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The roiling waves of urban riots this summer could be the death knell of urban living. Even smaller cities are falling victim to progressive insanity and destruction. It was one thing when Seattle and Portland were ablaze, and Americans wrote off Detroit years ago. But now Kenosha, Wisconsin is the hotbed of disorder and chaos?
The story of “white flight” from urban centers is a Leftist favorite, and—of course—progressives blame the plight of inner city blacks on the fact that white people took their tax dollars and fled tot he suburbs. Never mind that riots in the 1960s destroyed white- and black-owned businesses, and that the current wave of riots destroys millions of dollars in black-owned property. The Leftist narrative also implies that blacks aren’t capable of succeeding without substantial financial and institutional support from whites, a clear example of progressivism’s bigotry of low expectations.
As is often the case with Leftist canards, there is a kernel of Truth among the popcorn ball of misleading disinformation: people did flee urban centers in the 1960s, precisely because they were so dangerous. As the respectable, middle-class civil rights movement gave way to the militant black nationalism of SNCC and the Nation of Islam, sane people ran for the suburban hills.
Now we’re in a similar moment, in which progressive grievance-mongering and racial malfeasance gin up BLM and Antifa criminals, eager to fight imaginary “Nazis” in the streets. While these riots are a tragedy for our nation and for the rule of law, there is a silver lining: it could prove to be a boon for rural America.
The rest of today’s post might be a tad delayed; I am proctoring the SAT this morning, and then am hitting the road for a family celebration. My apologies in advance.