Dallas People Have a Civic Craziness in Our Heads, but Please Don't Mention It

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Last Tuesday evening The Dallas Morning News sponsored a conference in the arts district called "Come Together," supposedly to talk about "economic development, education and opportunity" but really to talk about culluh.

Yeah, skin color, that topic that pretty much the whole rest of the world is bored to death with by now but still gets Dallas more excited than sex. The show featured Mayor Mike Rawlings, Uber-Preacher T.D. Jakes, lawyer Liz Cedillo-Pereira, who I think is being groomed to be the next Adelfa Callejo, and Michael Sorrell, the college president who turned his football field into a farm.

The topic was an extension of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Morning News editorial page campaign called "Bridging the Gap," about bringing together the city's two hemispheres. I will have a column about it in more detail in next week's newspaper. This is just a quick note to tell you they did not talk about the one thing I wanted them to, surprise surprise.

The hemispheres. I was hoping before we launched into an earnest evening-long discussion on how to bridge the gap between the hemispheres, we might discuss the fact that there are no hemispheres. We only have hemispheres in our heads.

I bring this up not merely to be a twit, even though that might be sufficient motivation, but also because the hemispheres-in-the-head issue was at the heart of a recent scathing federal investigative report finding Dallas guilty of misappropriating federal funds in order to carry out an official policy of racial segregation.

The HUD report, issued at the end of last year, made Dallas the largest city in the country in the 21st century to be officially accused by the federal government of promoting racial segregation. And the report started out talking about hemispheres:

"The complainant specifically alleges that the city arbitrarily created a boundary that divided into two sectors," the report states toward the top. "The Northern Sector is predominantly non-minority and includes the downtown business district. The Southern Sector is predominantly minority."

See, to people who aren't from Dallas, that's weird. It's striking. It jumps out at them. You tell somebody from L.A. that you live in the "Southern Sector," they think you're talking about some kind of South African shit.

But here everybody just assumes that's how it is, and that includes people in both hemispheres. People in the northern hemisphere usually don't think it's their job to make the southern hemisphere better. People in the southern hemisphere think it is. But hardly anybody on either side ever stops and says, "Hey. There are no hemispheres."

Let me just toss this out: The danger, when you have imaginary hemispheres in your brain, is that you will go out into the real world and try to make those hemispheres come true. You can't rearrange the physical world into divisions that do not exist naturally, but you can do all kinds of weird stuff to the man-made world, like only put sewers in half of it.

There was a guy in the audience right behind me, Robert Pitre, about whom I have written in the past, a landowner near the new UNTD campus near Interstate 35-E and I-20, and all he and other landowners in the area want is a sewer system.

Everybody in the northern hemisphere has sewers. But vast areas of the southern hemisphere have no sewers. I thought if we could agree to ditch the whole hemispheres thing, then maybe the light bulb would go off and everybody would realize right away why there should be sewers in the whole city. Because, you know, it's a whole city.

Didn't happen. Didn't even start to happen. Everybody just jumped right into the usual discussion about diplomacy between the hemispheres. I will explain more next week.

Another thing they did not mention in this long sober discussion of hemispheres was the HUD accusation. I'm sitting out there wondering why they even bother having the discussion, if they're not going to address the HUD accusation. Oh well, it's Dallas. The most important thing, whenever we talk about things here, is to make sure nobody talks about anything.


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Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Separate, but hardly equal:


"An elaborate system of legal codes kept black Texans apart from the mainstream of Texas life. Railroad-car segregation began in 1891. In 1910 and 1911, the legislature passed laws dictating that railroad companies provide separate waiting rooms in railroad stations. Several Texas towns adopted residential segregation laws between 1910 and the 1920s. Legal strictures called for segregated water fountains and restrooms. By 1930, black citizens could not attend sports or cultural events, eat at the better restaurants, or get lodging at the finer hotels unless these facilities provided separate accommodations. None of these laws specifically had Mexicans in mind, but white society nevertheless generally excluded them. Often, Mexican Americans could not commingle with whites at barbershops, restaurants, funeral homes, churches, juries, theaters, or numerous other public places.


In the workplace, minorities similarly confronted segregation. Numerous craft unions, for example, refused membership to black and Tejano workers, and unions founded by African or Mexican Americans were ordinarily segregated. Generally, blacks and Mexicans received less pay for doing the same job as whites. Separationist practices led blacks to seek employment in such menial roles as gardeners, cooks, bootblacks, and maids. Mexicans turned to fieldwork or other types of unskilled tasks such as construction and railroad maintenance in urban areas." ---Texas State Historical Association

WhyDontYouJoinNAMBLA
WhyDontYouJoinNAMBLA

Why is it only white countries/states/cities/neighborhoods that need to suffer the burden of diversity? 

ruddski
ruddski

School busing was successful, can't we apply the same principle to the hemispherical geographic economic gap that every town in the universe suffers?

If we can change Earths climate, surely we can change human nature.

ruddski
ruddski

Remember, voter ID stops republican fraud too, well over half of states have it, it's time for Texas to progress, even if to get the UN to stop laughing at you.

Just like national health, you'll get used to it.

ruddski
ruddski

Because they have the good stuff.

codypritchard99
codypritchard99

You're (intentionally?) obfuscating the issue. Instead of Democrats or Republicans, you should really just be talking about conservative southerners, who have, at separate times, belonged en masse to one party or the other. 

WhyDontYouJoinNAMBLA
WhyDontYouJoinNAMBLA

@mavdog @WhyDontYouJoinNAMBLA  When you consider the demands for "more diversity" invariably involve the forced acceptance of the worst aspects of a culture and the destruction of the foundations of our society-- yes it is a burden.


Don't see anyone clamoring for more diversity in any of the entirely homogeneous non-white countries. Yet no, if we don't accept every FOB criminal from every third world nation on earth we're beaten over the head by smug insulated assholes like yourself and Jim Schutze. 

ruddski
ruddski

Asians don't live in S Dallas because they charge way too much for Tide and other necessities, and shoot customers. At night, Asians retreat to Frisco.

WhyDontYouJoinNAMBLA
WhyDontYouJoinNAMBLA

@codypritchard99  Nice play from Goebbels! 


"at separate times, belonged en masse to one party or the other. "


Lies.


"If the parties had in some meaningful way flipped on civil rights, one would expect that to show up in the electoral results in the years following the Democrats’ 1964 about-face on the issue. Nothing of the sort happened: Of the 21 Democratic senators who opposed the 1964 act, only one would ever change parties. Nor did the segregationist constituencies that elected these Democrats throw them out in favor of Republicans: The remaining 20 continued to be elected as Democrats or were replaced by Democrats. It was, on average, nearly a quarter of a century before those seats went Republican. If southern rednecks ditched the Democrats because of a civil-rights law passed in 1964, it is strange that they waited until the late 1980s and early 1990s to do so."


http://pjmedia.com/michaelwalsh/2013/03/28/history-lesson/?singlepage=true



williamsc85
williamsc85

@ruddski  are you trolling? information on sites that are actually credible -- not a fringe blog or twitter -- say the NAACP march that I'm assuming you are referring to was for quite a few more things than "convincing folks that blacks are less capable... and shouldn't be required to have photo ID" ... the issue, among several others, was the broader Voting Rights, which consisted of much more than the mere Voter ID concern (i.e. prohibiting 16 year olds from preregistering, and making it difficult to register online... regardless of color). 


Considering the politicians in NC have done what they could to slander the marches and somehow squash them out due to a few unruly protesters at past marches, the Photo ID element was likely a security/keeping the peace measure.


Photos from the march also show a healthy mix of whites and blacks. 


Don't believe everything you read, especially when there's so much more you obviously have not read. 

leftocenter
leftocenter

lol!  yes!  one isolated case...and it was investigated and prosecuted.  Quite the crime wave!

ruddski
ruddski

Effective in Europe and most US states, some states are still mired in the past because liberals.

Liberals are just interested in "protecting" someone they've convinced themselves needs their help - they don't, they're capable, but libs are going to save them anyway.

Incidentally, the NAACP had a march in NC to try and convince folks that blacks are less capable of dealing with modernity than others, and shouldn't be required to have photo ID like other Americans.

To join the march if faux-victim hood, you had to have...

Wait for it...

PHOTO ID.

Not even failed Assistant Substitute Teacher could make that kind if shit up.

zqpm
zqpm

@Libs_are_stupid_too @bvckvs  


Wow, go out and grab one of the few voter fraud issues in the entire county and use it as a valid reason to justify such discriminatory practices. You fit right in to your group! 

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

@libtard_apologist You've almost, not quite, but almost stumbled on the seminal truth that our government, liberal and conservative, has failed to realize.  Western democracy isn't for everyone.  Not because they're not capable of instituting it (which is where you err), but because they don't want it.  The Iraqi's do not want American Democracy, it flies in the face of their predominant religion.  Neither do the Afghans.  If we want to bring freedom to oppressed peoples around the world, we need to allow them to exercise that freedom in establishing their governments, instead of trying to force a round culture into our square box idea of government.  Hell, even Americans aren't sure if we want American style democracy half the time.

ruddski
ruddski

Successful men focus on their own mistakes, bubba.

ruddski
ruddski

"I'll tell you what is truly "arrogant" Ruddski, it's you trying to say what people who you have never met "want" to "live" around."

I only say this because I grew up with Latinos and and blacks and have been around them quite a bit all my life. I

I'm all for granting anyone of any color the liberty to choose who to live with, simply because I know human nature, I don't think it's easily changed.

ruddski
ruddski

"Newsflash, naive white-guilt libtard: some cultures are not capable of western-style "freedom" and "liberty".

That was a chief argument against the invasion of Iraq, when I argued for.

I was wrong, the left was right, but I was prejudiced through hope and ignorance - but now I agree with he left, Islam is incompatible with democracy.

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@ruddski

you made a mistake, the phrase would be correctly stated as "the pure evil genius of Stalin or Castro".

ruddski
ruddski

True, but I was unable to grasp the pure genius of Stalin or Castro as well, like those of superior grasp.

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@ruddski

clearly the colloquialism isn't one you're able to grasp.

ruddski
ruddski

"am I set up to tell you "eat me"?"

I'm not a totalitarian looking for a meal, amigo.

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@ruddski

White western liberals, for whatever reason, are inherently submissive, easily co-opted, easily eaten.

am I set up to tell you "eat me"?

But they're saving a bundle on insurance!

I wasn't aware that you were shilling for GEICO. Do they pay well?

ruddski
ruddski

"... posting vile, filthy racist rants."

Your emotionalism is as contrived as your intellect, but that's often how NY girls roll. Hopefully, you've had the sense to adopt a west coast lilt.

ruddski
ruddski

White western liberals, for whatever reason, are inherently submissive, easily co-opted, easily eaten.

But they're saving a bundle on insurance!

libtard_apologist
libtard_apologist

When will you be moving to a black-majority neighborhood or city, catshit lady?

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@ruddski  Correct.  It allows you and your racist alter-ego to continue posting vile, filthy racist rants.

libtard_apologist
libtard_apologist

Just keep telling yourself whatever it is that makes you feel better, and read the actual current news from there once in a while to see how wonderfully the naive libtard "progressive" kumbaya plan has worked out there. Congrats, they're now free to have the highest rape and murder rates in the entire world.

Newsflash, naive white-guilt libtard: some cultures are not capable of western-style "freedom" and "liberty". The proof is right in front of your face, and it consists of every black-majority nation and city in the entire world.

ruddski
ruddski

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mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@libtard_apologist

Your white supremist revisionist crap won't fly here.

Southern Africa was nowhere near "empty', there were natives when the europeans arrived. If S Africa was 'empty" there would'nt have been battles with the natives as Europeans forcibly took land, nor a need for treaties with the Zulu or Xhosa. there were, you're wrong. go figure.

Aparthied was "set up to keep black tribes from killing each other". OH MY GOODNESS, the denial of human rights was just for their own good!

thanks, that was a really good belly laugh.

Let's see, if apartheid was just to help out the native blacks, why include all the other non-whites such as Asians? The people from India and China sure weren't violent, were very much NOT "killing each other". They were denied rights, too.

uh oh, your complete line of bullshit about those benevolent South Africans was shown for what it is. pure crap.

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

I'll tell you what is truly "arrogant" Ruddski, it's you trying to say what people who you have never met "want" to "live" around.

Me, I'm not trying to tell anyone where they can or should live, in my view they should have the option to live wherever they choose. That's called liberty, as liberty is one of the "foundations of our society" mentioned above. Diversity is the liberty of anyone to live anywhere.

Are you for denying this liberty Ruddski? Tsk tsk....

libtard_apologist
libtard_apologist

You're so naive and Pollyanna and ignorant of history that you don't even realize that Apartheid was set up primarily to keep black tribes from killing each other (as is happening right now) and to protect whites from black violence (also happening right now).

South Africa was mostly empty when whites got there, and their success and their generosity towards blacks caused blacks from other areas of Africa to immigrate there en masse, wherein their population promptly increased massively, thanks to the food and generosity provided by their evilbad white oppressors.

Weird how you want to celebrate diversity but you hate the actual differences.

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@WhyDontYouJoinNAMBA

"It"? "It"as in the systemic denial of human rights to anyone not of white race? The. White race that established colonial rule over an indigenous population?

Yes, you are right on that one, it didn't work out so well. Thanks for pointing out that every individual, no matter their race or ethnicity, deserves to be given basic human rights, and any state that denies those rights will eventually fall.

ruddski
ruddski

"Diversity" is an arrogant white lib concept. Mexicans and blacks don't want to live with each other, much less whites.

ruddski
ruddski

"diversity" is a white boys' concept, based on the arrogant assumption that blacks and Latinos want to live/mix with whites or each other.

ruddski
ruddski

"diversity" is a white boys' concept, based on the arrogant assumption that blacks and Latinos want to live/mix with whites or each other.

ruddski
ruddski

"diversity" is a white boys' concept, based on the arrogant assumption that blacks and Latinos want to live/mix with whites and/or each other.

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@ libtard_apologist

Putnam's study doesn't prove diversity is "harmful", Putnam gathered data that showed disengagement.

The same trend is happening across every urban neighborhood in America regardless. Not surprising, the trend was predicted decades ago by Faith Popcorn in "Cocooning".

How is disengagement turned into engagement? Fewer people like you who yell messages of hate towards anyone not white enough to meet your approval is a good step forward.

libtard_apologist
libtard_apologist

I notice you totally ignored the study done by Harvard professor Robert Putnam that proved "diversity" is harmful to civic life.

"Diversity" is just a "progressive" libtard euphemism that means "less whites".

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@WhyDontYouJoinNAMBLA

no, those who experience diversity absorb the best aspects of a culture.

I can't think of anyone who has been "forced" to accept "aspects" that are undesireable. care to let us know where this occured?

while you are explaining, tell us what these "worst aspects" are that are destroying "the foundations of our society". you know, the "foundations" like freedom of speech, freedom of religious beliefs.

after all the American Experience is a history of embracing the new arrivals to our land and incorporating their culture into the "American stew" as Alan Dershowitz likes to refer to it. I'm sure you never eat any food that isn't pure American, right? watch out, you might be wearing clothing designed by a non-white!

"insulated assholes"? that's really funny coming from someone who thinks that all immigrants are "FOB criminal" types. yeah, THAT"S not an "insulated asshole" viewpoint....the irony is funny as hell.

ruddski
ruddski

Success isn't a fault, envy is.

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