June 16, 2015
“Space to destroy” in McKinney and beyond
Depending on how you read the tea leaves, the McKinney, Texas, pool party fiasco caught on two videos last week either helps or hurts the chances of our government’s plans to integrate majority-white neighborhoods.
One video shows the tail end of a violent struggle between a trespassing black teenage girl and a white woman resident at a private homeowners’ association swimming pool. The much longer second video shows a white policeman forcibly restraining a defiant black girl and even drawing his gun to fend off a belligerent crowd of 100 or so mostly black juveniles.
McKinney police had responded to 911 calls from the gated community’s residents about a crowd of black teens trespassing at their pool, blasting rap music, using illegal substances, and fighting with residents during an unauthorized, sexually-themed hip-hop event promoted on social media.
Outrage and controversy over the white officer’s aggressive tactics, and over the residents’ attempts to keep uninvited blacks out, has led to the usual consequences: black protests, official condemnation and resignation of the officer, with the officer and his entire family in protective hiding.
The media coverage has also contributed to heightened awareness and debate about a new federal housing project. In case you haven’t heard, the Obama administration is about to launch its long-anticipated plan to use tax dollars to “diversify” majority-white, upscale neighborhoods. To be implemented next month by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development under the auspices of Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 (Fair Housing Act), the ambitious program is called “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing.” It will use census data to keep track of the racial mix of neighborhoods and use federal power and money to pressure public and private entities into helping turn white enclaves more brown.
The program involves a redirection of Section 8 housing, and construction of “affordable housing” to move voucher recipients into areas which would otherwise be zoned off-limits for such developments. One tactic would be to pressure zoning boards by withholding grants from municipalities that refuse to go along.
Those pushing the plan say they’re fighting lingering racial segregation and reducing “structural inequality” between haves and have-nots. Critics argue that it’s another example of the federal government getting involved where it has no Constitutional authority, and that it will cause more racial tension, reduce property values, and destroy social capital.
I see the Texas pool party as perfect timing for social engineers to exploit certain widespread public sentiments, just as they roll out the new HUD rules. According to some reports, it was the older white homeowners yelling “go back to your Section 8 home” that started the fight with the teen-age black girl. This is the cue to shout about “disparate impact:” Gated communities are racist. Credit scores are racist. Down payments are racist. Monthly payments are racist. Expecting people to follow rules is racist. All this excludes people of color from coveted spaces.
The major media are now bemoaning the disparities of racially segregated swimming pools and neighborhoods throughout the decades, and have highlighted a successful 2009 lawsuit against McKinney that alleged racial discrimination in housing. As always, blacks are perennial victims and whites are privileged villains. Meanwhile, less-circulated news stories and videos of blacks attacking white police and white families at swimming pools, parks, malls, and on streets continue to appear on alternative-right media.
Net fallout from the troubling images of a blacks causing mayhem at a tranquil gated community could, I suppose, work against the federal bullies, but only if enough conservatives in the right positions find ways to resist the pressure. Such resistance would require a combination of skillful legal maneuvers, creative new forms of “white flight,” and stubborn, courageous resistance to being bought off.
I’m not optimistic. The only thing most people will be willing to see is a young black girl in a bikini being manhandled by an angry white policeman.