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American Renaissance March 2008. Integration Has Failed (Part II); Three Horsemen of the Apocalypse; O Tempora, O Mores!; Letters
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American Renaissance - 1 - March 2008
Integration Has Failed (Part II)
Vol. 19 No. 3
There is not a truth existing which I fear or would wish unknown to the whole world.
Thomas Jefferson
March 2008
American Renaissance
Separation is everywhere—because all races want it.
by Jared Taylor
Promoters of “contact theory” be-lieved that through forcible schoolintegration, children of all races would discover their common humanity, and racial prejudice would disappear. Thiswould lead to integrated housing and large-scale intermarriage. Instead,whites abandoned many schools, and even at integrated schools, studentsseldom mixed. Now that forced integra-tion is coming to an end, neighborhood schools re
 fl 
ect segregated housing pat-terns that have changed little in the last half a century. Integrationists now arguethat there must be housing integration inorder to promote school integration.
T
heoretically, integration couldhave been promoted on twofronts, with forcible integrationof both schools and housing. Manyintellectuals claimed they knew betterthan parents how to regulate a child’scontact with other races. The samearguments could have justi
ed forcingfamilies to choose housing in ways thatincreased integration. No one seriouslyconsidered this, partly because therewould have been furious resistance, andpartly because integrationists believedresidential integration would naturallyfollow school integration. It did not.The reason it did not is that the basicassumption of “contact theory” waswrong. Racial mixing does not usu-ally improve race relations, as GunnarMyrdal believed, and as his current dayfollowers still seem to believe. For 20years, during the busing era, millions of American students were forced togetherwith people of other races, but this didnot necessarily mean they made friendsor became neighbors. There are nosigns that busing led either to improvedattitudes about race or to increased resi-dential integration. Most Americans stilllive in neighborhoods that are sharplyde
ned by race.One large-scale study carried out bythe State University of New York atAlbany measured integration by meansof a “segregation index,” which runsfrom zero to 100. Zero would meancompletely random housing patterns,or complete integration, while 100would be complete separation. Anynumber over 60 is considered “highlysegregated.” According to this analy-sis of 2000 census data, the nationalsegregation index dropped during the1990s from 69.4 to 65.1. However, thesegregation index for children rose from65.5 to 68.3. As the researchers noted,single people are more willing to livein mixed neighborhoods, while parentswant a more homogeneous environmentfor child-rearing.A different census data study, car-ried out by the Lewis Mumford Centerfor Comparative Urban and RegionalResearch, concluded that segregationincreased during the 1990s. “We’renot more integrated—that’s the bot-tom line,” explained John Logan of thecenter. He argued that in cities like NewYork and Chicago, black-white housingpatterns have not changed since the1920s. “You might have thought theblack civil-rights movement or the riseof the black middle class or changingracial attitudes surely by now wouldhave made a difference,” he said, butthey have not. The
Christian Science Monitor 
concluded from this study that“children of the early 21st century willlikely grow up isolated from people of 
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‘I became excruciatinglyaware of my skin color,and my heart poundedwith social anxiety.’
Everyday scene in your local supermarket.
 
American Renaissance - 2 - March 2008
 Letters from Readers
Sir — “Integration Has Failed” in theFebruary issue demonstrates that theharder social engineers try, the worsethey fail. The
 Legal Times
recently pub-lished an instructive story about MintzLevin Cohn Ferris Glovsky & Popeo,a law
rm that tried, in the summer of 2005, to “enhance the
rm’s ethnic di-versity” by hiring 12 minority lawyersall at once. Two and a half years later,every one of them had left (amusingly,their practice was to have been “corpo-rate diversity”). The reporter suggestsone reason they left was that they wereall grouped together on one
oor, awayfrom the partners (Attila Berry, “MintzLevin Diversity Bid Falls Apart,”
 LegalTimes
, Dec. 10, 2007). But one could just as easily imagine blaming the
rmfor “breaking up” the group. As is sooften the case with the racial eggshell-walking we do in America, it’s damnedif you do, damned if you don’t.John Ingram, Fairfax, Va.Sir — I look forward to Part II of “Integration Has Failed,” but in themeantime, I am again struck by theinability of racial egalitarians to drawobvious conclusions. Integration wassupposed to go smoothly because whitesand blacks would discover they were just like each other, and all prejudiceswould drop away.Integration has
not 
gone smoothly,despite more than 50 years of trying. If anything, more blacks and whites (andnow Hispanics and Asians) are conclud-ing that separation is better.Why do liberals never reexaminetheir premises in light of the facts
?
Sarah Wentworth, Richmond, Va.Sir — Professor Farron’s criticismof Peter Wilkinson’s book 
The Howard  Legacy
(see review, January issue; let-ter, February issue) contains severalerroneous assertions. He says whiteAustralians should not complain aboutthe presence of an Asian professionalelite because that elite will raise thestandard of living for all Australians.However, in a nation with an af 
uentand powerful minority, it is not abstractnotions such as contribution to standardof living that the majority notices but thepresence of an alien population that haseconomic power and political in
uencebeyond its numbers. Prof. Farron maythink them foolishly ungrateful, butblack South Africans do not seem toappreciate their white minority, despitethe economic bene
ts they bring.I am prepared to accept that Chinesein
uence in Australia may not be sogreat as in Southeast Asia because thereis a smaller difference in average Chi-nese and white IQs compared to Chineseand Southeast Asians. However, theselection process ensures that it is notaverage Chinese who are entering Aus-tralia but a cognitive elite. China has apool of 1.3 billion people from which tochoose its elite; Australia has 20 million.One need only visit a university to seethe effect of this difference.Professor Farron suggests furtherthat because of their distinctive IQpro
le, Chinese will not be overrep-resented in
elds like journalism andlaw, which in
uence policy and publicopinion. In fact, Mr. Wilkinson pointsout in his book that Asians are indeedover-represented in law—he does notmention journalism—and wildly over-represented in medicine, dentistry,commerce, information technology, andengineering. If Professor Farron thinksthese professions do not provide accessto political in
uence, we live in differ-ent worlds.Finally, I might add that white SouthAfrican immigrants are not always heldin high esteem here. Professor Farron’sanecdotal and unwarranted commentabout the stupidity and laziness of Aus-tralians may suggest why.Christopher Down, Sydney, Aus-traliaSir — In his February letter aboutthe review of Peter Wilkinson’s book,I note that Professor Steven Farronclaims that success is not a zero sumgame, and cites examples of Europeanpeoples raising black standards of liv-ing in various areas. Very well, but anabsolute measure like “standard of liv-ing” is not the same as a relative measurelike “success,” which is part of statuscompetition.The situation in Australia is that of intelligent, collectivist, and ethnocentricAsians outcompeting intelligent, aracial,individualist whites for limited numbersof positions in the professions and inpolitics. That
is
a zero sum game, quiteapart from whatever economic effectsmay ensue. The demographic displace-ment of whites by Asians is another, andeven more serious, matter.I think the point of people like PeterWilkinson and Drew Fraser is not thatAsians are so much more intelligentthan whites—although Australian-Asianmigrants may be a high-IQ subset—butthat their ethnocentrism and alien naturewill displace whites from positions of status and in
uence, and lead the coun-try in unwelcome directions.Finally, I take issue with the Got-tfried-Taylor assertion in the reviewof Prof. Gottfried’s
Understanding American Conservatism
that there areno fascists among modern day racerealists, and that we are all, or mostly,paleo-libertarians. Apart from the pejo-rative meanings neo-conservatives andleftists give it, fascism is palingenetic(hoping to recapitulate past societies inthe present), populist nationalism. Whilethere may be more race realists whoconsider themselves “conservative” thanfascist, the latter should not be ignored,particularly if their in
uence outweighstheir numbers. And this need not be seenas a bad thing. In radical circumstances,radicalism is rational.Ted Sallis, Tampa, Fla.
 
American Renaissance - 3 - March 2008other ethnic groups—much as the chil-dren of the early 20th century did.”Research that covered 240 metropoli-tan areas during the 20-year period from1980 to 2000 found that black/white seg-regation, already high, increased in just15 areas. Hispanic/white segregation,however, increased in 124 and declinedin 86, and Asian/white segregation in-creased in 69 metropolitan areas anddeclined in 47. The study’s author, Bri-an Stults of the University of Florida atGainesville, found that although blacksmade considerable economic gains incomparison to whites during the 1990s,“it was particularly surprising that wesaw no [neighborhood integration]effect from the growing convergenceof black and white incomes.”As with schools, housing integra-tion can mean physical proximity with-out contact. The Mount Pleasant areaof Washington, DC, has been home tomany Hispanic immigrants who live soclose to blacks they can often hear eachothers’ voices through thin apartmentwalls, but the two communities haveessentially ignored each other. OmarZavala is a Latino activist who has triedfor years to build bridges between thetwo groups. “There’s minimal contact,”he says. “The dialogue is nonexistent.”One town famous for bucking thistrend is Shaker Heights, Ohio, whichcontinues its unparalleled, decades-longcommitment to integration. Since the1960s, it has fought white
ight withtask forces, oversight committees, com-munity associations, social events, andstudent groups, all designed to monitorand maintain integration. The town of 30,000 has even been known to check onblock parties to make sure they are suit-ably integrated. In 1985, corporationsand philanthropists established the Fundfor the Future of Shaker Heights, whichoffers subsidized loans and down pay-ments for home purchases that will mixthe races. Judy Rawson, who was mayorof Shaker Heights in 2002, said her job was a constant balancing act. “It’ssomething you have to be sensitive to,and this community talks constantlyabout race,” she explained.With its well-established reputation,Shaker Heights has attracted people whovery much want integration to work,but success is never assured. The black population is rising—from 24 percentin 1980 to 34 percent in 2000—and in2000 the high school was 50 percentblack. The part of town bordering onCleveland has become heavily black,and demographers see trouble. “The big-gest threat to an integrated communityis resegregation,” said Chip Bromley,a fair housing advocate and executivedirector for the Metro Strategy Group inCleveland Heights. “There’s a sense of fatigue of it all and a sense that whiteswill give up on it . . . that they’ll escape.”Even in Shaker Heights.Most whites live far from the constantvigilance of Shaker Heights, and rarelythink about how segregated their livesare. Emily Hauser described what it waslike to walk into a black neighborhood just a few blocks from her upper-middle-class Chicago suburb of Oak Park:“[A]s I stepped over the curb, I be-came excruciatingly aware of my skincolor, and my heart pounded with socialanxiety. In going around a single block,I got stares. Mine was the only whiteface around, and for
ve minutes,
veblocks from my home, I was a strangerin a strange land. . . . .“The stares I got were from a womanin a high-end SUV and a man on a high-end motorcycle. No matter our classstatus, I was out of place. We’re notintegrated. We’re strangers.”Most whites would never express thedesire to live away from non-whites, andthey attribute their housing patterns—if they ever think about them—to classdifferences. There is considerable hy-pocrisy in this. Probably not one white journalist in the country would say hechose his house because it was in a whiteneighborhood, but that, in effect, is whatthey do. Peter Brown of the
OrlandoSentinel
looked up the zip codes of 3,400 journalists, and found that theycluster in upscale neighborhoods, farfrom inner cities. More than one-thirdof 
Washington Post 
reporters live in just four fancy DC. suburbs. Televisionpersonality Chris Matthews routinelypromotes integration, and Ted Koppelhas hectored whites who live apartfrom blacks. Where do they live? Mr.Matthews in 95-percent white ChevyCase, and Mr. Koppel in 99-percentwhite Potomac, both in Maryland.Perhaps these men thought theylived in TV-land. Sociologist CharlesGallagher of Georgia State Universityhas noted that television advertising isa “carefully manufactured racial utopia. . . that is far a
eld of reality,” whereeveryone has black and Hispanic neigh-bors with whom they discuss whichbrand of toothpaste is best. Jerome D.Williams, a professor of advertising andAfrican American studies at the Univer-sity of Texas at Austin also laughs atadvertisers’ depictions of American life.“If you look at the United States in termsof where we live and who our friends areand where we go to church,” he says,“we live in different worlds.”The public pretence, of course, isotherwise, and there is considerable
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