|The billboard many believe was put up in Chicago and in Illinois to attract blacks to move to the state of Iowa (courtesy of the Iowa government)|
Now, all of Iowa is next (rumors have long flourished that the Iowa Economic Development, part of the Iowa government, has advertised exclusively to blacks in Chicago about the benefits of moving to their state).
And it starts with Des Moines [Shootings rile south side neighborhood, Des Moines Register, June 11, 2013]:
Basketball rims have been taken off their backboards and bathrooms have locked and shuttered at Jordan Park — an attempt by neighbors to reclaim control of the south side park.
Following a pair of shootings last week that left one person injured and one house dotted with bullet holes, neighbors say they want to keep people out at night — especially those coming from outside the neighborhood to stir up trouble.
About 75 residents of the South Park neighborhood gathered at Jordan Park Monday evening to hear neighborhood leaders and police talk about their response the shootings.
Police have arrested two people in the shootings and could file charges against a third.
It appears the incident started as a fight at a house party on the west side, police told neighbors who listened from lawn chairs.
The fight was brought to Jordan Park, where a brawl broke out and several shots were fired. A bystander was hit twice and later, in what police called a retaliatory act, a house was shot three times.
Police Chief Judy Bradshaw said it appears more people are coming to the park late at night because it’s secluded, off the main streets and surrounded by back yards on three sides. Since January police have been called to the park 11 times.
“This has been building for a while, if you look at the calls and who has been hanging out at here,” she told the crowd.
The small park is the only green space in the Jordan Park neighborhood. It includes a playground, a basketball court and a wading pool.
Neighbors complained of people doing drugs, kicking younger children off the basketball court and gathering in the park after it closes at dark.
Some said they have seen more people this year from outside the area causing trouble at the park. Others said that has been happening for years.
Police encouraged neighbors to report trouble and said members of the summer enforcement team have made Jordan Park a priority.
Bradshaw said police are familiar with many of the people giving Jordan Park neighbors headaches — they’re the same people causing trouble elsewhere in the city.
“We’re not a suburb of Chicago, where you’re going to get a bunch of brand new people in town and they overrun an area,” she said.
South Park neighborhood association treasurer Jan Good said she thinks the park has experienced more trouble since police cleaned up other parks around the city.
Geneva Armel, 74, who has lived across the street from the park for 53 years, said she was nervous when she heard about the shooting. It’s not something that happens often in the area.
“We’ve seen the park grow,” she said. “I hated to see anything like that happen to it.”Watching any community be re-made in the image of those new migrants/refugees, and the peaceful culture of the original inhabitants of the neighborhood be driven out by this newcomers is a tragedy. It takes years, generations to create the type of social capital in a city, where people no longer are fearful of leaving their homes unlocked; where you can smile at everyone in the local grocery store and talk about life with anyone you bump into there, because you actually know and trust them.
But just a sprinkle of black people, and instantly the social capital is gone.
Eroded away like a sand castle built on the shore of the ocean.
We call this the black undertow.
As one can expect with the arrival of blacks (especially black people from Chicago), crime is going up.
All over the state of Iowa [Bill boosting crime penalties sparks discussion on race in the Iowa House, Des Moines Register, April 10, 2013]:
Legislation boosting penalties for interfering with law enforcement activities sparked an unusually frank discussion of race on the Iowa House floor on Wednesday.
Lawmakers were considering Senate File 384, which creates the crime of removing a peace officer’s communications equipment and boosts penalties for the crime of interference with official acts if an officer is injured as a result of the interference.
The measures passed on a 77-17 vote and now go to Gov. Terry Branstad, who could sign them into law. But before the vote, legislators spent almost a half hour airing concerns over whether the changes would disproportionately impact black Iowans.
A handful of Democrats pointed out that while African Americans make up just 2.9 percent of the state population, they account for more 26.2 percent of the prison population and 27.6 percent of convictions for interference with official acts.
That data comes from Legislative Service Agency reports, including one analyzing Senate File 384 specifically.
Increasing penalties for the crime is likely to drive conviction and incarceration rates even higher, the Democrats argued.
“I think Iowa needs to have a serious conversation about the impact of our criminal laws on our minority population,” said Rep. Mary Wolfe, D-Clinton. “Minorities are grossly, disproportionately, represented in our prison system, in our jail system, in our probation system and nobody can say why.”
Rep. Ako Abdul-Samad, D-Des Moines, who is black, noted that minorities are simply not present in many areas of the state – a reality that lead people living in those areas to make judgments about blacks and others based on biases or media portrayals.
That, in turn, can affect their approach to prosecuting crimes.
Bill sponsor Gary Worthan, R-Storm Lake, said he was sympathetic to Abdul-Samad and others’ concerns, but called it bad policy to enact or refuse to enact a policy because of its perceived effect on a particular group. Doing so, he said, “removes the blindfold from Lady Justice.”
“The law is the law and the law applies equally to each and every one of us,” he said. “Whatever societal or other factors are involved in the disproportionate population in our prison system, that needs to be addressed. But not in the way we write the laws.”
He added, “If it’s a crime, it’s a crime whether you’re white, black, red, yellow or whatever.”
Under the bill as passed, removing or attempting to remove a law enforcement officer’s communications equipment would be a simple misdemeanor, while knowingly or intentionally taking a device with the intent to interfere with the officer’s ability to communicate would be a serious misdemeanor. Those penalties would go up further if the officer is injured in the process.
It also creates increasingly stiffer penalties, ranging from a serious misdemeanor to a class D felony, for the crime of interference with official acts depending on whether an officer is injured as a result of the crime.2.9 percent of the state of the population and more than a fourth of the prison population.
Yep -- totally sounds like the children and grandchildren of those black people who took part in the Great Migration and shacked up in Chicago, only to turn much of that city into Port-au-Prince, requiring yet another migration.
Milwaukee was the first city to be overwhelmed by the black undertow fleeing Chicago; Iowa, all of Iowa, is next.
The legacy of the Great Migration is the total destabilization of both major mid-western cities, and, as we see with Iowa... the refugees (aided by Section 8 Vouchers) of these declining communities are flocking to the Hawkeye State .