How White Flight Ravaged the Mississippi Delta

Alan Huffman, The Atlantic, January 6, 2015

In the Mississippi Delta town of Tchula, there’s a fading columned mansion that once belonged to Sara Virginia Jones, the daughter of a local plantation dynasty. Its walls were lined with nearly 400 works by artists as prominent as Paul Cezanne, Marc Chagall, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Salvador Dali, and Andy Warhol.

Then, in the 1990s, the house changed hands. Today, it is filled with framed photos of the current owner–Tchula’s controversial first black mayor, Eddie Carthan, who was in office from 1977 to 1981–posing with U.S. presidents Carter, Clinton, and Obama and the Nation of Islam’s Louis Farrakhan.
The irony of this set change is not lost on Carthan, who, as he puts it, went “from being a second-class citizen to staying in a house where the slave-owners used to live.” Carthan grew up in a shack outside Tchula, on property his family purchased in the 1930s as part of a New Deal project. The land was located on a former plantation, which the government bought and divided among several black tenants. His community became a relatively safe haven for African Americans and later formed an important staging ground during the civil-rights era.

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But as the mansion’s flaking paint makes clear, the transformation was about a transfer of local power, not wealth. Families like the Joneses have long since left Tchula, taking their business and money with them. The remaining community is 97 percent black and achingly poor.

In the Delta flatlands and the hillier country to the east, the landscape is dotted with towns and cities that figured prominently in the civil-rights era. Like Tchula, many of those places are now languishing.

Greenwood, 80 miles north of Tchula, was one of the main organizing bases for voter registration during the 1964 Freedom Summer. For a while, the town’s fortunes seemed to improve, especially after a large Viking Range manufacturing facility opened there in 1990. But Viking was sold in 2012 and the new owners laid off a large part of the local workforce. Today, the town is two-thirds black and, in important ways, still deeply segregated. Most of the white students go to private academies while black students attend public schools, and its residential areas are divided between two extremes: the leafy boulevards of the affluent white section and the historically poor, black Baptist Town, which is so little changed that it stood in for a 1960s Jackson neighborhood in the movie The Help.

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As for Tchula, it’s currently listed as the fifth-poorest town in the nation with a population of more than 1,000. Its last two industries–a sawmill and an apparel factory–closed long ago, and more than 15 percent of its residents are unemployed. Carthan said he has sought help from foundations and state and federal agencies, but his proposals for economic development projects have all been rejected.

“Businesses don’t want to come to a town like Tchula,” observed Anthony Mansoor, who owns a hardware store downtown. “That bothers me. The people in this town worked so hard to get to where we are today, and in a lot of ways, things are better. But the town is broke. That’s the bottom line.”

The situation is impossible to ignore: Among the key towns of the civil-rights era, those with the largest black majorities are frequently in the most economic trouble.

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In those days, the Delta’s plantations were plowed by mules, cultivated by workers with hoes, and harvested by hand. After farming became increasingly mechanized in the 1960s, local workers had little to do, and no new jobs were available to fill the void. Jordan said the loss of even the most basic plantation labor helped the civil-rights movement gain traction in the Delta.

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But if they lacked social clout, black residents were gaining political power. After the passage of the Civil Rights Act, and the accompanying voter-registration drives, blacks comprised the majority of the electorate in many Mississippi towns and counties. In 1967, Robert Clark became the state’s first black state representative since the Reconstruction era, and over the decade that followed, black politicians were elected into more and more local leadership positions.

When Carthan became mayor in 1977, one of his primary goals, he says, was to “bring the other side up.” “Tchula was like most southern towns, with the whites on one side and blacks on the other,” he recalls. “On the white side, where I am now, there were sidewalks, manicured lawns and beautiful homes like this one. But on the other side was dirt roads, shacks, and 75 percent of the houses had no plumbing.”

Carthan and the board of aldermen set about getting federal grants to make much-needed improvements: “Put in a sewer system, one of the first day-care centers in the state, paved streets, built houses and a free clinic, started a transportation system and a feeding program for the elderly.” These changes were a boon to Tchula’s poorer residents, but they produced few jobs. For the most part, black residents were left to grapple with an economic system that had been designed specifically to keep them in low-wage agricultural jobs.

White residents continued to control most of the town’s wealth and business connections, and Carthan says they “didn’t take kindly” to his efforts: “Tchula’s a plantation town, and they just rejected me.”

Carthan’s detractors often say that the town’s troubles are directly linked to his tenure as mayor, but he claims that white residents launched an elaborate campaign against him. “I stayed in court the entire time I was in office. They were accustomed to blacks who’d bow, say ‘yes-sir, boss,’ that sort of thing.”

Throughout his tenure, the Herald frequently ran front-page stories about his political and legal troubles, which were legion. He feuded with the former mayor, who was white, and with the then-biracial board of aldermen. In 1980, the aldermen tried to replace the black police chief Carthan had appointed with a white one. There was an altercation at City Hall, and Carthan was charged with assault. In April 1981, he was forced to leave office.

Two months after his resignation, Carthan was charged with allegedly hiring two hit men to murder one of his political rivals, Alderman Roosevelt Granderson. Though Granderson was black, Carthan–who defended himself–argued that the charges were racially motivated, that he was being framed by whites. Black farmers raised $115,000 for his bail and the actor and playwright Ossie Davis traveled to 66 cities to proclaim his innocence.

Carthan was acquitted of murder in 1982 but returned to jail on charges stemming from the 1980 fight at City Hall. {snip}

By the time Carthan’s legal battles were over, Tchula’s white population had dwindled away to almost nothing. “Whites felt threatened,” he says. And new businesses didn’t want to fill the void: “People don’t want to come where there’s division and conflict and animosity.” The growing sense of desperation brought an increase in drug use and a corresponding uptick in crime, which led even Mansoor and his wife to move to a Jackson suburb, though he continues to commute an hour each way to operate his hardware store.

Today, Carthan’s vision for Tchula has partially come to pass. The town of about 2,000 residents is governed entirely by black elected officials, and every house has running water. No one in Tchula gets fired from their jobs or is denied credit for upsetting the status quo, as happened frequently during the civil-rights era. The problem is, few people have jobs. Where local workers once harvested cotton or drove tractors on white-owned plantations, or toiled in the local sawmill or coat factory, there is today no visible means of economic support. Dwindling government grants and long commutes to jobs elsewhere are all that’s left.

Carthan makes no secret of his disdain for whites who decamped for other locales, as well as those who continue to avoid moving their businesses to black-majority towns. But he also blames the current, majority-black population. “Three or four generations of people raised on welfare–everybody knows the problem,” he said. “Single-family homes, drug-infested neighborhoods, the youth always on social media, exposed to everything. Ear rings, nose rings, lip rings, baggy pants. I’d expect they’d show some appreciation, but a lot of them don’t know their history. That’s a challenge. It’s very difficult for the teachers to even teach school. They’re rebellious. They have the freedom, the resources. They don’t have the restraints we had in the ’60s.” He shakes his head. “What goes around comes around. We’ve come a long ways, but we’ve got a long ways to go.”

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  • Easyrhino

    “When whites leave things fall apart.”

    Undeniable proof of that is South Africa, when the Whites ceded control of the government and law enforcement it rapidly became the murder and rape capital of the world.

    • RationaliseThis

      The murder rate in S Africa is in fact higher than much of Africa. The presence of Whites creates wealth which flows into the entire economy, this provides an “well head” ie motive and opportunity for extraction and redistribution of wealth by taxes and crime. In Nigeria the wealth comes from oil and rather than efficiently organise production they fight over it because it’s easier to fight than to work a complex task for them. The wells cause a lot of pollution because they are poorly maintained and managed. If they kill Whites they will kill the goose that lays the golden eggs. They’ve done that before.

      • archer

        I agree with most of what you say, but the “white” business men who control large corporations have lobbied to replace both white and black workers in America with cheap labor. What’s going on in Tchula is going on in many other towns and cities after NAFTA and GAT was passed. The town I live in is almost completely white, a local paper described it as having a lot of poverty, my house was broken into twice probably by drug addicts, it’s happening everywhere now. I doubt I’ll see the serious crime that many black localities have but society is on it’s way downhill without jobs that pay a living wage.

        • Lkoehn

          Bolt twisting, screw inserting and burger flipping are never going to be high paying jobs. They could be career opportunities if you are well educated and are the best bolt twister that ever was and are intent on working your way up in an organization but assembly line work is not a career. You don’t get paid a living wage, you earn a living wage.

          • pcmustgo

            Actually they pay $20 an hour at Mcdonald’s up in North Dakota now due to that oil boom and shortage of workers- Supply and Demand.

          • Lkoehn

            I did not mean that there are no money making opportunities but would you want to move to North Dakota to flip burgers at Mickey D’s for a living? First off you had better be able enjoy that cold and snow. You know it is only going to be temporary. Because of the drop in the price of oil, if you are fracking for it you start losing money under $60. a barrel. If the wells and drilling are shut down till the price of oil rises that $20. job will be paying minimum wage.

        • Sheik Yerbouti

          While the government has bent over backwards to prove that based on a lot of old fashioned markers, we are not in a “depression”. I personally think we are in the greatest depression of all time and that it will circle the globe once it gets into full swing.

          So many other indicators are there if anyone looks (like you have here). But there’s a good deal more than the greed and lies of the government and wealthy elite to be blamed for this. Another huge factor that is so well avoided by this is automation and modernization.

          Jobs are vanishing fast and won’t be coming back unless we have a

          • archer

            You are right, that’s another reason to stop unlimited immigration, as automation increases there will be less blue collar jobs, the millions coming here are for the most part unskilled or uneducated and will further burden our society, there will be no jobs for most and the ones that are created will be just to service the extra millions of people that are here. I read that a few companies have brought back manufacturing from China because automated production is even cheaper than Chinese labor.

      • pcmustgo

        A lot of whites I know claim they can safely travel in Africa and love it. Very trendy to travel there, especially Ghana. I’ve heard the beaches in Ghana are polluted w/sewage, so they ruin the tourist industry that way too.

        • bob

          for the most part africa is safe to travel but there are outbreaks of violence (chimpouts)

    • LHathaway

      The fastest sustained economic growth (around 6%) is taking place in Africa. Racists need to pick a line and stick to it. Which is it, Africa is a complete disaster, or whites brought electricity, plumbing, cars and commercial air to Africa? Anything coming out of the comments section of AmRen about Africa is likely more biased than what is taught in world events courses at our universities; and it would almost be impossible to be more biased than that. Congratulations on doing the impossible.

      • Easyrhino

        Stating facts makes one a racist?

        If ad-hominem is all you got then perhaps then perhaps you’re better off someplace where your anxieties are not so easily aroused.

        • LHathaway

          I believe I said, Racists need to pick a line, Africa is a disaster, or Whites helped develop Africa into what it is. For you, there is a third choice – this is where I used a line from the ’70’s show’ TV show.

          • nBmnp

            What about:

            “Whites helped Africa until decolonization and it turned into a disaster afterwards”

            Can we agree on that, LHathaway?

          • ElComadreja

            That is absolutely factual.

          • hastings88

            Ether/or fallacy. These are not the only two (or three) alternative positions.

          • Alucard_the_last

            The left cannot think that far ahead. They can only grasp ‘black or white’ answers. They think they are intellectuals until one applies rationality and logic to the question involved.

          • Lkoehn

            Africa was a booming place while managed by whites. There was law and order when whites did the thinking and blacks did the work. The whites left and left the blacks to do the thinking and the work and now all blacks want to be thinkers and no one wants to do the works. All the thinkers seem to devote their thinking to how they can scam the system that they are in and extract more personal wealth for themselves and forget everyone else. The whole Continent seems to be backsliding into tribal/ethnic/religious warfare.

        • nBmnp

          Ad-hominems is all they got.

      • nBmnp

        Wrong, that economic growth is not sustained. It is interrupted by civil wars and chaos/corruption that shrink the economy somewhat.

        Most economies of Africa are on a zig-zag pattern. Yes, the growth rate is pretty good on the “up” parts, but no, it’s not sustained at all.

        At decolonization, all African nations could feed themselves, now they depend on food aid.
        At decolonization, Africans had a higher life expectancy than today.

        Sure they still profit from colonization (they still run the same old ships on Lake Victoria than they did on decolonization) but sooner or later that will fade away and Africa will become Haiti (decolonized for 200 years), Libera (never colonzied) or Ethiopia (only occupied by Italy for less than 10 years thus never really colonized).

        In fact the only “success story” of Africa is Botswana, which is lead by a mulatto – or in other words, the most “white” government in subsaharan Africa today.

      • MannyR

        The fastest sustained economic growth eh? I’m sure Apple, Raytheon and Boeing will be moving on acquiring as many young, talented, little bushmeat eating Africans as they can get H1B visas for lickity split. You have all the anwsers for us small minded, racist, Amren rednecks don’t you? YOUR TRYING TO SERIOUSLY MAKE A CASE FOR AFRICA BEING SOME SORT OF ECONOMIC SUCCESS STORY?Your are pathetic in your lame brain,progressive, mentally ill justifications. The entire continent is a disaster. Rape and murder statistics aren’t even kept because 1) both are rampant 2) no one is civilized enough to grasp that there are immoral actions 3) they probably don’t have pen and paper handy. Keep saying stupid s# it, show everyone how in love you are with these savages. I truthfully hope you run into the right person some day soon in the future. Your a joke.

        • LHathaway

          Actually, Africans believe they are morally superior to you. They believe only Whites are greedy and evil. They’ve been taught that their whole lives. Such beliefs are likely the only thing that has civilized them.

          Whites may unconsciously internalize a kind of White supremacy idea, but so do non-whites in all likely hood internalize a feeling of moral superiority. Face it, black 14 year olds are more racist than the most rabid AmRen reader. There’s nothing you can do about it. They don’t consider you as people, human. They are encouraged not to. They certainly don’t consider you.

          • Alucard_the_last

            I lived in cities with African immigrants and they hate our blacks. I’ve seen it, I’ve heard it. You need to read more and get out more, LHathaway.

          • MannyR

            Blacks can think whatever they please reality is a whole other story. They are the clown jester of the human race. They always will be.

          • World_War_Me

            I agree, especially as the psychotic, murdering clown Pennywise from Stephen King’s “IT”.

          • TL2014

            We know. That’s why they try to kill as many white people as they can, including children, women and the elderly.

            You don’t have to tell us about black racism. It’s quite obvious.

      • TheHBD

        After reading your quote, I did some quick digging…Forbes reports that

        “Backed by Chinese government loans to African countries from, Chinese companies and an estimated 1 million plus Chinese workers have poured into Africa over the past decade, mostly in search of the raw materials to feed China’s voracious domestic economy.”

        So it looks like the “growth” you are attributing to ‘Africans’ is really the Chinese pouring money into the continent so that the can perform a de facto colonization and take all the natural resources…if they weren’t there I’m sure it would still what it has always been…a primitive backwater.

        • LHathaway

          Yeah, you have a point. Even Africans will tell you Africa is a disaster right now. Europe went through it’s national conflicts and came out better than it was before.

          You should be worried about them teaming up against you. During the cold war, each side put on the appearance of being morally superior to the other. People of color may have an interest in continuing to believe they are the moral betters of white colonialists. Expect them to pull together to upseat you.

          .

          • MannyR

            Get off this site you black troll, your morally superior to dog vomit, that’s it.

        • HE2

          Do you think the Chinese give a tinker’s dam for the future of Africa?
          I saw a documentary focusing on China’s African infrastructure building and mining industry.
          China is moving fast and furious on this project, including the construction of a rail system through jungle areas for mine and resource access.
          Here is the rub: the only Africans profiting from this are the palm greased war lords.
          An African on camera complained that the Chinese only hire them [the prole] to fetch, lift, risk the mines, and carry, not for any hands on construction.
          A Chinese worker said on camera, “everyone and everything used in these projects comes from China. Holding up a nail, he said, ‘see this nail? Even this g’d nail is brought in from China.'”

          Do not know about you, but I am putting my money on China looting until there is nothing left then, voilà Yellow Flight. Chinese do not want to live among Afro savages either.

      • Daniel McGrath

        You should revisit those economic numbers. The population in Africa rapidly outstrips any such “growth”.

      • Jesse_from_Sweden

        Here is some simple math for you, it’s about how percentage-based numbers work.

        We have Country A, that has a GDP/capita of $100.
        We have Country B, that has a GDP/capita of $20’000.

        Country A increased their GDP/capita with an astonishing 10%, while Country B only increased their with a fairly modest 4%.
        Which country had the biggest increase in actual number of $ per capita?

        Answer, Country B, who increased their GDP/capita with $800, compared to Country A, who despite their 250% larger percentage increase still only gained $10 GDP/capita.

        See how it works? The smaller the starting number, the bigger the percentage, despite a relatively tiny actual increase.
        BTW average GDP/capita is somewhere $1’000-2’000 in Africa and $50’000 in USA.

        • bob

          thank you jesse , i posted similar , the africans have no where to go but up since they are so low

        • LHathaway

          hmm, I’m not good at math. But let me provide a word problem for you.
          GDP $1,000 Africa. GDP $45,000 Sweden. 1 (traveling 3,000 miles north, for no reason that can be explained by this word problem) can be multiplied by 2. 1 x 2 = 2. 2 x 2 = 4. 4 x 4 = 16. 16 x 16 = 256. 256 x 256 = 65536 x 65536 = 4,294,967,296
          I hope you’re happy with your $45,000 GDP. And unwilling to send a fair amount of that 3,000 miles South.

      • ElComadreja

        Is this plato108? I know you lurk here.

        • LHathaway

          No. But now I know where I got that stat! TY.

      • Bunky

        What do you think the growth rate wil be after oil hits $50/bbl?

      • bob

        6% where ? what country ? and of course they can have some growth, no place to go but up.

  • John

    This above has been an observed phenomena for over 100 years. “Wherever you find the Negro everything is going down around him, and wherever you find the White man you see everything around him improving.” –Robert E. Lee

    • B.E.L.

      But no matter, blacks will still blame whites for all their woes.

      And here is another quote, this one from Abraham Lincoln: ….. there is a physical difference between the white and black races which I believe will forever forbid the two races living together on terms of social and political equality.

      • The problem is that some whites still pretend to care what blacks say or think about anything. Why do we even humor their ungrateful, hateful babbling?

        • John

          Fred Reed, of the blog “Fred on Everything”, asked very much the same question in his blog entry #624 in October. “It is curious that blacks, the least educated thirteen percent of the
          population, the least productive, most criminal, and most dependent on
          governmental charity, should dominate national politics.” Good read.

      • Fr. John+

        Yup, B.E.L., John, and Easyrhino. This article is utterly useless, tells us nothing, and iste of no import to White America. What intelligent white man cares about a bunch of darkies, after the crimes of the Obamanation, Gatesgate, TSA groping, Black crime rates, Katrina, Trayvon, Ferguson? Not news; not anymore. Merely the perennial behavior of a bestial race, that is not human.

      • RonanTheLibtardian

        For that reason, Lincoln was not only the impetus behind sending freed slaves to Liberia, he also considered sending them to uninhabited parts of Central and South America. He understood the urgency and importance that well. Lincoln cared more about preserving the union than he did about Africans.

        • KevinPhillipsBong

          Brazil had slavery until the 1880s. We should have sold the slaves to the Brazilians and earned some of that investment back after the war.

  • If white people would have stayed, this screed would be about the racism of whites not leaving and keeping their stranglehold on political power in the Mississippi Delta.

    • TruthBeTold

      If whites move in, they’ll be screaming ‘gentrification’.

      • KevinPhillipsBong

        We should take back that word. Use it as a white-consciousness cry to save America’s urban centers. Own it and say ‘Hell yeah we’re gentrifying…we’re trying to preserve this town from otherwise inevitable decay.” Join the Gentrification party. Douchey beard is optional.

  • MekongDelta69

    What the headline from the leftist Atlantic reads:
    “How White Flight Ravaged the Mississippi Delta”

    What the headline should read:
    “How blacks Ravaged the Mississippi Delta”

    • Yves Vannes

      It`s the Atlantic. That they have even reported on the Bantuization of the Delta is in itself amazing. When we separate we will need to build a wall, a very big wall.

      • Georgia Boy

        Whatever reason they have for spinning it as being about race, it’s probably not for our benefit.

      • And make sure the entire editorial staff of The Atlantic are left behind on the other side.

      • RonanTheLibtardian

        And while we’ve got our eye on the African ball, Indians (dot, not feather) and Latins are overrunning formerly 95% White states like New Hampshire.

        • Cheri Rodriguez

          Maybe a few of the cities in the southern part (close to Boston) e.g. Manchester. Not the rest of the state.

          • RonanTheLibtardian

            Yes, Nashua and Manchester in particular, and all along Route 3 in between. The white flight that resulted means that whites have to commute further now. A fairly typical story nowadays.

            The 95% white communities north of Manchester are still clueless to the invasion. They voted for Jeanne Shaheen, the amnesty queen. If the GOP had sponsored bus tours to Nashua and Manchester before the midterms, Scott Brown would be the Senator for New Hampshire today.

            Did I give too much away to the white people, “Cheri Rodriguez”?

          • Cheri Rodriguez

            Yeah but at least Whites in NH are very well armed. As for “Cheri Rodriguez”, you must think that Alice Cooper and Marilyn Manson are real names too.

          • RonanTheLibtardian

            Don’t tell me: Gertude Finkelshitz?

          • Cheri Rodriguez

            I was going to go with Cherry Ganz (look him up) but liked Cheri better. Rodriguez is to throw off newspaper editors, FBI agents, etc.

          • RonanTheLibtardian

            Did you look up Marilinda Garcia yet? The FBI are nutless wonders. What’s the charge? Acting like an American? Please.

          • Cheri Rodriguez

            After you’ve had them raid your house, you tend to be more cautious.

          • RonanTheLibtardian

            Sounds like you’ve experienced ‘the Chicago Way’. I know it well. Barack Hussein’s “transparency”.

    • JohnEngelman

      Someone should write a book entitled, “Why White Flight Happens”

      • BlueSonicStreak

        That would be a cheap book, given that it would only be a page long.

        • Alexandra1973

          A picture’s worth a thousand words.

          • Here’s one of my own favorites:

          • Strider73

            My favorites are the side-by-side comparisons of Detroit and Hiroshima, today and in 1945. They bear out the characterization of blacks as “animate WMDs.”

        • JohnEngelman

          I would like a book with details about what has actually happened to previously white neighborhoods when black moved in. I would like specific accounts of how in specific neighborhoods crime rates went up, as scholastic scores in the local public schools declined along with the tax base.

          • anony

            Good luck on finding a publisher for such a book.

          • JohnEngelman

            What you say is unfortunately true. Nevertheless, Jared Taylor, J. Philippe Rushton, and Charles Murray found publishers.

          • Bossman

            Forget about the rise in crime rates and decline in scholastic scores. The key determinant according to one sociologist, is that white people don’t want their children having black friends especially black boyfriends.

          • JohnEngelman

            And why is that?

            I don’t have any children. If I did I would not mind if they had black friends. I would worry about their black enemies.

          • Bossman

            I got this information from reading a book by a noted sociologist whose name I’ve forgotten.

          • JohnEngelman

            I am not questioning your honesty. What I am saying is that white flight from blacks moving in is nearly always rational. When blacks move into white neighborhoods crime rates go up. This can be documented. I wish more attention was directed to this.

          • LHathaway

            Hate crimes against whites go up, whether they are labeled that or not (or even prosecuted at all – heck the whites likely apologized, but moved if the could, just the same).

          • Reynardine

            Wait, blacks can be friends?

            Could have fooled me.

          • pcmustgo

            “Friends one day, Enemies the Next”. I had many Black and Asian “friends” in life. They were so horrible I’m on amren now.

          • JohnEngelman

            One of the most fascinating friends I ever had in my life was a black college professor. I have never known an Asian I did not like.

          • MannyR

            And hence why you voted for Hussein Obama… Twice

          • JohnEngelman

            I would vote for him a third time against any Republican.

            I also voted for Bill Clinton.

          • MannyR

            Utter self destructive stupidity. Slow learner

          • I thought so too. I told a friend: What about if the boy friend is Obama?

            He explained: the black boy friend has black family (look at Obama’s brothers and other relatives) and black friends. So the rare well mannered intelligent Black brings with him his entire community with all its problems, violence, and crime.

          • Irishgirl

            They don’t want their daughters to end up being murdered.

          • Frank_DeScushin

            “Forget about the rise in crime rates and decline in scholastic scores. The key determinant according to one sociologist, is that white people don’t want their children having black friends especially their daughters having black boyfriends.”

            This conclusion sounds like a liberal sociologist (most are) who’s suggesting that white flight is a result of irrational white hatred of blacks. I don’t believe that’s so.

            Many white parents, I’d say even most today in certain parts of the country, wouldn’t object to their children having a black friend or two in a predominantly white setting. Most white parents, however, want the best for their children, and that includes shielding those children from the violence and poor schools that a larger black population create. So I agree with Mr. Engelman that the issue is the problems that invariably always come with a large black population.

            Note that even whites without children flee communities that are becoming more black. That obviously has nothing to do with children they don’t have, and more to do with avoiding being a crime victim or getting out before you can only get pennies for your house.

          • Nancy

            Speaking as a person with three white daughters, I can attest that the few blacks who come around the house are very cordial and well-spoken. I have no problem with them.

            The problem is that one daughter already has her driver’s license, and the second has her permit. We live in a desirable school district, but our county is already majority-minority (the blacks/browns outnumber us), so we’re pretty much surrounded by blacks/browns, who have been persistently pushing themselves year after year into our nice school and neighborhoods.

            In the past 5 years, I’ve noticed the darkening of the neighborhood, grocery stores, schools, etc., and the crime rate that has risen accordingly (drive-by purse snatchings outside the Walmart, etc.). The white boy last year who walked into a locker-room ambush over “a pair of stolen sneakers” (not), and got his nose literally separated from his face (all caught on video, because the blacks can’t resist memorializing their violence on the internet) happened just a few miles down the street at the next-closest high school to us.

            My kids are familiar with the area, but as new drivers, they do make mistakes. Around here, it only takes a couple wrong turns, and you’re in Sketchyville. Plus, they get an earful of “tolerance and diversity”, are only around blacks insofar as their number is diluted among the majority whites in their group, and assume all blacks are just like them. They don’t necessarily believe Derbyshire’s “Talk” is valid, at least not from experience. And teenagers know everything, of course.

            So it’s in our best interest to move them away from ATL, out of Georgia entirely, and up to the NW Quadrant of the country as soon as possible. That way, if they do something stupid, make a questionable “friend” or two, or find themselves in an unfamiliar area, it’s still an area devoid of Blacks.

            Before my kids learned to swim, they used little inflatable water wings in the pool. But that doesn’t mean that suddenly they were safe to go swimming in the ocean, you know? I put them in the safest possible environment until they gained real-life swimming experience, just in case.

          • Sid Ishus

            Swimming analogy was spot on.

            We moved moved last year from a city my family had been in for over 70 years due to the school system being now 20% White. Areas that had always been exclusively White are over run, crime has placed the city in the top most dangerous place to live in several articles.

            I relocated my family up the road to a community whose reputation was racist. Disappointingly that was wrong, the schools here are completely enthralled with the civil rights drama during Black History Month and the teachers are liberal. My son’s English teacher refused to use Merchant of Venice due to anti semitism, etc. At least in our former town my kids got a front row seat to negro disfunction that the teachers couldn’t hide.

          • HE2

            Good for you, Nancy. Meet you in Flathead County, Montana.

            Buy a 4 WD, bring your muckluks, North Face down jacket, and snow shoes and skis.
            It is beautiful there! The kids will love it. Added bonus, the schools actually teach old style curricula, salute the flag, sing the national anthem, all the good stuff we know and love.

          • “The few blacks who come around the house are very cordial…”
            –Nancy

            No blacks will ever be allowed in my home. Uniformed black policemen had best have guns drawn if they want in, and my signal to my wife is my going down in the doorway. I don’t want them “cordial”; I want them far away. Another article linked on this site suggests the moon would be a fine place.

          • cherrie greenbaum123

            As the poor white folk in Ferguson are finding out.

          • pcmustgo

            It’s also the RACIAL TENSION. The nastiness. the negativity of the “dirty looks” from random non-white strangers is enough alone to make one want to move. It’s upsetting and negative.

          • LHathaway

            I haven’t read it, but I believe Raymond Wolters? published a book entitled, ‘The Burden of Brown’ (brown vs board of education). You can read the reviews of it on Amazon.

      • Bossman

        I believe that the sociologists have already answered that question. Even if some Blacks were to create a model community, most whites would still prefer to live apart from them.

        • JohnEngelman

          If what you say is true that is because of previous experience. The reputation blacks have earned with their intellectual performance and behavior precedes them.

        • pcmustgo

          There’s also the fact that all of the groups are very CULTURALLY DIFFERENT. Let’s say Blacks had no crime problem or whatever. We’d still find them culturally alienating to be around. We’d still prefer whites. Asians have low violent crime rates. I still prefer whites over them.

        • dukem1

          If Blacks could build a model community, rest assured it would not include any whites.

      • Sick of it

        A children’s book for white kids!

  • dd121

    The lack of whites didn’t ravage the Delta, it was the excess numbers of blacks that did that.

    • Georgia Boy

      Funny how the Atlantic is choosing to highlight the social construct angle here. Because it’s much the same kind of story with small rural towns in white areas too. Old school garment and furniture factories shut, farming employment way down, few jobs. The young white people in those towns mostly just react by leaving, not implying someone should bring them jobs. Let’s not necessarily fall the frame the Atlantic is pushing.

      • dd121

        Small town America has had a white brain drain toward the cities since at least the 60’s, maybe it started after WWII. This is an old story.

      • kikz2

        i’m certainly not buyin’ what he’s shovelin’… i know better….

      • cherrie greenbaum123

        “Government jobs”. The negro dream.

  • rommel10

    its the same across the USA when the blacks move in the whites leave, and its all down hill from there

    • Speedy Steve

      You got me to thinking about Bobbie Gentry whose song Ode To Billie Joe was about life in that region. But vile Yankees stigmatized poor White trash.

    • superlloyd

      It’s the same story worldwide and throughout history.

    • disqus_irCdmAu8It

      Exactly. The Detroit suburb of Southfield, just north of 8 Mile is a classic example. Until the 1970s it was a haven, now, it is a jungle.

    • Where there are Africans, there is Africa.

      • Reynardine

        “Cultures don’t make people. People make cultures.”

  • Luca

    “People don’t want to come where there’s division and conflict and animosity.” ………………and blacks.

    Even if you buried them in money they would find ways to blow it. Not only do they need vast sums of money, they need Whites to manage it for them. Like a wolf-dog hybrid, they are a high maintenance breed.

  • This is not the kind of article written by someone or some group of people that actually believe in racial equality. If one truly believes in racial equality, then it ultimately doesn’t matter who does or does not live in a given place, nor does it matter who is coming or going to or from it.

    • Irishgirl

      The author seems to make a few half-hearted attempts to deflect the blame from the blacks themselves, but just can’t quite believe it.

  • IstvanIN

    They don’t have the restraints we had in the ’60s. That says it all, now that they are “free, free at last” they can act according to their natural proclivities and ruin and chaos is the result.

    • Speedy Steve

      It’s commonly referred to as “getting your freak on.”

  • JustSayin

    “Gibs me yo money Whitey, and do’s what’s I tells you tuh do’s.”

  • Scyth Altai

    Toddler brains in adult bodies explains it all.

  • Speedy Steve

    A liberal do-gooder acquaintance of mine is proud that her (White) 22-year old daughter is teaching 6th grade English in the Delta Area. Liberalism is a mental illness.

    • Americaandthewestshouldbewhite

      The daughter probably thinks she is doing charity and can bring these blacks to white standards, which is impossible because they always err to the jungle side.

    • anony

      Must she provide her own Ebonics translator, or does the school provide one?

      • Kenner

        It should be an app by now.

        • anony

          Dat be raciss!!

    • Scyth Altai

      Any bets on how long she will last?

    • Ograf

      They will brutalize that fool in short order, and if she lives through it she can feel sorry that the blacks had to do that because of her peoples racism and subjugation of the blacks.

    • Send her a link to the Crime Library article on the Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom murders.

    • Anglokraut

      She might just be teaching for the student loan program that pays for college if you promise to teach for two years. If they still do that.

      • kikz2

        they do…….

    • pcmustgo

      There are tours of the Delta area famous for Blues music. Some Black folks in the Delta and in the South still live on plantations and work like a sharecropper, live in shacks on these plantations.

    • cherrie greenbaum123

      Give her about six months to a year. Let’s hear back from her then, shall we?

  • Frank_DeScushin

    “And new businesses didn’t want to fill the void: “People don’t want to come where there’s division and conflict and animosity.”

    Well, at least Mr. Carthan got one thing right even if it’s not in the way he intended. Yes, Mr. Carthan, businesses don’t want to set up shop in areas filled with conflict and animosity. But, Mr. Carthan, that conflict and animosity exists in nearly every predominantly black community, and long after whites left. So, Mr. Carthan, you’re right in your conclusion about business, but wrong in your implication of which race typically causes conflict and animosity.

    • TruthBeTold

      Diversity IS conflict and animosity.

  • JustSayin

    So when Whites were around they were racist oppressors who kept the chuckers down, but when Whites left it was because they were racist oppressors who were keeping the chuckers down.

    Gotcha there Chim Chim.

    • Augustus3709

      According to the Out of Africa Theory, the Negro race had a mind-boggling 199,500 year head-start (approximately 7,980 generations) where there was absolutely zero White contact on the dark continent (south of the Sahara), and yet they never amounted to anything, despite the total lack of any possible “White Oppression.”

      The “Blame White People” myth needs to be smashed.
      The White Man is not the oppressor, he is the creator.

  • LHathaway

    “Whites felt threatened”

    That’s it? No word from the Whites themselves? Not a single words? Some histories are more important to discuss than others. It sounds as if Whites are Still not appreciated in any of these small towns, except to point out the bad things about them and how it is they who must change. Doesn’t sound real welcoming for Whites. That somehow is not an issue. No fretting on what can be done to make things more appealing for whites? Perhaps they know, in their heart of hearts, there’s nothing blacks can do to make things accommodating for whites as a group. They’ve given up. They’re not even going to try. I guess all that PR effort will be spent on white communities telling them how they must welcome people of color. Diversity truly is a one way street. They don’t even bother to pretend otherwise in an effort to make things all seem ‘fair’.

    • A real reporter would track down several white families who moved from the Delta and interview them to find out why they left, in their own words. That’s called “journalism.” But who am I kidding? It’s The Atlantic.

      • Even if the Atlantic’s reporters displayed that degree of industry, they’d doubtless still have cherry-picked (or simply fabricated) only those white refugees whose experiences and testimony reflected the reporters’ and editors’ own opinions. Such is the MSM in America today.

        Then their readers could conclude: those whites are (provably!) just as evil as we thought! But you’re right: a missed opportunity to further inflame their readers’ prejudices.

        • LHathaway

          hehe, good point.

      • LHathaway

        my friend has a subscription. I like reading them when he gets done.

  • John Smith

    White flight has been decimating areas…for bleeping decades.

    The narrative is always the same: everyone whines about white people no matter what –

    -when white people flee (white flight) – white people are evil and “racist”

    -when white people stay – white people are evil and benefit from “white privilege”

    -when white people move in – white people are then evil “colonizers & oppressors”

    “Diversity” in reality means: “there are too many white people; there must be fewer white people & eventually NO white people”.

    • Johnny Harper

      Whitey is always evil.

      Get used to it. Blacks will always scapegoat Whites.

  • Johnny Harper

    Without Whites, the “African American” population would devolve into Liberia or Sierra Leone in about 1 generation.

    All advanced civilization would cease. They would be killing each other in the street, burning each other, eating each other, etc.

    This is just the reality of people with IQs in the 70s.

    • Americaandthewestshouldbewhite

      Some blacks have IQs in the 30s.

      • Johnny Harper

        The Average “African American” IQ is 85.

        I believe 85 is too low of a mean threshold for allow for an advanced civilization. There is a certain cutoff IQ that is needed for a population to be successful as a modern civilization.

        Africans and Hispanics don’t have the cognitive capacity to make advanced civilizations.

        This isn’t “racist”. Its just a fact.

        Ignoring reality doesn’t change it.

        • LHathaway

          This must be why we’ve built an advanced civilization for them. Only the genius, only the genetic superiority of Whites, could do that. Only white could construct civilizations of such perfection they will be functioning long after the whites innovators are gone.

        • SentryattheGate

          Isn’t that basically what Nobel prize winner (in genetics) James Watson said? Amren recently had an article about him, re. selling his Nobel prize because he couldn’t get work after he said those un-PC comments.

          • Johnny Harper

            Correct. He was applying real scientific understanding to the capacity of Africa for civilizational growth. I concur with his “gloomy” assessment.

            William Shockley also spoke about the dysgenic breeding patterns of the African race.

            True scientists understand this reality but are being silenced by the PC police.

            Fake scientists such as Al Gore are calling real scientists out for being “unscientific”. Crazy times.

        • Triarius

          That is a common myth, it is actually 78, making over 40% mentally retarded.

          Source:
          Rushton, J. P., & Jensen, A. R. (2010). Race and IQ: A Theory-Based Review of the Research in Richard Nisbett’s Intelligence and How to Get It. The Open Psychology Journal, 3, 9-35.

        • Latino Nationalist

          So I guess the Mayans weren’t the first group of people to figure out how many days it took for the earth to revolve around the sun.

          • Johnny Harper

            I am unsure of who was the “first” to determine how many days it took for the earth to resolve around the sun.

            But when European culture interacted with the Mayan culture, it was very clear as to who was more advanced.

            The Mayans literally thought the Europeans were “Gods” from another planet.

            If the Europeans continue to breed as poorly as they are currently, they will devolve as well.

            Blacks and Hispanics could always improve their intelligence through eugenics. They could actually catch up after a number of generations. However, their breeding patterns ensure their IQs remain low.

    • MBlanc46

      I believe it would be rather more like Haiti. A stratum of higher IQ blacks and mulattoes would rule and fleece the masses, who would live like the blacks in Liberia and Sierra Leone.

      • Johnny Harper

        At least there is a silver lining in that scenario lol

        • MBlanc46

          Earthquakes?

  • ncpride

    Carthan makes no secret of his disdain for whites who decamped for other locales, as well as those who continue to avoid moving their businesses to black-majority towns.

    Yes, how dare those Whites refuse to stay only to have this bigot fleece them of their wealth, destroy their businesses, and constantly be the target of his anti-White hatred. All this from a moron who fled the area himself due to the incredible black crime rate. You can’t make this stuff up….negro ‘logic’ that is.

  • Evette Coutier

    White don’t want to live with blacks. Asians, Hispanics, Indians, native Americans, middle easterners, and even other blacks don’t want to live around blacks. Even though liberals claim to love blacks, they conveniently locate themselves in white neighborhoods. But, naturally, blacks are not at fault. It’s all due to the white man. In a pig’s eye.

    The irony of this is that I’ve know a few very bright, educated, and successful blacks. Where do they choose to live? Among whites.

  • Tarczan

    “There was an altercation at City Hall, and Carthan was charged with assault. In April 1981, he was forced to leave office.”

    “Two months after his resignation, Carthan was charged with allegedly hiring two hit men to murder one of his political rivals,”

    “Carthan was acquitted of murder in 1982 but returned to jail on charges stemming from the 1980 fight at City Hall.”

    If he could enhance his resume with a corruption charge, he would clearly be ready for a national office run.

    • Bon, From the Land of Babble

      He’ll blame Whites no matter what.

      [The mayor] claims that white residents launched an elaborate campaign against him. “I stayed in court the entire time I was in office. They were accustomed to blacks who’d bow, say ‘yes-sir, boss,’ that sort of thing.’

      Not his fault, of course, always the fault of old racist Whitey – and the media wholeheartedly agree.

      Guess he too thought there’d be a utopia when all the Whites left – after all, that’s what he’d been told all his life by the anti-White media, schools and government.

      • kikz2

        thx, i nicked that one 😉

    • Irishgirl

      Every time I’ve hired hit men, I got away with it. White privilege, you know.

      • jy kelly

        LOL!!!

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    The remaining community is 97 percent black

    It appears that Carthan is now diverse.

    Isn’t this the desired outcome?

    We Whites have been told constantly and repeatedly that WE are oppressors and the source of all human misery and poverty — but when we’re gone there will be a White-free peaceful, prosperous, multicultural and diverse utopia.

    I noticed the article gave no reason for the White flight except racism.

    I reckon Whites didn’t want their children beaten up, robbed, raped and murdered in their diverse schools, parks and neighborhoods.

    This is a no-win situation:

    If Whites stay, they are racist haters; if Whites leave; they are racist haters.

    Better to keep one’s children safe and alive than expose them to black violence.

    • Scyth Altai

      My son moved to Montana this last spring and he’s begging me to join him. He can walk outside – and in the dark – safely and rarely sights ‘others’. He loves it!

      • Bon, From the Land of Babble

        They way America was when it was 90% White and blacks who harmed Whites were dealt with swiftly, severely and immediately.

        Go, and enjoy it while you can, before the refugee industry buses in Somalis.

        • Scyth Altai

          Bon, it is indeed my intention to leave by spring. I live in Louaville. Yes, it is the pits.

          • Helpful map for reference.

          • thomasdosborneii

            Wow, Mike Conrad, thank you for that valuable map that even shows the data by county.

          • I’m in the absolute whitest part of a “12 to 25%” county and it’s tolerable, barely. Trouble is, they multiply almost as fast as Latinos. Hard to stay ahead of the flood.

          • John Smith

            Why is it that mostly black areas correspond to high crime rates? /s

  • Mary

    This is a major problem throughout the rural Deep South. Many small towns in Alabama, where my ancestors have lived since the early 19th century, have been utterly ruined since Whites have departed. Many of these places have a lot of historical appeal. Many used to have charm. But what remains is crumbling, desolate, dreary, and extremely depressing.
    There is one Alabama county in particular that was considered the wealthiest in the state in the mid-19th century. It is now ranked one of the poorest, and is around 80% black. Unless there is a major demographic change (unlikely anytime soon) its last place status will remain ensured. And many will bemoan “the legacy of slavery” into perpetuity.

    • They are mini-Zimbabwes. Once known as Rhodesia, the ‘Breadbasket of Africa’ before whites were dispossessed, murdered, and run out of the country, Zimbabwe is now one of the worst, most corrupt hellholes on the planet, entirely dependent on outside assistance.

      It’s precisely the same thing in these towns, just as the people like those at the Atlantic Magazine are claiming that the obvious solution is to throw more billions down these rat holes.

    • Cheri Rodriguez

      You could hand them 80 acres and a Lexus; they’d still be broke within a year.

  • TruthBeTold

    I’m at a loss to understand this article.

    Blacks got what they wanted. It’s their town; free of evil racist white bigots.

    Why are they complaining?

    • LHathaway

      One of the towns was said to be 30% White or something.

    • kikz2

      150+ years of total freedom of bodily movement, 40 acres/mule, 50+ years of the vote, government paid education, housing, decades of AA in jobs, gov contracts, university admissions, head start, food, clothing, coddling, prodding, lowering of testing standards…. a Black run government………………….nothing is ever enough……… nor will it be….. so now, they’ve moved on to looting/rioting/killing Whites and themselves wholesale in the streets with seeming utter freaking impunity………….

      • drattastic

        Great post.

    • RationaliseThis

      So that papa Obama will tax Whites more so that they can use the money to give Black folks some government pay?

      The Federal reserve can’t keep printing money to lend the government zero interest bonds to make up budget deficits. These dollars would be worthless were it not for the fact that the rest of the world needs to use them as a medium of exchange. The rest of the world is waking up that the U.S. dollar, which is used for global trade, is backed up by a shell of an economy that is used as a subsidised sheltered workshop for blacks and hispanics. Many are already discontent for the poor value for money the U.S. dollar offers. When they dump it, and signs are that Chinese global investment is a way for them to divest themselves of US Dollars the financial crisis will be huge.

      • Tarczan

        The day of reckoning is approaching.

    • drattastic

      But the evil White racist bigots forgot to leave all their money behind for those people to squander. Because they can’t create for themselves they need a host to guilt , steal or extort from.

  • Americaandthewestshouldbewhite

    I bet the Mississippi delta looks like an African slum.

  • LIBERTYSINCURSION

    (( { SNIP } )) <- What's up with the massive snip's today? Or am I the only one seeing this?

    • cherrie greenbaum123

      Probably had a great deal of cutting to do.

    • John Smith

      Probably mostly liberal handwringing, though I could find out if I cared enough to read the entire original article.

      • LIBERTYSINCURSION

        I wasn’t talking about what material they {snipped} out of the original article friend. < Which was almost certainly little more than the typical liberal hand wringing just as you said. ) I was talking about the literally massive size of the actual "{snip}" text. I don't know, maybe no one else is seeing what I am on my computer for some reason. But the {snip} is like 20 times bigger than the normal text.

        • BlueSonicStreak

          It’s not just you. The snips are massive for me too. Just some sort of formatting slip, maybe?

          No idea if it’s browser-specific. For AmRen, I mask my IP and use a totally separate browser from the one I normally use.

  • LIBERTYSINCURSION

    ( Reality Matters ) – “In those days, the Delta’s plantations were plowed by mules, cultivated by workers with hoes, and harvested by hand. After farming became increasingly mechanized in the 1960s, local workers had little to do, and no new jobs were available to fill the void.” – “I know”, says so called “black leaders” to both the ire and support of their average black constituent. “Lets support and encourage a massive job stealing, Nation killing invasion of Illegal Aliens. That’ll show Whitey!” ( Reality Matters )

  • MartelsGhost

    Where-ever there is an area run and populated by a majority of blacks you will find poverty, drugs, crime and ignorance.

    They are a plague.

    They are an embarrassment to all Humanity.

    I blame the arabs, protestants, communists and Spain for our current state of affairs.

    • kikz2

      no blame for the blacks?

      • MartelsGhost

        Just cause some bantu bushman raided the village next to his doesn’t mean anybody should have bought what he was selling. I don’t buy watches from shady guys in alley ways and I wouldn’t suggest anybody else buying a Rollekks either………………………..

        That said, I place blame for the zoo animals running wild on the people who have entered the zoo, opened the cages and brought some of those animals into my neighborhood. Plus humans are responsible for human problems. blacks don’t qualify……………………….

  • MBlanc46

    My first wife was from Greenwood. In those days it billed itself as “World’s Largest Inland Long Staple Cotton Market”. My experience of it was of a prosperous, well-kept small town. Apparently things have changed in the past 40 years (I was last there in 1992 when it still appeared to be in pretty good shape). I passed through Tchula only once; superficially, it also appeared to be a reasonably prosperous agricultural community.

    • cherrie greenbaum123

      I’m a transplant to the south and have lived here now for twenty years. You could almost draw a line down the center of town. Blacks on the east side, whites on the west. My town is notable for the south in that from its earliest beginnings, colleges for blacks were very prominent. Prior to the much exalted Civil Rights Movement, the black side of town had its own grocery, banks, medical offices, and shops. Now, fifty years later, the black side of town is pretty much a war zone. There are frequent shootings, even in the suburban areas. Needless to say, there are scarcely any businesses outside of nail salons, weave parlors, Quick Marts, and check cashing/title loan/cash for gold stores left. The article does a good job of giving blacks a pass on taking on the responsibility of having a viable community. I loved the statement about how “nobody gets fired” and how there are few government jobs. What is it with these people who think the government magically creates economic activity? It doesn’t. If anything, it leeches money off of the productive members. Losing that is what really has blacks up in arms.

      • Earl Turner

        Sounds like the small Georgia town that I grew up in. One historically black college (now a university). Now the town is majority black and has a large Mexican population. It is poor, ignorant, and violent.

      • MBlanc46

        Segregation provided opportunity for a lot of blacks in addition to some security for whites. I don’t think it was well handled in the past. I hope we get a chance at racial segregation 2.0.

  • BernieGoetzFan

    “Tchula was like most southern towns, with the whites on one side and blacks on the other,” he recalls. “On the white side, where I am now, there were sidewalks, manicured lawns and beautiful homes like this one. But on the other side was dirt roads, shacks, and 75 percent of the houses had no plumbing.”
    I grew up in a northern town with no blacks. It was middle-to-working class but all the neighborhoods had sidewalks, cut lawns and nice tidy homes. Almost no crime. Violence was a 1-on-1 fist fight after school (I never once saw a ‘beat down’ like the blacks do to us and each other with 7-8 against 1).
    Blacks like this buffoon have the idea that whites live in nice houses and blacks live in s***holes because of white racism, magic spells or some combination of the two. But whites everywhere create nice quiet neighborhoods and blacks everywhere create s***holes.

    • Engelsman

      As a South African, I have made a lifelong study of Black Africans. Maintenance is not part of their culture. They build a hut of grass and sticks (think Pig 1 and 2 of the Three Little Pigs). Then the women till the soil with hoes – no crop rotation so eventually the soil loses its fertility. The young boys tend the cattle which graze the area flat until all the cattle are thin and starving and there is no grass and soil erosion creates big gulleys. The women collect firewood until there is not a tree within daily walking distance – and no, they do not plant trees. Ever. Not even outside the hut. So eventually the entire village is up a creek minus a paddle – no crops, cattle are dying, and no firewood.

      So they consult their witchdoctor. He tells them that the village is under a curse because of something someone did and that the ancestors are angry (external locus of control – emphasis on past) and so they must move to another location at least two or three day’s walk away (where there are trees and the soil is fertile).

      Hopefully you can see that maintenance is not part of their culture. Why maintain a building when in several years or so you must move away to literally greener pastures?

      As regards magic – most of them, even to this day, consult the witchdoctor for “muti” (spell-medicine). My theory is that there is only one intelligent person allowed in each village and it is not the Chief as he has no problems in life that require ponderous thought. The only clever one is the witchdoctor who has to hoodwink the rest. Any doubters, nay-sayers, or askers of clever questions when rain predictions do not occur at the prophesied time, are marked. The next time someone or a cow dies of sickness, the witchdoctor will reveal that it was due to “muti” or witchcraft and there will be a smelling out of the evildoers where naturally the clever ones get smelt out as they are a threat to the witchdoctor.

      So they genetically select themselves for only one clever person per village per generation as the witchdoctor needs at least one clever one as an apprentice to take over from him. Effectively, they have genetically selected themselves for at worst stupidity or at best a racial unconscious where thinking is not encouraged as it could be hazardous.

      They have only two time frames, past and present, emphasis on past. Their focus is on the past – and where they are today has something to do with their past relationship with their ancestors (external locus of control). We have three time frames: past, present and future (emphasis on future) and an internal locus of control.

      To top it all, they are actively involved in witchcraft and communicating with the spirit world through the witchdoctor which opens them up to demonic influence.

      I’m not sure how relevant all this is to your lot but this is where they come from (as I see it).

  • Evette Coutier

    Historians one hundred years from now will ask how could people be so stupid as to not see the obvious issues surrounding blacks. At that time folks like us will be seen as visionaries, a small minority unwilling to bow to group think.

    • lib1

      Where will be 10-20 years from now? In a western oasis? Or gated communities? When will pragmatism preempt playful thinking?

      • Evette Coutier

        Here’s our situation. The genetic science of intelligence is in its infant stages. Over the next 5 years the genetics of intelligence will be well understood. It will deseminate. The internet to too wide open for that information to be hidden. During those five years, blacks will continue to be emboldened, and their natural behavior will alienate more white people to the point where they are receptive to the science. Political struggles will ensure looking much like current day Greece and Germany. Now here is our advantage and opportunity. The division between low intelligence work and high intelligence work cannot be bridged by social programs. Relative average black wages will continue to slide negatively against whites. Power follows money. Regardless of numbers, the wealth of the nation will remain predominantly in our hands. In the next decade, when the realities of race cannot be hidden by government propaganda, whites will be in a position to reestablish political dominance via financial resources. The societal pendulum will swing back our way in the next decade.

        • lib1

          We already have political and financial dominance and have since 1607. We had things under lock and key until the mid-Sixties and now things are going haywire. We need folks like Scalise in major legislative positions to ensure we maintain the natural order of things.

          • Evette Coutier

            We have had dominance, and until recent, most whites understood the inferiority of blacks. Propaganda has played a big element in manipulating both blacks and whites for votes, money, and power. Whites have up to now had an easy out. They claim blacks are equal, but have always managed to avoid living among them. It’s a strange kind of double think. But now that option is eroding and they have no choice to deal with reality. Idealism generally goes out the window right after some negro has just raped your daughter.

          • lib1

            We have the impetus to think, but not to act. Furthermore, when those in our movement do act, they are shunned. It’s not that there aren’t whites that do not believe in the inferiority of blacks, as our movement shows thousands do. It’s the fact that we don’t assume greater political positions and wish to silence those in our movement to do so. We do nothing, and nothing is what we get.

          • Evette Coutier

            That will change. We are slow to act to be sure. But once in motion things will change. There are too many historical examples that demonstrate the truth of this.

          • lib1

            slow and steady doesn’t always win the race. Dissension in our movement hinders our progress. All we can do is stand strong.

          • Evette Coutier

            I agree. Look at France. A major incident will ignite us, and there are always major incidents.

    • See The Future

      Let us hope that your vision of the future comes to pass.

      • Evette Coutier

        It will.

    • Tarczan

      That is what I wonder about more than anything. What will it be like in one hundred or two hundred years? Will we be one racial mix with an average IQ of 90 or will whites survive? When will it be allowed to freely discuss racial differences? When will it be obvious that racial differences are real? When will the dam burst and the truth come out?

      • Evette Coutier

        Soon.

  • MannyR

    I love how they worded it so whites are at fault. Should read ” How Blacks destroyed the Mississippi Delta after running out whites”.

    • cherrie greenbaum123

      I caught that too. No mention of entrepreneurship in any of this, or any negro deciding to open a new business of any sort. So basically, blacks were handed a town that had an existing infrastructure built by whites and the negroes are, fifty years later, scratching their heads, wondering why YT doesn’t stick around to scoop up their poop. Loved the reference to the white, leafy suburbs, as if all of those trees planted themselves and the manicured lawns were magically trimmed to perfection. Clearly those whites took the magic with them when they left.

      • The appearance of neighborhoods in other respects also reflects the attitudes of those who live there, such as trash on the streets and sidewalks. In addition to most whites not dumping their garbage hither and yon, many of us actually pick up windblown debris in our neighborhoods when we see it. I do that, and so does my mother. She quit trimming the trees – for free – in her complex when she turned 70, but I still do free repairs in my own, most recently gluing broken fence boards back together, sanding them down and repainting them before nailing them back into place. When I was out Tuesday, I also planted some wild rose seeds I had saved, the idea being that if and when the bushes grow, the thorns will keep folks from climbing over that fence. As for the trash, it either goes in our own garbage, or into the recycle bin. This costs nothing, and keeps the area looking nice.

        I drove out some Section-8ers a few years ago. One of their first acts had been to tow a rusted-out, unregistered, non-operational van into one of the public, outdoor parking spaces and use that as a storage shed. I had that sucker towed after a week or so. No, this is not the ghetto; we act “white” here, even though that is doubtless a macroaggression. One of my major concerns was them flipping cigarette butts into the shrubs near their front porch. Fitzers and juniper bushes here are planted a bit too close to the wood-frame buildings for my liking (doubtless the fire department agrees), and those stupid things become very dry inside: perfect tinder up against a wooden exterior wall. It would have cost them nothing to use an empty steel soup can, but folks like them just don’t think.

        When they moved, they left a rusty, wrought-iron table behind on their patio. I waited a week, snagged that, sand-blasted it down to bare metal in the garage, primed it, repainted it, put new plastic feet on it, and it’s now in my daughter’s room. They don’t take care of anything, not even their own stuff, let alone public areas.

  • MannyR

    David Duke has written that after the U.S. falls and cultural Marxism has been dealt with, people will look back on this period in History and eventually write that today academics and scholars were no different than those who claimed the earth was flat hundreds of years ago.

    • LHathaway

      Come-on, if Mr Duke is really your hero, let’s hear the full quote. Not just one sentence, but the ones before and after also.

      • MannyR

        Let me guess who your role models are ,Golda Meir, David Ben Gurion? Am I close you troll rat?

        • LHathaway

          I was genuinely assuming you’ve distorted Mr. Dukes ideas. I wanted to read the full quote you’re paraphrasing, and also what is said before and after it. I have no idea. In any case, I wanted to hear it.
          Frequently Abraham Lincoln is quoted on here completely out of context. One line of Mr. Lincoln will be quoted, making him out to be in favor of Apartheid, in the midst of a speech whose very purpose was to implement equality. If such distortions are necessary to sooth fragile egos, White men have certainly fallen far since even the days of Lincoln. It’s OK to lose the race, and your very dignity, and announce it to the world, at least the reading public. Just admit it, upfront, not in some round about, narcisstic way, projection your defeat onto others. Admit it, soothe your wounds, and move on. Admitting it is the first step to recovery.

  • IstvanIN

    Let’s see: when the plantation was owned and managed by Whites the town was prosperous and the black man had a job. Now the plantation is owned by a black man and the town is poor and decaying. Mississippi or Zimbabwe?

    • TruthBeTold

      Black behavior and outcome are universal.

  • Translation: How another formerly European First World community was ravaged by a new Black majority and power structure–despite state and federal White taxpayer help.

    • LHathaway

      No, they ‘ravaged’ those towns With state and federal taxpayer help.

      • Yes, to help them only worsens their path of destruction.

  • TruthBeTold

    Blacks are true White Supremacists.

    They measure their success and self-worth by their proximity to Whites..

    • John Smith

      They’ve got nothing positive of their own to point to….

  • Augustus3709

    White Flight is always followed by the Colored Chase.

    This cycle needs to be broken immediately.

    • RonanTheLibtardian

      Also know as “…HUD vouchers…” Eric Holder’s pay-back chits.

  • thomasdosborneii

    Somehow the Atlantic has ignored that there also was “black flight”. The article talks about how in earlier days, blacks farmed with mules and hoes, cultivating by hand, but as farming got more mechanized, “local workers had little to do and no new jobs to fill the void”. However, under conditions like this throughout all of the South, blacks began to migrate to the Industrial North (moving right on up the Mississippi River, a roadway to economic success that this poor benighted little town is sitting right next to). How do people think cities like Detroit, Chicago, Cleveland, and Toledo ended up with so many blacks? Those locations became economic powerhouses loaded with jobs and high wages and blacks rode that wave along with those cities. They did not sit around waiting for jobs to come to them; they got up off their butts and dealt with economic reality.

    A statement in the article that really gave me pause–and I am surprised that the Atlantic’s readers can read a sentence like this and not throw the magazine down–“For the most part, blacks were left to grapple with an economic system that had been designed specifically to keep them in low wage agricultural jobs.” Oh really? Who is this magical person or force sitting there “designing an economic system” and specifically declaring,”Blacks, you have to stay in agriculture jobs and we will give you, oh, the lowest wages imaginable, but you Whites, why don’t sit at a computer and develop an operating system, search engine, or a social connection website site and we’ll let you have billions of dollars” (oh, how UNFAIR!)? Is that how Atlantic readers really think it works? That some committee of whites or bankers or some such sit around and control the entire labor system like totalitarian judges handing out careers to the “Eloi” in Ayn Rand’s Anthem?

    No wonder those people can’t make anything of their lives, they are all fish, and welfare, socialism, and tyranny is their ocean. Even when they obtained “political power” (which I guess is like giving a two-year old gunpowder) and elected this guy Carthan to office, all he did was lobby for government grants. And failed even at that. So now they blame white flight.

    • The lack of an education or trade skills naturally means that one is poorly suited to participating to a meaningful extent in a developed economy. The sweatshop jobs all departed for foreign nations with cheaper labor. A quick look through the closet of a typical American will show plenty of clothes made in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Cambodia, and so-on. High minimum wages in the US priced unskilled blacks completely out of that job market. When South Vietnam fell in 1975, lots of refugees moved to the US Gulf coast to work in the shrimp fishing industry, which further impacted blacks. The rise of oil exploration there at about the same time availed blacks not a bit, as those drilling rigs need skilled welders and pipe fitters. How many blacks are certified for technical SCUBA diving and underwater welding? That pays quite a lot! Heavy industry like offshore oil drilling creates a subsidiary demand for other skills, like emergency medical technicians, HAZMAT safety experts, helicopter pilots, and the like, and once again unskilled people are left out of the loop. Even the banks that crop up as an area develops have to hire tellers who are free of felony convictions.

      That wasn’t “designed”; it’s just the way things are.

      • 1G25

        Life’s tough for obsolete farm equipment.

      • thomasdosborneii

        In other words, Michael Christopher Scott, there were opportunities opportunities opportunities right there in the South if only a person got training in welding or pipe-fitting or SCUBA diving or helicopter piloting. But that’s the problem…either they actually don’t have the aptitude to learn even those skills (helicopter piloting may be beyond reach, but I imagine welding would not be), or they simply don’t have the motivation. It all reminds me of a book I used to have as a child (which probably would be banned, today), called “A Child’s Book About God” and I remember quite clearly that in that book, God took a very dim view of people who were either stupid or lazy. It seemed that the point of view of the book was that those things were not “God-given” but choices of the people, or perhaps were an expression of their bad character. So for that reason I never understood people who “couldn’t” learn things. I didn’t see that they couldn’t, but that they just wouldn’t.

  • Stogumber

    Liberal Whites like Mr. Huffman are welcome to settle in the Mississippi Delta.

  • John Smith

    White flight or black influx, the net results are the same.

    • White flight and black influx are exactly the same. Statistically, once a neighborhood becomes 30% black, it rapidly devolves to 70% black.

      • John Smith

        And the property values decline proportionally by similar percentages….

  • Lee_CPA

    I have issued the following challenge on many blogs:
    .
    “Show me a neighborhood/city/metropolitan area that went from majority white to majority black that did not result in a corresponding decrease in quality of life factors such as crime, school performance, etc.”
    .
    To date, not one person has been able to show me a single example of where an area is better off when whites left.
    .

    • Ethan Allen

      You should add “country” and “state” to the list.

    • Tarczan

      Don’t forget a crash in property values.

    • nexus974

      A slight amendment if I may. I would add ‘white controlled’ to the list. Several African nations including South Africa never had white majorities but had considerable prosperity under minority white rule.

      • benvad

        They didn’t put up with uppity mouthy Africans. China supplied the revolutionaries with arms and ideology to forment grievances against the colonialists.

  • hastings88

    Why don’t the black residents start their own businesses and industries? Oh, that’s right . . . .

  • Sid Ishus

    Years ago I oversaw a drainage project in the Delta. The town was given Federal money to improve their drainage system due to persistent flooding. The contractor would complete a section and the inhabitants would fill it up again with mattresses, bicycles, garbage, etc.

    • HE2

      IIRC, Joe Louis, the boxer, built housing for poor blacks with his own funds.
      No sooner built and blacks moved in, the apartments were trashed, becoming uninhabitable sh** holes.
      He publicly denounced the effort, saying he had given up on blacks, or words to that effect.

      • Engelsman

        Che Guevara came to Africa to spread the People’s Revolution or somesuch. After a few months here he told Fidel Castro that he was wasting his time with the Africans. Although I am vehemently opposed to Communism and Marxism, for this reason I do not have a problem with the Che Guevara pictures everywhere.

        • HE2

          Aha, even Che opened his eyes in Africa and saw things as they are with the downtrodden bantu, a waste of time. Good.
          I am not offended by a Che poster either. Offense is always an option, of course, but a personal one.
          I would not want Che’s mug in my home, however.

  • TomIron361

    We’ve come a long ways, but we’ve got a long ways to go.”
    _____________________________________________
    Correct, but you’re not going in the right direction…

  • Ethan Allen

    Black flight to get away from black problems is like an alcoholic moving to get away from alcoholism.

  • Alucard_the_last

    Entire nations fall when whites leave. Case in point, South Africa and Zimbabwe. Whites may still live in these places but many have left or had their land taken from them. Zimbabwe used to export food and now negroes follow cattle around to pick corn out of the feces (I’m not kidding). Now a human would just kill the cow for food. Next comes the once-great, American cities with Detroit leading the pack. It doesn’t matter if it is one block, one apt. complex, one neighborhood, one city, one state or one nation; to destroy, just add negroes.

    • Engelsman

      If God had really wanted to punish Pharaoh and the Egyptians, God would not have bothered with plagues of flies and frogs and locusts, He would have sent a plague of…?

      Maybe God likes the pyramids and wanted to make sure they weren’t going to be broken?

  • Lkoehn

    Things fall apart because of the innate criminality of blacks. Look first to Africa and the failure of entire countries having been looted by their elected black leaders. Rhodesia and Mugabe come to mind at the top of the list. Once elected they stay elected by force. They eventually are overthrown by violence. Do you see any resemblance to what goes on here when blacks take over a city? How about Detroit, Chicago, and other cities in the rust belt? Are all blacks this way? Of course not but the majority are. Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson are corporate blackmailers. Our president is a proven, with forethought, pathological liar and bigoted racist.
    Dr. Carson seems to break out of this mold of corrupt black politician but the black politicians that end up in prison are all out of proportion to their numbers just as the civilian black prison population is.

    • benvad

      I still wouldn’t trust him.

      • Lkoehn

        I think Ben might be a whole lot better then the others who are owned and manipulated by the RNC like Romney,and Christie. If the RNC supports a candidate in the primaries that is who I never ever vote for. The RNC and it’s financial hammer are what ruins the RepubliCONS.

  • Vito Powers

    The solution to this situation is so clear and obvious. We need MORE Immigration, especially from South and Central America.

    According to political mythology, these Hispanic people have family values and start businesses. They’ll restore economic prosperity while enriching the local culture with their language(s) and traditions.

    What could possibly go wrong?

    • benvad

      If you put it in a Disney film, whites will buy into it. We are easily fooled and most of it is self inflicted.

  • TL2014

    Yes, and sooner or later whites will start leaving the big cities even more en masse. How much more can you tolerate.

    I wonder how realistic the whole northwest front thing is..

  • brior

    That evil YT taking his culture customs and prosperity away from helpless innocent blacks whom refuse to help themselves, Don’t worry, they will follow us to the arctic if it gets them some fo nuffin cuz de YT ows me …….

  • Jeff Traube

    Robert E. Lee observed that where Negroes reside, things went to decay. So did Admiral Ralph Semmes of Confederate Navy. Gov Joseph Brown of Georgia cautioned that freedmen would spend time in idleness, vice and crime – and taxpayers would be forced to pay for welfare and prisons.

    • benvad

      We never heed our elders warnings, we had to learn everything the hard way, didn’t we?

  • bob

    ha ha how many white people lived in hong kong before 1997?not many . how many live there now ? not many. hk is great because of free enterprise and the chinese hong kong people with an average iq of 106

  • I can just imagine the impossibility of a mush-mouthed Ebonics speaker trying to solicit advertising space in The Atlantic over the telephone. I therefore think The Atlantic should go for it and relocate to Tchula.

    Where is The Atlantic’s concern over economic opportunities in small white towns, in which the biggest businesses present are often the local feed store and perhaps a John Deere dealership? Young people don’t often stick around in those, and that’s true in many countries. It was an issue in Australia when I was living there 17 years ago. Even in Japan, some of the small islands scattered around the big ones are becoming unpopulated, as the young folks move to the big cities for work and the remaining population ages and dies off. An additional problem there is most young women don’t want to marry eldest sons from rural families, as that invariably entails moving in, doing farm work and taking care of their new mothers in-law. It’s not exactly shopping on the Ginza.

    To the Tchula problem, we can add the official corruption endemic to black-run municipalities. Intel can afford to fork over extortion money to appease Je$$e Jack$on and Al $harpton without the shareholders noticing, but typical smaller businesses can’t take that bite year-in and year-out.

  • Make your money early in life and then quit the rat-race. How much “stuff” does anyone really need? You can’t take it with you.

  • Engelsman

    Not to mention that life expectancy is now lower than under the rule of we Evil White South Africans.

  • Fed Up

    Typical liberal lies. Blaming Whites for bailing out of a heavily Black area. Because those White taxpayers don’t care to support Blacks, nor put up with their crimes.

    Same thing today. If you move because you wish to get your family away from Black crime and Black violence — you’re nothing but a racist!

    • benvad

      Just learn to not give a damn what accusers say. Pack your family up and get away from these things. The hell with public opinion and scorn, protecting yourself is priority one.

  • Engelsman

    And yet they cannot wait to be rid of us. I wonder who they think will make the water come out of the taps and keep the lights on and the medicines in the pharmacy?

  • benvad

    They’re talking about how Blacks destroy civilization.

    If the Hongkongese people were given a choice between British rule and Chinese, which would the choose?

    Be honest and tell the truth.