|260,000+ Southerners died to stop this from happening.... but then again, Jackson's tourist slogan is "The City With Soul"|
Which is what makes the story of Clinton, Mississippi and the attempts by elected city leaders there to protect its citizens from the crime of 82 percent black Jackson such a morose story [Clinton to build barrier to help prevent crime, WLBT.net, 7-5-12]:
In a few weeks, Eastside Drive's access to Shaw Road in Clinton will close. Shaw Road is the dividing line between Clinton and Jackson.
Clinton city leaders approved the plan this week, in part, to help reduce crime in the area.
Ward 6 Alderman Mike Cashion lives in the subdivision and created the plan after talking with residents.
"Overwhelming support. They realize to, this isn't going to be a cure all. This isn't gonna stop everything but it is a great first step," Cashion said.
The city has seen a slight increase in crime, according to Cashion.
Homeowner Jim Coker's home was broken into several months ago, and he supports closing Eastside Drive. Several of his neighbors have also been burglarized.
"Just since the day before Thanksgiving, when our house was broken into, I've lost track of how many but it's up around eight to a dozen," Coker said.
Some believe some of the criminal element is not all from Clinton.
"From what I understand, a large part of it is traffic coming in from Jackson," Coker said.
Cashion says the barrier is for anyone who wants to commit a crime in the Easthaven subdivision.
"I wouldn't go so far as to say it's a Berlin Wall. It is, all we're trying to do is close the street to reduce assess into the subdivision...that simple," explained Cashion. There are still five entrance and exit points in the neighborhood.
Cashion says the closure won't prevent all crime, but it is part of a larger plan.
"We've approved overtime for the police department. So, we've stepped up patrols in the Easthaven subdivision. We've bought more security cameras and surveillance cameras which are strategically mounted not just throughout this neighborhood but other places in the city as well," explained Cashion.
It's a plan he believes will work.
"We're gonna take the appropriate steps to nip this in the bud and maintain that perception, that image, and the reality of us being a safe city," said Cashion.Out of 25,000 people, Clinton is 59 percent white and 33 percent black. Closing Shaw Road is only a stop-gap measure to the inevitable demise of Clinton.
Demography is destiny.
The condition of a city is just an extension of the DNA of the majority population found there, the infrastructure just an extended phenotype. Once the founding population of a city (or nation) is replaced - or driven out via high rates of crime, as is so often the story of American cities - the future condition of the city will be reflected in the DNA of the now dominant population group.
|It was never about equality before the law...|
What happens when you an 82 percent black city elects a black revolutionary as mayor, who believes Africans visited the landmass known as 'North America' long before Columbus did? [Lumumba challenges history regarding Christopher Columbus: Presumptive next mayor says Africans visited Americas before Italian explorer, Clarion-Ledger, 5-24-13]
It's a clear indication "demography is destiny."[In Mississippi, America's most revolutionary mayor: Mayor Chokwe Lumumba is 'applying a philosophy against imperialism to the practice of repairing streets', Al-Jazeera America, 9-19-13]:
On July 1, Chokwe Lumumba, an attorney with a long record of black radical activism, took office as mayor of Jackson. His inauguration took place in the gleaming convention center that sprang up four years ago in the state capital’s mostly deserted downtown.
A crowd of 2,500 packed the hall. The city councilors and other dignitaries, most of them African-American — Jackson, a city of 177,000, is 80 percent black — sat on the dais. The local congressman, Bennie Thompson, officiated. The outgoing mayor, Harvey Johnson, the city's first black mayor, wished his successor well. The Mississippi Mass Choir gave a jubilant performance of “When I Rose This Morning.”
Finally, Lumumba, 66, approached the podium, pulling the microphone up to suit his tall, lean frame. “Well,” he said, “I want to say, God is good, all the time.”
The crowd replied. “God is good, all the time!”
“I want to say hey! And hello!”
The crowd called back, “Hey! Hello!”
Then Lumumba smiled and raised his right hand halfway, just a little above the podium, briefly showing the clenched fist of a Black Power salute.
“And I want to say, free the land!”
Applause rang out, bells chimed, wooden staffs rose up and people shouted back, “Free the land!” That’s the motto of the Republic of New Afrika (RNA), the movement formed in 1968 that sought to turn the states of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina into an independent black nation.
Jackson’s new mayor is a former vice president of the RNA and a co-founder of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement (MXGM), a national group born in 1993 that seeks self-determination for African-Americans — whom it calls New Afrikans — “by any means necessary.” Like many shaped by the Black Power era, Lumumba long shunned formal politics, until a successful run for City Council in 2009. Now, as mayor, he is seeking to apply the tenets of the black radical tradition to the duties of running a city.
Lumumba’s core supporters espouse a program called the Jackson Plan, which the MXGM posted on its website in 2012. The plan’s aim is to “build a base of autonomous power in Jackson that can serve as a catalyst for the attainment of Black self-determination and the democratic transformation of the economy.” Many of the specifics are practical, even business-friendly — improving Jackson’s paltry recycling program; bringing hothouses and pesticide-free techniques to community gardens; building cheap, energy-efficient housing.
When I asked Lumumba how he planned to build a solidarity economy now that he is mayor, he gave a measured answer.
“You have more affluent folks who have businesses; we want to challenge them to invest in the less fortunate, to try to get people homes they can live in, to give them jobs,” he said. “Show them that they’re likely to get more city contracts, for instance, if they bring more subcontractors who they are developing and helping to expand our economic base, as opposed to the regular old suspects. We think we can do some solidarity with that too.”
Lumumba’s top challenge is Jackson’s infrastructure crisis. The roads are rutted and buckled. The water and sewer systems are beset by capacity issues, decaying pipes, and obsolete metering and billing systems. Water-main breaks and flooded streets are chronic. Poorly treated sewage spews into the Pearl River; last year the city signed a consent decree with the Environmental Protection Agency that binds it to a $400 million investment program to restore compliance. In January 2010, a cold snap caused 70 water breaks and the whole city had to boil water.
Even in normal times, tap water often runs brown. Addressing these problems has been difficult in part because Jackson’s tax base is anemic. The population has shrunk by 12 percent since 1980, due to both white and black middle-class flight to suburban Rankin and Madison counties. Over 27 percent of city residents live in poverty.Without the protection of restrictive covenants [Eric Holder, Freedom Of Association, And The Forgotten Case For Restrictive Covenants, VDare.com, 8-27-13], there is no salvation for any American city hoping to stave off the economic devastation and blight the black undertow imports when arrive.
Yes, repeating the opening paragraph might seem tedious, but it's the most important point in discussing how Clinton, Mississippi's fate (even though they've closed Shaw Road, leading to 82 percent Jackson) is already sealed.
As the white population retreated from Jackson, the city slowly succumbed to DNA of the new black majority, the roads, buildings, and infrastructure undergoing a noticeable change with the new management.
"Free the land."
That's all the civil rights movement was ever about.
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