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A Hundred Percent of Nothing
CNS News ^ | 12/18/2012

Posted on 12/18/2012 3:23:11 PM PST by Altura Ct.

JoAnn Watson, Detroit city council member, said, "Our people in an overwhelming way supported the re-election of this president, and there ought to be a quid pro quo." In other words, President Obama should send the nearly bankrupted city of Detroit millions in taxpayer bailout money. But there's a painful lesson to be learned from decades of political hustling and counsel by intellectuals and urban experts.

In 1960, Detroit's population was 1.6 million. Blacks were 29 percent, and whites were 70 percent. Today, Detroit's population has fallen precipitously to 707,000, of which blacks are 84 percent and whites 8 percent. Much of the city's decline began with the election of Coleman Young, Detroit's first black mayor and mayor for five terms, who engaged in political favoritism to blacks and tax policies against higher income mostly white people.

Young's successors, Dennis Archer and Kwame Kilpatrick, followed his Third World tyrant policies, but neither had his verbal vulgarity. Kilpatrick (2002-2008) went to jail and is on trial today on charges of corruption. Mayor David Bing is making an effort to revive Detroit. His problem is that he's not God.

Policies that ran whites and other more affluent people out of Detroit might have been Young's and his successors' strategy. After all, why not get rid of people who aren't going to vote for you anyway? The problem is that getting rid of these people left Detroit with a lower tax base, fewer jobs and fewer consumers.

Fewer whites might be good for the careers of black politicians, but it's not in the best interests of ordinary blacks. Blacks have political control of Detroit, but the relevant question is whether some control of something is better than 100 percent control of nothing. By most measures, Detroit is one of the nation's most tragic cities, and it's mostly self-imposed.

Detroit topped Forbes magazine's 2010 list of America's Most Dangerous Cities. That year there were 345 homicides, but that's going to be topped with this year's 365 homicides so far.

Most homicide victims in Detroit and elsewhere are black, and 95 percent of the time their murderers are black. But far more important to black leaders and white liberals than blacks murdering blacks are charges of police misconduct and racial profiling.

Detroit's predominantly black public schools are close to being the worst in the nation, perhaps with the exception of those of Washington, D.C. Only 4 percent of Detroit's eighth-graders scored proficient or above on the most recent National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) test, sometimes called "The Nation's Report Card." Thirty-six percent scored basic, and 57 percent below basic. "Below basic" is when a student is unable to demonstrate even partial mastery of knowledge and skills fundamental for proficient work at their grade level. "Basic" indicates only partial mastery.

Unbeknownst to most black parents is the fact that most black students who manage to graduate from high school cannot read and compute any better than whites four years younger and still in junior high school.

Here's a question for you: If we put a group of 100 students of any race having an eighth-grade level of proficiency and another group of 100 students of any race with a 12th-grade level of proficiency in college, is it reasonable to expect the first group to perform as well as the second? On top of that, is it reasonable to expect a student of any race to be able to make up 12 years of fraudulent K-12 education in the space of four or five years of college?

Detroit's social pathology is seen in other cities with large black populations such as Philadelphia, Newark, Baltimore and Chicago. These are cities where blacks have for years dominated the political machinery in the forms of mayors, police chiefs, superintendents of schools and city councilmen, plus they've been Democrats.

It's safe to conclude that the focus on political power doesn't do much for ordinary blacks.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government
KEYWORDS: detroit; michigan; walterwilliams
Walter Williams saying what whites are afraid to say...
1 posted on 12/18/2012 3:23:13 PM PST by Altura Ct.
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To: Springman; cyclotic; netmilsmom; RatsDawg; PGalt; FreedomHammer; queenkathy; madison10; ...
And it doesn't look like Detroit is getting their bacon.

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Weekly/biweekly Michigan legislative activism thread December 7, 2012
2 posted on 12/18/2012 3:27:44 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Altura Ct.

Detroit’s city council is a minstrel show.


3 posted on 12/18/2012 3:28:35 PM PST by 4buttons
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To: Altura Ct.

“...there ought to be a quid pro quo.”

I have no problem with that as long as 0bama uses his own money, not ours.


4 posted on 12/18/2012 3:30:02 PM PST by beelzepug ("Why bother creating wealth when you can just redistribute it?")
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To: Altura Ct.

I live in the Detroit metropolitan area. Personally, I don’t think Dennis Archer fell into the same camp with Young and Kilpatrick. If anything, he may not have been considered ‘black enough’ by Detroiters. I never observed the same degree antagonism that suburbanites often got from Kilpatrick and, especially, King Coleman.

I’d liken Archer more to Bing than these other two.

Just one guy’s opinion...


5 posted on 12/18/2012 3:34:38 PM PST by DJ Frisat ((optional, printed after my name on post))
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To: Altura Ct.

I remember a black friend in my high school days almost fifty years ago. Other blacks jumping on him and beating him, because he hung out with white kids and wanted to better himself. The problem is that peer pressure is great on these kids, keeping them down wth the ghetto mentality. If they want to change, they’ve got to get out of Detroit. (Unfortunately for my friend, he drowned in an accident - a good guy who lived in a ghetto.)


6 posted on 12/18/2012 3:35:07 PM PST by roadcat
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To: 4buttons

Don’t be disrespectin me all up in here, Shrek.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZQLxVO-qjM


7 posted on 12/18/2012 3:35:15 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Altura Ct.

Must be a b!tch finally owning the plantation without knowing how to plant cotton.


8 posted on 12/18/2012 3:36:04 PM PST by patriotsblood
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To: Altura Ct.

>>Kilpatrick (2002-2008) went to jail and is on trial today on charges of corruption. <<

Truth be told, in many/most Black communities that guarantees re-election in a run after the sentence finishes.


9 posted on 12/18/2012 3:45:38 PM PST by freedumb2003 (Here comes bama claus here comes bama claus left down bama claus lane!)
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To: Altura Ct.

Walter can say it all he wants, the liberals will still not figure out how it went wrong.


10 posted on 12/18/2012 3:47:52 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: freedumb2003

I wish I could find the video of Caroline Cheeks Kilpatrick complaining about them arresting Kwame for leaving the country while on probation.

She said he didn’t go nowhere, he went to Windsor.

LOL


11 posted on 12/18/2012 3:49:27 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: patriotsblood

Sounds pretty close to ZIMBABWA, USA. Let’s hope the SOCIALIST DEMOCRATS in the FOREIGNERS REGIME don’t have enough time to work their DETROIT MAGIC on the rest of the USA before we can boot their sorry commie rear ends out of office.


12 posted on 12/18/2012 4:09:55 PM PST by spawn44 (moo)
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To: patriotsblood

Sounds pretty close to ZIMBABWA, USA. Let’s hope the SOCIALIST DEMOCRATS in the FOREIGNERS REGIME don’t have enough time to work their DETROIT MAGIC on the rest of the USA before we can boot their sorry commie rear ends out of office.


13 posted on 12/18/2012 4:09:55 PM PST by spawn44 (moo)
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To: Altura Ct.

Zimbabwe Syndrome. Or, the Liberia Malaise. Or, the South Africa Effect. Or...

Whatever it is, it’s the fault of a capitalist white man keeping the brother down. They’re just not quite sure where the last capitalist white man in Detroit is, just now.


14 posted on 12/18/2012 4:12:58 PM PST by fattigermaster
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To: 4buttons

My 40% rule goes into effect.

Once blacks are over 40% in your job, your city, your neighborhood——it’s time to move on.

You either cannot stay there safely, or get the job done, or live in peace.

Squeal all you like but look at it without those rose colored glasses on and you will see I am right.


15 posted on 12/18/2012 4:22:38 PM PST by Venturer
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To: Altura Ct.

In another generation or two all of the major cities will be majority black and brown with the populations subsisting on government handouts.

There are many cities already following closely down the path Detroit has blazed.

In the cattle industry places like Detroit are called ‘Holding Pens’.


16 posted on 12/18/2012 4:22:45 PM PST by Iron Munro (I MISS AMERICA !)
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To: Altura Ct.
Go to hell, JoAnn.
You elected a Zero - you get just that.
17 posted on 12/18/2012 4:25:09 PM PST by grobdriver
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To: Venturer; All

Do you know how Atlanta and Savannah are doing? I have often wanted to visit those cities.


18 posted on 12/18/2012 5:01:55 PM PST by John Galt's cousin (WTF? We couldn't rescue four men in Benghazi? Is our military IMPOTENT? ( /s ))
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To: Altura Ct.
topped with this year's 365 homicides so far

I thought "death a week Dayton" was bad, but Detroit is a death a day place.

19 posted on 12/18/2012 5:21:15 PM PST by JoeFromSidney ( New book: RESISTANCE TO TYRANNY. Buy from Amazon.)
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To: Altura Ct.
political power doesn't do much for ordinary blacks.

As Thomas Sowell has pointed out, immigrant Irish took the political route to success; immigrant Italians took the economic route to success (that doesn't include the Mafia). Of the two groups of immigrants, Italians did much better. There aren't all that many in public office, but they own businesses and hold good jobs.

20 posted on 12/18/2012 5:32:32 PM PST by JoeFromSidney ( New book: RESISTANCE TO TYRANNY. Buy from Amazon.)
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To: freedumb2003
Truth be told, in many/most Black communities that guarantees re-election in a run after the sentence finishes.

that's certainly going to be proven true in Illinois 2nd Congressional District with convicted child rapist Mel Reynolds running for Jesse Jackson Jr.s seat....

21 posted on 12/18/2012 5:39:48 PM PST by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: JoeFromSidney

Murders are down from the 70 s when Detroit had 800 per year but per capita they are up.


22 posted on 12/18/2012 5:40:29 PM PST by Mikey_1962 (Obama: The Affirmative Action President.)
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To: Altura Ct.

Left out of the Coleman Young equation/history is the fact that he was a hardcore member/supporter of the Communist Party USA most of his life. That explains why his marxist policies failed and brought Detroit to its knees.

Other CP connected Detroit politicians included City Council members/presidents Maryann Mahaffery and Erma Henderson, plus a few others who were only Council members.

Leftist liberals who also contributed to the destruction of Detriot include Sen. Carl Levin (who once gave the key to the city to a Soviet KGB operative, Romesh Chandra) and his brother, Rep. Sander Levin (D-Mich).

The people of Detroit got, as one poster said, just what they voted for. And the bodies keep piling up.


23 posted on 12/18/2012 7:29:33 PM PST by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: roadcat
Keepin' it "real" 60's style. I work in a prison. The population is about 80% black. The staff is approx. 40-50% black. The thing black prisoners call black staff to piss them off is " house n***er". ghetto mentality rules in Detroit. Until the anti achievement, anti intellectual "hood rat ghetto" mentality is eradicated nothing will change. until it does, Detroit will continue to hemorrhage people and tax base.

CC

24 posted on 12/18/2012 10:42:21 PM PST by Celtic Conservative
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