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“A Black a block. Spread em out and civilize em.”
This comment was a favorite of Avram Davidson, a famous science fiction writer who was a friend of my family, and a friend of mine. I discuss him in this post. I hate to quote Avram in a racist way, but he did have some racist tendencies, even if he was a progressive person.
I’m an integrationist. Large clusters of Blacks are bad for Blacks and bad for everyone else. Blacks function best and others are harmed least when Blacks are spread thinly as a minority through the community. Put them in one place and you get a ghetto. Even when you spread them out, they still cause problems, but not mayhem, which is what you get when they cluster into ghettos.
Blacks in ghettos descend to the lowest common denominator and are driven by the culture to bring out the worst of their tendencies. Spread thinly into non-Black areas, they have better examples, fewer ghetto morons to emulate, and seem to do better.
I posted this suggestion on a website and received a number of rejoinders. The rejoinders varied:
It won’t work. We’re trying it and it isn’t working. Whites shouldn’t have to put up with any Blacks in their areas. The races should be segregated. Or at least Whites should have the right to decide to keep all Blacks out of White neighborhoods.
The only solution to Blacks is to send them back to Africa. Blacks are animals and it is therefore impossible to integrate them at all with Whites. Section 8 housing is already trying something like this – to redistribute ghetto Blacks into non-Black and better neighborhoods and it is failing.
My response to the rejoinders is that segregation is illegal, and it’s not coming back. White separatism is probably illegal, and it’s not going to happen either. Blacks are never going to be sent back to Africa, and are not going there on their own.
The real problem is large concentrations of Blacks in ghettos and even possibly in states. Here in California, we don’t have much of a Black problem. This town I live in is 4% Black, and many are pretty ghetto-type people.
But they really do cause few problems here. They don’t have any numbers at all, and there is no ghetto for them to cluster in to drive them down to the lowest denominator. The Blacks around here live with Hispanics and some Whites and they seem to do better than they would in an all-Black hood.
I know a few Blacks around here. They are already sort of ghetto as it is, but I am convinced that living outside of a ghetto is benefiting them.
One woman I think of has several daughters. The 14 yr old is an honor student, plays in the band and has tons of White friends. Another daughter is at university and has a White boyfriend. Another daughter upstairs is in some medical assistant program. Other relatives are in the service in Iraq or work as probation officers. The woman herself is a retired schoolteacher. The Black lady next door is a Jehovah’s Witness.
I’m convinced that these Blacks would be so screwed if they were in a ghetto. A lot of them are already somewhat ghetto as it is and you know they would go full ghetto in the hood. Even the ones doing well now, I just could not see them doing this well in the hood. Forget it.
If the option is to have Blacks packed into ghettos where they reinforce each other down to the lowest common denominator and commit tons of mayhem not just to themselves but to non-Blacks inside and outside the ghetto, or to spread them thinly where they just create problems and not mayhem, I say the latter is better.
They’re coming to White areas anyway, there’s no stopping them.
I live in a complex that has a lot of Section 8 in it. It’s no different from the rest of this barrio really. The Section 8 people vary a lot. Some of the Section 8 people in there are Whites on disability, and they are the most harmless and civilized folks you will ever meet.
I think that the Section 8 problems are grossly exaggerated, though it is true that while many are not doing dramatically better, they are doing somewhat better.
Note: Repost from the old blog.