Thursday, December 30, 2010

Crime Down, Unemployment Up across America: Remembering Trooper Chadwick LeCroy

 Crime rates falling; unemployment rising: what gives?
USA Today's above-fold, front page story yesterday dealt with crime dropping nationwide. It is commonly accepted - though completely inaccurate - that crime increases when unemployment rises. If only this were true then we might have an explanation for why Black crime rates are as bad as they are (and why movies and fiction utilize military pathogens in their plots to destabilize populations when reality requires no weaponized hallucinogens to bring majority Black cities to the verge of anarchy) since Black unemployment is so astoundingly high.

USA Today reports:
When Washington debates whether America is safe, the focus now is usually on the increasing threat of terrorism — not violent crime.
That has largely obscured some good news about violent crime: Across the nation, homicide rates have dropped to their lowest levels in nearly a generation. And overall violent crime has sunk to its lowest level since 1973, Justice Department statistics show.

The reductions have continued despite a grinding recession, a slow economic recovery and spikes in gang membership, according to recently released FBI figures for the first half of 2010.

The long-term trend is particularly striking in the nation's three largest cities —New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. Homicides in New York have dropped 79% during the past two decades — from 2,245 in 1990 to 471 in 2009, the last full year measured. Chicago is down 46% during that period, from 850 to 458. Los Angeles is down 68%, from 983 to 312.

The reductions, especially in New York, have been so dramatic that violent crime virtually has disappeared from the national political discourse.

"It certainly did not emerge in the (November) midterm elections, and it hasn't been an issue of national public concern since at least 2000," Carnegie Mellon University criminologist Alfred Blumstein says.

Analysts say a range of factors have helped to tamp down violent crime. Among them: improved crime-mapping technology that has allowed police to deploy officers more efficiently at a time when many law enforcement resources are being directed toward anti-terror programs; crackdowns on gangs and community outreach programs that are being credited with thwarting serious crimes.

And then there have been factors beyond the control of police: a booming economy for much of the past two decades, and the absence of gang-fueled wars over a drug of the moment, such as the turf battles over crack cocaine that led to unprecedented urban violence in the 1980s and '90s.

For all the good news, in America's three biggest cities the two-decade free-fall in homicides has not erased public insecurity about violent crime. The prospect of prolonged economic woes raise troubling questions about whether violent crime could rise again, and some recent trends that affect residents' quality of life have been unsettling.
It is impolite to acknowledge what the data for crime portends, highly unpalatable to Disingenuous White Liberals (DWLs) - you haven't truly lived until you've made someone cry or fidget uncomfortably in their chair for pointing out which racial group commits a disproportionate amount of the petty, violent and inter-racial crime in America -  and ruinous to those who place credence in the argument that nurture forever trumps nature.

The reverse has happened. Crime rates are falling, coincidentally at the same time the prisons across America are filling up with those incapable of abiding the law (recidivism rates and a three strikes your out policy adding to the mix).

Crime has dropped during the largest recession in the past 60 years, despite warnings from sociologist, pundits and those engaging in wishful thinking that rates of crime would rise with prolonged and continuously rising unemployment. Unemployment for Black people (and recent Black college graduates) is reaching levels not seen in scores of years.

The reverse has happened.

Why has crime dropped in America, when unemployment continuous to get worse each and every day? Perhaps because a large percentage of the would-be criminals are currently locked away in jail?:

With approximately 2.3 million people in prison or jail, the United States incarcerates more people than any other country in the world—by far. Our per capita rate is six times greater than Canada’s, eight times greater than France’s, and twelve times greater than Japan’s. Here, at least, we are an undisputed world leader; we have a 40 percent lead on our closest competitors—Russia and Belarus.

Even so, the imprisoned make up only two thirds of one percent of the nation’s general population. And most of those imprisoned are poor and uneducated, disproportionately drawn from the margins of society. For the vast majority of us, in other words, the idea that we might find ourselves in jail or prison is simply not a genuine concern. 

For one group in particular, however, these figures have concrete and deep-rooted implications—African-Americans, especially young black men, and especially poor young black men. African-Americans are 13 percent of the general population, but over 50 percent of the prison population. Blacks are incarcerated at a rate eight times higher than that of whites—a disparity that dwarfs other racial disparities. (Black–white disparities in unemployment, for example, are 2–1; in nonmarital childbirth, 3–1; in infant mortality, 2–1; and in net worth, 1–51). 
In the 1950s, when segregation was still legal, African-Americans comprised 30 percent of the prison population. Sixty years later, African-Americans and Latinos make up 70 percent of the incarcerated population, and that population has skyrocketed. The disparities are greatest where race and class intersect—nearly 60 percent of all young black men born between 1965 and 1969 who dropped out of high school went to prison at least once on a felony conviction before they turned thirty-five. And the incarceration rate for this group—black male high school dropouts—is nearly fifty times the national average.2

DWLs and Black Excuse Makers (BEMs) are constantly flabbergasted and astounded at the high rates of Black incarceration, never accepting that high rates of Black criminal activity are to blame instead of overzealous police forces the nation over intent on preying upon law-abiding Black people merely for the crime of having an ebony epidermis.
High rates of Black incarceration keeping crime down?

Hiring more police (falling tax revenue could end these gains) and putting criminals in jail has helped send crime on a downward spiral, while unemployment and poverty have increased:
Here is a curious thing about that increasing poverty, though -- and it's something that has received very little press attention: It has not resulted in a higher crime rate. In fact, according to the FBI, even as unemployment was spiking during 2009, the rate of murders, rapes, robberies, and aggravated assaults declined by 4.4 percent compared with the previous year. As even the Washington Post acknowledged, the conventional wisdom for many decades has been that "economic trouble breeds lawlessness."

In 1967, President Lyndon Johnson's Crime Commission declared that "Warring on poverty, inadequate housing, and unemployment is warring on crime. A civil rights law is a law against crime. Money for schools is money against crime." New York City Mayor John V. Lindsay, a liberal Republican, agreed, saying, "If we are to eliminate the crime and violence in this country, we must eliminate the hopelessness, futility, and alienation from which they spring." Thousands of professors, journalists, politicians, and community activists assured us that crime would not be controlled until the "causes of crime" were addressed.

But starting in the early l990s, crime rates began a steep decline and the recession has not interrupted that trend. What happened? Did we successfully vanquish hopelessness, futility, and alienation? The numbers, as the Christian Science Monitor observed, have left "a lot of criminologists scratching their heads." They've speculated, not completely implausibly, that higher unemployment levels translate to more people at home and fewer opportunities for property crimes, and (less convincingly) that social programs like "community outreach programs" are paying off.

Conservatives, for our part, have argued that smarter policing and tougher sentencing of career criminals accounts for falling crime rates. From 1991 to 2004, for example, New York City saw its violent crime rate decline by 75 percent. Starting in the 1980s, communities across the country have hired more police, passed tougher sentencing laws, and kept criminals in prison longer.

Since 1980, America's prison population has increased by 350 percent, while the overall population has risen by 33 percent. By contrast, as political scientist James Q. Wilson points out, during the same period, Great Britain made a big effort to reduce its prison population. During the following decade, Great Britain's crime rate spiked, while ours declined.
England's prison population is intentionally reduced, leaving the dwindling Anglo-Saxon population there at the mercy of an unmentionable criminal problem (yes, Black crim) that plagues Albion's Seed across the Atlantic.

Many have expressed consternation as to why crime rates are failing during the recession, though one simple explanation is that those breaking the law are receiving harsher sentences. Some have argued that high abortion rates in certain segments of the population that break the law have cut crime, but we'll leave that theory to more interested parties.

A toleration of criminality has never been part of the American fabric and it should surprise no one that Black crime rates of today are similar to what they were 100- years ago. Reading Dwight Murphy's monograph "Lynching - History and Analysis" one is shocked to learn that high Black crime rates and not insidiously robed white people were behind the majority of historical lynchings:
In Lynching – History and Analysis (1995) Wichita State University professor Dwight Murphey refutes the case that lynchings were largely a result white of racism. People often resorted to lynching because the authorities were a long ride away, and President Andrew Jackson himself sanctioned the practice when he recommended to Iowa settlers that they lynch murderers. Likewise in Kansas, a New York Tribune correspondent reported in 1858 that "[t]here is a very general disposition to pass over the hopelessly useless forms of Territorial law and corrupt Federal courts, and try these parties (i.e. horse-thieves) by Lynch law."

Prof. Murphey notes that contrary to current assumptions, blacks also formed lynch gangs, mostly to lynch blacks, but sometimes to lynch whites. In Clarksdale, Tennessee, blacks lynched a white in 1914 for raping a black woman. The authorities later ruled that this was justifiable homicide. In 1872 in Chicot County, Arkansas, armed blacks broke three whites out of jail and shot them to death.
Nor was lynching by any means a sport in which any black was fair game. In Tennessee in 1911, four white men hanged a black man and his two daughters for no good reason. This outrage roused the ire of the community; the whites were tried and two were hanged.

It is true that blacks were lynched more often than whites, but, as is the case today, blacks were also more likely to commit violent crimes, so even if lynching had been entirely race-blind, the number of executions would still have been racially unbalanced. Prof. Murphey cites black homicide rates in 1921-22 for Atlanta, Birmingham, Memphis and New Orleans per 100,000 that were 102.2, 97.2, 116.9 and 46.7 respectively. This corresponded to white rates of 15.0, 28.0, 29.6, and 8.4. According to Murphey, “These figures are eloquent testimony that serious crime was the primary provocation for lynching.” Even W.E.B. DuBois wrote disparagingly of "a class of black criminals, loafers, and ne'er-do-wells who are a menace to their fellows, both black and white."

With this in mind we at Stuff Black People Don't Like remember Georgia State Trooper Chadwick LeCroy, the victim of not only DWLs and BEMs continued indifference to reality, but yet another white person gunned down by a Black person whose name will never carry the gravity and weight of Emmit Till or James Byrd.

Habitual Black criminal Gregory Evans gunned down Officer LeCroy and in the process garnered his 19th arrest:
Before he was charged Tuesday with killing a state trooper, Gregory Favors had been arrested three times this year after trying to flee police, court records show.

Each time, Favors obtained bond in Fulton County. Each time a pretrial services officer had recommended against it, court records show.
The three arrests this year are among 18 times Favors has been arrested dating back to the 1990s. His 19th arrest this week was for the murder of Trooper First Class Chadwick LeCroy, who was shot after police say he had pursued Favors on Bolton Road.
Favors’ prior convictions include cocaine possession and distribution, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, fleeing and attempting to elude police, making false statements, forgery, obstruction of justice and tampering with evidence, court records show.
In a statement issued Wednesday, Fulton Chief Judge Cynthia Wright noted that the Superior Court Pretrial Services had recommended Favors not be released. She said the judges were “saddened” by the shooting, but they declined to comment further on the case since it will likely be coming before them. Wright said the court is currently reviewing information related to Favors and his history in the Atlanta Judicial Circuit.

The color of crime in America isn't the white face you see maliciously breaking into homes on home security commercial (ADT), but primarily a Black face.

It's time to admit the obvious that can be easily extrapolated from this data: some people are predisposed to wanton violence. And that is truly the Stuff Black People Don't Like to hear, though their community is awash in Black-on-Black violence (Black-on-white violence rarely happens, right?).

As 2010 comes to a close, we remember Trooper LeCroy. Unlike Till, Byrd, the Jena Six and countless other Black people whose names are constantly invoked to fan the flames of Black Run America (BRA), your death will only be remembered by Those Who Can See. 

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Credit, Pensions and the Browning of America

(Editors note: The Holiday's are way to busy for everyone so normal, # posts resume on January 1, 2011)

The browning of America is not economically viable for anyone
Credit reports and credit scores are firmly in the ranks of Stuff Black People Don't Like. Low credit scores are a clear indicator to mortgage lenders and banks that a great risk of not being paid back and defaulting on a loan is associated with the person applying for such money.

This is the primary reason Black people get turned down for loans and force mortgage brokers to create high interests loans to ensure that they get the opportunity at home ownership (this is also the reason payday loan stores, title shops and Aaron's rentals are found so prominently in Black areas).

A much celebrated fact by Disingenuous White Liberals (DWLs) is the browning of America, though these white liberals enjoy this moment safely from white enclaves far away from where the racial transformation is occurring. A county outside metro Atlanta highlights this change, as Gwinnett County once served as the fastest growing white county in America. Now, it's majority-minority:
By the middle of this century, maybe as early as 2041, the U.S. population will no longer be a white majority; it will be a minority majority -- blacks, Hispanics, Asians -- and when that  happens Gwinnett County will be standing at the finish line, waiting.

The U.S. Bureau of the Census said on Thursday that Gwinnett County is now minority majority, an oxymoron that translates into 50.8 percent of the population as non-white and 49.2 percent as white.
The numbers, based on 2009 census estimates, were a long time coming, said demographers who have been watching as the county, with a population of more than 800,000, has become one of the most diverse in the nation.

In 2000, Gwinnett’s population was 67.3 percent white and 32.7 percent minority. Since then, the black and Hispanic populations of the county have more than doubled.

That’s no shock to Lisa Neidert, a senior research associate the University of Michigan’s Population Studies Center. She said Gwinnett, with its booming population, was bound to join the more than 300 counties in the U.S. that are now minority majority.

“If you’re in an area of the county that’s growing you’re going to be a minority majority,” said Neidert. “Gwinnett is just reflecting what’s happening nationwide.”

The nation’s minority population is steadily rising and now makes up 35 percent of the U.S., according to census estimates.
 This glorious transformation from a boring, prosperous white enclave into a multiracial paradise means what in the literal sense? A higher foreclosure rate then even Clayton County, that's what:
 Two decades ago, Rebecca Carlson's subdivision in Lawrenceville bustled with hard-working, middle-class families. At Christmastime, neighbors lit up their homes with colorful displays. At night, people could walk their streets without fear. 

Then subprime mortgages flooded the market, and Quinn Ridge Forest changed. Some new residents let their grass grow 3 feet high, Carlson said. Others let broken windows stay broken. Many longtime homeowners have sold their properties and bolted.
Then subprime mortgages flooded the market, and Quinn Ridge Forest changed. Some new residents let their grass grow 3 feet high, Carlson said. Others let broken windows stay broken. Many longtime homeowners have sold their properties and bolted.

Now, Carlson said, the house next door is filled with renters who come and go. The police have been called to two nearby homes, one for prostitution, the other for illegal drugs.

"I won't let the kids go outside by themselves," said Carlson, 45.

The decay of the neighborhood tracks closely behind the collapse of the housing market. Gwinnett Countyhome sales in 2009 were bank sales -- and that foul wave washed over Quinn Ridge Forest, too. At the moment, three of the 12 houses on the market there are bank sales. has become the foreclosure capital of metro Atlanta -- 44 percent of its 10,301

The county looks no better in 2010: with 26,502 foreclosure notices for the year, Gwinnett surpassed Fulton, DeKalb, Cobb and Clayton counties, according to Equity Depot, which tracks foreclosure and other real estate trends in metro Atlanta.

As whites move away from the wondrous diversity peddled by DWLs and gobbled up with equal intensity by Duplicitous White Conservatives (DWCs), they leave behind multiple crises that festers like an untreated open wound: collapsing home values,  deteriorating schools (their white sons and daughters the reason the schools were good in the first place) and an eroding tax base to pay for police, firefighters, other government employees and improvements to the city and upkeep of the infrastructure. Worse, pensions are in jeopardy for city employees long retired and expecting money for their services rendered.

Blame white flight:
Then Prichard did something that pension experts say they have never seen before: it stopped sending monthly pension checks to its 150 retired workers, breaking a state law requiring it to pay its promised retirement benefits in full. 

So the declining, little-known city of Prichard is now attracting the attention of bankruptcy lawyers, labor leaders, municipal credit analysts and local officials from across the country. They want to see if the situation in Prichard, like the continuing bankruptcy of Vallejo, Calif., ultimately creates a legal precedent on whether distressed cities can legally cut or reduce their pensions, and if so, how. 

“Prichard is the future,” said Michael Aguirre, the former San Diego city attorney, who has called for San Diego to declare bankruptcy and restructure its own outsize pension obligations. “We’re all on the same conveyor belt. Prichard is just a little further down the road.” 

Many cities and states are struggling to keep their pension plans adequately funded, with varying success. New York City plans to put $8.3 billion into its pension fund next year, twice what it paid five years ago. Maryland is considering a proposal to raise the retirement age to 62 for all public workers with fewer than five years of service. 

Illinois keeps borrowing money to invest in its pension funds, gambling that the funds’ investments will earn enough to pay back the debt with interest. New Jersey simply decided not to pay the $3.1 billion that was due its pension plan this year. 

Colorado, Minnesota and South Dakota have all taken the unusual step of reducing the benefits they pay their current retirees by cutting cost-of-living increases; retirees in all three states are suing.
No state or city wants to wind up like Prichard. 

Driving down Wilson Avenue here — a bleak stretch of shuttered storefronts, with pawn shops and beauty parlors that operate behind barred windows and signs warning of guard dogs — it is hard to see vestiges of the Prichard that was a boom town until the 1960s. The city once had thriving department stores, two theaters and even a zoo. “You couldn’t find a place to park in that city,” recalled Kenneth G. Turner, a retired paramedic whose grandfather pushed for the city’s incorporation in 1925.

The city’s rapid decline began in the 1970s. The growth of other suburbs, white flight and then middle-class flight all took their tolls, and the city’s population shrank by 40 percent to about 27,000 today, from its peak of 45,000. As people left, the city’s tax base dwindled. 

Prichard’s pension plan was established by state law during the good times, in 1956, to supplement Social Security. By the standard of other public pension plans, and the six-figure pensions that draw outrage in places like California and New Jersey, it is not especially rich. Its biggest pension came to about $39,000 a year, for a retired fire chief with many years of service. The average retiree got around $12,000 a year. But the plan allowed workers to retire young, in their 50s. And its benefits were sweetened over time by the state legislature, which did not pay for the added benefits. 

For many years, the city — like many other cities and states today — knew that its pension plan was underfunded. As recently as 2004, the city hired an actuary, who reported that “the plan is projected to exhaust the assets around 2009, at which time benefits will need to be paid directly from the city’s annual finances.”
Prichard is currently 84 percent Black. The browning of America isn't exactly cause for celebration when you get down to crunching the numbers and looking at the balance sheets.

Currently 72 percent of Black children are born out-of-wedlock and with single Black women having an average net worth of $5 dollars, one is left wondering who will fit the bill for the social programs that keep these families afloat once white people are gone?

Black people don't save for the future, utilizing credit to pay for many extraneous items that impulses for instant gratification require immediate pacification. Many banks and mortgage brokers are worried about lawsuits brought on by Black people for being denied loans (another future SBPDL), so they find ways to grant these people high interest loans to insulate themselves from accusations of racism.

Such financial institutions, called predatory for having excessively high interest rates, will inevitably be sued by Blacks because they will default on these generous loans as well (claiming the loans were saddled with interest and hidden no honest person could pay, though their poor credit necessitated these elaborate loans), thus proving that attempts to insulate a bank, corporation or mortgage lender from accusations of racism are rendered moot.

One of the rules of SBPDL is simply this: Anytime Black people fail (whether it be poor academic  performance on LSAT, MCAT, ACT/SAT) racism can be the only culprit. Discrimination is always to blame.

Conversely, another rule is this: Anytime a vocation has a noticeable shortage of Black people employed in the field, a crisis of unimaginable magnitude is afoot.

There is no bias in mortgage lending, as many mortgage companies tried to insulate themselves from cries of "racism" by becoming champions of minority lending (looking at you Ameriquest). Minorities have worse credit scores - because of poor decision with that credit - making loans difficult to come by and when they do, rarely are they repaid.

What does the browning of America mean? Perhaps this link will show you what is to come.

It is time to admit what is upon us and what the browning of America really translates into: A racial paradise free of turmoil is not around the corner; a catastrophe of Biblical proportions appears to be in the offing.

Black Run America (BRA) is on its last legs. Where will you be when those legs buckle?

Monday, December 27, 2010

Mein Obama vouches for Mein Vick

Heroes for a different country.
Black people are fiercely loyal. The whole world is collapsing on Mein Obama and yet Black people still approve of his performance (as do Disingenuous White Liberals) though he has yet to do anything to improve the lot of the majority of his most ardent supporters.

Michael Vick is a name that needs no introduction here. In a sane society an individual that mistreats animals with the cruelty of Mr. Vick would have been politely shunned or sent with a one-way ticket to a psychiatric ward. Abusing defenseless animals is a sign of an individual harboring psychological issues that require the attention of trained professional, and keeping these type of people out of the limelight would be axiomatic in a healthy nation.

We do not live in such nation (quick thought experiment: when you look at many white criminals that appear in the news, it is quite obvious that they possess an IQ well below the average of white America - 100 - and perhaps have some sort of mental retardation, but when you see a Black criminal it is impossible to utilize a similar thought experiment. Black people in America have an average IQ of 85, but almost all Black people - including criminals - look alike).

Michael Vick is loved by Black people the nation over. He is another individual who deserves the "Mein" title, just as Barack Obama is still beloved by Black people and any criticism of him will always be considered "racist" by his devoted followers. 

Vick might be on another level though. Criticism of Vick is not allowed and if it transpires will always have the odoriferous stench of "racism":
 Get ready to count your losses, Eagles fans, because your team has no shot this year without your black Negro, dog-killin’, prison-serving quarterback.

Yeah, you’re reading it right.

The Vick description occurs because despite time served for whatever crime he committed in a dogfighting scandal, despite community service, and despite a thousand repentances, he never will receive forgiveness by PETA-peddlers (People for Ethical Treatment of Animals) nor the millions of Americans who place poodles before humans, especially black homo sapiens.

America, land of the free and home to Native American genocide, slavery, gender persecution, segregation, and a litany of other indiscretions that affected millions, appears hell-bent on repeatedly lynching Vick, retelling his dogfighting connection until he screams Uncle Tom.

All this talk about America turning some invisible corner because 53 percent of Americans elected our first black president is just that — talk.

Race still matters, will always serve as the No. 1 issue in America, because we can’t live without that single controversy that erupts torrents of anger and hate.

These flashbacks to Vick are not at all about developing a quality quarterback because Philadelphia suffered through a similar controversy when Randall met Ronny and Coach Buddy Ryan inserted his lanky future star on third down and never.
 You can't criticize Black people in Black Run America (BRA) and Michael Vick is one of the most highly regarded Blacks in this nation right now:
As a white man with a column and radio show, I have been vilified for taking strong stances against a disgusting human being -- Michael Vick.


Because he happens to be an African-American -- a fact that is inconsequential to me. If the ex-Falcons quarterback was a fellow Irish-American, none of my beliefs would change one iota.

I don't hate Michael Vick because he's black and I certainly don't think I am better than him because I'm white. I pity him because he hanged and drowned dogs, and I think I am better human being than him because I have the moral compass to understand that's wrong.

And while logic often flies in the face of ignorance, too often the ignorant rule.

Take Stephon Marbury and Roy Jones, who felt the need to defend the indefensible.

"I think it's tough that we build Michael Vick up and then we break him down," Marbury said after the Vick story broke. "I think he's one of the superb athletes, and he's a good human being. I just think that he fell into a bad situation."

Jones went even further...

"People tend to talk so hard against people. They make it such a bad thing, like dog fighting is worse than killing someone," Jones said in Newsday.

"I'm not a dog fighter. I've never been to a dog fight. But just because they have the animals doesn't mean they are fighting the animals. Michael Vick doesn't have that kind of time to train and raise dogs... I like bulldogs and I like their mentality."

"They are making this so bad, but really two dogs fighting can happen in anyone's backyard or on the street. It happened in my backyard, two of my dogs fought and one died.
Mein Obama, hoping to show Black people that he still cares about them, recently praised the Philadelphia Eagles owner for giving Vick a second chance after his prison stint:
NBC's Peter King reports that Barack Obama called Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie earlier this week to congratulate him for giving Vick a second chance after his release from prison. According to King, the president said that released prisoners rarely receive a level playing field and that Vick's story could begin to change that.
Forget your political allegiances or feelings about Michael Vick and take a step back to think about this. The sitting president of the United States went out of his way to publicly praise a man who, 3 1/2 years ago, many thought would never play again in the NFL. Even the most ardent believers in Vick couldn't have fathomed a turn-around like this. 
Black people take notice here: with more than 2 million Americans behind bars, Black people comprise nearly 1/2  of those currently serving time. Since 1 in 10 Black people serve behind bars, this means a substantial number of Black people will serve jail time in their lives (the number is roughly 30 percent). It should be noted these numbers closely correlate wherever Black people can be found in a predominately white nation.

We are reaching a point where nearly a third or more Black males will be convicted felons and make it quite difficult for employers to find suitable vocations or positions for them (considering only 50 percent of Black males finish high school) to hold down as barber shops can only employ so many and the military can't keep lowering standards.

With a 72 percent out-of-wedlock birthrate, the rate of criminality will only rise.

Not all Black people can be athletes, so the question must be asked: What will the majority of Black males be doing in the coming decades?

Michael Vick is the perfect role model for what America has become. He is the face of modern football for a reason, but he better encapsulates the face of modern America.

It is Stuff Black People Don't Like opinion that 2011 will serve as The Tipping Point for the idea of Black Run America.

For the meantime, Black people will doggedly defend Michael Vick and Barack Obama from all critics and denounce anyone who dares opine that their heroes are with fault. 

Christmas in Dixie, NFL Game Snowed Out: Life in BRA at the end of 2010

The fictional world of "The Walking Dead" might be safer then real 2010 Atlanta
Normal posts will recommence tomorrow. Please allow a couple of quick observations from the past few days (with hopes all reading had a wonderful Christmas), with many interesting stories transpiring in the city "to busy to hate" worth pointing out.

Atlanta is a city at war with itself. The Black population (dead-set on maintaining power) has used MARTA as a jobs program for unemployable Black people and effectively run it into bankruptcy. Attempting to show increases in student scores, scores of Black principals and school administrators have "improved" students test scores by falsifying data.

Worse though, Atlanta has some of the worst neighborhoods in America and even the most desirable are falling victim to wanton criminality:
Virginia-Highland residents who were relaxing after police arrested suspects in connection with a murder there have reason to be nervous again.

A woman was sexually assaulted in a home on Rosedale Road Sunday night, Atlanta police said. Officers were called to the residence at 7:15 p.m.

The attacker was armed with a kitchen knife, according to Channel 2 Action News. He encountered the woman outside the home, forced her inside and assaulted her, the station reported, citing police sources.
Sunday night, police searched the neighborhood with a K-9 dog looking for the suspect.

Police say the suspect is a black man in his mid-40s who stands about 5-foot-8 and has little hair. He was "wearing a lot of dark clothes and had a very unpleasant odor," said Officer Kim Jones, a police spokeswoman.
 Unpleasant odor? This rough-sketch of the suspected criminal is undoubtedly racial insensitive, for it is common knowledge that all Black people emit a wonderfully nose-gay scent. Just ask Old Spice.

It was only a few days prior that a number of disenchanted Black youth participated in a video-game rampage through Virginia-Highland, making one of the more desirable locations for living in all of Atlanta grounds for mourning:
Atlanta police arrested three young men and charged them with murder in a high-profile shooting in the Virginia-Highland area and a rape and home invasion a few hours later in Grant Park, but suspect they could be linked to more than 20 other crimes.

Tamario Wise, 18, and two others are charged with murder and armed robbery in the killing of  Charles Boyer. The  39-year-old man was shot several times in a struggle with a gunman just moments after he and his girlfriend got out of the car at her apartment Nov. 22. While the other two are in custody and also charged, police declined to name them because of a related ongoing investigation. Police also have in custody a fourth and fifth man who are suspected of committing crimes with either Wise or his two partners charged with murdering Boyer.

“Make no mistake,” Atlanta Police Chief George Turner said at a news conference with Mayor Kasim Reed and top investigators crowded around him. “We have removed some very dangerous criminals from the streets of Atlanta.”
A couple days later, a sports bar in Atlanta was home to a mass-killing over what detectives called "a long running feud":
Originally, police said only two were wounded by gunfire that apparently targeted Devorris Moss of Riverdale, who was killed.

"When the person started firing, he hit the intended victim and the others were in the area and shot in the cross fire," Chandler said.

The names of the three wounded are not being released, but Chandler said they are expected to be discharged from the hospital soon.

The only description police have of the suspect is his gender and his race, African American.

"We are trying to get in information as to who this other person is," Chandler said. "We don't have a lot to go on. Basically, we are trying to get information as to who can point us in a good direction."
If you live in Atlanta, we advise you to leave. Immediately. Atlanta's crime rate (and a toleration of most crime in major cities) can be linked to over-sensitivity on the part of the Black run city to the preponderance of Black criminality. Judges, city officials, school board, police, the entire infrastructure is run by Black people and for the expressed desire of improving the overall Black populations lot in life.

Watching Death Wish over Christmas, one line stuck out from the film:
Man: I’ll tell you one thing: the guy’s a racist.  You notice he kills more Blacks than Whites.
Woman:  Oh, for Pete’s sake, Harry.  More Blacks are muggers than Whites.  What do you want to do–increase the proportion of White muggers, so we’ll have racial equality among muggers?

Looking at or any racial breakdown of murderers, rapists, and other criminals, one is shocked to see so many Black faces. Or should be shocked anymore? Most newspapers refrain from publishing the race of the suspect and newscasts rarely show the suspects picture, the parade of Black faces a melancholy reminder that racial equality has yet to infiltrate the ranks of muggers and those in the vocation of doing evil to others.

People living in major cities must understand what living in close proximity to hordes of an underclass population can bring. Atlanta, Baltimore, Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, Chicago, Birmingham, and every major city in the United States are cities with a problem only a few Web sites will point out even exist.

On a lighter note, the National Football League (NFL) postponed a game on Sunday due to snow prompting many people to question the players and the league's toughness:
In 1948, the Eagles won an NFL championship at Shibe Park in a raging blizzard, a game that was never forgotten by the 36,309 die-hards who didn't think twice about braving those conditions to watch history in the making. Then there was the "Snow-Plow" game in New England and the Pats' memorable playoff victory over Oakland in a snowstorm years later, and the frigid 1967 Ice Bowl in Green Bay. To paraphrase Frank Capra this Christmas season, for a true football fan it would not have been as wonderful a life had those remarkable games never been born.
That's why the decision by the NFL and the Eagles, with input from the city of Philadelphia, to postpone last night's game because of a snowstorm that isn't really all that (we might get 11 inches in the city - not exactly Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer territory, not even close) is more than downright disappointing.
This is the height of wimpiness, and the girly-men who made this sad decision should be ashamed of themselves. The NFL has been rightfully called the No Fun League for a number of years, but this takes that to a whole embarrassing new level. In fact, let's name names here: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Eagles' owner Jeff Lurie and president Joe Banner, and Mayor Nutter - you are the Wimps Who Stole Christmas from football fans in Philadelphia.
Honestly, it never even occurred to me that postponing the game (until tomorrow - a decision that also hurts the Eagles' chances of getting a coveted bye in the first round of the playoffs, but we won't go there, not now) was something they'd consider. Around noon yesterday, I got an e-mail from a Daily News colleague (I'm the night city editor on Sundays - by the way, it took me the same amount of time to drive to Center City from Delaware County as it does on a sunny 70-degree afternoon, possibly less) about production plans for putting out the paper, including if the Eagles' game were canceled. I laughed when I read that. Hah! Doesn't she know, I thought, that unless there's a roof collapse or Hurricane Katrina they don't cancel NFL games? Period.
Which is why I was stunned to see this news release from the NFL:
The 1967 Ice Bowl - notice the paucity of Black athletes
"Due to public safety concerns in light of today's snow emergency in Philadelphia, tonight's Vikings-Eagles game has been postponed. Because of the uncertainty of the extent of tonight's storm and its aftermath, the game will be played on Tuesday night at 8 p.m. This will allow sufficient time to ensure that roads, parking lots and the stadium are fully cleared. The National Weather Service states that a winter storm warning in Philadelphia remains in effect until 1 p.m. on Monday . . . "
Today, the NFL is 70 percent Black (when a Black player is benched, cries of racism are near). In 1948, professional football was in its infancy of reinstituting integration.
Whenever you hear people refer to "the good old days" they simply refer to a time when things were all-white or nearly all-white. Integration has helped provide Black athletes with wonderful publicity for their race and opportunities to garner a college education, but it has also provided with a lot of horrible instances of Black people engaging in activity that isn't far removed from the realm of criminality.

Were the NFL a majority white league, the game would have been played last night. When you hear people talk about how "tough" things were in the old-days, they implicitly endorse an era that had white athletes starring at positions they are now forbidden from playing.

We have learned that Black people do not like the cold (the Winter Olympics having a paucity of Black people). Black people don't like snow and wintry conditions leave them flummoxed:
Some senior citizens who live in Flint public housing say they can't stay warm enough in their apartments because of a new heating system that won't let them bump the thermostat past 73 degrees.

"They tell us how much water to use (and now) how much heat to use," said Jacqueline Boone, 60, a resident of Centerview Apartments. "They tell us we have to live with it (but) I turn my stove on at night."
Run by the Flint Housing Commission exclusively for senior citizens, Centerview was built more than 40 years ago but received major upgrades designed to increase energy efficiency earlier this year, according to Rod Slaughter, executive director of FHC.

Among the additions: a new roof, new windows throughout the 90-unit building, and new digital thermostats with pre-set maximum temperatures of 73 degrees.
We have a population in the United States that can do no wrong. Though we can thank them for athletic achievements and for providing entertainment, we can also thank this population for making most major cities uninhabitable.

People are so afraid of calling Black people out, for this act is the most powerful form of defiance one can perform in Black Run America (BRA).

Pro athletes once played for pride, now they play to pay off the child support for their growing brood or to pay back their creditors (looking at you Michael Vick).

We might be the only Web site to accurately call it out, so here goes: that the NFL postponed a game is due to the majority of the contestants on the field being Black. Since the evolutionary biology of Black people and white people is incredibly different (though its not polite to talk about), we know Black people don't like the cold.

This quote below calling "America a nation of wussies" is perfect. BRA has made us a nation of wussies, lobotomizing individuals from speaking out against the dangers that actually exist in our midst. A more virile nation would watch its athletes play in the cold elements, a reminder that the most athletic among us can brave the cold, destitute wintry nights. Now the pampered Black athletes so many people worship couldn't be bothered with performing in snow (perhaps errant snow balls could be thrown?), beautifully serving as a metaphor for what separates "the good old days" from where we are now:
In a sign of the severity of the storm, an NFL football game scheduled on Sunday in Philadelphia was postponed, forcing the Philadelphia Eagles and Minnesota Vikings to reschedule the contest for Tuesday.
The move sparked criticism, especially as the sport loves to glorify great games in snow.

"It's an absolute joke," Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell, a big Eagles fan, told Fox. "I was looking forward to this. It would have been a real experience. This is what football is all about."
"We're becoming a nation of wussies," Rendell said.

We have become a nation of wussies. It's time we change that.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas! Air Jordan 2.0 riots

For two days we'll be quiet celebrating Christmas. We sincerely hope you and yours will have a blessed Christmas 2010.

Do yourself a favor: call an old friend, college roommate or loved one from your past and just say "Merry Christmas"; you'll be surprised how good it feels to reconnect.

Put up a couple dollars in the Salvation Army bucket for us and be sure to stay clear of Air Jordan sales (remember last year?) at your area mall:
The hunt for the most popular athletic shoes led to potential security problems at several Houston-area malls and shopping centers two days before Christmas Day.

Throngs of people formed lines, often in disorganized fashion, Thursday morning at Deerbrook Mall, Northline Commons, Northwest Mall and Greenspoint Mall. Most, if not all the customers, were on a quest to buy the Nike Air Jordan 11 Retro Cool Grey Men's Shoes .

The Humble Police Department said a fight broke out as some people were pushing and shoving each other to get to the front of the line to enter one of the athletic shoe stores in Deerbrook Mall. Officers detained some of the customers but did not say if any arrests would be made.

Several customers outside Northline Commons told FOX 26 News the Air Jordan 11 Retro Cool Grey edition shoes have not been available to the public since 2001.

The inventory of the in-demand Air Jordan sneakers was gone by 8 a.m. Thursday at the three athletic shoe stores in Northwest Mall, FOX 26 News has learned.

On the FOX 26 Facebook fan page, one woman said a line formed at Willowbrook Mall as early as Wednesday afternoon for the shoes.
New Air Jordan's, Christmas, and Black people equal a recipe for a precarious yuletide experience.

Have a Merry Christmas. Tomorrow, once the in-laws and family have left and the presents have all been unwrapped and the bedlam of Christmas has come to a merciful ending head back over here for one last gift.

Thank you for reading and for being patient with us during this 2010 year. Stuff Black People Don't Like is excited about 2011, but we want to wish you all a Merry Christmas.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

NASA's Final Frontier: Finding the great Black Scientist

We all know what NASA's current mission, with Muslim outreach now the primary goal of that once vaunted organization.

Houston, 1969: How did these white guys ever succeed without Black people?
The next few days will see some long-awaited entries finally "go up" at SBPDL, but a quick thought on a story that came to our attention yesterday. NASA is attempting to address the "critical" shortage of Black people within the ranks of science and engineering fields, at a time when many high schools are doing away with honors programs and gifted classes because of a shortage of Black people in their ranks. With fewer Black students taking AP exams (and fewer garnering a three or above), one is left wondering where NASA will locate potential Black astrobiologists.

Curbing excellence seems to be a ploy to remove all remnants of white people excelling where Black people constantly fail. Perhaps if science labs are removed from high schools (as in Berkeley), the stunning athletic achievements of Black people will somehow progress our levels of scientific knowledge.

Instead of investing money in the "gifted" segments of society, we are intent on de-investing from those programs and redistributing that money to areas of consistent failure:

NASA has selected the United Negro College Fund Special Programs Corp. of Falls Church, Va., to administer a $1 million career development and educational program designed to address the critical shortage of U.S. minority students in science and engineering fields.

The NASA Astrobiology Institute's (NAI) Minority Institution Research Support (MIRS) program in Moffett Field, Calif., is providing the funding for the four-year effort. The program will provide opportunities for up to four faculty members and eight students from minority-serving institutions to partner with astrobiology investigators. Astrobiology is the study of the origin, evolution, distribution and the future of life on Earth and the potential for life elsewhere.

"Providing new education opportunities for minority students will both enrich lives and answer a critical need for proficiency in science and engineering," NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said. "But just as importantly, the program is an investment to cultivate imaginative thinking about the field of astrobiology."

The United Negro College Fund Special Programs Corp. will use its extensive database of 14,000 registrants to develop an online community to provide webinars, virtual training and videoconferences, and provide outreach and recruitment for program participants. The program's objective is to engage more teachers from under-represented schools in astrobiology research and increase the number of students pursuing careers in astrobiology.

"Our nation's underserved populations are a tremendous resource on which we must draw, not just for science, but for everything we do," said Carl Pilcher, director of NASA's Astrobiology Institute. "We are extremely pleased that the NAI MIRS program will continue contributing under the leadership of such a strong and experienced partner."

Founded in 1998, NAI is a partnership between NASA, 14 U.S. teams of universities and other organizations, and seven international consortia. NAI's goals are to promote, conduct, and lead interdisciplinary astrobiology research, train a new generation of astrobiology researchers, and share the excitement of the field.

One of the first rules of SBPDL is that any organization that fails to have significant numbers of Black people  (or vocational fields) is operating at crisis level. Only with the introduction of large numbers of Black people can offset this horrible situation, for the efficiency of an organization and its status as a progressive, tolerant company (or vocation) is at stake.

So how many Black astrobiologists are there?:
During the Astrobiology Science Conference held at NASA Ames in April 2002, less than 1% of the 800 attendees were African-American.  To increase the visibility and participation of underrepresented scientists, The Minority Institution Astrobiology Collaboratory (MIAC) was formed.
A sane society would have no problem asking why that might be, but an insane society merely inquires as to how a greater representation of Black people will be possible (hint, lowering standards to becoming an astrobiologist).

One institution that has allocated money for NASA (and is a predominately Black university) is Alabama A&M. A top producer of Black people with advanced doctorates, Alabama A&M is also home to growing controversy that involves NASA, tens of millions of dollars and a chief compliance officer who used to be a janitor:
According to high ranking officials at Alabama A&M University, the FBI has started asking questions about recent events at the Research Institute.

That's the flagship scientific research program, an 11-year-old separate corporate entity that employs A&M professors to handle millions in private and government research contracts on behalf of NASA, the Defense Department and numerous companies, such as Boeing.

"Yes, some senior administrators have been informed of a potential situation with the Research Institute," said university spokesperson Wendy Kobler on Thursday when asked about the FBI investigation. "Of late, there have been no follow up conversations about the ongoing inquiry into the Research Institute."
According to the former institute attorney, Annary Cheatham, after a summer of more than five firings and forceouts, there's just about no one left at the institute with a background in science or with the necessary security clearance.

The institute's small governing board, which includes former A&M trustee Shefton Riggins and current A&M trustee Tom Bell, on June 14 held a private meeting and fired the man who had helped found the institute, physicist and longtime director Dr. Daryush Ila.

They hired Dr. Tommy Coleman, who has a background in plant and soil science. In July, the board removed Coleman and put in director Deidra Willis-Gopher, a former teacher.

Kevin Matthews, a former Madison County janitor, became the new chief compliance officer. And Cheatham, who was brought in as general counsel for the institute on July 20 and let go 15 days later, said the bylaws were rewritten to place Matthews on the Institute board with Riggins and Bell, meaning Matthews is, in part, supervising himself.
Yes, the chief compliance officer that oversaw millions in grants was a former janitor.

Like all government agencies, NASA exceeds its employment of Black people (correlated to the percentage of the overall US population) by 49 percent.  This isn't enough, as NASA lags in diversity:
In a year of firsts, the nomination of an African-American to lead NASA hasn't grabbed national front-page headlines used for a black president moving into the White House, or for the selection of a Hispanic justice for the U.S. Supreme Court.

Yet, if former astronaut Charles Bolden is confirmed as the next NASA administrator, he will take over an agency still struggling to match the racial diversity found in the nation's population, much less the federal work force in general.

Part of the reason is because minorities are underrepresented in the science- and math-related professions from which NASA draws, said space policy expert Howard McCurdy.

But that doesn't excuse NASA, he said.

"The federal government has viewed itself as having a special responsibility to be a model employer, to go beyond what the occupational distribution allows," said McCurdy, a public affairs professor at American University in Washington, D.C.

"I don't sense that NASA moves much beyond what the occupational categories provide them. They are much more comfortable with technical challenges than with social ones."

When it comes to racial parity, NASA falls short in all but one ethnic group, Asian-Americans. At Kennedy Space Center, the situation is a little different.
Blacks, who make up 12.8 percent of the U.S. population, represent 11.3 percent of NASA's employees. They make up 17.9 percent of the federal work force. At KSC, blacks make up 7.6 percent of the work force, compared with 10 percent of Brevard County's population.
Hispanics represent 5.9 percent of all NASA employees, although they make up 7.9 percent of the federal labor force and 15.1 percent of the nation's population. Ten percent of KSC's work force is made up of Hispanics, compared with 6.9 percent of Brevard's population
Asian-Americans, who make up 4.6 percent of the national population, represent 6.3 percent of NASA's work force. That's nearly double the 3.4 percent they represent of all government employees. At KSC, 4.2 percent of the work force is made up of Asian-Americans, compared with 2.1 percent of Brevard's population."
We once went to the moon. We can't go back now, not because mankind is getting dumber, but because mankind is having to curb excellence so that Black people won't be left out. Honors classes, military entrance exams, AP exams, the SAT, LSAT, MCAT and ACT, the Wonderlic and any other test that requires a No. 2 pencil must go, because they deny Black people the opportunity to bless many vocations with wondrous variety and diversity. 

American innovation has been handicapped by the failures of Black people and to compensate for this continued poor academic showing (and thus high rate of barber shop employees), all companies or organizations - both public and private - must lower standards.

To understand why America made it to the moon in 1969 is to understand where America would be ranked in the PISA scores internationally were the white score not saddled with those of an underachieving racial group. 

The contributions of Black people can not go unnoticed: where would the world be without the Super Soaker or this nifty invention to hold sagging pants up?

We can only look at modern Huntsville to see where mankind is heading, thanks to Antoine Dodson.

Those of us looking at the year 2010 coming to close realize the world of Harrison Bergeron is upon us.

Monday, December 20, 2010

#43. The Reality of Prince George's County

In the United States, one city is known as the Black Mecca – Atlanta. Though the demographics are changing rapidly, the rampant corruption found throughout Hotlanta won’t go away anytime soon. A massive scandal in the city school system – led by Black principals – is threatening the accreditation of that district.
Once you go Black...
What other county in Georgia recently lost its accreditation? Clayton County, a once thriving suburb that is now the mortgage default capital of the United States:
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s analysis of hundreds of thousands of county tax appraisals across metro Atlanta, compared with actual home sales prices, turned up an extraordinary phenomenon in Clayton: Of the 1,302 sales last year, 581 were “bank sales” — transactions in which a lender has taken back a home and resold it.

The county’s chief appraiser, Rodney McDaniel, said the declines in Clayton’s 2010 property valuations surprised even him.

“I didn’t think we could go much lower than we did last year,” McDaniel said. “But the foreclosure sales are really driving the assessments this year.”

For property owners, the plague of foreclosures has injected even more uncertainty into an uncertain market, particularly when it comes to county tax appraisals.
 Clayton County is a Black county, run by Black people, who – upon taking power- fired all of the white police and had snipers on the roof of the police precinct as they were being escorted out. This was in 2007, an updated look at what Jim Crow must have been like only in reverse.

Atlanta is home to what many people claim to be the top county for Black people to live in, in all of America – DeKalb County. We have covered the status of that county before and, well, it’s not exactly a shining example of a thriving community.

Other majority Black areas (here is Wikipedia’s list of cities with the largest percentages of Black residents) fair about the same, with the sad news of Camden highlighting the growing problem of Black people relying on the government for jobs and what happens when the money runs out:
His family was a sample of the bloody consequences being felt in the Black and Hispanic families in minority communities throughout New Jersey as a result of the scorched earth policies of the Republican governor, and former New Jersey U.S. attorney.

Christie had suddenly transformed the streets and corridors of cities like Camden, Newark and Trenton into killing fields of minority dreams. Through his brutal programs Christie was rapidly shaping himself into a Republican and tea party presidential contender as well as a feared governor in New Jersey. He was considered by some in Camden to be a “bully,” using the weak to ram through his budget cuts.

The impoverished city of Camden, located in one of the wealthiest states in the nation, has long been a subject of futile revitalization efforts by a long line of Democratic and Republican governors before Christie. But now its head was on the chopping block along with the necks of numerous other urban areas.

Council President Frank Moran argues that the governor should give Camden authorization to implement a wage tax for the thousands of outside workers who come into the city each day to work at the numerous state, county, religious and nonprofit institutions. He said because of these facilities that are tenants in Camden, close to 56 percent of the city’s real estate is tax exempt, leaving the city with no way to expand its revenue income.

To make matters worse, much of the city’s shortfall resulted because Camden’s political establishment miscalculated pension obligations.

Moran points out Newark and other larger municipalities than Camden have wage taxes and that a special exception should be made for Camden because of all the governmental, religious and nonprofit facilities it hosts…

Moran suggested that Delgado and other Camden residents direct their protests to Gov. Christie. The price tag is $69 million in so-called “transitional aid.”

Williamson, leader of the rank and file of the police department, FOP said that the city as well as minorities were being made whipping boys by the Christie administration to make it appear that they are taking aggressive action and resorting to austere measures.

He said the cuts will only make the city’s plight worse by making outsiders afraid to come into the city to do business or set up business.

“The attack on public safety and the educational system will not make anyone more comfortable to move into the city to help jumpstart the city’s economy ... It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that most of the cities hit are Black, Hispanic and Asian.”
 It is sad that Camden is forced to make these cuts and that, like DeKalb and Clayton County, the citizens of the city have few businesses capable of squeezing taxes out of and few employment opportunities (save the post office, government and barber shops).

Perhaps Detroit provides the best glimpse of the future for these three areas with the city beginning a complete rollback of all government services (with a 25 percent graduation rate, the city schools long ago stopped providing academic services). A town without a major chain grocery store is being allowed to go back to the wild.

We’ve discussed Newark - a town that cherishes the celebrity of its mayor to bring in donations to keep that city solvent - but one area that has escaped an honest look at SBPDL is the penultimate Black place to live in America: Prince George's County.

Prince George's County epitomizes the problems that are obvious in the aforementioned cities (and ones found in the archives), but the primary problem afflicting the county is a reliance on high-paying government jobs to fund their version of the American dream. What happens when those jobs go away?

Sadly, the majority of residents in this thriving Black area rely on high interest home loans to fund their dream. These loans mean a lot of these residents are saddled with debt:
Residents of majority-black Prince George's County are much more likely to be saddled with high-interest home loans than residents of predominantly white areas in the rest of the region, placing them at greater risk of financial distress and foreclosure. 

About 43 percent of Prince George's County residents who refinanced their homes in 2005 received high-cost loans, compared with 24 percent of homeowners regionwide, according to Federal Reserve data compiled for The Washington Post by the Consumer Federation of America. Similarly, 43 percent of people buying homes in the county in 2005 financed their purchases with high-cost loans, compared with 20 percent regionally. 

High-cost loans are a large slice of the subprime mortgage market, called such because the loans' terms are less desirable. Fears about escalating problems in the subprime market have shaken broader financial markets in recent days and raised concerns that if foreclosures rise significantly, it could hamper economic growth. The government defines high-cost loans as those with interest rates 3 percentage points or more above a certain market rate…

Housing and civil rights advocates have long said that blacks are pushed to costly loans by mortgage brokers who mislead them into believing those are the only loans they can qualify for. 

"It's sad, but I'm not surprised," Hilary Shelton, director of the Washington bureau of the NAACP, said of the Prince George's data. "It's the same issue all over the country." 

Lending industry trade groups deny race is the only reason for high rates. Doug Duncan, chief economist at the Mortgage Bankers Association, said people pay more for loans if they have poor credit, large student loans or want to make a lower down payment. Wright Andrews, a lobbyist for subprime lenders, has acknowledged differences between loan rates but has blamed them on underlying "economic disparities."
Industry officials have acknowledged that predatory lending exists and have urged uniform national lending laws. 

People can find themselves with high-cost loans for many reasons. Prince George's County is the nation's wealthiest majority-black jurisdiction, and housing costs there are high. If homeowners also have high car payments, student loans or credit card balances, that could raise their debt-to-income ratio, forcing them into costly loans. Overspending or paying bills late can also hurt people's credit. 
Credit and credit standards are both included in SBPDL (along with paying back student loans, both upcoming entries) and maintaining good credit to ensure that home loan rates will be low is a risky, acting white proposition. Paying bills in a timely manner is a move that only the token Black dares make, thus why the mortgage crisis has been a minority fueled meltdown.

In a country governed by the rules of Black Run America (BRA), forcing Black people to take riskier loans because they have, on average, worse credit scores and represent a higher probability of defaulting on loans is merely perpetuating racism:
“Federal officials launched an investigation Wednesday to determine whether 22 mortgage lenders have been discriminating against qualified African-American and Latino borrowers by denying them government-insured loans.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development said the inquiry is in response to complaints filed Tuesday by the National Community Reinvestment Coalition accusing 22 banks nationwide of violating fair housing laws.

The coalition said the lenders denied Federal Housing Administration-insured loans to borrowers with credit scores that met the federal standard of 580 to be eligible for the insurance against default, but the lenders set higher credit score thresholds.

The Washington-based NCRC claims those requirements disproportionately harm black and Hispanic communities, since many minority borrowers’ credit scores fall between the federal threshold of 580 and the higher benchmarks set by the banks.”
 We have seen the future and it will be. The mortgage crisis brought on by aggressive attempts to increase home ownership to Black people and the subsequent failure of these same Black people to pay the mortgages (many times with no down payments, low interest rates and small monthly payments) is actually the fault of evil white male bankers, who were secretly plotting to bring down AIG, Bear Stearns and Lehman Brothers.

Now these banks are being sued by Black people, whose poor credit regrettably made them ineligible for low-risk loans.

Tea Party enthusiasts must understand that the principles they promote run directly anathema to those of BRA. There is a reason the Tea Party is monochromatic; a lot of Black people rely on the state for their well being. Cutting that off, as we see in Camden, is grounds for nothing but nasty words toward the Republican governor of the state.

Prince George's County, long the destination of mobile Black people, relies on a steady supply of government jobs to maintain the growth and keep its citizens employed. Even this isn’t enough:
“Back in the 1970s, Woodley Timberlake was part of the mass migration of black Washingtonians to Prince George's County, an exodus fueled by the quest for the American dream -- a home with a back yard, quality schools and a safe neighborhood.

Timberlake, now 65 and a retired federal worker, felt proud as blacks captured political and economic power in the once-majority-white county. But two years ago, when his daughter and her husband planned to return to the area with their baby girl, Timberlake urged them to move to a safe community with good public schools -- not Prince George's. His daughter chose Fairfax County. 

A generation ago, civic leaders and scholars cast Prince George's as a rising mecca for middle-class African Americans, a place where they could pursue an affluent suburban lifestyle that had long been the province of whites…

Prince George's is also recovering from a recession that has driven foreclosures to the highest levels in Maryland. Although county leaders are hopeful about rising math and reading test scores and last year's dramatic decrease in crime, Prince George's public schools remain among the worst-performing in Maryland, and the number of homicides, robberies and car thefts rank near the top in the state.”
Cities rise and fall. They can be burned to the ground, rebuilt and a mighty conflagration can bring ruin yet again. But once a city changes hands from the population that built and sustained it, and turned over to a different population, the results are simply as outlined above.

Mall envy exists for a reason. Public transportation is failing for a reason. And a lack of retailers in predominately Black areas happens for a reason:
Prince George’s County – sometimes derisively abbreviated as “PG” – is the undisputed Mecca of the Black middle class.  It holds the largest concentration of affluent and educated African Americans in the nation, well ahead of Black cultural hot spots like Atlanta, Philadelphia or Chicago.  Income is high due to a settled federal workforce in a Washington, D.C. suburb and countless government contractors with job stability.  In recent years, before recession took hold, Prince George’s County was in the midst of economic revival from the explosion of town centers showing off name brand retailers to the ambitious development of an awe-inspiring National Harbor on the Potomac.  It is where many professional Black folks move.

Most recently, Prince George’s finally got its wish: the opening of a brand new, fully-stocked Wegmans grocery store.  Residents had, understandably, complained for years about the lack of prominent, organic food retailers in the county, citing a pattern of racial redlining that forced the county’s majority Black population to travel miles into predominantly White counties to shop at spots like Whole Foods, Wegmans and others.

When the County seemed to move forward, even as unemployment and foreclosures gripped it, news of an unfolding political scandal took it two steps backward.  Federal prosecutors accuse County Executive Jack Johnson of engineering sophisticated kickback schemes with various developers and businesses in the county.  It got worse when Johnson and his wife were caught on wiretap allegedly flushing a $100,000 check down the toilet when FBI agents knocked on the door of their Mitchellville home.  Leslie Johnson, federal court documents allege, stuffed nearly $80,000 in her bra.
It tells you all you need to know about the state of Black America when the top county for Black people (Prince George's) can't even get a major retailer to set up shop within its borders. It tells you something about the state of Black America when the top Black county has a population with such poor overall credit that special loans had to be made in an effort to ensure home ownership in the first place.

It tells you all you need to know about the state of Black America when Prince George's has schools that consistently put up poor marks and ranks as one of the worst academically in all of Maryland. 

Poverty isn't the cause of crime, though conversely, a cities well-being does reflect its demographics.With segregation at a purported all-time low, one would expect a nation living in harmony. Such is not the case. Stuff White People Like (SWPL) white people live highly segregated lives far away from Black people.

Here is an awesome Web site that breaks down the top cities for SWPL white people and points out how few Black people are to be found

Black areas - as we have learned today - aren't a hotbed for thriving economies. 

In many cities, Black people rarely live in areas with white people.

So here is the ultimate question we can ask from the information available to us: does a majority Black city or county exist that is thriving? If not, is this why cities or counties that see massive white flight eventually turn into facsimiles of Clayton County?

As the nation becomes increasingly brown, white people surreptitiously look for areas with little diversity. Mobile Black people look for safe places to raise families and frequently select former whitopia's.

In time, those whitopia's become just as unappealing as the cities those mobile and economically viable Black people escaped from, only perpetuating the cycle of ruination.

Perhaps this is why that joke from The Boondock Saints resonates so deeply...

Stuff Black People Don't Like includes the reality of Prince George's County. If the best county for Black people in America isn't that different from a place like Clayton County, then what does that truly mean?

Watch a video on Prince George's County here.