The Only Solution to Black Violence is……

I have told several people, left and right, about the HBO doc, Stockton on My Mind. Particularly those who aggressively mock “Defund the Police” or those who say that police violence against blacks must stop. This issue, more than any other, has divided us. This is deliberate, the result of careful crafting of a series of violent acts, meant to terrify voters in the runup to the November election. The fielding of BLM, a violent Marxist outfit bent on destroying the American experiment has destroyed the peace, forced everyone to go positional, and bumped gun sales to a level unimaginable last year. Again, deliberate.

It is unfathomable that America has a permanent black underclass. No matter what the right says, this is a stain that must be addressed.

Of course, the anger is rooted in truth. The black community is suffering and has for generations. Stuck in structural poverty, in social housing, which is a deadly trap, dealing with hunger, no fathers or fathers in prison, no jobs, terrible education. Every black family I’ve known deals with trauma beyond any white family I’ve known, and I grew up with a father with a traumatic brain injury and a schizophrenic mother. I know in my cellular structure the debility that trauma delivers to following generations. It is huge. It is a hole through which all the energy and determination flows. Most black people you look at grew up with anguish and upheaval unimaginable by the average middle-class individual.

Stockton, one of the poorest, most violent cities in America, is run by a 29-year-old black guy, Michael Tubbs Jr., son of a convicted gangbanger, who is turning the place around. His programs are multifarious and many are funded by the private sector. Advance Peace, for instance, reduces gun violence – 15 gunplay incidents were shut down in the first 90 days of Advance Peace by elders in the community who have authority and to whom the young men turn. The gratitude at the brokering of peace between these shooters was apparently massive. Advance Peace is managed and run by released prisoners determined not to let the kids go down their path.

In his first three years, Tubbs reduced murders 38%.

For young men and women, Tubbs has set up various programs to encourage them to finish school and go to college. Stockton Scholars gifts each college attendee with an annual grant. And there are countless school and community meetings throughout the year, with everyone involved, bent on solving the problems that come up. They literally let no kid twist in the wind.

Heather MacDonald, perhaps today’s most unflinching analyst of crime in America, describes the massive scope of the problem Tubbs and other civic leaders face:

HEATHER MAC DONALD: Blue Truth Matters.

Blacks in New York City commit over 70% of all drive-by shootings, according to the victims of, and witnesses to, those shootings, who are overwhelmingly minority themselves. Add Hispanic shootings to black shootings and you account for nearly 100% of all shootings in New York City.

Such disparities exist in every American city. In Chicago, blacks commit about 80% of all shootings and murders, and whites less than 2%, though both blacks and whites are each a little less than a third of the population. In St. Louis, blacks commit up to 100% of all homicides, though they are less than 50% of the population.

Heather MacDonald, Blue Truth Matters

Let’s make this reality even more stark. In the U.S., about 3% of the population commit 50% of the murders and 60% of the robberies. That 3% is young black men.

Michael Tubbs and his team know that there are 25 active shooters in Stockton. He has surrounded them with the care of the community, which is to say men and women they know who have been trained in how to help them and whose caring is personal. Each kid has his own team. They are heavily monitored via check-ins, social programs, elder councils, and even offered transformation travel. Tubbs is so informed by his sense of justice and inclusion, he will on occasion go around the homeless camps, soliciting opinions and offering help.

In another innovation, his SEED program gives $500 monthly to 24,000 residents in Stockton’s most desperate neighborhood. They studied how the money is spent: principally food, utilities, rent, diapers, debt.

The boomer generation abandoned civic duty for sex and glamour, rock and roll and self-indulgence. The twenty-five generations that preceded them saw civic duty as sacred. Pitching in, face to face, intimate problem solving, the inclusion of everyone in the community builds peace and prosperity. This young black man, Michael Tubbs, son of a convicted felon, is showing the way out of our state of permanent childhood, as clients of the super-state and product for our digital overlords.

Fade to Black..the old culture is dying.

At the grocery store yesterday I noticed paper copies of September Vogue and Vanity Fair, which were covered by a black model and a black actress respectively. This intrigued me because those issues are usually crammed with fascinating stories about the rich and heedless and suddenly they’ve gone all social justice warrior, which is a strange enough reading of their audience to intrigue me.

I suppose the core audience for Conde Nast is well-heeled bored women, who are presently finding meaning by force-integrating black people. On Instagram the usual suspects, Witherspoon, Jennifer Garner, Nigella, Gwyneth are promoting black artisans or artists or novelists, and a good 50% of premium tv on any given night is given over to shows about black people, usually suffering, usually at the hands of vicious whites. Hollywood has now announced that their nominations are only open to product that promotes diversity in the right way.

Having trouble watching this stuff and even more trouble reading books like Caste, White Fragility, and the other one I have mercifully forgotten. I plod ahead once in a while, hoping for some wisdom, or insight and what I get is hectoring. Blaming the current generation of white people for the sins of white people even one generation past is something that is built to backfire big time. You can only bully people so far and then, they turn and they snarl. This is not an effective marketing strategy. Every time you try to change the culture through the arts, the arts die.

What I mean to say is that this is another example of the super-culture in its death throes. The centers – New York, LA, San Francisco, London, Paris – are dying. People used to being respected, even feared (Hello Nuclear Wintour) are being ignored, dismissed, even mocked. Their power is fading. People aren’t buying their guff. The locus of interest has shifted to ordinary men and women grappling with the hellscape brought by the last 30 years of elite looting, plundering and offshoring while engaging in disgusting sexual practices (Hello Bill Clinton).

This morning LVMH, the luxury goods cartel weaseled out of buying Tiffany’s. They are seeing the future and consolidating. For 30 years, the clever moved to the centers to compete in the delirious industries (Edmund White’s phrase). Then they decided they were better than their clients among the great unwashed, grew arrogant and decadent. The spotlight began to die and sales fell off a cliff. $250,000 handbags are now seen for what they are – disgusting.

No amount of black-shaming is going to stop it. The King is Dead. The new King is the ordinary man and woman, Marx’s hated bourgeois who is, at last, standing up.

The only solution to homelessness is……

How the mega mega-wealthy in LA and San Francisco put up with the plague on the streets is beyond me. The cruelty in their hearts must be as impressive as their bank accounts. Up here in the demented Dominion, we just buy the homeless hotels and serve them 24/7. So far, the province has bought three hotels, and is in the process of planning for another 40 rooms. The cost is nasty, but Malcom Gladwell in an extensive New Yorker essay a few years ago, estimated the lifetime cost of caring for someone on the streets as just over $1,000,000.

If you don’t do anything, they’ll cost you a hundred grand a year. If you do something, give them an apartment and a caseworker, they’ll cost you $25,000 year.

Gladwell, NPR, February 2006

Capital Daily reports today that the province has spent $1.8 million from its supportive housing fund to buy a former rooming house shuttered for 17 years. The new facility to be constructed on the Yates site would include 40 units and provide meals and 24/7 supportive services. Construction will not begin until December 2021.

“This project is the next step in our ongoing work to make sure vulnerable people in Victoria have a place to call home, with wraparound supports to help them build a better future,” said Carole James, MLA for Victoria-Beacon Hill.

No civilized society should have people living on the streets, no matter how depraved, addicted, and degraded they may be.