Fiftieth Anniversary of the Detroit Riot: Personal Observations and Evolutionary Analysis

Peter Baggins, Ph.D.

Fifty years ago, a deadly urban riot began one hot summer night in my hometown of Detroit. It ignited around 3:30 a.m., when police arrested 85 patrons of an illegal after-hours bar in the midst of an all-Black neighborhood that had been all-White 15 or 20 years before.

When the mayhem ended six nights later, 43 people had been killed, 1,189 injured, 7,231 arrested, 2,509 stores had been looted or burned, 690 buildings were destroyed or had to be demolished, and 388 families were displaced.

Detroit’s Mayor at the time was Jerome Cavanagh, a young, bright and ambitious liberal. Elected with near-unanimous support of Black voters, he had aggressively launched anti-poverty programs to make the nation’s fifth largest municipality a model of the Great Society’s War on Poverty. (1).

The rapid migration of American Blacks between 1940 and 1965 from the mostly rural South to the big cities of the North, very quickly increased the Black population from less than 10% to over 30% at the time of the riot. That meant that Detroit, which had about 150,000 Black residents before World War II, had about 600,000 a generation later. In the 1960’s Detroit was dealing with a larger influx of Southern Blacks than all but Chicago and New York.

Conditions of Detroit’s Black Community Before the Riot

Politically correct revisionist historians and sociologists (many of whom are Black) like to portray Detroit’s riot of 1967 as the inevitable rebellion of a people victimized by White racism.  However to maintain this typical liberal view one must dismiss many well established facts that contradict the narrative.

Michael Barone notes that although “it has become the liberal fashion to call the Detroit riot a “rebellion,” it was not premeditated and had no explicit policy goals.” There was certainly pent up frustration and discontent with the police, much like there is today. “People throw bottles, break windows, loot stores and set fires when they think that enough other people will be doing the same as to make them immune from punishment.”

According to economist Thomas Sowell,

Before the ghetto riot of 1967, Detroit’s Black population had the highest rate of home-ownership of any Black urban population in the country, and their unemployment rate was just 3.4 percent. It was not despair that fueled the riot. It was the riot which marked the beginning of the decline of Detroit to its current state of despair. Detroit’s population today is only half of what it once was, and its most productive people have been the ones who fled. (2)

By the 1960s, Blacks had advanced into many better union and professional jobs. Detroit had a large and prosperous Black middle class; there were higher-than-average wages for unskilled Black workers because of the auto industry.  Black Detroit had seats at decision-making tables including two Black congressmen (half of the Black Congressmen at the time); three Black judges; two Black members on Board of Education, a housing commission that was forty percent Black; and twelve Blacks representing Detroit in the Michigan legislature. Black leaders praised the Cavanagh administration for its willingness to listen to concerns of the inner city.

Detroit had recently acquired millions in federal funds through federal programs and invested them almost exclusively in the inner city, where poverty and social problems were concentrated. The Washington Post claimed Detroit’s inner-city schools were undergoing “the country’s leading and most forceful reforms in education.” Housing conditions were not viewed as worse than those of other Northern cities. In 1965, Detroit received an award for urban redevelopment. The Department of Justice’s Office of Law Enforcement Assistance designated Detroit as the “model for police-community relations.”

FortuneNewsweekChristian Science MonitorLookHarper’sU.S. News and World Report, and The Wall Street Journal all published positive articles on the city; Mayor Cavanagh was so highly regarded nationally that he was elected to head the Conference of Mayors and the National League of Cities. It was only after the riot that sociologists began to report many African-American residents were dissatisfied with social conditions in Detroit before the July 23, 1967 riot, and believed that progress was too slow. (e.g. Violence in the Model City by University of Michigan‘s Sidney Fine).

The Mass Exodus of the White Community

The decade that followed the riot saw a downward spiral of vastly increased violent crime and a welfare dependency that nearly tripled. The Black community in Detroit received much more assistance from federal and state governments after 1967 as money flowed into Black-owned enterprises after the riot.  Meanwhile the White community fled the city. Commenting about this shift from a White majority city to a Black majority city, Coleman Young, Detroit’s first Black mayor, wrote in 1994:

The heaviest casualty, however, was the city. Detroit’s losses went a hell of a lot deeper than the immediate toll of lives and buildings. The riot put Detroit on the fast track to economic desolation, mugging the city and making off with incalculable value in jobs, earnings taxes, corporate taxes, retail dollars, sales taxes, mortgages, interest, property taxes, development dollars, investment dollars, tourism dollars, and plain damn money. The money was carried out in the pockets of the businesses and the White people who fled as fast as they could. The White exodus from Detroit had been prodigiously steady prior to the riot, totaling twenty-two thousand in 1966, but afterwards it was frantic. In 1967, with less than half the year remaining after the summer explosion—the outward population migration reached sixty-seven thousand. In 1968 the figure hit eighty-thousand, followed by forty-six thousand in 1969. (3)

A somewhat broader historical perspective is necessary to describe the true extent of the collapse of Detroit. We begin with one of the most fantastic demographic statistics that you will ever read. In 1950 the non-Hispanic White population of Detroit was over 1,830,000. By 2010 97% of White residents had fled the city leaving just 55,604 Whites.

These dramatic demographic shifts in American cities like Detroit, Cleveland, Baltimore, Washington, DC, Oakland, etc., universally propelled urban decay, with whole neighborhoods falling into disrepair and decrepitude. In Detroit, as the urban decay moved outwards from the city center after the riot of 1967, the entire character of the city changed.  The peaceful, vibrant, well-ordered city of the 1950’s and early 1960’s quickly disappeared.  A new urban landscape of abandoned buildings, weed-infested vacant lots, high local unemployment and poverty, fragmented families, vandalism, violent crime, together created a new landscape that was largely desolate and inhospitable. The abandoned properties and no-go zones attracted criminals and street gangs and further contributed to a rising tide of violence and crime. Eventually, hundreds of thousands of middle-class Black residents fled the city for the very same reasons that caused middle-class Whites to flee a few decades earlier, but nobody ever accused them of racism.

Personal Reflections of Detroit 1956–65

My family immigrated to what came to be called Michigan in the eighteenth century while Detroit was still part of French Canada and Quebec’s third largest city. Throughout the nineteenth century Detroit’s population expanded exponentially after Michigan was incorporated into the Northwest Territory and eventually became a state of the US.  By the mid-twentieth century, Detroit was the fifth largest city in the US.

It was at this time that my family moved from Lansing to Detroit. I was just starting school when we arrived and remember the old West side neighborhoods of Russell Woods and Redford very well.  My neighborhood was a melting pot of numerous immigrants from all corners of Europe mixed harmoniously with native born Americans like my family. Our parents were mostly practicing Christians and active liberal Democrats. The street was a beehive of activity from dawn to dusk, with milkmen, mailmen, paperboys, street vendors, Fuller Brush salesmen, and Good Humor ice cream trucks. My brothers and I were allowed to patrol the city on our bikes wherever we wanted. Kids were always out in the streets and neighborhood parks until after dark. Nobody even questioned whether this was safe.

By 1960 as I grew a little older we began to venture outside the immediate neighborhood to some of downtown Detroit’s major attractions, like Tiger Stadium (then Brigg’s Stadium) and Belle Isle. But here is where trouble began to be apparent. For instance, while canoeing under one of the bridges on Belle Isle, we were pelted from the bridge with rocks by a gang of teenaged Black males. After a Tiger’s game while waiting for the bus, another Black gang ambushed us with knives, pushing and shoving and trying to pick a fight. Eventually streets nearer our neighborhood were full of roving Black males who would pull a knife and demand your money, in broad daylight. Larger older Black gangs would cross neighborhood boundaries at night to engage in “rumbles” with groups of White kids, slightly older than ourselves. Eventually after enough of these episodes, my parents decided to take their family of teenaged boys out of this environment and we moved to a small town in Western Michigan the summer before the riots.  In a subsequent section I reinterpret these boyhood observations of male coalitionary violence in the light of evolutionary theory.

Sociological Analysis

A number of processes have been described by sociologists to account for the rapid demise of Detroit and many other American cities in the so-called “rust belt”. My brief analysis covers the three that I consider to be the most important: 1) blockbusting; 2) government enforced school desegregation, and 3) gang violence and crime.


The real estate business practice of “blockbusting” was a significant catalyst for White flight. By subterfuge, real estate agents would assist Black people buying a house in a White neighborhood, either by buying the house themselves, or via a White proxy buyer, and then re-selling it to the Black family. The remaining White inhabitants (alarmed by real estate agents and the local news media), fearing devalued residential property, would quickly sell, usually at a loss. Significant losses happened when they sold en masse to incoming Black families, profiting from price arbitrage. By such tactics, the racial composition of a neighborhood population often changed completely in just a few years. My home neighborhood of Russel Woods went from nearly 100% White to 97% Black.

Forced Desegregation

Another key causal factor in the Black replacement of Whites was the unintended consequence of a naïve liberal Supreme Court decision. My boyhood experience of Detroit from 1956–65 was replicated across the US as a function of the Supreme Court case in which the Court declared state laws establishing separate public schools for Black and White students to be unconstitutional. In the decade following this decision many public schools went from nearly completely White to nearly completely Black. So much for the intended effect of desegregation.  For example, in 1957 in Baltimore, the Clifton Park Junior High School had 2,023 White students and 34 Black students; ten years later, it had twelve White students and 2,037 Black students. In northwest Baltimore, Garrison Junior High School’s student body declined from 2,504 Whites and twelve Blacks to 297 Whites and 1,263 Blacks in that period. (4).

Gang Violence and Crime: Evolutionary Analysis

While sociology has virtually disintegrated as an objective empirical science, modern evolutionary behavioral science has flourished and now provides a sophisticated contemporary vantage point to view the events we are describing in this essay.

The “turf” wars I witnessed in Detroit are part of a well-known continuum of male coalitionary violence that has characterized human behavior and inter-group conflict in any society throughout human history. I draw upon two main theoretical sources, 1) The Young Male Syndrome, and 2) Social Identity Theory. From this perspective we can view the ultimate consequences of inter-group conflict in terms of the primary function of these evolved behavioral systems, namely the acquisition of territory and resources needed to enhance reproductive success.

The Young Male Syndrome       

In urban areas the widespread phenomenon of juvenile street gangs and other violent contexts have led evolutionary psychologists Margo Wilson and Martin Daly (5) to refer to the higher levels of risk-taking, violence and aggression commonly observed among late adolescent males as the “young-male syndrome”.  In any given year, the vast majority of homicides and aggravated assaults (85–90%) are committed by males, mostly young males (Uniform Crime Reporting Program Data, 2009).  In addition, Black American males account for about 50% of these acts, although they constitute only 13% of the total male population.

Violence, and the credible threat of even more violence, is the key tactic that enables the success of the other causal factors of blockbusting and forced desegregation. The high investment parenting strategy of the bulk of the white population is incompatible with the violence and lawlessness that infected the schools and neighborhoods in which they were trying to rear their offspring. I believe that this was the primary reason why 29 out of every 30 white family left their homes behind to begin life anew, often at significant financial loss. This happened block by block, neighborhood by neighborhood over the span of a generation or two, after 250 years of white expansion in a city that was able to successfully integrate all immigrant groups but one.

Social Identity Theory

The recognition that people in general are highly prone to identifying themselves with groups is currently explored in detail by social identity theorists. Their insights regarding the social-cognitive mechanisms that lead to in-group and out-group distinctions provide a promising foundation for an evolutionary theory of groups (6). Central to understanding the role of ethnicity, religion or politics in dividing humans into groups is our inability to appreciate groups as collections of distinct individuals. That is we tend to discount variation within groups leading us to especially conceptualize out-groups as more homogeneous than they really are. We very easily use group tags and explain complicated groups in a singular, reductionist way. Race and religion historically have served as two of the most conspicuous tags that instantly distinguish a group, dividing the world into us and them. Throughout recorded history, as on September 11, race and religion have served as tags for “death-deserving” enemies.

Groupishness is one of the most robust findings in social psychology. Social psychologist Muzafer Sherif pioneered research on this topic in the 1950’s (7). He saw group conflict, negative prejudices, and stereotypes as arising from the inevitable competition between groups for desirable resources. Once formed, in-group vs. out-group tendencies can be exacerbated by real conflicts of interest between groups. When people compete for scarce resources (e.g. jobs, land etc.) hostility often rises between groups, especially when group status is so easily marked by physical features like race. Social identity processes are exacerbated in times of resource competition or other perceived sources of threat suggesting that this is an adaptation for between-group conflict. Interesting Sherif demonstrated that peaceful integration of distinct groups was not a likely outcome of desegregation, or simply mixing the two groups together. This was nicely portrayed in the film West Side Story during the arranged dance between members of the “Jets” and the “Sharks”. It is also obviously demonstrated by the resegregation of Detroit and many other American cities after the policies of desegregation had their effect.

Following Sherif’s seminal work, later studies have shown that stereotypic behavior and attitudes of the in-group are posi­tively valued, while out-group behavior and attitudes are negatively valued. A common source of ethnic conflict is fear of being dominated by ethnic strangers. This type of external threat tends to reduce internal divi­sions and maximize perceptions of common interest among in-group members. In the absence of threat, people are more individualistic, but in times of threat, group and individual interests increas­ingly coincide and group members develop more of a sense of shared fate. Pearl Harbor in a previous generation provides an excellent example of this among Americans.

For complex reasons, this generalization does not yet apply to many White Americans (or West Europeans) today even though the threats they face as a community are very real. But the key word there is ‘yet’. Politics throughout the West is getting more racialized, e.g., with around 60% of Whites voting Republican, many of them blue collar Whites whose fathers would never have voted Republican. The class-based politics of the past has given way to race-based politics as Whites continue to sink into minority status. As the costs of multiculturalism become ever more apparent and Whites worry about their future as a minority, these processes will become even more apparent, and Whites will develop a sense of a shared fate. Then things will get really interesting.

  1. Fine, Sidney. Violence in the Model City: The Cavanagh Administration, Race Relations, and the Detroit Riot of 1967. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1989. 425
  2. Sowell, Thomas (29 March 2010), “Voting with Their Feet”, Townhall, retrieved 12 April 2017
  3. Young, Coleman. Hard Stuff: The Autobiography of Mayor Coleman Young: p.179.
  4. “From the Old Order to the New Order–Reasons and Results, 1957-1997”. Baltimore City Public School System. Archived from the original on January 2, 2004.
  5. Daly, M., & Wilson, M. (1988). Homicide. Hawthorne, NY: Aldine
  6. MacDonald, K. B. (2001). An Integrative Evolutionary Perspective on Ethnicity. Politics and the Life Sciences, 21(2), 67–79. (This paper was published in 2005 because of a delay in publication of the journal.)
  7. Sherif, M., O. Harvey, B.J. White, W.R. Hood, and C. Sherif (1961). Intergroup Conflict and Cooperation: The Robbers’ Cave Ex­periment.Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press.
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32 Comments to "Fiftieth Anniversary of the Detroit Riot: Personal Observations and Evolutionary Analysis"

  1. anarchyst's Gravatar anarchyst
    July 29, 2017 - 8:19 am | Permalink

    I grew up in Detroit, and personally witnessed the destruction of a once-great city. There are a number of reasons for Detroit’s decline that have never been explored or discussed.
    1. “Blockbusting” by greedy real estate agents. Real estate agents would send out postcards with the following: “A new family is moving into your neighborhood. If you want to sell your house, please call me at xxx-xxxx”. A “new family” was a euphemism for black families, and was used to “encourage” whites to sell their homes.
    2. HUD (Housing and Urban Development) speculators and real estate hustlers conspired to buy up” and raze the best houses on every block, in certain sections of the city. Quite often, “shacks” were left standing while decent housing was purchased by HUD and razed. This was done purposely to depress property values, to make it easier for speculators to purchase properties at “bargain basement” prices.
    I realize that items 1 and 2 counteract each other and are at cross purposes, but they were a reality in 1960s Detroit.
    3. The 1967 riots did much to push whites out of Detroit. A little-known aspect of the Detroit riots was the application of spray-painted words on the exteriors of black-owned businesses. The words “soul brother” was spray-painted on businesses owned by blacks so that the “angels of death” (actually rioters) would spare them from destruction. Whole business districts around the city were destroyed, never to regain their former selves.
    4. The election of Coleman Alexander Young, Detroit’s first black mayor, who was overtly racist to Detroit’s white citizens while “getting along just fine” with the “movers and shakers” (big business people) of the day (as long as the campaign donations kept coming in)….
    5. The abolition of the STRESS (Stop The Robberies, Enjoy Safe Streets). This anti-criminal program was put in by mayor Young’s predecessor and was quite successful in “cleaning up the streets” of criminals. In this program, police officers would disguise themselves as vulnerable old people and walk through neighborhoods as “decoys”. Predatory criminals would attempt to rob these elderly citizens and quite often, were dispatched to “the great hereafter”. One of Young’s campaign promises was the abolition of the STRESS program as too many of “his people” were being eliminated. Upon the election of Young, the program was disbanded.
    These are 5 reasons for this once-great city’s demise.

    • Thorgrun's Gravatar Thorgrun
      July 29, 2017 - 4:14 pm | Permalink

      HUD had many outcomes, the least not being destroying classic old architecture along with a lot of local history, and replacing human scale buildings, and quaint architecture with Soviet/Bolshevik, “rat grey”, sterile, concrete and steel multistory, “egg crate” construction, that can be observed from a lot of re-made downtown civic buildings, especially noticeable in Kalifornia.

      • John Walton's Gravatar John Walton
        July 29, 2017 - 8:34 pm | Permalink

        Some of these housing projects became famous failures and were finally torn down. Tom Wolfe lampoons the mindset responsible in his book “From Bauhaus to Our House.” The specialty of city planning by its nature seems to attract Bolshevik types. Liberals talk about diversity but most of their schemes are intended to remove the diversity that arises naturally from voluntary behavior.

        • Pierre de Craon's Gravatar Pierre de Craon
          July 30, 2017 - 2:22 pm | Permalink

          “The specialty of city planning by its nature seems to attract Bolshevik types.”

          Yes and no. Lewis Mumford, to cite a famous example, was rather an oddball in some ways but certainly no Bolshevik. And Tom Wolfe was an admirer. Indeed, Mumford’s and Wolfe’s eccentricities, however dissimilar their surface appearance, have much in common beneath that surface.

    • Peter Baggins's Gravatar Peter Baggins
      July 29, 2017 - 6:26 pm | Permalink

      Thanks anarchyst for this excellent first hand commentary.
      Peter Baggins

  2. Gene Mangrum's Gravatar Gene Mangrum
    July 29, 2017 - 8:48 am | Permalink

    “Whiteness” does not yet exist. It has been in a nascent form for at least half a century if not more. This is the radical truth Of the matter. The powers that be are doing everything they can prevent whiteness from flowering into a mass epiphany. Globalization is the primary driving force behind the evolution and formation whiteness. Before that, there was little regard for whiteness as most “white” ethnic groups identified with more specific ethnic identities like Irish, German, Italian etc. in the last 50 years or more these subgroups are starting to congeal into a global identity as “whiteness”. This is why the academies and the corporate/banking/media industrial complex, All spaceof which are dominated by Jews, Are doing everything in their power to suppress this burgeoning whiteness. Whiteness is the only obstacle in the way of global powers to maintain their grip on central banking, transnational corporate agreements, supra governmental trade agreements like TPP, and all other globalist arrangements which seek to supplant the nationstate and whiteness the West.

    • John Walton's Gravatar John Walton
      July 29, 2017 - 10:23 pm | Permalink

      The problem with ‘whiteness’ as a rallying cry is that it implies hostility to blacks, Hispanics, Asians, Indians, and Arabs. This strikes most educated people as bigoted. Most of the anti-white rhetoric and practices we object to are the doing of white people, especially Jews, who are generally seen by the public as white. Calling out Jews on laws and movements they support is next to impossible but seems preferable to attacking the entire universe of non-whites. Once the whole non-white world has been identified as adversary, the next step is to give Jews a pass and ask them to join us in bashing blacks, who are poor and powerless without their Jewish supporters. This ‘strategy’ is cowardly and self-defeating, since Jews benefit greatly from the black vote for Democrat candidates who represent Jewish opinion on most issues. Instead, we have an opportunity to illustrate the harmfulness of Jewish carte blanche by pointing to the global assault on free speech, largely carried out in the name of protecting Jews from future persecutions. This assault has recently produced a proposed law (HR 1697) that would severely punish mere advocacy of the BDS movement (boycott, divestiture, and sanctions) intended to punish Israeli actions in Palestine. Glenn Greenwald has written a piece on this recently. HR 1697 and its Senate counterpart have enlisted hundreds of sponsors including Lynn Cheney, Ted Cruz, and Jason Chaffetz. Reflecting on the frog-boiling metaphor, we should hope the law is passed, since it is unconstitutional, offends elements of both left and right, and dramatizes the threat to liberty posed by our compromised legislature. Consider that no current member of congress has condemned laws in Europe against denying the Holocaust and their spinoffs. Even if the bill is watered down (the ACLU has objected) the support it has received in its current form “outs” the senators and congressmen who have sponsored it.

      • Ken Alott's Gravatar Ken Alott
        July 30, 2017 - 9:18 pm | Permalink

        You speak of bigotry as a bad thing when it is clearly unavoidable. Do you hate yourself, or just everyone else?

        What fantasy do you tell yourself to explain why races are so distinct?

  3. Ben's Gravatar Ben
    July 29, 2017 - 1:18 pm | Permalink

    “Then things will get really interesting.”

    Yes they will.

    • Barkingmad's Gravatar Barkingmad
      July 30, 2017 - 3:56 pm | Permalink

      Oh, they’ve been really interesting for some time now, Ben.

      But the nasty changes have been occurring bit by bit and we grumble and get used to them, thinking the real bad stuff is around the corner. The frog’s already boiling away, folks. Coercive trans-sexualizing of children? If that isn’t beyond outrageous, I don’t know what is. But we still have our beer, basketball and a life (of sorts) and it doesn’t affect us, so we think the truly bad stuff has yet to show up. It’ll get to the point where thousands of us are living under bridges, but we’ll be not unhappy, because of all the cameraderie and then there’s the fun of gathering firewood for the fire in a barrel and isn’t this all so much fun! Geeze.

  4. July 29, 2017 - 4:05 pm | Permalink

    As ‘Gene Mangrum’ correctly states, ‘whiteness’ barely exists as a category, at least explicitly. The idea of whites spread across the world as an extended nation has been suppressed – it’s essentially the same principle as Jews, spread across the world, co-operating. Judging by the suppression, it must be a worry to Jews. I’d suggest that Churches have something of the same model, and for that reason are hated, subverted, and financially damaged by Jews.
    It’s possible that Harlem (switching from once-French America to once-Dutch!) may have been a trial run. This was in 1964, and also almost exactly a week long. It seems to have been arranged by a ‘Bill Epton’ who I’d guess was a front for Jews; a supposed white cop killing a black was, just as now, used as an ignitable fuse. It’s possible the date had some specific Jewish significance.
    Out of interest, here’s how Bertrand Russell (then about 92) saw Harlem:
    … ‘Harlem is a city occupied by an oppressive army serving what amounts to an outside power. In Harlem there are more rats than people and more cockroaches than rats. Its inhabitants are brutalised at every moment of their lives by police, poverty and indignity. If in any country in the world city after city rose up for days on end, taking to the streets, battling with the police, barricading boulevards and smashing shops, it would rightly be called a rebellion or revolution. In the United States it is called a black riot. … Mr Epton has been indicted for try to overthrow the Government of the State of New York. Etc..’ [From ‘Dear Bertrand Russell’]

  5. Pierre de Craon's Gravatar Pierre de Craon
    July 29, 2017 - 6:14 pm | Permalink

    Thanks to Professor Baggins for this much. Nonetheless, as he has indicated, he’s just scratched the surface. Indeed, I am hoping that the next article or articles will embody a balance prioritizing factual observation over social science blather, especially as facts are at a premium in all recent “discussion” of Detroit 1967.

    To cite a particular bête noire of mine, C-SPAN is using C-SPAN3 to provide Sulzberger-grade “analysis” of the riot (or “rebellion” to use the Newspeak term). The coverage I watched for twenty minutes or so included a black host (who demonstrated none of the network’s once-famed nonpartisanship) talking to (1) a politician, Isaiah McKinnon, who complained about how the police maltreated him back then when all he was doing was breaking into stores, destroying property, and stealing everything he could manage to carry or cart off, and (2) a Jewish-sounding academic who laid responsibility for everything untoward at the feet of evil white folks.

    O darkies, how my heart grows weary.

  6. iFalk's Gravatar iFalk
    July 30, 2017 - 12:26 am | Permalink

    I left a comment in “The Egomaniacs Ball:…” that would have fit better with this article. I mentioned how this black homeless woman tried to assault me with her fist on a sidewalk recently…totally unprovoked, I was simply walking on the sidewalk. In the last 6 months or so, I’ve noticed many blacks loitering around and roaming without seeming to have anyplace to go. I saw very few blacks before that.
    I was talking to some other people about it, and they said “Progressive” cities like Portland and Seattle are busing their homeless people and other “undesirables” to other towns and cities. They love diversity, but only when its someone elses neighborhood.
    If you do a search you can find articles that do confirm that this is what they are doing:
    I actually just moved out of my place because we suddenly had several blacks in our building and all of them were causing problems to an otherwise quiet community.

  7. July 30, 2017 - 10:33 am | Permalink

    There is another interesting aspect to this decline that I learned of thorough a business associate. In the 1980’s I was attending various government auctions around Texas, one in particular was located at a large military installation. It was there I met a scrap metal dealer.

    This individual had a rather large scrap metal concern operating on a national scale. He traveled throughout the nation bidding on scrap metal. His interests were not in ordinary scrap iron however, but more exotic metals like titanium, palladium, chromium and the like, which is why he frequented government auctions.

    I met this individual during one of these auctions and striking up a conversation, he lamented how this particular auction, profitable though it was, lay considerably further south than his usual track, taking up more time then he wanted to spend for a single auction occurring with some frequency. At length, we came to an agreement whereby I would work for him, taking and documenting samples and then mailing him the information.

    After reviewing the information, he then returned a list of metals on which he wanted to bid and their prices. Upon successful bidding, I was to receive a percentage of the bid amount. All went well, with both parties profiting form the deal.

    One day he phoned to tell me he would be coming to town to personally supervise the pickup of a load of scrap metal I had purchased for him at a recent auction. On the appointed day, he arrived with an eighteen-wheeler and driver to pick up the load. After it was fully loaded, he invited me to lunch to a local restaurants where he paid me for the auction. He then began discussing his travels around the nation.

    He said,

    You won’t believe what is going on in Michigan. Of late, I have been attending auctions up in that region. Not long ago, I showed up for one of the auction and noticed people were leaving before it had even begun. I asked one of the departing bidders why and he replied, ‘The Chinese showed up. You will never win a bid when the Chinese show up.’ At which point he walked away.

    I was curious, so I went to the auction. As the auction was primarily for the types of metals that I do not deal in, iron, steel and the like, I normally would have left, but I wanted to see what the bidder was talking about. Sure enough, the Chinese bidders topped every bid, paying far more for the metal then could be justified by any US scrap dealer.

    I was puzzled at this. How could the Chinese afford to pay such inflated prices for scrap and then ship it to China? One could buy this metal outright for not much more than the Chinese were paying for scrap, surely it would be cheaper in the long run to do it that way.

    From time to time, I would run into these “Chinese auctions” and sure enough, they took the winning bid every time. I was stumped until one day I happened to drive past one of the closed auctions to see crews at work reclaiming the salvaged metal. What I saw was incredible! The crews were not salvaging scrap metal, but packing up a factory – lock stock and barrel. They were even carefully packaging the light bulbs!

    They were taking everything and shipping it back to China, leaving only a bare foundation. That explained the conundrum, the Chinese were not buying scrap metal. What I had thought was absurdly priced scrap metal were in fact entire factories purchased at fire sale prices!

    It took me a few more years to realize who the middle men were behind these deals. Who had set up the destruction of the manufacturing sector to profit from their destruction.

    This situation was in much the same vein as “block busting,” only this was “factory busting” that operated on a far more destructive scale. It was this “factory busting” that led to the gutting of the manufacturing sector that had won the “good war,” turning into a Negro infested “rust belt.”

    Is it any wonder why virtually all America’s “value added” goods are now imported from China? While my business associate never motioned the “J” word, one can bet their last shekel at who garnered the lion’s share of the profit in these deals.

    • July 30, 2017 - 11:31 am | Permalink

      There is an adjunct to the above story. My father was on an advanced party to survey Nagasaki a few weeks after the dropping of the A-Bomb. He said there were two things that stood out in his memory about the visit. The first was the stark contrast of lilies sprouting through the rubble. The second was a visit to a factory where he saw row, upon row, upon row of machine tools, each of which had “Made in Detroit” embossed on their exterior. So you see the above description was not the first time Jews stabbed America in the back using a Ginsu knife.

      • Barkingmad's Gravatar Barkingmad
        July 30, 2017 - 6:03 pm | Permalink

        If I remember right, Nagasaki had the largest Christian population in Japan. And the largest church, too, in all of Asia, which appeared to be the main target of the bomb-dropper.

        It’s a fallen world.

  8. Fenria's Gravatar Fenria
    July 30, 2017 - 12:58 pm | Permalink

    Those experiences you had in Detroit with young black males mirror the experiences I had growing up in Los Angeles with blacks. Blacks love to complain that this place, or that place, is inherently racist, but as I have found, people all over the world have been dealing with this same type of ultra-violent behavior perpetrated by blacks. Is everywhere racist then?

    As the costs of multiculturalism become ever more apparent and Whites worry about their future as a minority, these processes will become even more apparent, and Whites will develop a sense of a shared fate.

    Gods, I sure hope so, and soon. I don’t know how much more our flagging demographic can take. I don’t hold out much hope for today’s white youth. They seem every bit as mindless as their parent generation who tirelessly advocated for everyone else’s interests above their own.

    • Pierre de Craon's Gravatar Pierre de Craon
      July 30, 2017 - 2:44 pm | Permalink

      I share your last paragraph’s skepticism. Why shouldn’t Professor Baggins and others who say much the same thing with little or no supporting evidence be branded wishful thinkers?

      If anything, my own experience with whites under thirty, however limited it has been, has made me consider them perhaps even more mindless than their parents. While the youngsters probably have fewer illusions about the credibility of the media, their addiction to (((Establishment)))-supplied sex, drugs, and unspeakable music is even deeper rooted, if such a thing is possible.

      Young people so addicted have no capacity for heroic resistance. They lack even a term for it.

      • Barkingmad's Gravatar Barkingmad
        August 1, 2017 - 2:36 pm | Permalink

        @Pierre. On the other hand, when push comes to shove, you cannot know for sure how anyone, or any group, will behave. I would not stick “young people” into one category just yet. Things are still too easy; there can be no resistance when they don’t even see anything to resist. All bets are off – except for the response of most women.

        The mouthiest, man-hatingest radical antigun feminist will run to men to save them. As a group, they are the worst in the world, the most helpless, hypocritical and stupid when an emergency arises. And for them, anything interfering with their little comforts is an emergency.

  9. Sam J.'s Gravatar Sam J.
    July 30, 2017 - 1:58 pm | Permalink

    I liked this article and articles like this. Thanks for writing it.

    If you want more of this kind of stuff then you should read James LaFond’s site.

    James is a writer who writes Science Fiction and about violence and lives in the ghetto in Baltimore Maryland. If the US keeps going like it’s going the whole damn country will be the ghetto for most of us non-wealthy types so reading how to survive in it will be of great value.

  10. Karen T's Gravatar Karen T
    July 30, 2017 - 6:47 pm | Permalink

    Jerome Cavanagh was a mob lawyer.
    My boyfriend at the time, Irish, had family who lived near 12th St,. a mixed neighbourhood, and during the riots they grouped together to protect their homes, a few armed men, black and white, taking turns to keep vigil. That would never happen today. A few years after the riot the whites left and the blacks became militant.

  11. Junghans's Gravatar Junghans
    July 30, 2017 - 7:26 pm | Permalink

    While on the subject of Negro atavism, perhaps Richard Fuerle has summed it up best with the title and contents of his well researched book, The Missing Link Walks Amongst Us. I believe that although the print version may no longer be available any more, I think that a free down load is still obtainable on the net.
    Richard should be encouraged to up-date his work and get it back in print.

  12. George Kocan's Gravatar George Kocan
    July 31, 2017 - 6:26 am | Permalink

    The history of Detroit seems to parallel the history of other industrial cities. The major feature of this history is the ethnic cleansing. I refuse to call it just “white flight.” That implies an irrational fear of blacks as a motivation to move. The ‘ethnic cleansing’ addresses a policy of removing certain segments of the population. The story of Poletown comes to mind. GM and Coleman Young targeted the Polish community for ethnic cleansing. They removed the Polish population, over vigorous protests, on the pretext of jobs and building a large factory. As the name implies, Poletown was populated with Polish Catholics, who stubbornly resisted the ethnic cleansing, not only there but in large cities in general. Henry Ford and other WASP industrialists were not above recruiting Southern Baptists (mostly blacks) to compete with the unionized Catholic workers.

    • Pierre de Craon's Gravatar Pierre de Craon
      July 31, 2017 - 3:37 pm | Permalink

      During my time on earth, I’ve known literally hundreds of Poles and Polish Americans—from floor scrubbers to scholars and everything in between—but I’ve never heard this yarn before. I just can’t buy it in the form it’s presented absent some form of supporting documentation.

      Here’s why. By the late 1950s, Walter Reuther’s UAW had become either the most powerful union in the USA or no worse than tied for that position with Dave Beck’s (then Jimmy Hoffa’s) Teamsters. As both of these unions were as crookedly run as they were powerful, there was no shortage of ordinary, decent white Americans supporting virtually any action taken to reduce their power to distort the market by making Detroit’s automobiles perhaps 25 percent more expensive than they had any need to be.

      When I was a kid, strikes at the Big Three were about as predictable as hot days in July, and my father, who had a mid-level white-collar job at Metropolitan Life, was able to keep his enthusiasm well in check for the plight of guys in jobs it was difficult to impossible to get fired from, guys who made a lot more money while working fewer hours than my father did and possessing lace-curtain pension benefits that the UAW had compelled the management to accept (with the assistance of bought-and-paid-for Michigan politicians and easily 150 members of Congress). Indeed, I can recall by name at least one Polish family (one of the boys was a high school classmate of mine) that was unable to buy a new car because, as I heard my classmate’s dad say, the auto unions had made Detroit’s cars unaffordable for him. So much, evidently, for Polish solidarity in the face of the “oppressor.”

      As I said above, if you have any documentary support for your charges, I’ll gladly consider revising my received opinion.

      • George Kocan's Gravatar George Kocan
        August 1, 2017 - 6:23 am | Permalink

        Jones’ book, “The Slaughter of Cities, urban renewal as ethnic cleansing,” supplies much documentation for the history of Poletown.

        • Pierre de Craon's Gravatar Pierre de Craon
          August 1, 2017 - 12:37 pm | Permalink

          Thanks, George. I had little doubt, however, about the Poletown / Coleman Young angle of your comment. It’s the selective targeting of Poles by Henry Ford that I still don’t buy, especially because at the time Young was mayor, Henry Senior had been dead for about twenty-five years. In other words, a time stamp would come in real handy here.

          Ford and his company were of course famous/notorious for refusing to bargain collectively before FDR and his (((cheerleaders))) got World War II up and rolling. Papa Ford was (((universally))) condemned for this, but given the rackety state of the UAW—then a core constituent of the Commie-front CIO, which for more than fifteen years George Meany (the cleanest guy ever in the organized labor movement) wouldn’t touch with a barge pole—I’d say he merits more praise than censure. It’s also not irrelevant to note that the CIO was a big recruiter of blacks—the AFL wasn’t—so Papa’s opposition to the UAW entitles him to some applause here in our precincts.
          P.S. Apropos my earlier comment, a friend has reminded me that in the fifties there were three, not two, overwhelmingly powerful industrial unions, the Steelworkers being that third one. I appreciate the correction.

          Harry Bridges’s Longshoremen’s Union is a tale unto itself, of course. As almost everyone knows, Elia Kazan got his butt kicked, for all the wrong reasons, because of On the Waterfront. The right reasons would have been for casting (((Rod Steiger))) and Marlon Brando as Irish brothers (!) and for not leaving “I coulda been a contenduh” on the cutting-room floor.

          • George Kocan's Gravatar George Kocan
            August 2, 2017 - 7:11 am | Permalink

            As I recall, E. Michael Jones did not specifically accuse Ford of trying to break the union efforts of Poles but of ethnic Catholics in general. But, Poles seem to attract the most hostile interest. Paul Blanshard did his PhD dissertation (circa 1930) on a Polish community. He admitted that they worked hard but he did not like their devotion to the Catholic Church and the leadership of priests. Years later, his brother Brand wrote a book, “American Democracy and Catholic Power,” in which he complained that Catholics reproduce too much. Outside the scope of Jones’ book, I have detected a propaganda war against Poles, which started perhaps centuries ago among Jews. It intensified with the increasing power of Communist Russia and spread to the US.

          • Pierre de Craon's Gravatar Pierre de Craon
            August 2, 2017 - 3:24 pm | Permalink

            Happily, the Marxist Blanshards were already receding in importance and visibility when I was in high school (’58–’62). Jack Kennedy’s election, which Paul Blanshard didn’t oppose because he correctly discerned that Kennedy was the leftmost candidate he could hope for (besides being a Catholic in name only), pretty much made PB an irrelevancy—except of course at the (((Nation))), which even twenty years earlier was already too Commie for FDR to stomach, let alone the not yet tribally brainwashed American people!

            The Blanshards have long been effectively a dead letter. They should be left thus. I recall seeing (((Victor Navasky))) on C-SPAN more than ten years ago and hearing him mention PB in passing. The audience, all of them hard-core left loonies under fifty, showed little sign of knowing who he was. I thank heaven for small mercies like this.

  13. Michael Adkins's Gravatar Michael Adkins
    July 31, 2017 - 7:15 am | Permalink

    George Kocan,

    Your comment reminded me of a book I recently read by E. Michael Jones.

    • George Kocan's Gravatar George Kocan
      August 1, 2017 - 6:17 am | Permalink

      Yes, I read about Poletown in Jones’ book. The book deserves wide exposure. I do not think that the general public ever heard of it. I do think that it suspects ethnic cleansing is behind population shifts, but it is too cowed by political correctness to say anything about it.

  14. James's Gravatar James
    July 31, 2017 - 6:34 pm | Permalink

    When I was a kid we lived on the direct border street between East Dearborn and Detroit. During the riots we lived in terror every single day. We could here gunshots through the the night, as well as people yelling and screaming and running for their lives in fear. Ambulances, police sirens and firetrucks screamed. Homes on several blocks in front of our street were set on fire, my cousins who lived on the corner, 6 houses down from ours were tied up and robbed, they felt lucky to be alive. Our neighbor who we called Uncle Joe owned a gas station on Michigan Ave, he was in his 70s and was robbed at his place of business, and then tied to the back of a station wagon and dragged up and down the street until he died. I remember his funeral like it was yesterday, it was an absolute horror for his family and for his adopted family, us his neighbors. There is so much more I saw and heard it is hard for me to write it down, because I have to relive it to do so. I distinctly remember driving down Michigan Ave and seeing a man shot in the back of the head, my dad drove directly to the police station down 2 blocks down from the shooting to try and get help for the man. I was 7 years old. Detroit had been built as a replica of a European city. It was quite beautiful in its heyday. Michigan is an amazing state, because of its resources such as water, lumber and copper. It was pristine in the upper peninsula until this past year, when the state decided to let a Canadian company mine it’s pristine forests near Newhall Michigan about an hour North once you cross the bridges. Very sad.

    • George Kocan's Gravatar George Kocan
      August 1, 2017 - 6:20 am | Permalink

      That reminds me of the riot the Puerto Ricans held in my neighborhood, in Chicago. They had ethnically cleansed a Polish area. They celebrate the event to this day.

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