They Keep Coming Back For More

29 03 2017


CNN, on what seems to be my favorite topic.

It’s not that long, so the dive won’t be that deep.  But you’ll still need the scuba gear, because you can’t hold your breath for that long.

The hidden costs of segregation

It’s pretty well established that racial segregation limits access to jobs, education, public services and other resources for people in high-poverty neighborhoods.

The rest of this will make sense if you realize that what is meant by “segregation” here isn’t the kind of de jure legal segregation that was legally jettisoned 53 years ago. What they mean by “segregation” in articles like these, is any large scale urban area (*) concentration of black people, esp. the black undertow.

The Urban Institute, in collaboration with the Metropolitan Planning Council, analyzed data from the 100 most populous metro areas in the 1990, 2000 and 2010 censuses and found that less segregated regions had higher average incomes and educational attainment and lower homicide rates.

Meaning that the metro areas with the least prevalent concentrations of the black undertow are metro areas where the people tend to make more money, go to school longer and murder each other less.  Because, who could have ever guessed?

Regions with more segregation between blacks and whites are more economically segregated, the study found. The relationship is weaker when measuring Latino-white segregation.

“Weaker” because Latinos tend to be less obnoxious than blacks.

In regions where there is a high level of economic segregation, access to education, jobs, housing and public services is largely concentrated in the areas where high-income people live, and far away from where low-income people live.

Meanwhile, where the “low-income people” live, there is a high concentration of TV sets tuned to the station that shows the Maury Povich Show.  You are NOT the father!

Any more brain busters?

Places with greater segregation between low- and high-income people also tend to have greater income inequality on the whole.

The more low-income people you have, the greater the Gini coefficient will be.  That’s not a discovery, that’s math.

What does an economically segregated region look like? Take for example New York City, which tops the list. People living in affluent neighborhoods reap the benefits of good schools, low crime rates and access to public services, while those priced out of those areas may have to travel farther for access to services, work or school — if they can afford the trip at all. The result is uneven distribution of wealth, which keeps poor neighborhoods poor and limits potential spillover effects of affluence.

The whole irony is that all of this is nothing more than an advertisement for HOPE/AFFH, which will only serve to move “those priced out of those areas” even further away from all those “benefits” that “people in affluent neighborhoods reap.”

In general, however, blacks and whites tend to be more segregated from one another than Latinos and whites.

Already addressed that.

Whites tend to benefit most from high degrees of racial segregation, according to the study. They earn higher wages, complete college at higher rates and get higher-status jobs.

Not being close to the black undertow is good for white people.

When levels of segregation are high in a region, black residents tend to suffer most, the report found.

While being close to the black undertow or within the black undertow is bad for black people.

Good to know.

Higher levels of economic segregation are associated with lower median and per capita income for blacks. Additionally, higher levels of racial segregation are associated with lower incomes and lower educational attainment for blacks.

Blacks within in and part of the black undertow don’t make much money and don’t go to school that much.

Really?  You don’t say.

The effects add up. Higher levels of black-white segregation are associated with lower levels of educational attainment for blacks and whites and lower levels of safety for all area residents.

Meaning that blacks within the black undertow victimize blacks within the black undertow and sometimes also leave the ghetto to victimize whites.

Using Chicago as a case study, the report’s authors argue reducing racial and economic segregation to the median level could increase black per capita income and educational attainment and lower the homicide rate.

What it will really do is to de-undertow the south side so that white liberals can live there and be close to the heart of Chicago.  As far as the black people?  It won’t make a difference for them.


All that’s really going on here is the media’s deliberately confusing use of the emotionally loaded term “segregation” to refer to any large widespread swath of underclass blacks in an urban area is designed to keep enough people politically jazzed for HOPE/AFFH or whatever it will be called when we have our next Democrat President.

(*) – The strange part is that I never seem to read the problems of “segregation” among black people in the black belt rural South.  Then again, no white liberals want to take over Holmes County, Mississippi.

House Moving Party

27 02 2017

St. Louis Place

The preservationist mindset is a good thing.

Too bad we weren’t so strident about preservationism many decades ago when we were allowing these neighborhoods’ demographics to transition from first world to third world.

It is written about the house’s new real estate that it’s close to residential edifices that rival Lafayette Square.  Problem is, its houses might, but its population demographics don’t.

Decoder Ring, Activate

2 01 2017

Washington, D.C.

NYT, ever the cheerleader for urban gentrification, and its inevitable and necessary displacement of blacks, now complains that one such gentrifying city, Washington, D.C., is too expensive for single black mothers of relatively limited income.

Ordinarily, you’d think the NYT is just chasing its tail, but your ever-lovin’ blogmeister, with his decoder ring, is about to tell you what this article really saying, or rather, demanding:

That Trump and Ben Carson not halt AFFH.

Cities of the World, Unite!

17 10 2016

Quito, Ecuador

Because we’re not paying enough attention to the world’s major cities; they are at a competitive disadvantage because only 99% of the world’s major media are based in the world’s major cities.

What this does prove is that a given political elite of one of the world’s noted cities has more in common with another elite of another such city on the other side of the world than he has with someone who lives in the suburbs of his own city.

Also, I wonder if there’s some relationship between this conference happening in Ecuador and Julian Assange’s internet suddenly being cut off.

I’m Not a Lawyer, and I Don’t Play One on TV

27 09 2016

Washington, D.C.

However, I do have the ability to read fine print.  And when it comes to this story, some lawyers, (cough cough, Glenn Reynolds, cough cough), don’t seem to be able to do that.


Obama takes on zoning laws in bid to build more housing, spur growth

The Obama administration Monday is calling on cities and counties to rethink their zoning laws, saying that antiquated rules on construction, housing and land use are contributing to high rents and income inequality, and dragging down the U.S. economy as a whole.

Glenn Reynolds’s reaction?

White House Bucks Gentry Liberals On Zoning.

Not so fast.

The devil is in the fine print and the weasel words.  I have already quoted one of them, that is “calling.”  The rest of the article is the same way — All Obama did was issue a bunch of suggestions.  He’s suggesting that core cities do these things.  Meanwhile, he is wielding the power of the Federal government to force suburbs to build apartments, accept Section 8, and on the sly recruit single black women with children in urban areas.  And we all know what that is and what that means.

When there is a disparity between rhetoric and action, I go with the action.


One Man’s Contradiction Is Another Man’s Consistency

30 08 2016

San Francisco

American Interest:

This episode is a tragically characteristic of the blue model’s tendency toward self-contradiction—in this case, pitting unions against the poor and middle-class. The most sustainable way to make housing affordable to low and modest-income people is to relax rent-seeking regulations that block new construction for the sake of protecting the real estate values of property owners. But labor unions—which ostensibly stand for working class interests—will not stand for new construction unless it is accompanied by carve-outs and cronyist regulations that artificially boost their compensation.

So despite the best of intentions, the California blue coalition has proven once again unable to deliver smart, broadly appealing, pro-middle class policy, forced instead of concede to one of the many powerful special interests that makes up its vast and increasingly incoherent political base.

No contradiction, self or otherwise.  No bugs, just features.  Billionaires use their intellectual, societal, cultural, political and media power to pit people and groups against each other who would and should otherwise have a lot more comity, even if they’re never tight all the time, and the net consequence is that the value of San Francisco real estate keeps increasing, benefiting the incumbent deed holders.  Billionaires win.

Don’t worry, a new social justice crisis will break just before sunset.

Who Not What

28 04 2016


Wanna know why lamestream conservatives mostly lose?

Because they analyze the left’s tribal identity politics in terms of universalist abstractions, mainly because they take the left’s universalist pretenses at face value, and conclude that since the left’s tribal identity based effort du jour does not meet whatever universalist abstraction is supposedly the matter at hand, that just saying that and writing that will carry the day and make the left back down.

Repeating just in case you’ve been in Antarctica for the last few years:  AFFH is all about urban white liberals unloading urban ghetto underclass blacks on suburbs, especially peaked or past peak older inner suburbs, so that the cities are safe for urban white liberal gentrification.  It’s not about someone pursuing “justice,” or someone falling short of that goal, it’s pure it’s pure identity politics, Who-Whom.

Beating AFFH will happen when its white victims either self-organize or are externally organized around their tribal concerns and their race-based opposition to moving ghetto blacks from the city next door to them.  Even if they have to do it on the sly; just as the left is cloaking a tribal agenda under universalist garb in their support of AFFH, if we were on our game, we could easily find a way to do the same in our opposition, to find some sort of universalist excuse to couch what we all know is our race-based agenda.

Just don’t expect abstraction-obsessed lamestream conservatives to do it.

As an aside, this article muddies the issue by bringing up Julian Castro and La Raza Unida.  That is definitely worth knowing, but not relevant to the pregnant politics of AFFH.  It is only brought up because Castro just so happens to be the HUD Secretary of a White House that would be pursuing AFFH no matter who Obama appointed to lead HUD.  If Obama appointed Mickey Mouse to lead HUD, it wouldn’t make much sense to talk about mouse-born rabies in an article about AFFH, but the author of this article would find a way.