“The city has experienced an ongoing succession of government scandals, ranging from a massive cheating racket to corruption, bribery, school-board incompetence and now the potential loss of accreditation for the local DeKalb County school system. …
While incorporation has been popular with residents of the new cities, not all of Atlanta is as satisfied. The Georgia Legislative Black Caucus filed a lawsuit in 2011 to dissolve the new cities, claiming they were a “super-white majority” and diluting the voting power of minorities.
A key leader in the black community and a driving force in support of the lawsuit, who wishes to remain anonymous, bemoaned the “disturbing tendency of black electorates to not elect the smartest and brightest, or even the cleverest.” …
I’m not sure that Atlanta warrants the title of “Detroit of the South” mainly because of the stiff competition the “City Too Busy To Hate” faces from other regional titans such as Birmingham, New Orleans, and Memphis which are beset by similar and more serious problems caused by decades of black governance.
In 2012, there were 1,483 violent crimes per 100,000 in Birmingham and 1,433 violent crimes per 100,000 in Atlanta. There were 1,584 violent crimes per 100,000 in Memphis and 1,490 violent crimes per 100,000 in Little Rock. New Orleans has been ranked 21 out of 50 on a list of the world’s most violent cities.
“The Atlanta Journal Constitution reported that it was dissatisfaction with government services that led to the incorporation of the communities in North Fulton in an area that is 68 percent white and makes up more than a third of the county population. The median household income is $93,555, according to North Fulton chamber data.
The paper reported: “Northside residents have long complained that the county government siphons their tax money to the south while ignoring their needs, while Southside leaders contend that their money helped build up north Fulton, so it ought to reciprocate. The dispute has sparked a movement to split off the six northern cities and re-form old Milton County..
Kent said North Fulton County “hasn’t been properly represented for over 30 years, but it’s their tax revenue that has been supporting the whole county.”
Last year, there was some talk about Ballantyne and other areas of south Charlotte seceding from Charlotte and creating their own city and school district. The same arguments heard in Charlotte for and against secession have long been heard in Birmingham and Jefferson County (AL) and Atlanta and Fulton County (GA) where new cities have already been created.
In Michigan, Gov. Rick Snyder has been wrestling with Detroit’s financial crisis. In Alabama, Gov. Robert Bentley had to deal with the bankruptcy of Jefferson County. In Georgia, Gov. Nathan Deal recently had to remove six board members of the DeKalb County School Board. They have all been forced to confront the consequences of the Civil Rights Movement amid the usual charges of “racism.”
It is the same story everywhere you look … the familiar pattern of crime, corruption, incompetence, nepotism, and urban decay that you also find everywhere from Jamaica to Ghana. Closer to home, it is the story of tax consuming black majorities empowered by federal civil rights laws establishing a racial strangehold over large cities and delivering public services such as schools, police, and public transportation which are unsatisfactory to the taxpaying, property owning White minority.
Everyone gives lip service to the same American myths about “colorblindness” (while cities like Atlanta are explicitly controlled by black machine politicians) and clings to the fantasy that somehow “equality” (the desired state which is never observed under any experimental conditions) will finally be achieved one day.
It is all one big lie that exists in perpetual tension with reality. One day that lie will yield to reality. Either power in these cities will be restored to the traditional property owning class which possesses the intelligence and industry to make them viable in the long term or they will decompose into something resembling Detroit.
Perhaps they will go out in a final spasm of urban violence like Gotham City under Bane? I’m sure that I will live to see it … whichever way it goes.