|Newark: Where "vibrant diversity" brings us --- misery and decay|
Today, Newark has a population of 277,140. Of this population, 26 percent are white. Black people make up 52 percent of the city; Hispanics are 33 percent of the city (obviously, some "whites" are classified as Hispanic too).
Since the 1967 insurrection in Newark, white people have fled the city, leaving blacks in control of the government, responsible for creating new business and sustaining some semblance of an economy.
Judging by high rates of both poverty and child poverty, none of this has happened.
Maintaining civilization is a tough task; a thin line separates order and chaos.
And Newark's fate 45 years after the black race riot (rebellion) perfectly illustrates that that thin line separating civilization and barbarism is a color line [Citizens rush council members as chaos erupts at Newark City Hall meeting, Newark Star Ledger, 11-20-12]:
A behind-the-scenes political maneuver by Newark Mayor Cory Booker to fill a vacant council seat with his choice led to a near-riot in city hall tonight, with dozens of residents rushing the council stage and police responding with pepper-spray.
After weeks of jockeying for Rep. Donald Payne’s successor, Booker made an unprecedented personal appearance to cast the deciding vote with his council allies for Shanique Davis Speight, a longtime ally of power broker Stephen Adubato, over the angry objections of residents.
"In the absence of a quorum, I have an obligation to sit in," Booker said, though he was barely audible over the din. The packed city council chamber was gearing up for a showdown over the appointment as well known figures including former Mayor Sharpe James, Amiri and Amina Baraka, former Councilwoman Gayle Chaneyfield Jenkins and former Council President Donald Bradley came to back their choices.
Councilman Ras Baraka attempted to speak but was not recognized by Councilman Anibal Ramos, who was serving as acting president. Instead Ramos proceeded with the nomination of Speight. Baraka, Councilwoman Mildred Crump, and Councilman Darrin Sharif walked off the dais in protest, and Booker came in cast the decisive vote, as laid out in state statute.
They wanted freedom: 2012 Newark is the result
The move was planned by Booker’s chief-of-staff, Modia Butler, to scuttle the appointment of James’ son John Sharpe James, an avowed Booker opponent, in favor of Speight. Butler had the mayor at the ready in case of a tie or if there was no quorum. "We did our research. We abided by the rules and guidelines.
We didn’t run afoul of anything," Butler said. After the vote, residents stood chanting "Cory’s gotta go!" as officials shouted over the confusion. But when Speight was escorted by police to be sworn in, a group of residents, led by SEIU Local 617 President Rahaman Muhammad, stormed the dais and appeared to lunge toward Speight and her grade-school-age son.
Police restrained the group as they toppled a podium and residents were caught in the rush. When Muhammad would not give way, an officer doused him with pepper spray, along with residents, reporters and at least one other officer. "This truly was an out-of-body experience," said Sharif.
"The mayor, who goes all around the country to talk about democracy … literally in the back of the room, hiding in the shadows." In the confusion, Speight was ushered out of the council chamber and sworn in by City Clerk Robert Marasco. After weeks of jockeying for Payne’s successor council members Sharif, Baraka, and Crump supported John Sharpe James.
Council members Carlos Gonzalez, Anibal Ramos, and Luis Quintana and Augusto Amador backed Speight. West Ward Councilman Ron Rice was the only member not present, saying he was "boycotting" the meeting.Democracy. The mob. The rabble. Subsidized entirely by the federal and state government, with virtually no productive citizens in Newark; a population living of the scraps of dwindling prosperity. And the generosity of Mark Zuckerberg.
Newark is a vivid reminder of the vibrant coalition that brought about Barack Obama's reelection in 2012 in the flesh. A microcosm of those who understand what life is like in a racial democracy and the type of civilization that is produced in the absence of white people.
Those black people who engaged in riots back in the 1960s in cities like Watts, Detroit, Rochester, and Newark set-in-motion events, when they're studied, analyzed, and scrutinized with an evil Euro-centric mindset, prove conclusively that the problem of the 20th century was the rejection; the repudiation; and the overthrow of the color line.
Barbarism is now the order of the day.
Hey -- at least Newark was murder-free back in March of 2010; the first time that brass ring was grabbed the citizens of the city in 44 years! Baby steps to civility, right?