If you laugh at comics and find them juvenile, sit down and read this: it's the ultimate Batman story and, ultimately, the only "superhero" story that matters.
|A forgotten image from Ferguson, Missouri|
But there's one line I've never been able to quite shake; it's always, always stuck with me.
And watching the reaction by police in 67 percent black Ferguson, Missouri try and restore law and order after multiple days of black riots/looting/burning/protests (and the disgusting howling of civil rights violations by the media), the line came back to me like a bolt of lightening:
Thug: No! Stay back, I got RIGHTS!!!
Batman: You've got rights, lots of rights. Sometimes I count them just to make me feel crazy...The city of Ferguson is lost.
Not to the lawlessness masquerading as a protest for justice in the wake of Michael Brown's death; no, because the city of Ferguson went from 73 percent white in 1990 to 28 percent white today.
With a majority black population (Ferguson was 25 percent black in 1990 versus 67 black today), the city was forced to assimilate to the type of character and culture black people could only create -- and one white people migrated away from.
This black population growth had to come from somewhere, right? If you guessed St. Louis, you'd be correct.
You see, long ago the city of St. Louis was built to be, in the words of famed city planner Harland Bartholomew, a place where: “the objective of a city plan is the improvement of living conditions, the stimulation of prosperity, and the creation of intangible values in added health, comfort, convenience, and community well-being.”
Does Batholomew's breakdown of what a proper city plan should do describe any contemporary American city, be it large municipality or suburb?
Ferguson was 73 percent white in 1990 and is 28 percent white today because the rise in the black population (immigrants from St. Louis in search of apartments with Section 8 vouchers in hand) meant the decline of living conditions, the retardation of prosperity, and the annihilation of intangible values via reduced health, comfort, convenience, and community well-being.
Ferguson is the personification of the concept of the black undertow, with the complete depletion of social capital complete via the displacement of whites (fleeing black crime and lowered property values) and growth of the black population.
And in Black-Run America (BRA), it is the right and duty of individual black people to collectively ruin the social capital of a once prosperous white city like Ferguson, reducing it into a micro-version of the urban environment from which whites fled in the first place.
|"Content of Character" on display: This is the reason the cops tried to restore order on Wednesday night in 67 percent black Ferguson|
So who are the black people that make up the 67 percent black population (remember: since 1990, they had to displace more than 13,000 white people to take demographic control of the city).
This article from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch should shine some light into the content of character of not just blacks in St. Louis, but blacks who once called the city home but now live in suburbs like Ferguson. [Girl’s burial spotlights a culture of violence, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 3-20-2011]:
ST. LOUIS • Follow Martin Luther King Drive west from the Mississippi River, through the heart of the city, until the street name changes after a set of railroad tracks just inside the county. On the right is a classic stone entrance to a cemetery, where, on a recent day, gravediggers were busy on a hill.
They worked amid a landscape of tombstones, from tall granite blocks to groupings of flat stones lying flush with the soggy ground. In the spirit of a high school yearbook, some of the stones have color photographs of the deceased.
The collage of faces - a teen here, a 20-something there - offers a snapshot of young people caught in a culture of violence.
The new grave on the hill was for Jade Hamilton, a 16-year-old girl who was shot in the neck Feb. 20. Three men approached the car she was in at Mount Pleasant Park in south St. Louis. At least one of the men opened fire, an incident that turned out to be a meager offering for the day's news in a city that had 144 homicides in 2010.
"It doesn't make sense," grumbled Adam Osborne, 24, one of the gravediggers at Lake Charles Park Cemetery. "Someone gets shot, then someone gets shot for that, then someone gets shot for that."
He added: "Do they think it's going to end by killing somebody?"
Guns, drugs and poverty have plagued St. Louis for generations, but officials say age-old ways of settling disputes are now eclipsed by violence that can escalate in an instant. African-Americans fall prey at striking rates, with nine out of 10 homicides in the city involving blacks. And of those killed, half are males under the age of 30.
Gun violence has become so common that it's no longer jarring. But one daring shooting three months ago was impossible to ignore. It put the spotlight on gangs in particular because of where it took place: outside a funeral home near the city's cultural center.
The unsolved case served as a reminder of a world in which gangs offer a support system for youths and for adults who have racked up felony offenses. It's a world in which someone who reaches the age of 35 is considered a survivor. And it's a world that city aldermen don't want to associate with their wards.
Bystanders are often quick to suspect gangs are involved in brazen crimes. An FBI report indicates that gang membership is on the rise and is to blame for as much as 80 percent of the crime in certain areas.
The city of St. Louis has 92 known gangs, from the Compton Street Crips to Village Mob to the Krazie Vietnamese Boys, according to police records, in addition to many outside the city.
Officials hesitate to mention any of the gangs because they don't want to validate them, though others argue that residents need to know who's running their neighborhoods. Gang killings are typically targeted, but crimes such as vehicle thefts and robberies are often random.
It's hard to tell who is responsible. A rigid no-snitch code on the street - "Snitchers and talkers get stitches and walkers" - often gives police no suspects, while leaving victims to settle their own beefs, either out of honor or fear of attack. And beefs can last for years.
Police Chief Dan Isom said gangs can be useful in identifying certain individuals, but he downplayed the issue, saying the criminal landscape was much broader.
"Oftentimes when you say gangs, it just stops at that: ‘We need to just get rid of gangs,' " he said. "Well, it's not that easy. It's about a culture within certain communities where violence is an option for too many people."
That could involve a gang, or two or three people who don't like each other or a domestic dispute, he said.
That could involve killings of young people such as Jade, whose death remains a mystery, illustrating how difficult it can be to place a neat label such as "gang-related," on a killing.
Jade was buried March 1 in an area of the cemetery called the "garden of memory." The hillside is planted with many more sad stories.
Remember what famed city planner Harland Bartholmew said a city plan should do:
“the objective of a city plan is the improvement of living conditions, the stimulation of prosperity, and the creation of intangible values in added health, comfort, convenience, and community well-being.”
How can you ensure a city can improve living conditions when the blueprint for such an act requires a homogeneous population (though, East St. Louis at 98 percent black, represents a powerful reminder the blacker the city the less stimulation of prosperity and social capital exists)?
In a multiracial society, you can't (unless you have built in legal measures such as restrictive covenants, which the Supreme Court declared unconstitutional in 1948); in a city that goes from 73 percent white to 28 percent white in the span of 20 years, you have a situation like the one in Ferguson, Missouri.
|In Black-Run America (BRA) the right of the black individual to loot and pillage is a protected liberty|
Freedom of association is the only right that matters: boiled down, it means you have the right to discriminate.
It means you have the right to implement a city plan encouraging the "improvement of living conditions, the stimulation of prosperity, and the creation of intangible values in added health, comfort, convenience, and community well-being," as opposed to what we have in Black-Run America: where the federal government mandates via threat of legal action and military intervention the decline of living conditions, the retardation of prosperity, and the annihilation of intangible values via reduced health, comfort, convenience, and community well-being.
Jesse Jackson said, when speaking to black agitators/insurrectionists in Ferguson, said "there's a Ferguson near you," as if to warn black people police nationwide were prepared to open fire on blacks (never mind Michael Brown was attacking an officer in his car and going for the cops gun when he was shot).
Oh, but Jackson is right: There is a Ferguson near you, whitey.
A city that once boasted an all-white population, good schools, a thriving business district and an opportunity to raise a family in the peace and tranquility of whiteness; but Ferguson is now a city with one of the worst schools in Missouri, a crumbling business district, depreciating property values, and the instability and violence of blackness.
This is why white people in Ferguson abandoned the city: because the very people they tried to escape from followed them to the place they escaped too.