It's in chapter 2 ("The Steel Ring: Race and Reality in Greater St. Louis") that you get to read about a time in American history when the official policy of the federal government was to actually protect wealth, instead of the policy of today when HUD seeks to destroy it.
Gordon's subhead for this chapter is Zoning and the "Negro Invasion," 1914-1917:
|100 years ago, men dared put in laws to stop this nonsense...|
The first such effort was quite blunt. At a time when cities were first exploring the politics and legality of local zoning, St. Louis was one of a handful of cities to propose - as a matter of municipal law and policy - formalizing racial segregation.
And, in St. Louis and elsewhere, the push to clean up the City by regulating the location of tanneries or stockyards or tenements extended logically to the "nuisance" of black occupancy as well.
The fear of "negro invasion" in St. Louis was best expressed, and carefully orchestrated, by local realtors. In 1915, the St. Louis Real Estate Exchange (SLREE) created a new organization - the oddly named "United Welfare Association" - to drum up support for a racial zoning ordinance and to use new initiative and referendum procedures to place a zoning ordinance on the 1916 ballot. In its campaign, the Exchange hammered away at the fundamental threat to property values. "Before buying a home in an unrestricted locality, a man usually ascertains very nearly just what his interest, taxes, repairs, etc. are going to cost him," one pamphlet put it, "but there is no present method by which he may determine how much the property will depreciate because of the NEGRO invasion." Protection from such an invasion, by this logic, was as reasonable and responsible as fire insurance:
Do YOU REALIZE that at any time you are liable to suffer an irreparable loss, due to the coming of NEGROES into the block in which you live or in which you own property?... Perhaps you do not think your neighborhood will be invaded. Neither do you believe you are going to have a fire when you pay your fire insurance. While perhaps you have not yet been affected by this class of people coming into your neighborhood, you surely want protection against this growing danger which is more menacing than fire or the elements. At present you have no remedy in a matter of this kind. (p. 69-70)Only 100 years ago, men dared stand against time and try to impose policies that would have saved places like St. Louis, Detroit, Birmingham, and Baltimore.
With the bankruptcy of the 83 percent black city of Detroit (a municipality where once magnificent houses go for $1), the reality of "growing danger which is more menacing than fire or the elements" should become quite clear; you can rebuild from a fire, but the economic desolation brought on by the black undertow is insurmountable.
|"Live life in full color" means the end of lily-white America|
Of course, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is now embarking on a quest to spread economic desolation fire and wide with the 'affirmatively furthering fair housing' scheme.
Where once men dared to provide protection for homeowners (which would shelter not only future, unborn, generations of their family, but provide inherited wealth for them as well), now your federal government has dreamed up machinations to destroy both in a manner no fire could...
Not only that, but HUD has even introduced an ad campaign to encourage some idiotic notion of "Fair Housing" -- a nice way of putting, "What happened to Detroit is coming to a city near you, whether you like or not."
ARicherLife.org is a nefarious Web site brought to you by the National Fair Housing Alliance.
Such charming tag-lines for living 'a richer life' (i.e., one where treason to whiteness is loyalty to humanity) include:
"Live life in full color."But its the marketing wording of this NFHA "A Richer Life" site that stands out as completely antithetical to the wisdom of those men in 1915 St. Louis who dared compare stopping the influx of black people into their communities was more necessary than fire insurance:
"Network of mutuality.
"Achieve a richer culture."
"End our differences."
"A beautiful mosaic."
Encourage and accept diversity in your neighborhood and community. It will promote a greater sense of engagement, better prepare your children for the global community they will inhabit... give us all a richer life."Just listen to this NFHA radio advertisement of a young white girl asking her mother why her neighbors are all hideously white; where is the vibrant diversity the government mandates in the workplace?
At present, we have no remedy to the federal governments desire to destroy social capital and the property values of our homes -- homes that were purchased with future-time orientation in mind, that they would appreciate in value and be an asset to pass down from one generation of your family to the next.
There is no protection against refugees being put into a community or a Section 8 Voucher wielding family (sic) from some urban nightmare being settled in your city.
Almost 100 years ago, men in St. Louis dared put in protections to guard their two most important assets (their families and their property) from the ravages of the cruel visible black hand of economics.
At present we have no remedy in a matter of this kind, against the machinations of the NFHA, HUD, and the combined might of the DNC-GOP push to eradicate the historic American nation.
Save one: the same courage that once compelled men to compare black neighbors and fire in an analogy of depreciating home values still flows through the veins of individuals throughout this nation.
Many have been displaced from major cities, not from the elements or from fire, but from the type of community black individuals collectively create.
From the ruins of Detroit speaks an eternal truth that, if you listen to the ghosts of the architects of restrictive covenants and racial zoning laws, you can still hear: "We told you this would happen."
"We told you so."