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    The White City

    Among the media, academia and within planning circles, there’s a generally standing answer to the question of what cities are the best, the most progressive and best role models for small and mid-sized cities. The standard list includes Portland, Seattle, Austin, Minneapolis, and Denver. In particular, Portland is held up as a paradigm, with its urban growth boundary, extensive transit system, excellent cycling culture, and a pro-density policy. These cities are frequently contrasted with those of the Rust Belt and South, which are found wanting, often even by locals, as “cool” urban places.

    But look closely at these exemplars and a curious fact emerges. If you take away the dominant Tier One cities like New York, Chicago and Los Angeles you will find that the “progressive” cities aren’t red or blue, but another color entirely: white.

    In fact, not one of these “progressive” cities even reaches the national average for African American percentage population in its core county. Perhaps not progressiveness but whiteness is the defining characteristic of the group.

    The progressive paragon of Portland is the whitest on the list, with an African American population less than half the national average. It is America’s ultimate White City. The contrast with other, supposedly less advanced cities is stark.

    It is not just a regional thing, either. Even look just within the state of Texas, where Austin is held up as a bastion of right thinking urbanism next to sprawlvilles like Dallas-Ft. Worth and Houston.

    Again, we see that Austin is far whiter than either Dallas-Ft. Worth or Houston.

    This raises troubling questions about these cities. Why is it that progressivism in smaller metros is so often associated with low numbers of African Americans? Can you have a progressive city properly so-called with only a disproportionate handful of African Americans in it? In addition, why has no one called these cities on it?

    As the college educated flock to these progressive El Dorados, many factors are cited as reasons: transit systems, density, bike lanes, walkable communities, robust art and cultural scenes. But another way to look at it is simply as White Flight writ large. Why move to the suburbs of your stodgy Midwest city to escape African Americans and get criticized for it when you can move to Portland and actually be praised as progressive, urban and hip? Many of the policies of Portland are not that dissimilar from those of upscale suburbs in their effects. Urban growth boundaries and other mechanisms raise land prices and render housing less affordable exactly the same as large lot zoning and building codes that mandate brick and other expensive materials do. They both contribute to reducing housing affordability for historically disadvantaged communities. Just like the most exclusive suburbs.

    This lack of racial diversity helps explain why urban boosters focus increasingly on international immigration as a diversity measure. Minneapolis, Portland and Austin do have more foreign born than African Americans, and do better than Rust Belt cities on that metric, but that’s a low hurdle to jump. They lack the diversity of a Miami, Houston, Los Angeles or a host of other unheralded towns from the Texas border to Las Vegas and Orlando. They even have far fewer foreign born residents than many suburban counties of America’s major cities.

    The relative lack of diversity in places like Portland raises some tough questions the perennially PC urban boosters might not want to answer. For example, how can a city define itself as diverse or progressive while lacking in African Americans, the traditional sine qua non of diversity, and often in immigrants as well?

    Imagine a large corporation with a workforce whose African American percentage far lagged its industry peers, sans any apparent concern, and without a credible action plan to remediate it. Would such a corporation be viewed as a progressive firm and employer? The answer is obvious. Yet the same situation in major cities yields a different answer. Curious.

    In fact, lack of ethnic diversity may have much to do with what allows these places to be “progressive”. It’s easy to have Scandinavian policies if you have Scandinavian demographics. Minneapolis-St. Paul, of course, is notable in its Scandinavian heritage; Seattle and Portland received much of their initial migrants from the northern tier of America, which has always been heavily Germanic and Scandinavian.

    In comparison to the great cities of the Rust Belt, the Northeast, California and Texas, these cities have relatively homogenous populations. Lack of diversity in culture makes it far easier to implement “progressive” policies that cater to populations with similar values; much the same can be seen in such celebrated urban model cultures in the Netherlands and Scandinavia. Their relative wealth also leads to a natural adoption of the default strategy of the upscale suburb: the nicest stuff for the people with the most money. It is much more difficult when you have more racially and economically diverse populations with different needs, interests, and desires to reconcile.

    In contrast, the starker part of racial history in America has been one of the defining elements of the history of the cities of the Northeast, Midwest, and South. Slavery and Jim Crow led to the Great Migration to the industrial North, which broke the old ethnic machine urban consensus there. Civil rights struggles, fair housing, affirmative action, school integration and busing, riots, red lining, block busting, public housing, the emergence of black political leaders — especially mayors — prompted white flight and the associated disinvestment, leading to the decline of urban schools and neighborhoods.

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    Excellent piece, this is what nationalism is intended to bring forth on a national scale. If only people would open their eyes to the benefits of such an arrangement. And not only for ourselves, blacks would surely be more content (if such a thing is possible) if they lived amongst themselves, and I explain it like this, in the mind of the black: someone else have not, blacks want not. It is because they live mixed with more advanced ethnicities and see all the things these ethnicities is able to create and sustain that their inadequacy is so prominent (because of this they display the behavior that they do). If all whites where to leave Africa and would come back to investigate in a 100 years we would find things more or less how it was 400 years ago, simply because it is the optimal arrangement for blacks to live in amongst each other until they have developed/evolved to the point where they are able to create and sustain more.

    Perhaps they kan keep the wheel as a souvenir from their oppressed pasts under white dominion...

    A joke:

    President Zuma meets with the Queen of England . He asks her,

    "Your Majesty, how do you run such an efficient government? Are

    there any tips you can give to me?"

    "Well," says the Queen, "the most important thing is to surround

    yourself with intelligent people."


    Zuma frowns. "But how do I know the people around me are really

    intelligent?"

    The Queen takes a sip of tea. "Oh, that's easy. You just ask them

    to answer an intelligence riddle."

    The Queen pushes a button on her intercom. "Please send Tony Blair

    in here, would you?"

    Tony Blair walks into the room "Yes, my Queen?"

    The Queen smiles. "Answer me this, please, Tony. Your mother and

    Father have a child. It is not your brother and it is not your

    sister.

    Who is it?"

    Without pausing for a moment, Tony Blair answers, "That would be

    me."

    "Yes! Very good," says the Queen.

    Back in Cape town , President Zuma asks to speak with Julius Malema.

    "Answer this for me. Your mother and your Father have a child.

    It's not your brother and it's not your sister. Who is it?"

    "I'm not sure," says Julius. "Let me get back to you on that one."

    Julius goes to his advisors and asks everyone, but none can give him

    an answer. Finally, he ends up at the V&A Waterfront and bumps into

    Mark Lottering.

    Julius looks around to see if anyone can overhear them, and he

    whispers, Mark! Can you answer this for me? Your mother and father have
    a child and it's not your brother or your sister. Who is it?"

    Mark whispers back, "That's easy. It's me!"

    Julius smiles and says "Thanks!"

    Julius goes back to Parliament to speak with Pres Zuma. "Say, I did

    some research and I have the answer to that riddle. It's Mark

    Lottering."

    Zuma gets up, stomps over to Julius, and angrily yells into his

    face, "No, you idiot! It's Tony Blair!"
    Although the word "Commando" was wrongly used to describe all Boer soldiers, a commando was a unit formed from a particular district. None of the units was organized in regular companies, battalions or squadrons. The Boer commandos were individualists who were difficult to control, resented formal discipline or orders, and earned a British jibe that"every Boer was his own general".

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    Grimner Wrote:Excellent piece, this is what nationalism is intended to bring forth on a national scale. If only people would open their eyes to the benefits of such an arrangement. And not only for ourselves, blacks would surely be more content (if such a thing is possible) if they lived amongst themselves, and I explain it like this, in the mind of the black: someone else have not, blacks want not. It is because they live mixed with more advanced ethnicities and see all the things these ethnicities is able to create and sustain that their inadequacy is so prominent (because of this they display the behavior that they do). If all whites where to leave Africa and would come back to investigate in a 100 years we would find things more or less how it was 400 years ago, simply because it is the optimal arrangement for blacks to live in amongst each other until they have developed/evolved to the point where they are able to create and sustain more.
    Grimner, you have a very good point. Even Malcom X was able to recognize the potential benefits of separation and Nationalism!

    While the civil rights movement fought against racial segregation, Malcolm X advocated the complete separation of African Americans from white people. He proposed the establishment of a separate country for black people[67] as an interim measure until African Americans could return to Africa.
    Retrieved From:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malcom_X
    Some of the Black seperatist had some of the right ideas, recognized the value of Governing over their own people, which is one of the potential benefits of segregation.

    Black separatists also often seek a separate homeland. Black separatists generally think that black people can not advance in a society dominated by white people.
    Retrieved From:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_separatism
    Some Black Power & White Supremacist leaders were also very open about this common ground.

    In 1985 Louis Farrakhan invited white supremacist Tom Metzger, leader of the White Aryan Resistance (a neo-Nazi white power group), to attend a NOI gathering. The Washington Times reports Metzger's words of praise: "They speak out against the Jews and the oppressors in Washington. ... They are the black counterpart to us."
    Retrieved From: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_S...emacist_groups
    George Lincoln Rockwell may have got it right, as well.

    Rockwell's principal message was racial separation and attempted to form friendly associations with the Nation of Islam. He praised Elijah Muhammad as the "Black people's Hitler," and for doing the best job in promoting integrity and pride among his people. Rockwell also admired Malcolm X, seeing him as the next true leader for Black America.
    Retrieved From:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_...d_the_Hate_Bus
    Segregation & Nationalism would also put an end to the horrific racial violence towards our children.

    The murder of six-year-old Kayla Rolland, a White little girl, by a Black student, Dedrick Owens, highlights the damage that forced racial integration has done to European Americans. Sheriff Robert Pickell said Owens' father told him that Dedrick fought with the other children because "he hated them." Kayla Rolland's violent death is just one example of thousands of White children who have suffered from criminal violence at the hands of minorities in public schools across America. It cries out for an honest discussion of racial integration's incalculable damage to European Americans.
    Retrieved From:http://www2.davidduke.com/hatecrimes/kayla_rolland.html
    Segregation just might be the best way for a peaceful coexistence.

    When an inmate who is not black enters Will Williams' cell for the first time at San Quentin State Prison in Northern California, one of the last forms of legalized segregation will come to an end.

    In a case that went as high as the U.S. Supreme Court, California's prisons must begin racially integrating their cells this month. Integration goes against an unwritten code of conduct among San Quentin inmates, which says they must never communicate with other races.
    Retrieved From:http://abcnews.go.com/US/story?id=5285964&page=1
    Segregation would also put an end to some of the moronic racial mixing, and the diseases that it can create.

    In the United States, HIV disproportionately affects black residents. In the current study, the authors from the San Francisco Department of Public Health conducted a cross-sectional survey of men who have sex with men (MSM) in San Francisco through time-location-sampling, analyzing the dynamics of racial mixing and HIV risk. Through computer-assisted interviews, MSM were asked about their selection of sexual partners, partner preferences, HIV-risk perceptions and social mixing in terms of race/ethnicity.

    Among 1,142 MSM, 56 percent were white; 22 percent Latino; 14 percent Asian; and 9 percent black. Altogether, participants reported 3,532 sexual partnerships in the previous six months.

    Black MSM had a significant, three-fold higher level of same-race partnering than would be expected through chance alone; that is, in the absence of selective forces regarding race among partnerships. Among participants, black MSM were reported to be the least preferred as sexual partners; at a higher risk for HIV; counted less frequently among friends; considered hardest to meet; and perceived as less welcome by other MSM in San Francisco venues where MSM congregate.

    "Our findings support the hypothesis that sexual networks of black MSM, constrained by the preferences and attitudes of non-blacks and the social environment, are pushed to be more highly interconnected than other groups with the potential consequences of more rapid spread of HIV and a higher sustained prevalence of infection," the authors suggested. "The racial disparity in HIV observed for more than a decade will not disappear until the challenges posed by a legacy of racism towards blacks in the US are addressed."
    Retrieved From:http://www.prn.org/index.php/prn_new...e_sex_with_men
    Once the opportunity for Racial mixing is gone, our children will also be born healthier.

    Objectives. This study compared the health and risk status of adolescents who identify with 1 race with those identifying with more than 1 race.

    Methods. Data are derived from self-reports of race, using the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health), which provides a large representative national sample of adolescents in grades 7 through 12. Respondents could report more than 1 race.

    Results. Mixed-race adolescents showed higher risk when compared with single-race adolescents on general health questions, school experience, smoking and drinking, and other risk variables.

    Conclusions. Adolescents who self-identify as more than 1 race are at higher health and behavior risks. The findings are compatible with interpreting the elevated risk of mixed race as associated with stress.
    Retrieved From:http://www.ajph.org/cgi/content/full/93/11/1865
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