White Suburbs Secede From Atlanta

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Suburbs Secede From Atlanta

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John T. Bennett

March 10, 2013

As Detroit – beset by violence, debt and social woes – prepares to undergo a historic takeover by the Michigan state government, the city of Atlanta could be sliding toward a similar fate.

Some are quietly wondering whether Atlanta is in danger of becoming “the Detroit of the South.”

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.

For several years, problems of this sort have fueled political reforms, including the creation of new cities in northern Atlanta suburbs. Due to the intensification of corruption scandals in DeKalb, some state-level reform proposals could become national news very soon.

‘Super-white majority’ cities

As a result of the unsavory politics in urban Atlanta, northern suburban communities acted to distance themselves. Beginning in 2005, many communities began the process of incorporating into cities.

Thus far, Milton, Sandy Springs, Brookhaven, Dunwoody, Chattahoochee Hills and Johns Creek have done so.

These cities, after breaking away politically from urban Atlanta, have become so successful that a libertarian think tank, the Reason Foundation, has featured Sandy Springs as a model of effective government. The Economist has also applauded the northern Atlanta cities for solving the problem of unfunded government pension liability and avoiding the bankruptcy that looms over some urban areas. The new cities may soon be able to create their own school districts , which would free them even further from the issues besetting Atlanta.

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.”

Nonetheless, he believes that there is a social contract between the northern and southern parts of the county.

“So when you allow powerful groups of citizens to opt out of a social contract, and form their own, it may benefit the group opting out, but it hurts the larger collective,” he said.

The lawsuit would have canceled incorporation and tied the cities back into the very county that they purposefully left.

State Rep. Lynne Riley, a Republican who represents one of the new cities, called the lawsuit “frivilous” and “disrespectful to the citizens of these cities who are most satisfied with their government.”

The federal trial court rejected the lawsuit, and the court of appeals affirmed the dismissal. However, an attorney for the Black Caucus plans to file an amended lawsuit .

Meanwhile, the same concerns that spurred incorporation continue to mount.

Failing schools

DeKalb County contributed to what the New York Times called “the biggest standardized test cheating scandal in the country’s history” in 2011.

Now, the county is faced with losing its regional accreditation. Losing regional accreditation is, by any objective measure, a devastating indictment of a school board, with severe consequences for students and families within the district.

When nearby Clayton County, Ga., lost its regional accreditation in 2008, it was the first school system in the country to do so in 40 years .

The result in Clayton, according to the Pew Foundation , was that thousands of students left county schools, the district lost millions of dollars and hundreds of teachers were fired.

In response to the Clayton County crisis, after witnessing the fallout and the harm to the state’s reputation, the legislature acted to prevent a repeat. In 2011, the Georgia legislature essentially gave the governor authority to remove board of education members when a district was placed on probation by the accreditation agency.

Last December, DeKalb was placed on probation. Then, in January, the governor of Georgia used his new authority and removed six members of the nine-member DeKalb Board of Education.

This year, well after the accreditation issue broke open, DeKalb school board elections were held. Four of nine board members were up for reelection. Voters in one of the four districts returned their incumbent board member for another term, despite knowing that accreditation was at risk.

This week, a federal judge sided with the governor and agreed that the six suspended board members can be replaced. The decision places the dispute into the Georgia Supreme Court’s purview.

As the issue looms, the mere mention of losing accreditation has impacted the housing market in DeKalb, with at least one potential buyer directing his realtor not to search for homes in the county .

School leadership

Recently, at the helm of the DeKalb school system stood Crawford Lewis. The former superintendent has been indicted on racketeering charges .

Along with several of his associates, Lewis is accused by the DeKalb DA of fraud, theft by a government employee, bribery and a web of racketeering. The charges arose out of Lewis’ practice of steering lucrative government contracts toward favored companies.

According to the indictment , Lewis also used government funds to pay for a hotel room, which he used as the venue for an affair. Lewis had this affair with a person who held the position of “Executive Director of the Office of School Improvement.”

One of the numerous complaints about the DeKalb school board was that it voted to pay for Lewis’ legal defense. There had been a $100,000 cap on the costs allowed for legal defense, but the school board waived it for Lewis’ benefit.

The CEO in charge

At the very top, the head of DeKalb’s government is the position of CEO. The current CEO, Burrell Ellis, is being investigated for a list of concerns, including alleged bid rigging. Police searched Ellis’s home and office recently, and local news outlets report that while no charges have been filed, search warrants are reportedly aimed toward potential extortion, bribery, theft, conspiracy, and wire fraud in connection with private vendors who contract with the county.

Most recently, Ellis sought approval from the county ethics board to establish a legal defense fund to benefit himself. The board rebuffed the request .

A corrupt school board becomes a civil rights issue

Instead of being treated as a story about rampant, inexcusable corruption, the school board fiasco has morphed into a civil rights issue. Atlanta’s NBC affiliate reports that the Georgia NAACP “accused Republican Governor Nathan Deal of being part of an alleged conspiracy to get rid of black office holders and deprive black voters of their rights.”

State Rep. Tyrone Books pointed out that criticism of the governor needed to include a word about black politicians who supported the governor’s removal authority.

“How can we complain about him when we have black folks standing there embracing the removal of black officials?” asked Brooks, D-Atlanta.

The state legislature is trying to prevent public funds from being used in the legal defense of the ousted board members . Because the ousted board members see their positions as a civil rights entitlement, the attorney’s fees required for their defense will quickly rise, unless legislation puts an end to the entitlement.

One of the suspended board members, Eugene Walker, responded to the judge’s ruling with a familiar appeal : “Minorities should not feel secure if contrived allegations from anonymous sources with hidden agendas can go to private agencies and to have their civil rights stolen away.”

DeKalb has changed from majority white to majority black over the last several decades. As the Atlanta Journal Constitution gingerly put it : “The county’s transition from majority white to majority minority was politically rocky .”
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SteamshipTime Broseph Angocachi Thomas777 Roland

I was going to quote one portion of the article in response, but there are too many bits to single out... Atlanta looks like one huge gibsmedat train that's ran off the tracks, and here I thought that being the New Black Mecca would turn it into a thriving metropolis.

The only solution America could implement for its "Negro Problem" that stops short of vertical expulsion, forced sterilization, or a Nigerian boat lift would be to put a cap on negro habitation in major cities of say, no more than 25% of the total population. (The figure for total minority presence should be <50%) Government could accomplish this via market incentives, such as buying off entire black neighborhoods for greater than market value and luring productive whites to settle into the gentrified zones after renovation.

At 25% of the population or below, blacks can retain the subsidization and infrastructure from whites that they need to survive in modern cities, but they'll be prevented from overgorging themselves as has happened in places like Detroit, Baltimore, and now apparently Atlanta. I think there is also sort of a spillover effect among blacks that live in cities as minorities in that they're forced to conform to the prevailing political and civic culture of their white counterparts, which for all its problems is at least capable of solvency.

I mean I'm sure there are corrupt pols and pockets of ghettos and street violence in Portland and Phoenix and Denver, but can anyone imagine something like the Kwame Kilpatrick fiasco occurring there? These black-run cities are like rowdy classrooms under substitute teachers.
The solution is a semi-autonomous zone in Western Mississippi. Federally imposed incentives could induce Black Americans to move there of their freewill so that the Black population in other parts of the country is dramatically decreased to the point that there are no majority Black neighborhoods remaining. Those Blacks remaining outside the autonomous zone would miscegenate themselves out of existence without any significant impact on the American genome in a couple generations, and no longer would Black crime and the burden of Black prisoners or of Black poverty and impossible Black public schools plague Americans. The autonomous zone would depend on billions from the Federal Government, but it would be much less than it currently spends handling the Negro problem. First there needs to be a Black migrationist movement with a Black Christian flavoring to set up in West Mississippi and then for the Federal government to conspire in their favor against the government of Mississippi. Blacks will migrate there if there are plenty of 'gimbe thats' and unskilled labor positions open, so Mississippi would have to pass a lot of laws against illegal aliens but drop legal requirements on the types of companies to hire illegals with regard to legals.
Also, the most important piece of legislation in containing the Negro problem in America was Roe v Wade. Condoms and abortion need to be promoted in Black neighborhoods and the local Congoid churches must be brought on board with that.
Bob Dylan Roof

The evolution of the city is a familiar phenomenon. The city develops as a strategic trading center that attracts cheap labor, which demands cheap, high-density housing. These slums, coupled with advances in transportation technology, compel the affluent to spread outward, away from the city. The need to eliminate blight by attracting the wealthy back into the city does not emerge until the city itself ceases to perform its original function as an economic staging ground for the upwardly mobile. In other words, cities can tolerate affluent flight so long as they continue to produce new wealth. When cities like Atlanta and Detroit start to talk about revenue sharing programs or discriminatory districting, it's clear that those cities no longer offer any meaningful economic opportunity. They're destined to die like the ancient trading centers whose ports were rendered impassable by the accumulation of silt over the centuries.

A Negro reservation probably wouldn't work, unless it was some sort of urban reservation with municipal functions. Negroes are really good at working for the government where substandard administrative and bureaucratic work is the norm. But they've been completely priced out of the private sector by other groups and technology, including Mexican robot-slaves.

Team Zissou
It's actually far different (and far worse) than, say, the port of Antioch silting up. Negros in the Atlanta slums haven't provided cheap labor in a very long time. Rural counties don't have the resources; poor negros move to Atlanta because that's where the welfare is. The situation was sustainable so long as net tax payors could keep their safe white school districts. When federal courts ordered bussing in the early 1970's, the exodus to the suburbs began. Insurance, engineering, transportation and IT are mostly in the burbs. The major employers in-town that keep the lights on are law firms, banks and colleges. Their well-paid executives are what drives the gentrification that keeps the place from turning into Detroit. Obviously these sectors are extremely vulnerable when the next bubble bursts. (Large Atlanta firms kept going through 2008 by mergers with national and international firms.)

I used to debate this issue with a guy from the Detroit area on the Phora. He thought Atlanta had about 20 more years.
Team Zissou

They are hanging on in Atlanta by taking bottom-feeder retail jobs. Combine that with government transfer payments, and they can still afford to buy new cars and cellphones.
Bob Dylan Roof
This has actually been a perennial feature of the city, according to Banfield. There will always be a perpetual underclass beyond salvation in cities, primarily as a result of culture, and possibly genetics.

But this phenomenon has been exacerbated by the advent of managerialism and welfare statism, which have made leaving the city or working in the city extremely difficult for certain populations. There are, on the one hand, the natural forces I mentioned above, but on the other there are the political forces that have all sorts of paradoxical effects. For example, socializing transportation essentially subsidizes white flight (and markets) out of the city, and subsidizing "urban renewal" to eliminate blight and attract the wealthy back into the city ends up pushing the cheap labor and diversity, which were to be the beneficiaries of these programs, out of the city.

The transiently poor who are willing to live for a period of time in slums in order to build wealth can no longer afford to live there or can no longer find markets for their labor. What remains are the absolutely dysfunctional and destitute populations which subsist entirely off of public support. American cities seem less natural and more contrived every year.

Chicago dropped to its pre-1929 population levels in the last census as a result of these dynamics. The lawyers and financiers prop up the economy, but they enjoy their positions for the same reason that there remains an entrenched black civil service aristocracy: government-enforced monopoly. The rest provide low-level services to these castes or join the criminal underworld of drugs, murder, fraud, human trafficking, and exploitation of illegal labor.
Interestingly, SWPL hipster types do this already on a micro level.

Perhaps govts could fund these flog fuckers to pursue their artistic careers with a caveat that at 30 they have to go into a real role and speed up the process?

One of the eerie things about Australia - and I know the experience is mirrored in parts of the US - the way cities, literally settlements of 100k or more, came and went in an historical flash according to resources.

Usually these were related to mining but also sometimes farming/livestock etc.

Are we not seeing similar here?

Team Zissou
Rural US is emptying out as farms and refining facilities become highly mechanized. A counter-trend might be white and Asian information workers (including, I'd speculate, lots of gays) who can't afford or don't want city life re-settling in rural whitopias. If peak oil is real this would be a very attractive option. There is still a lot of empty land in the US.