Obama, Romney, Who Cares? Secession Is Returning To America

Mitt Romney is the GOP nominee, and Conservatism Inc. is jubilant—or, at least, it says it’s jubilant.

But what if the upcoming election contest against President Barack Obama just doesn’t matter?

What if, regardless of the outcome, the catastrophe that Peter Brimelow anticipated in the final pages of Alien Nation: Common Sense About America’s Immigration Disaster back in 1995, is already upon us?

Brimelow wrote (Page 268):

“The contradictions of a society deeply divided as the United States must now inexorably become, as a result of the post-1965 influx, will lead to conflict, repression, and perhaps, ultimately to a threat thought extinct in American politics for more than a hundred years: secession.”

If mass immigration was not stopped, Brimelow predicted,

“[d]eep into the twenty-first century, American patriots will be fighting to salvage as much as possible from the shipwreck of their great republic. It will be a big wreck, and there will be a lot to salvage.”

Mass immigration, of course, has not been stopped. And, right on cue, secession has been showing up—first at the local level. It will become the hot issue during the next Administration—regardless of who wins the Presidency.

Modern Atlanta, Georgia, is arguably what 250,000 Confederates died to try and prevent: a downtown area controlled by blacks since the 1970s, with crime, property devaluation, and the unmentionable disadvantages of integrated schools driving whites ever further out into the suburbs.

This process has been rinsed and repeated again and again, with Clayton, Gwinnett, and DeKalb County going from majority white to majority non-white over the last 20 years, as diversity progressively enriched the once-monolithic white suburbs.

Atlanta’s still-predominately white outer suburban counties, as Atlanta Magazine happily notes in its August 2012 issue, are set to become majority-minority in the coming years, ushering in another era of peace and tranquility. These suburbs are currently full of transplants from all over America who merely want a safe community for their children to prosper in, an increasingly tough—and expensive—aspiration. [View from the Brain Trust, July 26, 2012]

Perhaps it’s fate: the region where the Civil War reached its fratricidal climax could provide the blueprint for what Brimelow suggested was Americans’ future—fighting, in this case through secession, to salvage something from the wreck.

  • Note that, although white flight has created disastrous traffic problems for those who must commute to the city for work, a proposal that would have raised $7.2 billion in new taxes over a 10-year period to deal with congestion was voted down nearly 3-1 on the 10-county metro Atlanta on July 31. [Voters reject transportation tax, By Ariel Hart, Atlanta Journal-Constitution August 1, 2012]

Why? The Leftist editors of Sprawl City: Race, Politics, and Planning in Atlanta  outlined their view in their chapter two (“Dismantling Transportation Apartheid”):

Transportation equity is not a new concept nor is it a new goal. It has long been a goal of the modern civil rights movement. Many poor people and people of color, who are concentrated in central cities, are demanding better transportation that will take them to the job-rich suburbs. Ideally, it would be better if jobs were closer to the inner-city residents’ homes. However, few urban-core neighborhoods have experienced an economic revitalization that can rival the current jobs in the suburbs.

Really? Why is that?

  • Note also that, finally tired of pulling up stakes and running for the next suburb every ten years, the primarily white areas of northern Fulton and DeKalb County are laying the groundwork for secession.

Sandy Springs successfully incorporated in 2005. Others have followed suit. Most recently, the citizens of Brookhaven approved cityhood on July 31.

USA Today published a vitriolic article prior to the July 31st vote that inadvertently contained some truth:

Cityhood is a contentious issue in metropolitan Atlanta, one rooted in and shaped by politics and race. Wealthier, largely white communities on the city`s north side, which watched for years as their tax dollars were spent in poorer, mostly minority areas elsewhere in the two counties, had sought for years to break away and incorporate as cities with more local control.

But with Democrats wielding power in the statehouse and the governor`s office, those efforts were rebuffed for years. “It used to be considered local legislation,” says William Boone, [Email him] a political scientist at Clark Atlanta University here.[VDARE.com note: a black political scientist—at a black university.]

“The majority forces in the legislature would go along with the local legislators.”

That all changed after the elections of 2002 and 2004, when Republicans—who tend to be white and from suburban or rural districts—gained control of the Legislature and the governorship and promptly passed laws allowing the creation of new cities.

Sandy Springs, which had been trying to incorporate since the 1970s, was the first new city, in 2005. The other four soon followed.

The majority-white new cities absorbed lucrative commercial areas [Emphasis added] that had been vital revenue producers in the two counties, which have African-American leadership, Boone says. “It`s a definite trend in the metro area,” he says. “It`s picked up momentum. Pretty soon what you could have is a county like Fulton or DeKalb not having enough revenues to support those still in it.”

[Georgia scraps over creation of new, mostly white cities, by Larry Copeland, USA Today, July 31, 2012]

“Absorbed lucrative commercial areas that are vital revenue producers”? That’s as ridiculous a claim as President Obama telling small business owners that they didn’t build their business, the government did.

The highest property valuations in both Fulton and DeKalb County are in the whitest areas. A significant portion of economic activity and tax revenue for the primarily black county governments is generated there. Thus the onus of providing the bulk of both economic activity and tax revenues falls on the white homeowners in both Fulton and DeKalb, with increased rates hitting each county hard.

Fulton County residents question property tax values, By Renee Starzyk, CBSAtlanta.com, May 25, 2012

How DeKalb wound up with 26% tax rate hike, By April Hunt, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution July 14, 2011

There’s a reason the tallest building in the South, the Bank of America Tower located on south Fulton in the heart of downtown Atlanta, sold for only $235 million in 2012, whereas it sold for $436 million six years prior: Corporations are abandoning downtown Atlanta—because unmentionable black dysfunction drives away investment.

In contrast, in predominately white north Fulton, the King and Queen Towers hit the market in April of 2012 and are expected to go for $375 million.

The reason: white people in Sandy Springs, Dunwoody, Johns Creek, and Milton are capable of building and sustaining thriving businesses and residential areas. But minorities in places like Clayton County and DeKalb County have demonstrably proved incapable of maintaining the economy after white flight.

In 2010, as the secession movements got underway, state Sen. Vincent Fort, a black Atlanta Democrat, was quoted as saying

It sends a message when you say the hometown of Dr. Martin Luther King is going to be split apart in a kind of latter-day secessionist movement.[Atlanta`s white suburbs seek split from county, Shannon McCaffrey, Associated Press, January 7,2010]

Yeah—it sure does send a message.

Subsequently, Senator Fort filed suit to stop the white tax-paying serfs from leaving primarily black south Fulton. The argument: the new emerging white cities were a violation of black people’s civil rights—basically meaning that affluent white people were responsible for providing the tax revenue for black people to have lucrative government jobs and pensions for all eternity. [Lawsuit seeks dissolution of Dunwoody, Sandy Springs, Johns Creek, Milton, Chattahoochee Hills:Suit says `super-majority white neighborhoods` were created, By Katie Leslie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution August 1, 2012March 28, 2011]

Surprisingly, the New York Times has run an article praising Sandy Springs for creating an efficient, streamlined and privatized government with few employees, a healthy balance sheet, and, more importantly, accountability to its citizens:

Critics contend that the town is a white-flight suburb that has essentially seceded from Fulton County, a 70-mile-long stretch that includes many poor and largely African-American areas, most of them in Atlanta and points south.

The champions of Sandy Springs counter that they still send plenty of tax dollars to the county and that race had nothing to do with the decision to incorporate. (The town’s minority population is now 30 percent and growing, they note.) Leaders here say they had simply grown tired of the municipal service offered by Fulton County.

“We make no apologies for being more affluent than other parts of the metro area,” says Eva Galambos, the mayor of Sandy Springs. And what does she make of the attitude of the town’s detractors? “Pure envy,” she says.

A Georgia Town Takes the People’s Business Private , By David Segal, June 23, 2012

Galambos is right, In fact, she should go further: it is about race—but about performance, not prejudice.

Another example: the affluent, wealthy, and extremely white Ballantyne area of Charlotte, North Carolina (which is growing increasingly non-white and poor) is considering secession. The plan to break was unveiled on June 14. [Ballantyne ponders divorce from Charlotte |Feeling neglected, the community mulls a step unprecedented in N.C., By Steve Harrison and Caroline McMillan, Charlotte Observer, April 13, 2012]

What if—what if, the City too Busy to Hate is supplying a glimpse of the future?

We have already reached the point that Brimelow predicted: The formation of white a.k.a. American enclaves has begun.

 Paul Kersey[Email him] is the author of the blog SBPDL, and has published the books SBPDL Year OneHollywood in Blackface and Escape From Detroit.