Why ask Why? Nigga cause you should!

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Why.  Why does 1+1=2?  Simple – because if you have 1 of something, and you add 1 more to it, you now have 2.  Why does water freeze?  Because water is made up of molecules which are constantly moving and when the temperature drops, these molecules slow down and stick to each other, forming crystals.  Why is this our country?  Because the non-stop Chevy ads during football games say so.  When you ask why, sometimes you get a simple, straight-forward answer.  Many times, however, things are not simple at all.  The question of “why things are the way they are” has always intrigued me; it is the reason I’m always reading and one of the primary reasons I’m currently pursuing higher education.  It’s the reason why I never, ever tire of listening to Jadakiss’ “Why?”.  One question that has always bothered me is “Why do blacks have such a hard time in this country?”  I know all about racism and slavery, but I also see plenty of blacks that have risen out of poverty and proven that they don’t fit the mold of the “typical black person”.  I always thought that there had to be something else – some (**dictionary alert!**) nefarious plot, to put it bluntly, aimed at keeping blacks down (economically, socially and politically). 

                                                                                                

Well in the last few months I learned 3 major things in school that literally blew my fucking mind.  This is my first post on Wood’s blog, so I’ll discuss the first thing here, and the next 2 will follow.  The first thing I learned was that in the early 1930’s, to combat the Depression, one of the new government agencies that came into existence was the Federal Housing Authority (FHA).  The FHA gave low interest loans to white people (and by white people, I mean white immigrants that had gained legal status and were accepted into society) so that they could buy homes outside of cities.  This did two things: gave white people purchasing power, because they did not have to pay as high a rent as they were paying in the cities, so they had extra cash to buy things to boost the economy.  This also created the idea of “suburbia”.  The FHA didn’t allow blacks to take place in this program, and local agents discouraged them from moving into white suburbs.  They even denied them loans and possible opportunities in the new suburbs.  Many realtors convinced white people that living in an integrated neighborhood was economically and socially unstable and even dangerous, so in some cases white people would sell whatever property they had (sometimes even at a LOSS!) and move further away from integrated neighborhoods.  Banks contributed to this by making it easier to get homes in white communities and harder to get loans in black communities.  This phenomenon is referred to as White Flight.  Around the same time the government started a program called Urban Renewal, wherein the plan was to demolish and rebuild poor housing in the cities.  This displaced mostly Blacks and Latinos.  Well guess what – in many cases, the government and cities did not rebuild these housing units, but rather built vertical ghettos for the displaced citizens, now commonly known as “Projects”. 

                                                                                           

Now I know I’ve said a lot here, but don’t worry – I’m gonna make the connection and explain it all.  The government in association with local private realtors encouraged white people to move away from high population inner city areas.  Now, there’s not really anything wrong with this.  The country was in a depression, so this plan made some sense.  By building new homes, jobs were created and people began to get money again to spend (simple economics).  But here’s where racism bares its ugly head.  The same opportunities were not extended to blacks and when blacks tried to reach out and grab their own share of the American Dream, they were discouraged from pursuing it locally and banned from it federally!!  Let me take a second to mention the white suburbs.  The first waves of immigrants in this country discriminated against immigrants that tried to come after them.  They didn’t like the fact they spoke different languages and had different religions and feared they would take their jobs.  Can you see the fucking irony here?  White immigrants were hating on new white immigrants for doing the same shit they had originally done.  But once this new white suburbia came about, they all got along just fucking fine.  This is the most important point I’m gonna make here – because white people were encouraged to move out and have land and a house, they were afforded the opportunity to gain equity.  The homes for white people would appreciate over time, where as blacks and Latinos living in projects were not making any investment by paying rent every month.  Houses and property are worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, sometimes even millions.  This is how a large percentage of whites got their money and wealth and status.  It allowed whites to send their kids to college because they could afford it.  It allowed whites to receive better loans because they had something to show to back it up.  It meant white children had better opportunities in life than black or Latino children.  For about 35 years, there was a system in place to encourage this great economic, political and social separation between whites and blacks.  Only since the 70’s have these laws been changed, but by and large discrimination still exists for blacks trying to move to suburban, white communities.  This only ended some 30 years ago…and this is one of several reasons why you see whites doing so much better in life than blacks.  And this is why Star (formerly of Star and Bucwild, the Power 105 morning show) said that the civil rights movement was a failure and why he regularly criticized Martin Luther King, Jr.– yeah we had to fight for civil, equal rights, but the civil rights movement had no economic plan.  Do you see the power that having property has? 


 

Written by Bones Pabon….My Nigga

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17 Responses to “Why ask Why? Nigga cause you should!”

  1. Cheech Says:

    this is a good topic
    keep spitting that shit

  2. dropfan195 Says:

    this article is so true. there are SOME blacks and latinos doing the best they can and makin money .but there is also a big percentage of them that need to learn that goin to skool and doin what they gotta do is the right thing. if they do that white people wouldnt put em down so much. these peoeple need to learn how to excel.

  3. BING MOFUCKA... Says:

    yall niggas dont even get it still…thats was alot of info for most niggas to digest…i happen to personally know bones and i fuck wit him almost eryday..that lil lil bit of info he hit yall wit got niggas minds buggin right now..good..maybe instead of buying jewls and cars…yall niggas..and i mean yall niggas..will use ya brains hopefully..and invest in some fuckin land…some real esate..not re-in up on that next o…u heard.. i got niggas doin real esate…im very soon gonna invest in some..yo bones..keep hittin niggas wit that knowledge..let these mofuckes know theres more to life than sports bitches and drugs…pick a fuckin book up niggas…get it poppin..cuz these crackers aint gonna give us shit..as if u dont already know..im rantin a lil bit i dont give a fuck…yo wood..holla at ya nigga bing man…get that knowledge niggas..peace

  4. woodro Says:

    Yeah man and hopfully the nigga continues to send me shit….

  5. 911 Says:

    wash-rinse-repeat…it took us forever and a day to come to grips with the overt stuff…imagine if you will how long it’ll be before we overcome the covert stuff…word to mlk.

  6. 911 Says:

    release these shackles…this does not promote banter…

  7. Jaz Says:

    Well I happen to know Mr. Pabon…he’s a smart guy and what he says is true. However, the fact still remains that white people help white people…they want their race to excel and be the best…and you know what…they’re doing a good job. And it’s not only them…look at the Asians…they took over Flushing…how…by helping each other…one comes here and brings ten more…that’s what they do. Other minorities…such as Blacks and Latinos…don’t help their own race…they compete against each other. Everyone can blame Whites all they want…but he fact remains that they did it right…and after almost a century of being here…we still can’t.

  8. woodro Says:

    Yeah bones is the intelligent hoodlum(no nore ghost writiers)

  9. Bones Says:

    Jasmine makes a very valid point…one thing I’d like to say now, that I will continue to bring up in later writings, is that, while there is a lot of fucked up shit in this country directed against minorities (both covertly and overtly), minorities still have opportunities to rise above it all and succeed…my parents are a great example…both came from the ‘hood’, moms from spanish harlem and pops from south bronx, now they got a private house in flushing, queens…and I’ll talk more on this at some later point…but in order to help others and give them some “shit”, you have to have your own “shit” to begin with…whites and the Koreans in flushing cant help out ‘others’ before they’ve helped out themselves…and in this country, being a black/brown minority, it is possible but inevitably much harder to get your own ‘shit’…that was my point…

  10. James Says:

    REDLINING–FHA?! MLK! I have to write something. It blew my fucking mind too. For a while redlining was all I talked about, so I’m glad to see someone else who learned about it and realizes it is shocking and it was important.

    I think white flight is just a general term for whites leaving the cities, but redlining is the specific name of the program during the New Deal. If you look up redlining, most of what you’ll find probably has to do with modern redlining, realtors and discriminatory lending. The word actually comes from the maps and the grading system put out I think by the Home Owners Loan Corporation, a New Deal federal agency. I think D was red, and I think A was green. Google redlining in the image search and you might be able to find actual maps for Syracuse and Philadelphia. Reasons for a D or C grade? They were supposed to be bad neighborhoods, but that was not always the case. The policy helped turn them into bad neighborhoods. One criteria was simply an “undesirable population” live there. Blacks, even if the neighborhood was mostly white, would cause it to be redlined. A “C” grade could be given because a neighborhood was adjacent to a D neighborhood. The reason was a “shifting population” or something. The HOLC assessment lowered property and whites got were offered a chance to move out, thus white flight. There was no political correctness and nothing to prevent racism in government policy during this time before civil rights. The maps were for federal loans I think for mortgages and home repair, but they were used by banks and realtors as well.

    Redlining also worked by making it harder for DEVELOPERS to build in marked areas, because it was harder for them to get loans or financing. It artificially indicated that construction in those areas would be a risky investment. So the neighborhoods begin to decline in reality.

    White flight from the cities into the suburbs came from other things as well as redlining. One was World War II. The deficit spending during the war was what got our country out of the depression and into a boom, the white part of it. It created a lot of jobs and wealth. Arguably, it was a welfare program for whites that happened by accident. You know the stereotypes of the fifties. White TV family, living out in the suburbs with a new car, new appliances at home, dressed very generically middle class and clean cut. It’s this time immediately after World War II and into the 1950s that the suburbs are really made because now there are enough white people who can afford to live there.

    In the suburbs, there was no open housing yet. Homes had “restrictive covenants” with terms against selling properties in a neighborhood to a black person, even if he could afford it. On one of the later Eyes on the Prize episodes, Martin Luther King gave an extremely obscure speech on housing discrimination; he had a white people in his organization look for homes in a neighborhood from a realtor, and they were happily provided with choices, but a black tester was told nothing was available.

    There are some other major things that contributed to the racial makeup of cities vs suburbs that exacerbated what redlining and unfair FHA lending started. These include more people being able to afford cars so they could commute to the cities from the suburbs; the creation of the national highway system under Eisenhower; deindustrialization of the cities as factories could move to other places made accessible by highway, and later to other countries, or being shut down by competition from other countries. The latter is important for taking away blue collar jobs from formerly industrial cities, like automaking in Detroit.

    What I know about redlining comes from The Origins of the Urban Crisis by Thomas Sugrue (Detroit). Covenant with Color by Craig Steven Wilder (Brooklyn) reproduces a HOLC map and it has a map of racial distribution. You should also see Eyes on the Prize, besides the civil rights movement, it covers later things down to urban renewal and police brutality in the 1980s. This isn’t like a completely solid academic explanatino, I could’ve gotten some things wrong here.

    About the point of open housing being recent, it reminds me of a picture of white people sitting out on a street in protest of open housing. Which reminds of the protests against busing, something that even more recent, in some places.

    Finally, I never heard what Star said about King, but I disagree with him. How much do you expect out of one person? Also, King tried to work on the cities after what we normally consider the civil rights movement. He was just kind of by himself at that point, in part because of him coming out against Vietnam which split the movement among the adult leaders and alienated him from President Johnson, the real Kennedy for black people. I think the first city in the north he worked on was Chicago. That didn’t go very well. Part of this campaign included a march into Cicero, a white suburb, organized by some of his followers. Huge white crowds came out with their Confederate flags and swastikas. I think here he got hit with a brick. Another clip from Eyes on the Prize shows how desperate King’s goals seemed towards the end of his life. I think it was at the end of the march from Selma to Montgomery, and King says “I still have a dream, I still have a dream,” punctuated by a someone from the crowd yelling “No you don’t! No you don’t!”

    I know this is long, like you, I couldn’t believe I didn’t hear this earlier once I learned about it, but unlike you, I didn’t learn about it from school so much as asking professors what they knew only to find out that this is probably known most by urban studies people who specialize in it. So for a while I was just obsessed and wanted everybody to know about it.

    Some miscellaneous points.

    1. What could be done with this housing history? Ideally, some kind of justice for the injustice. I feel if enough people know about it, there could be a political movement for some kind of redress. Maybe somebody could have a graphic designer to make a poster with the “INDIAN LAND FOR SALE” flyer and with a redlining map saying “NON-BLACK LAND FOR SALE” or something. Something more immediate might be asking your teacher to speak at an forum about housing, redlining. Maybe blacks could get behind publicizing/ending corporate welfare , especially agricultural subsidies (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/nation/interactives/farmaid/) which is a literal ~$20 billion a year cash crop. The beneficiaries can’t be on higher moral ground than the varieties of welfare queens welfare critics always like to talk about. Pointing out these policies could give some kind of leverage.

    2. I don’t see all this as just blaming white people. It could well be that these policies have had a huge amount of influence, even if you end up blaming white people. It’s like when people say “We’ll, you can play the blame game about Iraq all you like, but the fact is, we’re at war right now. And Bush–he did become president.” You can choose not to care about how things got to be the way they are–like “after almost a century of being here”–or you can use everything at your disposal to figure out what the situation is and then what to do about it. This reminds me of reading a young Cambodian guy say young people in his country don’t know much about the Khmer Rouge because they want to put the past (a huge genocide) behind them. I don’t feel that learning the history has to exclude dealing with other problems.

    3. Ed Norton in American History X seems very articulate about black incompetence and degeneracy, while her sister and the Jewish guy who represent politically correct liberals can only speak of vague “historical forces.” I think this housing history is what everybody in this country needs to get “historical forces” and “slavery ended 130 years ago” out of their heads.

    4. There could be connection between redlining-property values/tax-public schools, but I never looked into it.

    I’m looking forward to your posts on the two other things you learned. Important but little known political material has been my bread and butter since I started learning these things.

  11. Misseducated Chik Says:

    This commentary is absolutely insane and correct. No minorities were allowed purchasing power @ the time. Do you believe it wasnt until 50 years ago that interracial couples were allowed to be married that’s insane…Damn I couldn’t live during that time cause I love some black d**k I digress.

  12. Bones Says:

    James…the other two topics I wanted to write about that directly prevented upward social mobility for blacks was the introduction of welfare and Social Security into the American system (as they are known today) and also the Red Scare of the 50’s and the Cold War (I plan to write on them very soon)…I was gonna get into the post war veteran movement toward suburbia, but I wrote a lot and I wanted to mainly concentrate on the roots of the housing discrimination and also the creation of the ‘ghetto’…but it was incredible to read your reply…knowing that there are likeminded people out there with knowledge on a plethora of social and political ideas and concerns…without sounding corny (I probably already have) it just makes my day…when i get a chance, I’ll write a more in-depth reply to everything you spoke on (it was lengthy)…

  13. 18yrs of knowledge still trizzin my niggas Says:

    Big up to the brother bones for dropping jewels on em though i must say i thought this was gonna be about how the white man raped the native americans for there land.. oh and just in case homies forgot NATIVE-one of the people indigenous to a place or country, esp. as distinguished from strangers, foreigners, COLONIZERS, etc.. somehow this was changed to mean NATIVE-born in a particular place or country:ex a native New Yorker. BULLLSHIT I WAS BORN IN NEW YORK IM NOT A NATIVE NEW YORKER SOME DUDE NAMED RUNS WITH SCISSORS FROM SOME TRIBE IS A TRUE NATIVE
    neway i digress because the point i wanted to make with this post is the point of view white people have on the matter at hand. I was having a conversation with a family friend hes about 46 and hes german but 3 generations deep in amerikkka, Hes also real open minded and EX-hippie we were talking about the immigrant situation in this country and he started saying that they need to shut down the border. Thats when i got a little pissed and said you wouldnt even be here if it wasnt for the borders being open so what gives u the right to demand it be shut..He said his family came over here thru ellis island so its LEGAL….so i respond with “there is no ellis island anymore so they have no alternative but to come in illegally”…Thats when he pulled out the “taking our jobs” and “fucking up the economy” bullshit but instead of throwing the fact that his peoples got spat on and had shit thrown at them as they stepped off the boat i just said theres only 1 thing as a TRUE american and those are the hide-wearing totem pole building fire dancing teepee sleeping brown folk that we barely see and the only thing we know about them is the bullshit stereotypes that the white devil feeds us for breakfast lunch and dinnner….And yea im ranting but the point is this OPEN MINDED, EX-HIPPIE, FAMILY FRIEND TO A COLOMBIAN FAMILY still thinks the same as any other white devil and thats a shame and also the main reason SHIT AINT GONNA CHANGE I say we take a page from Malcolm x’s FIRST book and completely seperate ourselves from the white man and start anew because the minorities are NOT minorities anymore.
    P.S for extra kicks and giggles, since they’ve made it seem like the white man is atrue native of amerikkka maybe we should just do to them what they did to the native americans its only fair..

  14. Bones Says:

    Damn…18 years of knowledge beat me to the point…I got a real interesting column up real soon exclusively on illegal immigration…I’m doing a project on immigration for school, I’ve been working on it all semester and I’m about to wrap it up…so when I finish, I’m gonna take the major points from it and post it here…once again – I’m a pretty simple person, I don’t need a lot to make me happy…I have no grandiose delusions- I dont wanna own a yacht, or be a millionaire – I take great happiness in the little things in daily life…and it is these conversations, like the ones elicited here, and the opinions and the comments brought up that bring me great satisfaction…it brings me hope, just when I thought we were a hopeless, Generation X generation…even when people are critical of me and things I say, I value it because we can learn from each other – I am not the smartest man alive and make no claim to be, but I have learned a lot in my life and I wanna pass that on to those who I care for…

  15. 18yrs of knowledge still trizzin my niggas Says:

    What does the project consist of my nigga? ima be happy to read that so drop it when u can

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  17. James Says:

    I’m watching this right now, Race: The Power of an Illusion, pt 3 “The House We Live In.” They talk about redlining and mortgages being given by the A to D rating system.

    There’s also a shot of an FHA form, “AREA DESCRIPTION – SECURITY MAP OF _NEW YORK CITY_.” Under 2. e., it says “Infiltration of _Negroes (steady)_.”

    http://onebigtorrent.org/torrents/931/PBSRace-The-Power-of-an-Illusion2003-Part-3-The-House-We-Live-In

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