerce Park. 
The city also spent millions to buy land for and otherwise support Tangerine Plaza, a shopping center designed to bring a grocery store into the neighborhood — one of Baker's primary goals after taking office. 
Neither of those projects panned out. The city failed for seven years to woo a large employer into Commerce Park and now plans to build multiple sites it can lease to smaller businesses. Tangerine Plaza's Sweetbay Supermarket opened in 2005, then closed in 2013 before reopening months later as a Walmart Neighborhood Market. 
Then the Walmart closed in February. There are no plans to reopen. 
When surrounded by blacks, a business can't stay in the black. The Visible Black Hand of Economics is an absolute certainty. 

Isn’t it strange that in a near-homogeneous Black community like this area of St. Petersburg where the city government has steered more than $210 million (largely of taxpayer money) since 1999, there seems to be so little social trust and social capital? Doesn’t this fly in the face of Harvard political scientist Robert Putnam’sfamous study that found diversity was the primary cause for a loss of civic engagement.
Remember the story? Putnam was so embarrassed by his study and investigation that showed the harmful effects of diversity that he suppressed the findings for a number of years.
But in all-black areas of St. Petersburg, the inverse of Putnam’s findings appear to be true. The blacker a community, the fewer people vote, the less they volunteer, the less civility and social trust and the less they work to better the community. They can't even keep a Walmart open, even when the city is subsidizing Tangerine Plaza (truly, reparations). 
There's so little social capital in this nearly all-black community in St. Petersburg, one wonders if it might be the epitome of a low-trust society as the embarrassment of more than $210 million in free money producing an empty strip mall.  
We’ve called this paradox to Putnam's study the Detroit Corollary before. The civilization black people have created in this part of St. Petersburg where $210 million was dedicated to advancing Africans to some semblance of western civilization is just further proof of the Detroit Corollary's existence. 
Even with the city subsidizing a Walmart, blacks couldn't keep it open. 

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Blacks rioting don't constitute a threat to the State; indeed, toleration of blacks rioting is a symptom of anti-white State