In fact, the entire city of Philadelphia rallies around Papale, as he made the Philadelphia Eagles football team during an open tryout (the story is altered significantly from what happened in real life, but what does that matter?).
|It's hard to imagine what America would be like if restrictive covenants on residential property had never been declared unconstitutional: it's time to legalize freedom of association|
The heroes are all white males, with Wahlberg's portrayal of Papale nothing short of magical. Especially a scene when he is on the verge of being cut by the Eagles, and he returns to his neighborhood on a rainy night to participate in a football game with old friends.
A neighborhood is father grew up in and still lives in and one where multiple generations of white families enabled an incredible amount of social capital to flourish.
This scene is one of the most beautiful three minutes you'll ever watch, because it shows grown men engaging in a sport that they had been playing for decades.
As the rains falls, you can feel a catharsis come over Wahlberg's character and his friends (a rift had grown between him as Papale had garnered more and more fame for his role with the NFL franchise).
Why bring this scene up?
Why bring up this movie, which depicts a Philadelphia far different than the one black people have worked hard to have renamed Kill-a-delphia?
Because this one scene (found on YouTube here) depicts what restrictive covenants dared to defend and protect: freedom of association.
Decades of government intervention/mandates and trillions of dollars to destroy the type of social capital restrictive covenants (and by de facto segregation) creates has resulted in tens of millions of white people being perpetual nomads, searching in vain for a community free of the intense burden black people inevitably become.
The consequences of a government dedicated to perpetual black improvement (conversely, a government dedicated to disenfranchising whites at any and all opportunity) means we see asinine ideas such a gentrification protection for black homeowners taken seriously.
In a sane society, anything causing property values to decline (i.e. a sizable black population) would be quickly legislated against, which helps explain why restrictive covenants were so vital to protecting the long-term investment in private property.
If an increase in the black population negatively impacts the equity in your home, why shouldn't a home owner desire to impede the growth of the black population; conversely, if a rising white population increases the value of the equity in a home, why wouldn't black people desire gentrification?
The same home, when surrounded exclusively by blacks, was worthless; now, with the rise in the white population, the once worthless property magically becomes quite valuable.
Which brings us to this. [Report Quantifies Displacement and Rising Housing Costs in Philadelphia,www.planetizen.com, 4-16-15]: