I got a different view of Africa at the other end of the USA a few years back. I had been doing a stint at the University of Illinois at Champaign, and a friend there suggested, to my amazement, we visit the Third World. In this case Gary Indiana, which amazingly is only about a few hours drive away if memory serves me correctly.
Hello Africa. It was just like an African city. And it behaves like one. Massive levels of crime, welfare dependency, violence, poverty, unemployment, filth, litter and abandoned buildings everywhere. There were literally no whites to be seen, the city being one of the most salient examples of white flight.
Now some time ago that same friend (who by the way, went over to the US twenty years ago as a committed liberal and is now a confirmed ‘racist’) sent me this link.
You’ll see that four intruders entered a store and needlessly murdered an Indian shop assistant before robbing him. So what, you may well ask, after all, you said it’s like Africa? True, but the amazing thing here is that nobody went to the assistance of the dying man, they just kept on shopping and only one person eventually called the police.
When asked what he finds most disturbing about the surveillance footage, [the police chief] said, "The fact that people went in and out of the store and didn't call police. There is a man laying there. Nobody thinks to dial 911 or check to see if he's OK or anything."
The crime was reported (by a black reporter) and investigated by a black police chief who issued descriptions of the victims in the usual way. “Investigators say two suspects were dressed in black shirts, like one man on the tape who looks to be holding a gun. The other two had red shirts”. And they could have added, ‘had black faces’.
Now we could take the charitable view and say that, first, murderous criminals are most likely to be black, and being Gary, almost everyone is black anyway. So no point. However, that's not very likely, is it? Just like everywhere else in the West, the race of a criminal is not mentioned if he’s non-white.
Welcome to Africa. And just like Africa a little diversity (i.e. a dilution of the black proportion) would lead to a big improvement. So maybe we need diversity after all!
On a closing note, a saw in Prospect magazine that the average price of a house in Detroit urban (i.e. black) zone is now a princely $7,600.