Even the mighty Obama from Wakanda couldn’t save black L.A.
Last month, a loyal reader called me out on my critique of Ron Unz’s position on race, immigration, and the 2020 Summer of Hate. Unz’s view in a nutshell is that the riots and looting prove that America’s real problem is with blacks and leftist whites, not nonwhite immigrants. Unz essentially told rightists to ditch the immigration opposition thing and stop fussing over the “dystopian nightmare scenarios” associated with slow but steady population replacement.
I rather thoroughly countered that position (no need to rehash; you can read it here). But my loyal reader pointed out that four years earlier I’d written in praise of my own city’s rapid “population replacement” of blacks by Mexicans. Was I being a hypocrite for slamming Unz now?
To best answer that point, we need to go back to 1983, as I was attending an all-black (well, 85%) high school. The neighborhood in which my parents had purchased their home in the 1970s was safe and moderately upscale. The problem was, it was separated from a bad area by just one street—the literal “tracks.” West of that street? Beautiful homes, white/Jewish residents. East of that street? Crack houses, black residents, and LAPD roadblocks (to discourage drug-buying vehicle traffic).
Now, we on the “good side” were never troubled by the bad, because in those days the LAPD could crack skulls at will. Blacks knew not to cross “the tracks.” After all, this was an era in which LAPD officers started their shift by announcing, “It’s monkey-slapping time.” The LAPD profiled, and we profiled. We knew who didn’t belong, and any stray Ja’Marquis seen traipsing down our streets would warrant dialing 0 (we didn’t have 911 yet).
Needless to say, circumstances are different today. The LAPD has been neutered by “reform,” and profiling leads to federal hate-crime charges.
My neighborhood would be a living nightmare were 1983 demographics still in play. But thankfully they’re not. In the 1990s and 2000s, L.A.’s blacks were caught in a classic pincer movement: gentrification from the west and north, Mexicanization from the south and east. Anything adjacent to a good area on the Westside in the 1980s is now a good area itself. Any black area on the Eastside or Southside is now Mexican. Black population replacement at the hands of Mexicans was so thorough and brutal, in 2014 Obama tried to use RICO statutes to force L.A. Mexis to accept at least some mayate neighbors. [ … ]