In Detroit, No One Can Hear You Scream: Regression to the Mean in 90 percent Black "Motor City"

The whole reason behind writing Escape from Detroit:The Collapse of America’s Black Metropolis was to catalog the reality of Detroit’s collapse, which no one else would dare acknowledge was a story that was 100 percent racial (the implications of which should guide social/urban policy in ways that try and steer other municipalities from replicating what happened to Detroit, instead of doing everything possible to emulate the city’s collapse– looking at you Chicago). 

Nolan Finley, editorial page editor of The Detroit News, pointed out that the city is now 90 percent Black, a fact that is never allowed into the narrative of why the Motor City has declined so quickly over a 60 year span (the population in 1950 was nearly 85 percent white).

Well, Corey Williams of the Associated Press has published an article that completely neglects to mention the racial aspect of Detroit’s population collapse, but paints an illuminating portrait of what happens to a city once Black political power drives away white homeowners and outside investments (Vacant Detroit Becomes Dumping Ground for the Dead, MSNBC):

From the street, the two decomposing bodies were nearly invisible, concealed in an overgrown lot alongside worn-out car tires and a moldy sofa. The teenagers had been shot, stripped to their underwear and left on a deserted block.

They were just the latest victims of foul play whose remains went undiscovered for days after being hidden deep inside Detroit’s vast urban wilderness — a crumbling wasteland rarely visited by outsiders and infrequently patrolled by police.

“Detroit is a dumping ground for a lot of stuff,” said Margaret Dewar, professor of urban and regional planning at the University of Michigan. “There is no one to watch. There is no capacity to enforce laws about dumping. There is a perception you can dump and no one will report it.”

In mid-July, the decapitated bodies of a couple were pulled from the Detroit River and a nearby canal. Authorities say they were shot and dismembered in their home in suburban Allen Park, then driven to a little-used Detroit park and dumped in the water. A man who lived with them is charged in the slayings.

The bodies of two Hamtramck women were discovered in March buried in a neglected Detroit park. Five men are accused in the murders.

Back in December, the bodies of two women were found in a car parked near a vacant house. Six days later, the badly burned remains of two other women turned up in a car trunk. Police believe all were killed elsewhere and dumped in Detroit. A man from suburban Sterling Heights has been charged.

Detroit has more than 30,000 vacant houses, and the deficit-strangled city has no resources of its own to level them. Mayor Dave Bing is promoting a plan to tear down as many as possible using federal money. The state is also contributing to the effort.
But it’s hard to keep up. About a quarter-million people moved out of Detroit between 2000 and 2010, leaving just over 700,000 residents in a city built for 2 million.

Census figures from two years ago show 793 people living on Lyford and the other 20 or so streets near the Coleman A. Young airport. Two decades earlier, about 2,900 people lived there.

 Abandoned and neglected parts of the city are quickly becoming dumping grounds for the dead — at least a dozen bodies in 12 months’ time. And authorities acknowledge there’s little they can do.

“You can shoot a person, dump a body and it may just go unsolved” because of the time it may take for the corpse to be found, officer John Garner said.

The bodies have been purposely hidden or discarded in alleys, fields, vacant houses, abandoned garages and even a canal. Seven of the victims are believed to have been slain outside Detroit and then dumped within the city.

It’s a pattern made possible by more than four decades of urban decay and suburban flight. White residents started moving to burgeoning suburbs in the 1950s, then stepped up their exodus after a deadly 1967 race riot. Detroit’s black middle class followed over the next two decades, leaving block after block of empty homes.

Over time, tens of thousands of houses deteriorated. Some collapsed, others were demolished. Empty lots gave way to block-long fields.

Detroit should be walled off, the US Military blocking all roads out as they did to Gotham City in The Dark Knight Rises. Predator Drones should fly over the city to make sure no one leaves, able to import the problem that destroyed Detroit to another city: namely, the population of Detroit itself.

Abandoned Areas of 90 percent Black Detroit

America’s growing – and overwhelmingly Black- prison population can be exported to this walled off city of Detroit, with food and medical provisions air-dropped in on a daily basis to sustain the population.

What has been done to Detroit is criminal, and it is the population of Detroit that is responsible for this grave crime (plus the failure of the Establishment and managerial elite in the Western World to allow any discussion of the true reason for Detroit’s demise: plus Gary, Indiana; Birmingham, Alabama; Memphis, Tennessee; and Newark, NJ), which the tax-payers of Michigan should not be on the hook for bailing out.

When white people abandoned Detroit, the new Black majority absorbed highly valuable, opulent commercial and residential property, plus an modern infrastructure erected entirely by a people who fled for the suburbs (and rebuilt the city they left there) ; under Black rule, Detroit has regressed to the mean.  

Wall it off. Let the world watch the end result of what transpires when a nation enacts policies that can only be described as a fanatical pursuit of equality, with no desire to discuss the consequences of this action.

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