|The Real Imprint is in Detroit, Birmingham and other failed cities.|
Do you watch your local nightly newscast and shake your head at the stories of human misery, crime, corruption, murder, and mayhem?
Do you watch the local nightly newscast from the living room of your home in a comfortable, safe neighborhood? Chances are, that neighborhood is in a Whitopia.
Tavis Smiley presents “America I Am” The African American Imprint at the National Geographic Museum in Washington D.C. Presented by Walmart, Microsoft, Northern Trust and the Boys & Girls Club of America.
Exclude two of those cities however, as both Atlanta and Washington D.C. are undergoing rapid gentrification, which threatens to destroy the firmly ensconced Black political class in those cities. Black leaders in Atlanta wrote a memo about their constituents dispossession by free market forces (white people buying up cheap property) and what their reaction should be in the face of losing power in the city.
One can only guess the percentage of city employees in both Atlanta and Washington D.C. (consider MARTA and The METRO rail transportation systems in those cities) that are Black. We would wager in both cities it is more than 90 percent.
One could also spend all day trying to quantify the opportunity costs lost by whites living in suburban of both cities who were forced to commute two hours each day so they could live in a peaceful city. Same goes for every major city on this list.
As gentrification raises the white percentage of the population in each city, when will city employees reflect those changes?
Worse, people in these cities will slowly learn that public schools and public transportation can work, if you remove one variable from the equation. Just look at Portland, where Disingenuous White Liberals (DWL) there bemoan the fact that things actually work and look forward to the day they don't.
This, Tavis Smiley, is the real Black Imprint in America. That Detroit is the butt of jokes across the world is why one Black writer in Atlanta wrote this:
Detroit is a microcosm of Black America. I believe if you cannot love Detroit, you cannot fully love Black people. The Detroit Metropolitan area represents the best and the worst that Black folks in this country have to offer. The Black middle class was solidified in and around Detroit with steady unionized blue collar labor in the auto industry.Detroit is being abandoned by Black people who have the means to leave. Areas of the city are being abandoned by the Black city government and turned over to nature.
The middle class expanded as more Black folks with college educations occupied managerial positions. Detroiters experienced and vigilantly fought the racisms of housing redlining, riots, as well as White and Black flight. Detroit has benefited and suffered at the hands of White and Black leadership. If there is a city that tells us about the promise and perils of Blackness, it’s Detroit. I’m so interested in what happens in Detroit because if we can turn it around, we can turn around the rest of our cities.
Sadly, Detroit is not the only collapsing American city. Birmingham, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Memphis, and, well every city on this list, are failing for exactly the same reason: the Black Imprint.
Atlanta and Washington D.C. are thriving (or on the verge of thriving) for reasons that aren't too hard to explain.
Chances are, if you go to the "America I Am" exhibit, any pictures of Detroit under Black governance will be censored (just go here to see them).
Far too much focus is put on Detroit though, as many of the cities listed here have property available for purchase that rival Detroit's famed prices.
The Black Imprint can be felt in those cities listed above and will no doubt be left out of the discussion at Tavis Smiley's exhibit.
Funny though, when the Black Imprint is moved through gentrification -- as in D.C. and Atlanta -- everyone seems to complain.
Why don't these nice Disingenuous White Liberals who write for The Post or live in Portland just move into these areas they care so much about?