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  •  Very perceptive comment, thanks. (12+ / 0-)

    A big part of the reason for blight in inner-city neighborhoods these days is bankers' discrimination against nonwhites after WWII. They didn't extend mortgages to African Americans who wanted to buy homes, and until the Civil Rights era, they could discriminate both openly and legally.

    The descendants of the people who were denied mortgages in the 1940s and 1950s? They're loitering on street corners today, in those very neighborhoods where there ancestors once hoped to gain a toehold, all those decades ago.

    Hey, maybe they'll come bust your window this weekend, or spray some graffiti on a wall near you :)

    Generally, the most radical thing we can do is link causes and effects. For another example, there are people who want to name increasingly ferocious hurricanes and weather events after those idiot politicians who deny global warming. ("When 'Michelle Bachmann' makes landfall later today, she's expected to be a Cat 4...")

    This is nitty-gritty cause-and-effect stuff. It's little-discussed. Let's put it out there.

    Thanks for the diary.

    It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

    by karmsy on Thu Feb 20, 2014 at 05:26:32 PM PST

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