I’ve often wondered over the years how Jim Crow America would have evolved if the civil rights agitators had never come to Alabama to stir up trouble.
I experience this quandary whenever I return home. It has been my position for a decade now that race relations are better in the Deep South than anywhere else in America.
Specifically, there are isolated parts of rural Alabama and Georgia where fragments of the Jim Crow South have survived in some form. Far away from the interstates and state highways, these dying pockets of the Old South still exist in a sort of weird parallel universe with the cities.
But so does culture and history: Black Run America and Jim Crow America differ in countless ways. The blacks that people my age have grown up among in the South were not the same type of negroes that our great-grandparents knew.
They grew up in a world which was much more rural and agricultural than our own. That world had radically different racial customs and ways of expressing itself in public life.
The Real South
Having never known Jim Crow America, I am often amazed at just how much more civilized that world was from what I can see of it that has survived.
Some of the nicest, kindest people that I know in this world are blacks who were born and raised back then. They are much older and more seriously Christian than their grandchildren. Some own businesses out in the middle of nowhere.
Clearly, black people aren’t living up to their full potential. All you have to do to see this is drive out into the countryside and talk to the elderly blacks who live there.
You will find that the blacks who live in these areas share few of the negative characteristics of their relatives in the projects. They will wave at you when you drive pass them on the road, assist you when you have a roadside emergency, treat you with kindness and respect instead of hostility and contempt.
It is almost like they act like White people.
Most seem to own their own land. They use less vulgarity. They dress nicer. They are different in many other ways too. You will find that they have much better relations with their White neighbors. Some have vegetable gardens and livestock like we do and sell White people steak and seafood.
There was a time in this country when blacks weren’t raping 100 White women a year in Alabama, when most of them were married, when black children had fathers, when they weren’t on drugs or welfare, when they weren’t packing the prisons, and when they didn’t name their children stupid names or celebrate fake holidays like Kwanzaa.
Likewise, there was a time in this country when Whites felt more comfortable living among blacks and never gave much thought to separating from them. “White Nationalism” as it is known today didn’t exist fifty years ago.
If there never had been a “Civil Rights Movement,” history would have taken a different course.
(1) First, the most obvious grievance that blacks had against Whites was lynching, but lynching was well on the road to extinction by the 1950s. The federal government never passed an anti-lynching bill because the need for one gradually disappeared.
(2) Second, blacks resented income inequality in the Jim Crow South, but there was an unprecedented convergence of wages in the 1940s.
Some black economists like Walter Williams have drawn attention to the “hate truth” that blacks were making bigger economic gains under Jim Crow than they are today under Barack Obama.
(3) Third, blacks resented the quality of education in the Jim Crow South, but Southern state governments were spending much money on black education than they had in the past and that trend would have continued without federal intervention.
It is hard to discern just how much of the negative qualities that are often attributed to blacks are permanent racial characteristics and which are racial adaptations to an integrated environment.
When the South was officially White and Christian, there weren’t nearly as many blacks in prison as there are today and everyday life was safer for everyone who lived here, especially blacks who are the most affected by black crime.
We have already seen how Black Run America has created a peculiar type of negro that was much less common a few generations ago: young black thugs who have no economic purpose as fathers because the federal government has taken over their previous role as husbands and providers.
The fact is, if Whites weren’t so submissive, there wouldn’t be nearly as much crime as there is today. If the welfare state wasn’t playing the role of provider, black men and black women would be forced to rely upon each other, limit their fertility, and engage in economically productive activity to survive.
Just as Section 8 housing vouchers have exported crime to the suburbs, Black Run America is arguably genetically altering black people by encouraging the black underclass to reproduce at a higher rate.
In a rural society which is strongly Christian and politically controlled by Whites, blacks would demonstrably behave in a different way, and most of our grievances would disappear.
There are some black people in America who are having second thoughts about integration.
(1) Was it really so bad to have black neighborhoods?
Like White people, some black people believe that there was a greater sense of community in those old neighborhoods, especially now that blacks are under assault from White gentrification and Hispanic immigrants in the major cities.
(2) Were the anti-miscegenation laws really so bad?
There are few things that black women hate more than the sight of a black man who is dating a White woman and especially when that kind of thing is being promoted on television.
In the Jim Crow South, crossing the color line was forbidden, and truth be told many black people were perfectly happy with that arrangement, which can be seen in the fact that black people in states like Alabama and South Carolina have voted against repealing the anti-miscegenation laws.
(3) Were the black schools and colleges really so bad?
More than anything else, black people are having second thoughts about school integration. There was a time when black people believed that racial differences would disappear in integrated schools and neighborhoods.
There is no reason to believe that anymore. The black schools were destroyed for the sake of integration which promised the world and delivered nothing.
What if the Supreme Court had never forced the schools to integrate? What if the federal government had simply forced racial parity in per pupil spending instead?
Black people could have preserved the black schools while realizing all the gains of integration which have come from higher spending.
(4) Were things like segregated water fountains and restrooms really such a big deal?
So you couldn’t drink out of a water fountain? If you are a man, you can’t use the women’s restroom today. There are water fountains for adults and children of different heights. No one cares about those things.
(5) Was segregation itself really so bad?
Black people are starting to awake to the fact that segregation had its advantages. Specifically, in a White world there was a special place for a Black world that does not exist in our society.
White people forced black people to live together and to rely upon each other. Black people couldn’t opt out like they do today. The “talented tenth” couldn’t run away to the suburbs and abandon their brothers and sisters in the “inner city.”
In ways that most black people don’t realize, Black Run America has hurt the black underclass more than anyone else. The whole underclass economy of these ghetto areas in the projects is a direct consequence of White flight (and black flight) which was caused by court ordered integration.
If there had never been integration, White people would have stayed in Atlanta, Birmingham, and Memphis, and so would have the upper crust of the black community.
If there had never been a “Civil Rights Movement,” half the hotels and gas stations in America would not be owned by Indian immigrants and black people wouldn’t be competing with Hispanics for working class jobs.
The reason you have chronic poverty and a drug based economy is because there is no other form of economic growth in these areas. And the reason you have that is because integration actually shattered Southern cities where previously Whites and blacks lived in much closer contact.
So what if the White people had stayed around and poured their energy into making, say, Birmingham a better place to live instead of creating whole new suburbs for their children could go to a White school, which is still the case 50 years later?
Was integration which accomplished nothing for the black underclass worth the cost of all the economic growth and missed opportunities to black people that were lost by White flight?
Imagine there were black neighborhoods and black schools where black people could be comfortable being black … and White people had their own schools and neighborhoods.
What if Alabama was more like Switzerland? Would it be a better place?
More Second Thoughts
For fifty years, black people have looked to politics and block voting for their salvation, but let’s be honest here: these government handouts and government jobs are not addressing the real fundamental problems that afflict the black community.
Black people were ecstatic when Barack Obama was elected president, but while most continue to support him today, most would also agree that everyday life for black people really hasn’t changed that much under a black president.
In fact, black unemployment is higher today than it was under George W. Bush and more black people are on EBT cards and welfare than was the case just two years ago.
The moral of the story: political victories and economic progress are not necessarily correlated. As black people have become governors, attorney generals, presidents, and senators, the black family has been destroyed.
What is more important to black people? A black president or the black family? Some CEO with black skin or a father?
Here in Alabama, there have always been black people who were skeptical of the NAACP and its agenda, but few roads are named in their honor:
“Character, not circumstance, makes the person.”
— Booker T. Washington
“Character is power.”
— Booker T. Washington
“No race can prosper till it learns that there is as much dignity in tilling a field as in writing a poem.”
— Booker T. Washington
“It is important and right that all privileges of the law be ours, but it is vastly more important that we be prepared for the exercise of those privileges.”
— Booker T. Washington (Up from Slavery: an autobiography)
“In all things social we can be as seperate as the fingers, yet one as the hand in all things essential to mutual progress.”
— Booker T. Washington
Some black people cared less about social equality and political victories than economic advancement and moral uplift – they wanted a good black school, not a seat in the back of the White school. This point of view has traditionally been associated with Booker T. Washington and Tuskegee University.
Booker T. Washington thought that black people should become self reliant, morally strong, and build their own institutions. As blacks demonstrated their equality with Whites, prejudice would fade, social capital would accumulate, and permanent gains to the black community would be made.
Can’t ride up front on the White bus? Create your own bus company. Can’t swim in the White pool? Build your own pool. You will feel better after having done so.
Booker T. Washington thought that black people should act more like the Japanese. Interestingly enough, White Nationalists don’t even believe the Japanese are racially inferior anymore.
Long a hated figure in the black community, the Wizard of Tuskegee’s stock has lately been rising among historians in the wake of Mein Obama. In the latest edition of Alabama Heritage, Booker T. Washington graces the cover.
It couldn’t come at a more appropriate time – with a black president and a black attorney general, black people have traveled about as far as they can go down the political road, and the result has been a crushing disappointment to say the least.
If Booker T. Washington had prevailed over W.E.B. DuBois and Jim Crow had been perfected instead of destroyed, chances are black people would be much better off than they are today.
As America goes bankrupt over rising energy prices and its systematic malinvestment of scarce resources, when the government-diversity complex crashes, Wal-Mart collapses, and “The Day The EBT Card Stops Working” arrives, black people will realize how naive they were to place their faith in politics.
The rural agricultural world that the South thought it left behind in the 1950s is about to come roaring back into view. Southerners will be forced to reconstruct the plantation economy.
What will race relations look like in the American South after Black Run America exhausts itself?
As hard as it is to imagine now, the future of America will probably look more like its past.
We are rapidly moving toward a poorer society, a blacker society, a more rural and agricultural society than the one people alive today have known. The culprit that will bring this world about will be rising energy prices and the rapid aging of White America and Europe.
I project that Black Run America will crash somewhere on the shoals of energy prices, changing racial demographics, and global aging somewhere in the 2020s or 2030s.
America doesn’t have the demographics, leadership capabilities, or even the desire to navigate these crises. White America is already fed up with the federal government and seething with resentment about the inability of Washington to do anything about its problems. See the latest edition of USA Today.
The contraction of wealth and the tanking economy will force ever more rounds of budget cuts which will inflame racial tension and racial polarization to the point where Black Run America collapses underneath its weight.
It won’t collapse in anything like the way that most people expect. Rather, there will be a slow economic decline, one that looks like a jagged staircase, which will erode the foundation of the present racial consensus over time and change the entire psychology of the American people.
White Nationalists aren’t going to get their White ethnostate.
(1) White people will be too poor and self interested to create a White ethnostate.
(2) White Nationalists will be spectators of this entire historical process.
We are really just moving into the next multiracial society: Colonial America, Antebellum America, Jim Crow America, Black Run America, Dark Age America, etc.
Nothing last forever.
Won’t You Be My Neighbor? The Jesse Lee Peterson Story
I’ve always believed that Southerners would respond to The Long Emergency by turning back to religion on a scale that has never been seen before in this country.
The decline of America would be seen as a punishment inflicted by God upon a wicked nation that had lost its way. I think Southerners would actually be more preoccupied with religion and survival than with anything else.
Here is something that the SPLC hatebots will certainly find interesting:
I recently found out that the Reverend Jesse Lee Peterson, who is perhaps the most hated Uncle Tom in America, who established the annual “National Repudiation of Jesse Jackson Day” and is known as “Hannity’s Pastor,” is not only from Barbour County, Alabama where I am from, but grew up on the same plantation, too.
Just listen to this videos below. You can hear the echoes.
Listening to Peterson, I can’t help but wonder how history might have turned out differently, or what the future is going to look like when Black Run America collapses and blacks and Whites are forced to come up with some new living arrangement.
Jesse Lee Peterson and Booker T. Washington are okay in our book. They are outlaw and told the hate truth.