Mencken

Damascus, AR

#1 Apr 26, 2013
Twenty-four signs that American cities are turning into hellholes.

Detroit figures prominently in the article, as one can easily imagine.

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-04-24/amer...

Discuss amongst yourselves.

And bonus points to the first person who can tell the rest of the class what this article avoids mentioning.
Pete

Livonia, MI

#2 Apr 26, 2013
It is passing strange that not a word was mentioned about Africans and blacks. The article is about causes, not race. Still, race at least seems a co-factor among the causes. The correlation of blacks to failing cities is inescapable.

The Detroit reputation is world wide. I view the BBC regularly and they often use Detroit as a model of decay. Honestly, they do not mention blacks specifically very often. I think we are more concerned with racial differences than other parts of even the English speaking world.
Mencken

Damascus, AR

#3 Apr 26, 2013
Pete wrote:
It is passing strange that not a word was mentioned about Africans and blacks.
Ding. Ding. Ding.

Give the man the points, first one to raise his hand has the right answer: It's blacks that gets barely a whisper in this otherwise insightful article.
Pete wrote:
The article is about causes, not race. Still, race at least seems a co-factor among the causes. The correlation of blacks to failing cities is inescapable.
You say toe-may-toe, I say toe-mah-toe; you say causes, I say race.
Pete wrote:
The Detroit reputation is world wide. I view the BBC regularly and they often use Detroit as a model of decay. Honestly, they do not mention blacks specifically very often. I think we are more concerned with racial differences than other parts of even the English speaking world.
With Rhodesia / Zimbabwe already underwater and South Africa sinking fast -- both at one time First World countries -- the US is the last of its kind, a country that is ostensibly still under white rule and, particularly in the South, has more experience with blacks up close and personal than any place left on earth. If we are more concerned with race difference it is because it is there in our faces all day every day.

I applaud your perspicuity.

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