When it comes to “white flight,” who are the real racists?

July 14th, 2006

Some on the left blame the failure of the metropolitan centers like Milwaukee on “white flight.

But doesn’t that really mean that they think the residents of the inner cities are completely incapable of taking care of themselves without having white folks around to run things?

And doesn’t that make them racists?

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  • 1. Nick  |  July 14th, 2006 at 12:36 pm

    Don’t go twisting things around by pointing out logic, reasoning. and worst of all… accountability.

  • 2. Tim  |  July 14th, 2006 at 3:21 pm

    The failure of Milwaukee is because they haven’t been able to elect good leaders who truly care about the community. Instead they choose to elect morons like McGee who care more about thugs than the safety of their constituents. It is the fault of welfare system that causes these people to be dependent on the government. If whites hadn’t left the inner city, they would have been blamed for taking away opportunities from blacks.

  • 3. phel jones  |  July 14th, 2006 at 6:34 pm

    Frankly, a portion of the black folk will intimide the white folk out of the neighorhood. I was driving down a street 1/4 mi from my house and a black woman screamed at me as I drove past that she was going to kill me and threw out a racial slur.

  • 4. folkbum  |  July 14th, 2006 at 7:56 pm

    The problem isn’t that black folk can’t take care of themselves without white folk around; it’s that when the white folk leave, they take the economic development with them. While it is easy to start up something retail or service-oriented, once the (white) owners of big-ticket industries (or even national-brand retail–what happened to Capitol Court again?) decide to follow population to the suburbs, the economy of the central city tanks.

  • 5. Administrator  |  July 14th, 2006 at 8:27 pm

    So, Jay, you’re saying only white folk can create economic development?

    (I wouldn’t tell the Korean and Indian store owners that, if I were you. ;)

  • 6. Tim  |  July 14th, 2006 at 9:03 pm

    The economy of of the central city tanks because they have such high crime rates. Most people do not want to open business in an area where they are likely to get robbed and have their merchandize stolen everyday. Crime drives these businesses away and that causes poverty in the neighborhood.

  • 7. folkbum  |  July 14th, 2006 at 11:13 pm

    No, I’m not saying that. In fact, the “Korean and Indian store owners” you mention are the same people I mentioned in my post. You want to start a day care or a convenience store or a barber shop in Milwaukee? No problem. But say a Korean or Indian or African American or Hispanic walks into US Bank and says they want to put manufacturing in the Menominee Valley; how likely are they to get either the financing or the customer base to do it?

    The white-owned industries followed the whites to the suburbs (or shipped jobs to Mexico where they don’t have to pay union wages to blacks) leaving a hole that there is little will to fill among those with the pockets deep enough to do it.

    Waukesha County has been opposed to region-wide light rail for years, not (just) because it’s expensive, but because it (also) might make it easier for minorities to get to the good jobs in the burbs.

  • 8. Clint  |  July 15th, 2006 at 9:47 am

    Jay – I couldn’t walk into US Bank and recieve a $5 million loan to build widgets in the Valley.

    Your racist, ignorant stripes show on this statment
    or shipped jobs to Mexico where they don‚Äôt have to pay union wages to blacks I will give you a little bit of a clue. They don’t have to pay union wages to mexicans in mexico either. Not just Americans with black skin. By sending jobs away from union and non-union shops they are avoiding higher wages and TAXES.

    It is not like the board of MasterLock sat around the table and said “How can we screw darker skinned Americans today. Let’s spend a bunch of money to screw them.”

    You sitll don’t get the light rail arguement. Are you suggesting that the buses that run from the ghetto to downtown are not good enough? One of the best jobs that I ever had was downtown. Are you also suggesting that light rail be propped up in the entire 7 county region? It is not just Waukesha county but 6 of the 7 counties are growing. Everyone BUT Milwaukee. And how is light rail worth 3 times a bus?

    ANYONE regardless of what color their skin is can create their own opportunites – if they work hard at it. If it were easy everyone would do it. Education is available – for free for poverty stricken people. All they have to do is work hard. But it is easier to sell crack and shoplift from Pick and Save

  • 9. Chris  |  July 15th, 2006 at 5:01 pm

    “Waukesha County has been opposed to region-wide light rail for years, not (just) because it‚Äôs expensive, but because it (also) might make it easier for minorities to get to the good jobs in the burbs.”

    Jay as usual your are so full of it. We dont want light rail for one reason and one reason only. It dosent work and we refuse to waste our tax dollars on a boondoggle that will never support itself and will not really help the people of Waukesha county we pay for public schools isnt that enough. Plus all the empty buses you see running around the city of Waukesha

    why dont we just buy everyone in milwaukee a car it would be cheaper than light rail. I am still willing to bet Milwaukee would still be the shat hole it has become after decades of liberal rule.

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