The Washington Post uses the adjective "probe" to describe the impending DOJ investigation of potential discrimination by members of the overwhelmingly white Ferguson Police Department, a city that was once also overwhelmingly white but now is nearly 3/4th's black (99 percent white in 1970; 86 percent white in 1980; 75 percent white in 1990; 44 percent white in 2000; 27 percent white today).
|But why, oh St. Louis Post-Dispatch, might these cities police forces be "out of balance?" (hint: white flight from black crime over the past few decades means a black demographic majority and a holdover majority white public workforce)|
Sadly few people will dare "probe" into just why white people abandoned the city of Ferguson once the black population began to move, though it would be wise to do so if Ferguson is America's future.
If, as the following articles asserts, America was built on "white male supremacy" could we surmise the country is being torn apart by the belief in equality and lowering the standards "white male supremacy" once set (and maintained) to something even blacks can achieve? [How Ferguson could be America’s future, Fox2Now.com, 8-23-14]:
The protests in Ferguson, Missouri, have been described as a mirror into contemporary America, but they are also something else: A crystal ball.
Look past the headlines — the debates over race and police militarization that have surfaced after the killing of an unarmed black youth by a white police officer — and one can glimpse America’s future, some historians and political scientists say.
No one is talking about an impending race war or a police state, but something more subtle. Unless Americans re-examine some assumptions they’ve made about themselves, they argue, Ferguson could be the future.
Robert Putnam, author of “Bowling Alone,” says his studies of multiracial neighborhoods in America show that more diversity initially erodes community.
In his 2007 paper, “E Pluribus Unum: Diversity and Community in the Twenty-first Century,” Putnam says members of multiracial communities initially tend to expect the worst, distrust neighbors and withdraw.
“Residents of all races tend to ‘hunker down,’ ” Putnam writes. “Trust (even of one’s own race) is lower, altruism and community cooperation rarer, friends fewer.”
If Americans want to live in a tranquil country that’s free of racial conflict they would have to change their character and history, another scholar says.
They would have to become like Iceland.
There are no Fergusons there. The United Nations commissioned a report last year that concluded its citizens are among the most contented in the world.
Iceland is so free of conflict that the nation was shocked last year when a police officer shot a man to death. It was the first time police had killed anyone in Iceland in 70 years. Most police in Iceland don’t carry guns.
But that happiness comes at a price, says Lisa Corrigan, director of the Gender Studies Program at the University of Arkansas, who cites the Iceland comparison.
Iceland has one of the most homogeneous populations in the world — everyone looks the same. And they deliberately keep it that way.
“Iceland is one of the happiest places in the world,” Corrigan says.
Corrigan doesn’t accept the notion that most white people will welcome the browning of a country that she says was built on white male supremacy.
“It’s going to get worse before it gets better,” she says, “because power is shifting and white people think that their whiteness is property to be defended.”Iceland is free of violent crime because it is free of black people; conversely, New Orleans is overwhelmed by violent crime because the city is overwhelmingly (60 percent of the population) black.
But what we already know a homogeneous black population doesn't enjoy the same peace, prosperity, and crime-free atmosphere as Iceland. In fact, 98 percent black East St. Louis is one of the most violent places in all of America.
If America's future is Ferguson, then - inevitably - the future will be nothing more than that of East St. Louis, because white people have no tolerance for living around blacks (the incredible decline of the white population in Ferguson over the past 40 years punctuates this fact).
It should be remembered the East St. Louis "Stop the Violence" march on the Friday before Memorial Day 2012 (which featured Trayvon Martin's parents!!) was followed by a weekend of two homicides and three shootings. [East St. Louis Cops Outgunned as Cuts Let Killers Thrive, Bloomberg, 1-4-2013]:
Dodging open manholes where thieves had swiped cast-iron covers, Stephen Wigginton drives the crumbling streets of his hometown, East St. Louis, Illinois, pointing out new landmarks in America’s most violent city.
There’s the shopping mall where a police officer was shot in the face, a youth center that saw a triple homicide in September, and scattered about the city of 27,000 are brightly lit gas stations that serve as magnets for carjackers, hit-and- run robbers and killers.
“It’s the Wild West,” said Wigginton, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Illinois. With a murder rate 17 times the U.S. average, the nation’s highest according to the FBI, East St. Louis offers a glimpse at the future for budget- strapped cities like Detroit and Camden, New Jersey, that have made deep cuts to their police forces.
The Illinois city’s reputation for crime has scared away economic development from a place that sits just across the Mississippi River from its better-known urban namesake in Missouri and at the nexus of several interstate highways. It also has drawn the attention of federal law enforcement, with Attorney General Eric Holder vowing during a Nov. 30 visit to provide help.
“We’ve got to put the clamp on the crime,” said Mayor Alvin Parks, recalling a recent conversation with a business operator considering locating in East St. Louis. The chief obstacle: the city’s killings, which hit 25 in 2011, the most recent year for which FBI statistics are available, or 9.23 per 10,000 people compared with the national rate of 0.55.
The city reduced its police force by 33 percent from 2008 to 2011, the 12th-largest reduction among cities with more than 25,000 people, according to Federal Bureau of Investigation data. Among the 20 biggest U.S. police jurisdictions during that period, the number of officers fell 2.7 percent to 99,312.So as a city gets blacker, the ability for the citizens to provide tax revenue to pay for a police force declines; and as a city gets blacker, the rate of violent crime increases.
If Ferguson is America's future, I'm not so sure this future America will be a place for white people. Certainly, East St. Louis is no longer hospitable to white people or one boasting a civilization of their design.
Which brings us to a question the St. Louis Post-Dispatch asked: Why do so few metropolitan St. Louis municipalities have black police officers?
The answer: many of these cities, now sporting a majority black population, where but one decade ago majority white (see chart created by SBPDL).
Why white people flee a city going majority black is the question no one dares ask. [St. Louis County police forces often don't reflect communities, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 8-24-14]:
About 67 percent of Ferguson’s residents are African-American, but only 7 percent of the city’s commissioned police officers are black.
That lopsided representation, brought to light after a black teen was killed by a white police officer two weeks ago, has city leaders pledging to try harder to improve race relations.
The disparity is common among communities in St. Louis County with significant black populations. Many police departments do not reflect the communities they serve.
Many reasons for the disparity are given, including difficulty in recruiting black police officers; the lack of interest in policing by minorities; and the changing demographics in North County over the past two decades.
From 1990 to 2010, Ferguson’s African-American population rose by more than 150 percent.
And of the 230,000 African-Americans who live in St. Louis County, more than 90 percent of them reside in communities along and north of Olive Boulevard, based on census data. That’s where 29 of the 31 police departments patrol.
Police chiefs cite various reasons for their departments not keeping up with this change, including a lack of minority applicants and black officers frequently leaving for jobs at bigger, better-paying departments.Or, the simple answer: many of these cities were once overwhelmingly white, but the influx of black people drove away those white people who were employed in the private sector; those white people still employed in the public sector (police officers) couldn't be fired for being white...
Yet, at least.
Those descendants of modern-day Liberians still living in America have a strange migratory pattern, easily discernible when looking at history of modern metropolitan St. Louis: wherever whites go and build, blacks follow and ultimately debase.
The "Shelley House," a National Historical Landmark, is testament to this indisputable fact.
Understanding Ferguson is America's future is understanding the Department of Justice will be quite busy investigating police departments nationwide that fail to reflect the demographic of which they are sworn to protect and serve.
White flight is daring to believe a tiny spark of the Old America can be ignited, while the Federal Government works overtime to douse whatever remains of the Historical American Majority by consent decree, HUD's Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing, and by outlawing Freedom of Association.
America's future is East St. Louis, with the federal government declaring war on not only whites, but white police officers as well.
Fitting that the city of East St. Louis, at 98 percent black, looks an awful lot like Monrovia, Liberia...