P. Hitchens’s Non-Black Theory of the Self-Destruction of Black Detroit
Luke G. writes:
I thought you might be amused by this. A silly article by Peter Hitchens in which he tries to explain the decline of Detroit. Needless to say its transformation from an 80 percent white city in 1950 into an 80 percent black city in 2010 is not considered relevant. He even suggests it was “scare tactics” by the white estate agents which made the whites flee the city:LA replies:
He does mention in one paragraph that Detroit became a black majority city—because of that sinister white flight. But he does not say that its becoming a black city has had anything to do with its decline. Peter Hitchens, enraged warrior against Political Correctness, will never say anything Politically Incorrect about race. In fact, nothing makes him more enraged than such Politically Incorrect statements.
One of the glaring problems is that since he goes out of his way to avoid anything that might seem critical or racial, he exculpates Mayor Young to the degree that he must search for alternative explanations, and finds them in standard Leftist tropes—whites fleeing because they don’t want to be the tax base for Progressive social programs, the evils of Reagan not subbsidizing Detroit’s economic model, and so on.James adds:
The thing is, his argument is obviously false to anyone with any historical knowledge. For example, whatever the merits or demerits of it, the first Chrysler bailout was done by Reagan. So much for him tearing up the economic model Detroit was built on.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at August 02, 2011 11:17 AM | Send