You Go Away for a Couple of Days…

We all want our water park back… but that means getting the country back first

For those new here, please be aware that any comment you leave must be approved by me. Over the past few days, I’ve had the pleasure of enjoying sun, surfing, boating, the companionship of old friends and an important re-charging of the batteries.

By a strange twist of fate, the city I was in happened to be hosting a… hilarious event. Perhaps “forced” to host the event is a more apt term, and those “unwanted” but “coerced” guests happened to do some unpleasant things:

During this busy Memorial Day weekend on the Grand Strand, police have seen a number of crime reports coming in.

According to Captain David Knipes with the Myrtle Beach Police Department, one violent crime report came in early Saturday morning and Sunday morning there were five other reports of violent crime as well as numerous incidents reported Monday morning.

At 3:00 a.m. Saturday, police were told that a man was robbed at gun point on 11th Avenue South past Oak Street. Two men with semi-automatic pistols were reported to have held up a man, taking $40 and jewelry.

I was told by a waitress at one of the popular restaurants in Myrtle Beach that they were forced to close early on Saturday night, due to fighting in the bathroom and 30-40 percent of the Black patrons walking out on their checks. Of those remaining Black patrons, tips were both niggardly and few and far between, she told me.

After laughing for a few moments with the colleagues at my table, I gave the waitress a large pre-meal gratuity and apologized for the behavior of the Black bikers, but of what else could be expected considering the violence that unfolds on a daily basis in this one nation, dedicated to the principles of Black-Run America (BRA), which forbid any rational discussion of the Black Undertow?

Apparently both Charlotte and Miami were cities that resembled war-zones over the weekend, courtesy of obviously misunderstood Black people. And in Nashville, Black people jumped the fences at a Wave Country forcing the closure of the popular water park, proving that Cartman was indeed correct in his song about water parks from South Park.

Charlotte’s city leaders have an idea on how to address the crime situation that plagues the city, though they refuse to acknowledge the racial aspect of it. Watch video here.

I have warned readers that this summer will be the year BRA implodes. The people I was in Myrtle Beach with know the deck is stacked against them, but worse, realize they are powerless to do anything about it. Like most Americans, they live their lives striving to make more money and improving themselves so they can insulate their future families from the encroaching Black Undertow.

The Washington Post published a story that I believe bespeaks – albeit without directly mentioning it – the Disingenuous White Liberal (DWL) position on what is to come in the summer of 2011:

A rising number of children can look forward to excruciatingly boring school breaks this year as budget crises in places such as New York, Washington, D.C., Houston and Detroit rob them of the activities and programs that have long defined summer in the city for urban youngsters.

Swimming pools are being closed. Recreation centers are locking their doors. Library summer reading programs are suffering. Openings for short-term jobs have evaporated.

Port Lau’s vacations of boredom ended the summer he was 14, when a city-funded program got him his first job — doing filing and clerical work at the state Supreme Court in Brooklyn. Now 18, the college freshman credits the experience with landing him a string of jobs and internships — including one for which he’ll be traveling to Germany this summer.

But in New York City, the youth employment program that got him the job is facing a cut of more than $15 million, which means that this year the program is slated to have 10,000 fewer spots for young people from the ages of 14 to 24 — a reduction of nearly one-third.

To Lau, it’s one cutback that just doesn’t make sense.

“We are the students of the future. We’re going to be the ones who make New York prosper,” he said. “So why are they trying to limit us?”

The stories are similar elsewhere. In Washington, D.C., a summer camp for children whose families come from Ethiopia is losing its city funding, as are more than half the city-funded summer-camp programs serving low-income communities. In Detroit, the youth summer-jobs program is expected to be down to just 1,200 spots — cut from 7,500 two years ago.

This year and last, declines in revenue and reductions in spending across the country are steeper than at any other point in the last quarter-century, according to a National League of Cities survey.

“It’s not necessarily that youth programs are being singled out, it’s that so many other things have already been cut, and everything needs to be examined at this point,” said Christiana McFarland, research manager for the league. “There’s no more wiggle room in the budget.”

Some city officials are trying to fight back with private partnerships. In New York, companies from American Airlines to the firm that runs the Empire State Building have donated $3 million in cash or jobs to the youth-employment program.

Also on the chopping block in New York City’s proposed budget: four swimming pools, New York Public Library children’s program cuts that would result in 70 percent fewer youngsters being served, more than 6,000 public-school teaching jobs, family literacy programs and outreach for homeless youth.

“This is certainly not going to be the year of the child in New York,” said Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, one of a number of local officials who have objected to the cutbacks, saying they will most hurt the city’s middle class and working poor.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has said the changes in city services are regrettable but necessary because of harsh state and federal funding cuts.

For parents coping with the unique challenges of urban child-rearing, it can be hard to imagine summer without public programs.

“In New York City, it’s not like we can open our doors and all of our kids can run out and play,” Manhattan resident Tracy Ranson said while keeping an eye on her 2-year-old son at a crowded playground. “You need some kind of program for these kids.”

Nearby, Joe Exley recalled how the city’s libraries and their daily reading programs had helped inspire his daughter Fiona’s love of books. After seeing his daughter, now almost 4, experience the programs with a diverse range of New York City children, Exley said that the idea of further cutbacks was frustrating.

“Any social programs dealing with kids seem like the last things that should be cut,” he said.

At city-funded summer camps in Washington, D.C., kids kick soccer balls and team up for rugby games in between academic enrichment activities. This year, money for the camps disappeared entirely due to budget woes, but the non-profit DC Children and Youth Investment Trust Corporation was able to find $1 million in unused funds to keep about half of last year’s 3,000 camper slots open, said Natasha Marshall, grants manager for the trust. Specialized camps for Asian-American children and students in foster care are among those that lost their city funds.

In Detroit, budget makers managed to stave off further recreation cutbacks this year, holding services at the already reduced level they’d been cut to in the fall of 2009. That’s when the struggling city’s recreation centers began shutting down two days a week and cutting back to eight hours a day — down from 12 to 14 hours, said Alicia Minter, director of the Detroit Recreation Department. Half the city-sponsored summer camps were shuttered.

Still, shortfalls in other areas have those who work with children bracing for change in Detroit.

At the volunteer-run Summer in the City camp program, co-founder Ben Falik is readying for the possibility that the camp may need to set up in the park if the school that usually partners with the program shuts down due to cutbacks. And thousands fewer youngsters will have government-funded summer jobs in the city, because of cuts that have returned work force investment funding to the level it was at in 1990.

All over, many libraries say they are reducing hours, laying off staff and in some cases running out of money for new books, although there’s no way to tell exactly how many children’s summer programs have been cut. Without summer-time academic activities, educators say children already on the edge can fall further behind come September.

In Oakland, Calif., where municipal leaders are considering a budget that would shutter 14 of 18 library branches, librarians are trying to fight back with “story time flash mobs” in which they grab bullhorns and read aloud in public to draw attention to the funding threat.

“We’re really trying to advocate for story time as an activity. It helps students who are not yet reading — or even talking — in their literacy ability. This is not some nice thing we can pick back up when the economy is better,” librarian Amy Martin said.

Political observers say that cutbacks affecting children, however painful, are a hard choice made necessary by the current economic climate.

When performing triage on bleeding city budgets, policing and security must be the priority, because rising crime can hurt every other aspect of city life, said E.J. McMahon, a fellow at the conservative Manhattan Institute.

If “you’ve got to balance out some summer park programs against policing the parks, I think you’ve got to choose policing the parks. It’s a tough choice but that may be what it comes down to in some places,” he said.

That seems to be the approach of Houston Mayor Annise Parker, who earlier this month proposed a budget that she argued maintained public safety as the city’s top priority — avoiding the layoffs of police officers and firefighters while closing eight swimming pools and seven community centers, and eliminating city-funded youth sports leagues.

But some children’s advocates argue that recreation can add to community safety and security just as much as policing.

In New Orleans, Mayor Mitchell Landrieu this year fulfilled a campaign promise to boost city funding for children’s recreation facilities and summer programs, despite the city’s economic difficulties. While last summer, about 700 children participated in sports and literacy activities through the city’s summer camps for children ages 5 to 18, this year the city is expecting to serve 5,000 campers with the help of local organizations, private partnerships and doubled city funds, said Gina Warner, the executive director of the city’s Partnership for Youth Development.

The city — where nine out of 10 recreation sites were damaged by Hurricane Katrina — will be opening 12 pools this year, up from seven the year before and three the year before that. And libraries will be coordinating with the city summer camps to keep children reading, Warner said.

 Warner said that while her city faces the same economic struggles as its counterparts around the country, elected officials see the New Orleans summer programs’s not only an investment in children, but also a crime-prevention tool.

“We’re a very tourism-dependent city, and so we can’t afford to have children who don’t have positive places to be during the summer,” she said.

Read that first paragraph again:

A rising number of children can look forward to excruciatingly boring school breaks this year as budget crises in places such as New York, Washington, D.C., Houston and Detroit rob them of the activities and programs that have long defined summer in the city for urban youngsters.

Swimming pools are being closed. Recreation centers are locking their doors. Library summer reading programs are suffering. Openings for short-term jobs have evaporated.

Because of austerity measures, the DWLs at The Washington Post cry over the lack of taxpayer supported activities for urban (read Black kids with a sprinkle of Hispanic thrown in for added pleasure) kids to partake in. No swimming or summer reading programs for Black kids in Detroit? If these were offered before in that city, I’d love to know how many kids participated in them and if they had gold swim lane dividers? They do spend $1,000 for a chair there

It’s moments like this you think its time to abandon America and move away; laugh as the nation descends into the chaos it so richly deserves. But then I remember it is the concept of Black-Run America that is the problem, not America. A lot of people are vested in BRA and they stand to lose greatly when the whole game is exposed for the fraud that it is.

Where I’m from, my parents paid to send me off to summer camps. No taxpayer funded summer camps, recreational activities or “reading is cool” campaigns were needed to keep me occupied and away from a lurid life of crime and subsequent juvenile detention facilities. Apparently this is all DWLs think of urban (read Black and increasingly Brown) children, that without constant, taxpayer supported alternatives to occupy their attention, a life of crime is just around the corner.

Judging by the behavior of adults in Myrtle Beach, they might be right.

Regardless, the summer of 2011 is going to be something special. The reality of BRA is going to be impossible to keep censored much longer. I still think it will be Atlanta where the crackup starts.

Update: Another water park, this one in Alabama, was closed due to Black people acting, well, Black:

Officials at a water park in Decatur say they shut down early after a series of fights broke out between teenagers.

Police say the fights, mostly involving girls, broke out at Point Mallard’s water park on Monday.
They say the fights continued across the city, with reports of brawls at a gas station and at a McDonald’s
Police say no arrests were made Monday evening and no one was seriously hurt.

Julianne Lowman, Point Mallard’s marketing director, says park officials decided it was in the best interests of patrons and employees to close early. She says anyone with a receipt showing they entered the park at 3:30 p.m. or later can use it for admission on another day.

And, of course, Boston had a 1,000 person riot courtesy of Black ‘youths’ and a fight involving 50 Black ‘youths’ at Rib Fest in Charlotte Beach, New York occurred as well.

Black Memorial Day of 2011 is a precursor of what is coming over the summer of 2011.



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