7/09/9 Why can't
Liberals see Blacks as Grownups?
The past several weeks with the Don Hill trial
playing out in federal court and singer/dancer Michael Jackson od-ing on a
concoction of meds have a lot of people talking race rather than talking about
Don Hill got caught playing the old shakedown. A bunch of politicians have
played the shakedown game in the past and got away with it. There may be
just as many in the future. Don Hill and D'Angelo Lee abused their public
offices for their own benefit. You cannot say they did a lot of good for
the community because they didn't.
Jim Schutze has another one of his schizophrenic columns this week:
The Puzzle of the Southern Dallas Tax
7/8/9). He gets so much right
pointing out specifics where Black elected officials have thwarted development
in the Southern Sector, and then he blames all the wrong in South Dallas on mean
old white guys.
County Commissioner John Wiley Price, whom I have known for 30 years
and for whom I have had great respect, told me I was wrong. He told me
manual labor jobs are a form of exploitation associated with slavery. In
a letter to the California investor, Price said derisively, "During
slavery everybody had a job."
We have spent millions if not
billions trying to make something happen in the Southern Sector. One of
the reasons I like Dwaine Caraway is his focus on real improvements. He
takes on seemingly little stuff, little stuff that makes a big difference in
real people's lives. Hot sheet motels have been closed. Plan
Commissioner Michael Davis has been his partner in this effort.
Commissioner Davis has a big announcement on his
blog, he's leaving the Southern Sector. In
My Current Take on Southwest Center Mall,
|I don't feel safe in
this area; that is why I have decided to move my family from this
neighborhood. The main reason that stores have left is one of the
same reasons that I am leaving.
You know what? I live in
Northwest Dallas, and I don't feel safe either. Things are much worse in
the Southern Sector, but that doesn't make Northwest Dallas residents happy with
Dwaine Caraway doesn't want to be a big fish in a little pond, like Commissioner
Price. Mayor Pro Tem Caraway wants his community to prosper.
Unfortunately, most minority elected officials in this county want to keep their
community on the plantation. Even worse, the people who should be rallying
behind Caraway don't think it's worth the effort.
Part of the reason people like Commissioner Davis and others are heading out is
the frustration with the crime and blight around them. When you have the
energy and enthusiasm of Davis and Caraway and you want to do so much good, the
apathy of those you want to help is most demoralizing. They want things to
be better, but they want someone else to make it better for them.
I totally subscribe to the broken window syndrome. When neighborhoods look
shabby, criminals assume no one cares. That's a valid assumption.
Rather than spend millions hiring more code enforcement officers who can really
focus on the source of blight and crime, City Hall continues to focus on Big
Ticket projects that are going to solve all our problems -- but they never do.
Schutze talks about the jobs and prosperity that could come from the Inland Port
that Commissioner Price disdains. People with good jobs buy houses and
spend money. That's what Commissioner Price does not want -- new people
buying houses in his district. They might be the wrong color. They
might not vote the way he wants.
The last redistricting carved this city up into ridiculous districts that
dissected neighborhoods of interest. You can thank Princess Velveeta Lill.
Council districts should be geographically compact so that a council member can
truly represent his constituents. Dividing this city along racial lines to
insure minority representation at City Hall has not done anything to improve
Liberals don't really respect people of color. They don't see them a
adults. They can't be responsible for their own problems.
A few years ago, we had Crime Nite Out in my front yard. A liberal couple
who seldom show up for a crime watch meeting unless they want the rest of us to
do something came to the gettogether. The husband wanted to know why
there weren't more Hispanics with us that night. We had circulated
bi-lingual flyers to every house in the neighborhood. He and his wife
couldn't even walk next door and make sure their neighbor was coming. He
said we should have done more, not that he should have done more -- but the rest
of us. When I said I considered our Hispanic neighbors adults who could
decide for themselves what they wanted to do on a summer night, he was most
annoyed with me.
I pointed out several Hispanics standing around in the group. They did not
fit his low expectations. It reminded me of something that happened at
Commissioners Court when several of us went to complain about Commissioner Price
harassing then Councilwoman Laura Miller. Mary Lou Montes Zijderveld was
in our group. After several of us had spoken, Commissioner Price said he
didn't need to be lectured by a bunch of white people. Commissioner Jim
Jackson said there was an Hispanic woman in the group. He looked out at
Mary Lou's fair complexion and didn't see an Hispanic. Mexican-born Mary
Lou asked "What's the matter Commissioner? Am I not dark enough for you?"
Stereotypes and low expectations are plantation thinking. Assuming that
one's ethnicity locks you into a lifestyle is just bogus! Assuming that
people are not responsible for their own situation means you don't see them as