What a different country.
What a different world.
Back in 1993, Baltimore experimented with Norplant to reduce the black underclass.
|The perfect cover for the 20th anniversary edition of The Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in America|
Movies of white men standing up to injustice, violence, and the agents of decay were released, with 1993 seeing both Falling Down and Tombstone hit theaters.
But in 1994 it was the release of one simple book that literally set the country on fire, for it dared submit a theory as to why inequality persisted that could be smelled in the smoldering ruins of the Quiktrip in Ferguson, Missouri.
Transformed from a dispensary of sugary/high calorie goods with only the swipe of the EBT/Food Stamp Card (named the Missouri EBT Card) to the staging ground of the black insurgency in Ferguson - where Rev. Cecil Rogers made "daily pilgrimages" to visit - it is the ruins of the Quiktrip that give life to the infamous chapter 13 of The Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in America.
Richard Herrnstein and Charles Murray wrote in the introduction to Chapter 13 these words:
"The debate about whether and how much genes and environment have to do with ethnic differences remains unresolved."The racial unrest in Ferguson and St. Louis put bed this debate, as the metropolitan area is a living, breathing experiment confirming a Darwinian Truth so obvious it scarcely needs reminding what line in The Bell Curve (from chapter 13) came to life during the black insurrection of August 2014:
"It seems highly likely to us that both genes and the environment have something to do with racial differences."You see, the QuikTrip in Ferguson is The Bell Curve personified, a monument to the real "Bell Curve Wars" playing out across all of America. "Snitches Get Stitches" was spray painted on the ruins of the QuikTrip, a reminder of the genetic and environmental realities behind the racial differences dividing whites and blacks in St. Louis. [“Snitches Get Stitches” message spray painted on burned-out QuikTrip, Fox2Now.com, 8-11-14]
Yes... genes and the environment having something to do with racial differences is not only highly likely, but obvious at this point (inside the looting of the QuikTrip)
The remains of the QuikTrip became holy ground for the black insurgents, but for those curious enough to desire seeing a real-life re-enancment of chapter 13 of The Bell Curve, a quick glance in the direction of the insanity originating from there in August 2014 would be all the evidence necessary to confirm Murray and Herrnstein's theory. [The QuikTrip gas station, Ferguson protesters’ staging ground, is now silent, Washington Post, 8-19-14]:
“This is our place. This is what we’ve got,” Maria Chappelle-Nadal, a state senator who has been central in staging many of the daytime protests, said during an interview outside of the QuikTrip this week. This was their Tahrir Square, their Tiananmen Square. The place each night where they would make their stand.
“These people have no other place, so they’ve made it their own,” said Chappelle-Nadal.
On the large metal post that once displayed the red and white QT logo, one person spray-painted “The QT People’s Park. Liberated 8/10/14.”But the burning of the QuikTrip (where a black family cleaning the debris of the store where chastised by other blacks with shouts of you "shouldn't be helping the white man." [Volunteers Clean Up at Ferguson QuikTrip, Get Yelled At for "Helping the White Man", RiverFrontTimes.com, 8-12-14]) represented "pushback" against the encroaching reality of the Bell Curve's truth behind the demise of once prospering Ferguson (99 percent white in 1970 versus 27 percent white today) into just another micro-Detroit. [This Looted QuikTrip Represents St. Louis's Racial Inequality, New Republic, 8-14-14]:
The social and economic reality of St. Louis is pretty simple. Prosperity is white, and poverty is black. It has been this way for decades, and the contours of this reality has become self-reinforcing. White residents have built their own affluent enclaves farther and farther from the city’s core, in suburbs like Chesterfield, some 30 miles from downtown, where brand-new, dueling outlet malls have opened for business. Black residents live in a belt of communities along the northern side of the city in townships like Ferguson, or Baden that were abandoned by white residents, where the quaint strip malls of yesteryear are largely abandoned and storefront windows are covered with plywood.
The black community in urban and inner-suburban St. Louis has suffered within the confines of this system. Missouri had the nation’s highest black homicide rate in 2010 and the second-highest in 2011, according to Violence Policy Center. When a black teenager is murdered, it can rate no more than a 300 word story in the local newspaper. The city’s school system is largely composed of dysfunctional barracks where kids are kept for the day. In 2011, The high school graduation rate for St.
Louis city was about 50 percent (in the largely white and affluent suburb of Clayton, by contrast, it is 98.5 percent), according to a tally in the St. Louis Post Dispatch.
The Bell Curve triumphant...
Cops throughout St. Louis and its suburbs have the unenviable task of policing this social order. Lower-middle-class police officers patrol the gutted city neighborhoods that other white St. Louis residents avoid. The officers get shot at, yelled at, and in return they use unnecessary violence to make their presence felt. The cycle of mistrust, resentment and hostility between police and the black residents of St. Louis has been building for decades, and now it is boiling over. When a police officer gunned down Brown, black witnesses nearby described the scene as murder—a young man with his arms up, compliant, shot in the face and chest. It was the catalyst to rise up against the tectonic inequalities of St. Louis.
Burning a QuikTrip is an easy way to express rage at the city, at its history, at the police, and the social order. The morning after the looting, a man who identified himself as DeAndre Smith stood in the QuikTrip parking lot as the building smoldered behind him.
“This is exactly what’s supposed to happen, when there’s injustice in your community,” Smith told a videographer for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.No, Mr. DeAndre Smith: this isn't supposed to happen in any civilized city in the world. The burning of the QuikTrip in Ferguson, Missouri - a suburb of St. Louis - occurred because the growing inequality between blacks and whites (poor vs. wealthy) is a testament to the truths addressed in The Bell Curve.
Burn one store down, watch another close (driven away by the Visible Black Hand of Economics). [Near the Ferguson QuikTrip that burned, another quietly closes, St. Louis Business Journal, 8-19-14]
|The real Bell Curve Wars are playing out in America's decaying cities... (Ferguson, MO)|
What Mr. DeAndre Smith can never comprehend is the symbolism of the looted and burnt-out QuikTrip in Ferguson as the perfect, "he who lasts laugh, laughs best" present for those defenders and believers of The Bell Curve 20 years after its publication.
So is the East-West Gateway Council of Governments study on inequality in St. Louis... [New report underscores racial inequities in St. Louis region, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 9-24-14]:
Too often in the St. Louis region, owning a home, holding a job or even living beyond your first year of life depends upon your race, according to a new study that details an old problem.
The report’s authors at the East-West Gateway Council of Governments emphasized Wednesday that research on segregation and disparity was underway well before rioting in Ferguson put the region’s race relations under a national spotlight.
Findings of a divide in prosperity, health and education touched off a frank discussion among elected leaders on the Gateway board regarding the role of race in the local job market and governance.
“There is a boil-over situation that just takes place when people are not working,” said East St. Louis Mayor Alvin Parks. “I’m frustrated and I see you’re living the good life. Or you’re living a good life and I’m living a bad life, and I feel as if I should have the same opportunity to live the American dream that you’re living.”
Jobs should be more accessible to people of color, he said.
The Bell Curve lives (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
The “Where We Stand” report compares the St. Louis region with 34 other metropolitan statistical areas. It found this to be the sixth most segregated, “and tends to have a wider gap between whites and blacks than many of the peer regions on a range of social, economic and health indicators.”
Among the findings, based on 2012 measures:
• The median household income was $59,041 for whites, $30,479 for blacks.
• The percent of white families living in poverty was 9.2 percent, of black families 30.6 percent.
• A black infant was 3.6 times more likely than a white one to die in the first year of life.
• Blacks were more than twice as likely than whites to have no health care coverage.
East-West Gateway has been publishing the “Where We Stand” editions since 1992.
Periodically, the agency provides updates on specific topic areas, including racial segregation and disparity.
“The story has not changed much over the past 20 years,” said Mary Rocchio, lead author of the report and manager of policy research at East-West Gateway.
“Consistently, we have seen that there are differences between the opportunities and outcomes between the ways blacks and whites experience life in our region as well as in the United States as a whole.”
Still, Rocchio said she was surprised by the size of the gaps between blacks and whites on some measures."The story has not changed much over the past 20 years," said Marcy Rocchio...
In another 20 years, it will remain unchanged (if any whites remain anywhere near the St. Louis metropolitan area to compare their standard of living to the teeming black masses...).
In another 200 years, it will remain unchanged.
High rates of poverty, lower household income, lack of insurance, and grotesquely African-levels of infant mortality rates are benchmarks of the black community; the opposite describe the white community of St. Louis.
Recall the words from the New Republic article describing the racial reality, Bell Curve inspired world of St. Louis:
Lower-middle-class police officers patrol the gutted city neighborhoods that other white St. Louis residents avoid. The officers get shot at, yelled at, and in return they use unnecessary violence to make their presence felt. The cycle of mistrust, resentment and hostility between police and the black residents of St. Louis has been building for decades, and now it is boiling over.But the cycle has a starting point, and it's not white racism, Jim Crow, or white supremacy.
Black dysfunction/failure has an origin. A source.
To reinterpret the introduction to chapter 13 of The Bell Curve, "The debate about whether and how much genes and environment have to do with ethnic differences is settled."
Courtesy of the racial experiment still ongoing in America's heartland, St. Louis.
The Bell Curve tolls for St. Louis: There is no changing what is...