Naturally, this led to an awkward situation when it came time to screen Selma in the town that inspired the movie. The Walton Theater was reopened just for the movie. Once the show is over, a ruined city where more than 40 percent of the people live in poverty will remain. [Fear and joy as Alabama town readies for screenings of film ‘Selma,’ by Jonathan Kaminsky, Reuters, January 3, 2015]
Those white cops standing in front of Martin Luther King can see the future his movement will help birth. The civil rights movement came to Jackson (MS), Detroit, and Birmingham, just as it came to Selma....
And this serves as a metaphor for whole sad story of Selma. Oprah Winfrey and Hollywood will continue to roll out Civil Rights pornography, Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson will continue their extortion rackets, and the great passion plays of the Civil Rights Movement will be re-enacted again and again. Whites will be called racist for leaving black run cities, and if they don’t flee, they will be called racist for staying.
The Civil Rights Movement got exactly what it wanted. Its leading figures, like Martin Luther King Jr., have been enshrined as American saints. Black power reigns in what were some of the leading cities of the Old Confederacy.But formerly First World cities like Selma, Birmingham, and Detroit will still be Third World slums, no matter how many Hollywood movies are made about the evils of Whites. And no amount of white guilt will comfort those who have to live in the ruins.Like Shelley’s Ozymandias, of the colossus that was the American Civil Rights Movement, nothing beside remains.Read the whole thing at VDare.
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As usual though, the New York Times inadvertently published the best story on the black contribution to Selma. We measure it in cubic yards... [An Abandoned Men’s Club Is Now a Home, New York Times, 12-8-2010]:
BY the time David Hurlbut bought the Harmony Club, a 20,000-square-foot building on the waterfront here, it had been abandoned for nearly 40 years. Built in 1909 as a social club by a group of prominent Jewish businessmen, it had been turned into an Elks club in the 1930s; when the Elks disbanded in 1960, the building was boarded up.
The building’s sole inhabitants were a flock of pigeons that left behind what he estimates to be about 140 cubic yards of guano. There was no plumbing, and the electrical wiring was “in shambles,” he said.
He was also enamored of Selma, a sleepy river town he likens to “an inland Charleston or Savannah.” After a few visits, he bought the Harmony Club for just under $100,000, paid in full, and moved in three months later, on Jan. 1, 2000.Less than $5/square foot.
We call this the Visible Black Hand of Economics...
Seriously, if you can't laugh at the "glorious" results of the civil rights movement, you'll never find humor in this world.