Leftists rarely-- if ever-- make sense. Michelle Obama is, apparently, no exception. Speaking at the annual Obama Foundation Summit in Chicago recently, she said that “white flight” destroyed the neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side where she grew up and is continuing to ruin neighborhoods today. She claimed that white families abandoned her erstwhile middle-class community (and many others like it) as more black families moved into the area.
She averred that, prior to the white families leaving, “There were no gang fights, there were no territorial battles. Yet, one by one, they packed their bags and they ran from us. And they left communities in shambles.” She said she believes a similar dynamic is happening today. She claims that as immigrants move into communities in significant numbers, some Caucasians head for whiter pastures, so to speak, leaving behind lower property values, more vacant homes and a generally declining neighborhood.
Think about all of this for a moment. If whites leave formerly safe, respectable, middle-class neighborhoods as more minorities enter them, why do these communities become rife with gangs and violence? Why do property values plummet? Why do they decline into “shambles?” If whites are evil oppressors, how can this be? I thought they were responsible for holding blacks back. Shouldn’t these communities be better off without the smug, racist, white-privilege-wielding marginalizers? Surely African-Americans and other minorities can handle governing themselves, fostering a good economy and creating jobs, running effective schools, and any and everything else involved in maintaining cohesive and prosperous communities, correct? So, why would “white flight” cause formerly pleasant, middle-class communities to go to hell in a hand-basket?
For that matter, why does Obama’s former pastor, Reverend Jeremiah Wright, live in a wealthy, nearly all white, gated community? And why did the Obamas themselves move into an 8,200 square-foot mansion with eight-and-a-half bathrooms in Lily-White Kalorama, one of Washington, D.C.’s, toniest neighborhoods? Maybe they liked the “au pair” suite downstairs.
I’m sure they wouldn’t exploit an au pair. Or abandon the house when one moves in.
It is nevertheless amusing, that, according to Michelle, when whites move out, “There goes the neighborhood.”