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Yiannopoulos v. Fuentes: A Tale of False Dichotomies

Milo Yiannopoulos recently interviewed Nick Fuentes because of his movement’s demolition of Charlie Kirk and Turning Point USA. Milo told Fuentes that “the purpose of this interview is to let you speak in your own words about what you in fact do believe,” but Milo must have spoken for at least five minutes to every 30 seconds Fuentes was allotted – the comment section strongly echoes this. There are more than 153 thousand views as of December 18, 2019, a large positive for Fuentes and the true conservative, nationalist movement. This interview is one of many first steps into the mainstream discourse and it will only get better for him should he stay ideologically strong, which he will. Milo probably gave Fuentes half of his audience with this video. One commenter said, “I think Nick represents Milos audience better than Milo does.”

This article will be using Fuentes as the ideological battering ram to show the lack of philosophical seriousness of any conservative to his left, that Israel owes the US at least $228 billion, race is as real as gravity, and Milo is merely a provocative version of Rob Smith from TPUSA. If people care about truth, this article should give Fuentes the other half of Milo’s viewership.

The Jewish Question

The first question could be about only one thing: The Holocaust. Specifically, the Cookie Question. But this makes sense since Jews think “remembering the Holocaust” is the most essential part of being Jewish. Milo says he doesn’t want to throw sticks and stones for a joke, but he still had to bring it up. Did he? When asked, Fuentes said the Holocaust happened, and then Milo asked how many Jews died. Fuentes tiredly gave the only response he could, “exactly 6 million.” Milo acted amusedly appalled, but what did he expect? If Fuentes said at least 6 million, he’d be charged with making light of the worst tragedy in history. If Fuentes said “possibly 5,999,999” he’d be labeled a Holocaust denier. As Hugo Adrian suggested, the Jewish historian Raul Hilberg should be called the same for his writing of the first comprehensive historical study of the Holocaust. It’s the three-volume, 1,388-page tome called The Destruction of the European Jews and it estimates between 4.9 and 5.4 million Jews were killed in the Holocaust. Anyway, the tragedy ended more than 50 years before Fuentes was born. How much energy is he expected to spend on this event? Fuentes will be berated about the Cookie Question while he is circling the drain at 86 years old; he will never be allowed to forget it.

Milo drops the Cookie Question to discuss Fuentes’s lack of promiscuity, his refusal to hit the bottle, likens this to Evangelicalism, and then says it’s not very Catholic of him because Christianity is about joy. What? Nearly every criticism of Catholicism is about authoritarianism, guilt-mongering, etc. Whether these are accurate is irrelevant to the fact that nobody criticizes Catholics for being too joyous. However, Milo admits to playing the devil’s advocate – one usually argues a coherent position when playing this role – in this exchange since he apparently wrote a book about the need for more discipline in our culture. This makes one wonder why Milo is telling Fuentes that basic asceticism is not a Catholic ideal. This bizarre prompt for Fuentes to discuss his “puritanical version of Christianity” leaves one wondering whether Milo believes what comes out of his own mouth.

A Catholic, as Milo describes himself, meeting a successful, young man should perhaps highlight his asceticism and ask a meaningful question of why he’s chosen to forego such temptations, or not touch on the subject at all, letting his morality speak for itself. What Milo does is somewhere in the middle, insulting Fuentes and exposing Milo’s abnormal view of Catholicism, one which appears to see asceticism as an ideal toward which one should not strive.

Fuentes responds well to Milo’s objections, discussing Fulton Sheen and correctly bringing up just how far our culture has taken the idea of joy, or perhaps the subjective feeling of happiness, “transgenderism, drag queen story hour. To me, what’s missing from this picture is not joyousness or permissiveness, it’s like you said, discipline, order, perhaps a little bit of coldness or tough love is in order.”

Milo adds that Fuentes and his movement embody the words of Edmund Burke, who believed liberty can only arise from order, and these young men also personify GK Chesterton’s ideal of a glad and angry faith. Milo admits to identifying with these European ideals, but does he? Just a moment ago he said the well-ordered life of Fuentes is puritanical. Perhaps gay men aren’t the paragon of discipline and order. Indeed, one study found the average number of sexual partners for gay men in Madison, WI for the month of February 1983 – after hearing about the AIDS scare – was 3.2 and almost 20 percent of the respondents reported five or more partners. One of the respondents from 1982 reported that he had 30 partners. This man takes the six degrees of separation to a whole other level.

The writer does not wish to speak for either of these men, but he knows for a fact that Milo is gay and Fuentes has read Julius Evola, who said of asceticism in The Doctrine of Awakening:

The original meaning of the term “ascesis”—from [some Greek letters] to train–was simply “training” and, in a Roman sense, discipline. The corresponding Indo-Aryan term is tapas (tapa or tapo in Pali) and it has a like significance; except that, from the root tap, which means to be hot or to glow, it also contains the idea of an intensive concentration, or glowing, almost of fire.

It would be surprising if this is not what Fuentes and his movement see in asceticism. So, what is the point of Milo challenging Fuentes on basic Catholic ideals? Is it really as simple as Milo enjoying the sound of his own voice? One wonders whether Milo has read any of the books he’s carefully placed on his set, especially the E. Michael Jones tour de force entitled Libido Dominandi, or if he’s even read its subtitle, Sexual Liberation and Political Control. Fifteen minutes into the interview and we’ve heard Fuentes say almost nothing, but Milo has exposed some intriguing beliefs.

Unsurprisingly, the interview must return to the topic of Israel. Milo says, “I agree with you that aid to Israel is probably a bad idea, it’s bad for us and it’s bad for Israel.” Done! Got it, time to move on to a topic worth discussing. Indeed, this is the true point on Israel of the America First movement. Hang up the gloves. But Milo could not stop there, he added, “but, it’s a tiny amount of money. It’s a rounding error in the federal budget.”

Many poor thinkers compare apples to oranges without knowing it, but Milo manages to compare apples to all other fruits without triggering any alarm bells in his bleached noggin. Fuentes does not have time to thoroughly rebut Milo, but he acknowledges what he should: aid and fealty to Israel are the most to any country by far.

Fuentes drops the $38 billion nugget, which is the amount Obama pledged to Israel in military funding for the next decade, but there’s this report from the US Agency for International Development. It contains all economic and military aid sent and received from 1946 to 2017. It appears that starting in 1951 – a mere three years after Israel declared independence – the US had dumped a net of $228 billion in aid to Israel (constant 2017 dollars). This means the US has sent a single country so much aid that it totals one percent of the current national debt. For comparison, the aid surplus to Israel is greater than for all countries in Central Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, and even sub-Saharan Africa. Is the Waze app really worth $228 billion?

Region Historical $ (billions) 2017 $ (billions)
Asia 240.60 686.52
Central Asia 42.20 56.05
Eastern Europe 24.06 54.39
Israel 129.07 227.86
LA and Caribbean 88.27 181.30
ME and NA (minus Israel) 209.31 328.32
Oceania 7.71 13.92
Sub-Saharan Africa 160.66 215.82
Western Europe 76.97 443.02
World (not specified) 225.79 403.08
Total 1225.03 2611.51

Perhaps Milo can forgive nationalists for no longer wanting a relationship with its greatest ally. We did not choose the Israel question, it chose us. Even our supposed America First President talks about Israel incessantly, wants to target campus anti-Semitism even more, and we’ve spent $6 trillion in the Middle East since 9/11. Milo admits that Israel can afford to be independent now. One would think military protection – even though they don’t need it – and a quarter of a trillion dollars from America would be an adequate nest egg for a country of only 9 million people.

The Race Question

Some 22 minutes in, Milo says it seems that since he, Gavin McInnes, Alex Jones, etc. have been scrubbed from the Internet, young people are taking the easy route: race. Milo says this without acknowledging that the entire political apparatus, social networks (the public fora), corporations, colleges, and churches are constantly bending over backward for non-whites and purging themselves of any white people who even think about speaking up on their own behalf. The easy route, he says.

Going further, Milo argues that religion is more important than race. He believes he’s arguing against Fuentes, but he’s not. This is a debate Milo is having with himself because Fuentes simply acknowledges that race tells us a lot about the predicted behavior of a group. There is no value judgment or ranking ascribed to the race question; it is what it is. For an individual, religion and race likely say little about one’s behavior. But, for a large group of people, race says much about behavior. Fuentes notices patterns from the last couple of centuries and states “the existence of religion does not negate the existence of race.”

Milo does not explicitly deny that race exists, to his credit, but when he expounds upon his ideas, we say that he believes race to be irrelevant. Milo/Shapiro/Kirk/PragerU: If race matters, religion does not. If religion matters, race does not. Capitalism saves, Socialism kills. Conservatives are smart, Liberals are dumb. This dichotomous thinking is for the feeble-minded. It crushes serious discussion of the real issues plaguing Europe and North America. It is a childish view of the world that must be rooted out and destroyed.

Milo says Nicholas Wade, author of A Troublesome Inheritance, admits that race “exists in a statistical sense.” Trying to interpret the meaning of this caveat, it seems that Milo is saying Wade believes humans can be categorized into populations that we may call races if we have a large sample size. This is true, but there exists much deeper evidence. This article is not the place for a thorough examination, but a quick example would do some justice.

Imagine that a group of 1,000 students is collected for a study, all of whom are asked to self-identify their race, and they split up into white, black, Hispanic, and Asian identities. After this, a saliva sample is taken to extract DNA from the subjects, and the researchers tell a computer to pick 50 pieces of DNA from specific gene locations for each person. However, the computer is not informed about how the students identified themselves. The researchers then tell the computer to categorize the 1,000 students into four groups based on DNA similarity. With 50 pieces of DNA, the computer will likely place about 90 percent of the whites in a tight-knit group, with some stragglers between the computer’s white classification and another group. In other words, one who identifies as white may have some Native American genetics and might be placed somewhere between the Hispanic and white groups, although they won’t be named such by the computer. The same will go for blacks, Hispanics, and Asians.

When studies similar to this are done, we find that the computer’s classification corresponds to the colloquial understanding of race about 80-90 percent of the time with small samples (only 20 DNA pieces), climbing closer to 100 percent as the samples are enlarged, i.e. the computer is more accurate when it gets a bigger sample of DNA to categorize. So, if one takes a group of 1,000 people and tests at least 100 pieces of their DNA, a computer that does not know how they identify will place these people into groups that correspond about 99 percent with our daily understanding of race. This is race existing in a genetic sense, not merely a statistical one. If the reader wants a thorough examination of the science on this topic, begin here.[1]

There are endocrinological, musculoskeletal, and neuromuscular differences amongst the races, so populations do not adapt to their surroundings by skin and hair only.[1] As one would expect, psychometric intelligence, known as the Intelligence Quotient (IQ), shows just this, but with an intriguing wrinkle: East Asians and Ashkenazi Jews have the highest population scores.

Fuentes says the average West-African IQ is 65. This is not quite accurate, but it’s unfortunately close (73). He asks Milo, “what are you going to do with that?” This is the exact question everyone familiar with the data asks. The work of Richard Lynn and Tatu Vanhanen on IQ across the world has been compiled and the validity of IQ can be understood here, but suffice it to say that IQ is the best predictor of long-term success that currently exists in science and has been for a century.[2] The following chart contains the mean IQ by region, the 97.7th percentile (two standard deviations above the mean), the 99.9th percentile (3 SDs), and the percentage of each region above an IQ of 110.

Region Mean 97.7% 99.9% >110 IQ
East Asia 105 135 150 36.6%
US, Canada, Europe, Australia 98 128 143 20.5%
Asia 89 117 131 6.7%
South America 88 116 130 5.7%
Middle East (same as Oceania minus Australia) 85 113 127 3.7%
Central America, Mexico, Caribbean 78 104 117 0.7%
Africa 74 100 113 0.3%
Sub-Saharan Africa 73 99 112 0.2%

One can see that approximately 37 and 21 percent of the East Asian and white populations, respectively, have IQs above 110, which seems to be the average IQ in major professions. On the other hand, less than four percent of the populations in the Middle East and Oceania (without Australia) have an IQ above 110, and less than one percent of those in Central America, Mexico, the Caribbean, and the continent of Africa meet the same criterion.

To Milo’s credit, he does not shy away from these TrueFacts™ and even adds a jab about the IQ of Ilhan Omar – Lynn and Vanhanen give a mean of 68 for Somalia. Poor Minnesota. However, he adds that “the IQ thing persists across, you know, controlling for all of these variables. I think that what sometimes these analyses lack proper apprehension of is that there are of course black people who are smarter than 97, 98, 99.9 percent of whites.”

Firstly, it conveys a bit of ignorance about the nature of science that Milo says the IQ differential persists when we control for other variables because this goes without saying. That is, quite literally, the only way scientists are allowed to make conclusions about what their studies reveal. Without controlling for other variables, one cannot conclude anything of value, so this is built into the foundation of science.

Secondly, Milo either believes that the scientists, many of whom have doctorates in hard sciences and have spent decades researching a single question within a small branch of one field of science, have not realized that some blacks are smarter than most whites, or that they do not state this fact explicitly anywhere in the literature. Either way, this is a remarkably arrogant statement about the field of intelligence testing and the psychometricians responsible for its insights. It assumes that they don’t understand normal distributions, which one learns in an introductory statistics course.

Thirdly, the point is not that smart blacks don’t exist, it’s that they are far rarer than smart whites or East Asians. That there are blacks smarter than 99.9 percent of whites is irrelevant because, for every black man with an IQ of 130 – which is considered gifted, only two to four percent of the white population meets this criterion – there are hundreds or thousands of whites/East Asians with the same. By definition, there are about 69 million people with an IQ of at least 130 in China alone – one-fifth of the US population. Forget the average IQ for each race or the regions noted above.

A normal distribution predicts that approximately 82 percent of East Asians have an IQ between 75, which is exceedingly dull, and 120, which is quite intelligent.[4] For whites, it’s basically the same, 82 percent between 70 and 115. For African-Americans and Middle Easterners, 82 percent lie between 98, which is normal in Europe and America, and 59, which is what the DSM-IV calls Mild Mental Retardation.[3] For sub-Saharan Africa, 82 percent fall between 47, which the DSM-IV calls Moderate Retardation, and 86, which is barely surpassing the admittance cutoff in the Armed Forces.[2] One can see now that Milo’s comments about the existence of blacks smarter than 99.9 percent of whites are utterly irrelevant. One can also hear the Kermit-esque echoes of Jordan Peterson handwaving this away with “there’s more variation within than between.” Both Milo and JBP talk about The Bell Curve by Charles Murray and Richard Herrnstein but notice the difference in the area under the curve at 120+ IQ from their book.

The Bell Curve - Black-White IQ Distributions

Discussing this usually leaves a pit in the stomach of the writer and one can see why. Fuentes’s question must be repeated, “what are you going to do with that?” The simple answer should be “nothing” because throwing money at the problem won’t help and shipping them into a high-IQ economy is like putting a 12-year-old basketball player in the starting lineup of the Los Angeles Lakers.

Fuentes and the true right-wing of Europe and North America simply recognize that this explains much of economic trends across the world. Milo says later in the interview that race was created by the Jews, and the Chapo Trap House communists of the world say race is a construct all the same and explain away differences in behavior/performance with ethereal notions of systemic oppression. However, these insipid critiques of race cannot address any of the previous paragraphs. One wonders whether Milo thinks Koreans would be unable to notice a difference between themselves and Ethiopians if it weren’t for those pesky Jews.

The Diversity Question

The paramount implication of the race question is additive suffering. Whether one is a Finnish ecologist living off the land or a coomer crammed into the middle of New York City, suffering is ubiquitous. The case of true right-wingers is that forcing disparate peoples from across the globe — who’ve lived independent of one another for thousands of years — into close proximity with each other is adding undue suffering on all involved, except the elites who made it happen. Moreover, this suffering is 100 percent preventable and the victims did not want it in the first place.

Milo says “America is a creation of black and white.” In a way, this is accurate. Africans were brought over to the Caribbean as early as 1500 AD and the early 1600s for Mainland North America, so strife between whites and blacks is inherent to America and the islands to her south. However, the men responsible for designing and creating these United States of America stated explicitly that this is a nation built by and for whites, and that blacks would never be able to be properly assimilated as Americans because of our history. Moreover, blacks were considered aliens until the late 1800s, after Abraham Lincoln went from supporting the repatriation of Africans and expatriation of African-Americans to Liberia to emancipating four million slaves and laying the groundwork for the 14th Amendment to the Constitution, giving them citizenship.[5]

One can see with a cursory examination of the founders’ intent that America, while it has not existed without black v. white conflict, was not intended to be home to anyone other than Europeans. Let it be stated clearly: every person who believes blacks and other non-whites should be citizens is standing in direct opposition to the founders of this country. Fuentes answers the ethnostate question by saying it’s impractical at this point in our demography, but the writer believes it’s worth noting the intention of the founders.

In reality, America is a country of whites suffering the consequences of capitalists using non-whites as cheap labor for the last few hundred years, and the whites who are capable live outside the borders of blacks. Stating that America is a creation of black and white implies that blacks, at some point, became Americans. Have Detroit, St. Louis, or Baltimore seen the floods of black immigration in the mid-twentieth century assimilate to any American ideals? Or do they instead have the highest murder rates in the country and resemble the slums of Haiti?

At one point in the interview, Fuentes asks Milo if he doesn’t see resentment in the black population, implying that we are doomed to unceasing conflict. Milo believes it is warranted because “Democrats have been malevolent and Republicans have been ignorant.” Sweeping platitudes aside, one would expect that Milo would make the slavery case over Democrat v. Republican, but he is incapable of stepping outside of dichotomous thinking.

The Democrat v. Republican issue is irrelevant to the black question. Democratic rule is not why Detroit, Baltimore, St. Louis, and New Orleans are terrible places. Minneapolis and St. Paul, Portland, Madison, Pittsburgh, et al. have been run entirely by Democrats for nearly a century. Cities become irredeemable only when they near a black majority. Furthermore, far more social democracies in Scandinavia and recovering, exceedingly poor countries in Eastern Europe are utopian in comparison with any of these black cities. Milo says scores of books have been written about why minorities don’t vote in their interest, but this assumes the Republican party could actually do anything to help blacks.

In a rare moment of the interview, Fuentes gets a chance to press Milo by asking when diversity is ever good after Milo says “there’s no intrinsic benefit to diversity for its own sake.” Milo responds, “mixing cultures, deriving from different religions doesn’t work. I don’t think I would say mixing races doesn’t work. I think if people are Christian, they pretty much get along.” Following in the previous paragraph’s vein, Hungary – 99 percent Hungarian — has a median income of $12,445, but their murder rate is 2.5 per 100,000 people and they have universal healthcare. St. Louis – 48 percent black – has a median income of $38,664 with the highest murder rate in the country, 60.9 per 100,000 people. This is 23.4 times the murder rate of Hungary. Before Milo gets sneaky, Hungary is 54.2 percent Christian and St. Louis is 51.6 percent Christian, both made up of more Catholics than Protestants. Would Milo make the case that the difference in murder rate stems from the three percent differential in Christianity?

For the multi-racial Christian utopia argument to hold water, Milo would have to give a single example of when this has been true. Milo, make the case that everyone in South Africa gets along since it’s 80 percent Christian. Make the case that Norwegians don’t get along because only 3 percent are practicing Christians. Fuentes is far more coherent on this issue, “countries have survived leftism, they have survived communism, like Poland, like Hungary. Countries do not survive the kind of demographic displacement that we’re seeing.” Cohesive, homogenous societies get along and heterogeneous societies constantly quarrel regardless of Christianity.

The Conclusion Question

Will this article ever end? There are many more problems with Milo’s thinking that should be addressed, but the above is damning enough. Somebody needed to put Milo out to pasture. He and his Alt-lite ilk are merely liberals who partially accept some points the true right-wing takes for granted. To summarize the Yiannopoulos v. Fuentes divide.

  1. Milo: Israel is a rounding error, forget about it. Fuentes: no, I want muh $6 gorillion back.
  2. Milo: religion is more important than race, so race is irrelevant. Fuentes: Check out this list of the most murderous countries in the world, each of the top 10 is almost 100 percent Christian.
  3. Milo: multi-racialism can work if we’re Christian. Fuentes: give literally one example.

Milo ends the interview by placing himself between TPUSA and Fuentes, which might be the only time he doesn’t think in twos. In a practical sense, how would Milo’s ideas differ from TPUSA? He is for multi-racial societies, he is absolutely incensed when Fuentes says interracial marriage is unnatural, he can’t answer the Black Question, he wants us to forget about America’s fealty to a foreign country, etc. Milo is the edgy conservative who dares to say Islam and feminism are bad. Wow, is nothing sacred? What will these faux-conservatives do to address the fact that whites are committing suicide at an ever-increasing rate, continue to parade black unemployment with Trump?

These buffoons see themselves as the bulwark of truth, yet operate within the same framework as the people they pretend to oppose. It will not save them during the browning of America. True traditionalism and nationalism are so far outside of the mainstream that a gay, Catholic Jew married to a black man stands as a gatekeeper for entrance into broader right-wing audiences. Fuentes and his movement hear America’s death rattle and are trying desperately to place her on life support. Milo wants her to have more non-white Christians as her nurses and doctors. Either way, America is in rapid decline and if we do not stop the hemorrhaging soon, she will bleed out.

  1. Acknowledging such isn’t necessarily a death sentence in public discourse. One touches the third rail when they begin discussing racial differences in behavior that stem from genetic origins, not merely environmental. A bit further, all biological organisms are genes expressing themselves in an environment. No individual’s behavior is explained partially by environment and partially by genetics. All there is at the individual level is the expression of genes. When comparing two large populations of many individuals, we can see variation between the average behaviors or abilities of the groups. Using statistical analyses, we can isolate certain factors and discover that environmental differences between the groups explain x percentage of the variation and genetic differences explain y percentage of the variation. This is called heritability. More practically, there is clearly a genetic explanation for Kenyans, specifically the Kalenjin, dominating every marathon – 40 percent of all top honors in long distances have gone to Kalenjin since 1980. There is a genetic explanation for 74 percent of NBA players and 70 percent of NFL players being African-American. There is a genetic explanation for why sprinting is dominated by descendants of West-Africans – good luck finding a white man on that list. There is a genetic explanation for blonde/light-brown/red hair and height in northern climates and the lack of these traits around the equator.
  2. The various IQ tests are not terribly important at the individual level unless one scores exceedingly low. For example, the Armed Forces Qualification Test corresponds closely to IQ, and they exclude everyone who scores below 81 and limit the percent of new admissions who score between 93 (31st percentile) and 81 (10th percentile) at 20 percent. This is because it’s remarkably difficult for the Armed Forces to find things for these people to do, even today when the Armed Forces is predominately a jobs bank. On the whole, psychometric intelligence is greatly useful when comparing large samples.
  3. While a normal distribution in IQ is defined as a mean of 100 with a standard deviation of 15, it’s common for the African-American distribution to have a standard deviation of only 13. This makes sense because the mean is an entire standard deviation below the white average. An analogy would be height. Supposedly, the tallest average height for males in the world is the Dinaric Alps at 185.6 cm (6’1”). Let’s assume a standard deviation of 7 cm (2.8 in). The shortest average height is Indonesia at 158 cm (5’2”). If we assumed a standard deviation of 7 cm with Indonesia, that would be 17 percent more than the Dinaric Alps as a percentage of the mean height. To equate the distributions based on the Dinaric Alps, Indonesian males would have a standard deviation of 6 cm. For simplicity, I left the African IQ standard deviation at 13, but it might be as low as 10-12. I’m not willing to look through Lynn’s book to find out.
  4. The 82 percent is calculated by taking the percentage of scores that will be two standard deviations below the mean plus the scores that are one standard deviation above the mean. One SD above the mean was chosen because we don’t really have to worry about the people who are on the right side of the curve and IQ distributions tend to be skewed right a bit, so there are often more people who are highly intelligent than a normal distribution predicts.
  5. The 14th Amendment gave former slaves citizenship and was spuriously used in Brown v. Board of Education to desegregate schools, Roe v. Wade to allow women the right to abortion, and even Bush v. Gore in the 2000 presidential election. America’s immigration reflected the founders’ intent until the 1952 McCarran-Walter Act, which removed all racial restrictions. However, this act kept the National Origins Formula intact, which said if 25 percent of the country were English by ancestry then 25 percent of incoming immigrants must be English. What a novel concept. The 1965 Hart-Celler Act removed the National Origins Formula and essentially negated all previous immigration law.

The Decline of Detroit: An American Mythos

The Decline of Detroit: An American Mythos

Much ink has been spilled on the decline of Detroit, once nicknamed “Paris of the West.” Conservatives credit its failures to Democratic leadership while Leftists of all flavors conclude it’s Big Racism—America’s largest industry. It is no secret that Detroit has had Democratic mayors and liberal politicians for several consecutive decades. Moreover, it’s no secret that America has a past of troubled race relations. Since neither liberal politicians nor racial animosity are declining in prevalence, this problem is one that needs to be addressed. Further, if properly tackled it might lead to deeper insights about the totality of metropolitan decline in America. Thus, the question: what happened to Detroit?

A Tale of Two Cities

In the early decades of the twentieth century, due in large part to Henry Ford, Detroit became one of the busiest and most populous cities in the world. In addition to her well-known automotive success, Detroit had a prospering defense industry leading up to and during the Second World War. Between the growth of these two enterprises, there simply were not enough workers to fill needs. Theoretically, this would cause an increase in bargaining power for the men with an ensuing increase in wages. However, if one has been following Capitalism, one already knows this was never going to happen. Instead, African-Americans (henceforth: blacks) were handed a memo, perhaps read aloud to them by the white messenger, and tens of thousands began arriving in Detroit every year. 

Minneapolis, one-half of what is known as the Twin Cities of Minnesota, the other half being the capital, Saint Paul, was founded as a city in 1856. It grew around Saint Anthony Falls, the highest waterfall on the Mississippi River, where the early pioneers derived much of the power for their lumber and milling industries. From the Minneapolis Wiki:

Millers have used hydropower elsewhere since the 1st century B.C., but the results in Minneapolis between 1880 and 1930 were so remarkable, the city has been described as “the greatest direct-drive waterpower center the world has ever seen.”

Cadwallader C. Washburn, founder of what is now General Mills, and Charles A. Pillsbury, founder of, believe it or not, The Pillsbury Company, were revolutionizing the flour industry. Minnesota’s flour products were considered at the time to be the best in the world.

Each of these cities, then, were the epicenter for their respective industries.

To give the Dear Reader an idea of their quality of life[1]:

Median Cost of a House and Median Income in 2018 Dollars
Year Michigan House Detroit Income Minnesota House Minneapolis Income
1950 $66,204 $36,103 $68,974 $32,071

Demolition/Demographic Men

In the handful of decades after Abraham Lincoln traitorously abandoned his desire to expatriate all blacks to West Africa and instead emancipated 3.5 million slaves, laying the groundwork for the 13th and 14th Amendments to the US Constitution, 90 percent of all American blacks still lived in the South, only 6,000 of which made up a portion of Detroit’s 465 thousand people. Crunching the numbers, Detroit in 1910 was 98.8 percent white, which is illegally homogenous by twenty-first-century standards. Quickly, by 1930, Detroit found itself “home” to 120 thousand blacks, climbing to 7.7 percent of the total population.

Detroit peaked circa 1950 with a population of 1.85 million people, making it the fourth-largest city in America. Of this group, 1.55 million were white, which was approximately 83.6 percent of the total population. The number of blacks in the city had ballooned to 300 thousand, or 16.2 percent. A young white boy in 1910 would notice that only one in one hundred of his neighbors were black, but, as an adult, almost two out of ten of his neighbors would be black.

This surge came about smack-dab in the middle of the Great Migration, wherein approximately six million blacks left the rural South for the cities in Northeast, Midwest, and Western America now that they were no longer allowed to be slaves. The white population of Detroit grew 237 percent between 1910 and 1950, but the black population grew 4,908 percent—almost 50-fold. 

Minneapolis differed substantially, although it too grew rapidly. The entire state of Minnesota contained only 1.75 million people in 1900 but had more than 3.41 million by 1960. However, their influx of immigration was almost entirely German, Norwegian, Irish, and Swedish—what Ben Franklin would call a swarthy group. The city of Minneapolis housed 522 thousand people in 1950, of which 513 thousand were white, equaling an illicit 98.4 percent. Only 6,807 blacks were living in the city at the time, a population too small to fill the Minneapolis Auditorium

Minneapolis and Detroit, while much different, had similar trajectories in the mid-twentieth century. Both economies saw quasi-exponential growth and a good white man of moral character could easily provide for a family on a single income. Quality of life in these two respective areas was as good as it got.

Today, Detroit is the swampy grundle of the American body on a 105-degree day[2]. 

Median Cost of a House and Median Income in 2018 Dollars
Year Michigan House Detroit Income Minnesota House Minneapolis Income
1950 $66,203.59 (state) $36,103.14 $68,974.22 (state) $32,070.84
2018 $43,845.38 (city) $28,517.94 $204,577.63 (city) $67,303.68

The median income and median cost of a house in Minneapolis have increased by 110 and 197 percent, respectively, since 1950. This is a bit unfortunate for those who’d like to buy a house in Minneapolis, but that happens when white people want to live in a place, even if some are hipster troglodytes. 

For Detroit, the median income and median cost of a house have dropped by 21 and 34 percent, respectively.

Additionally, Minneapolis has a current poverty rate of 20.7 percent compared to 37.9 percent for Detroit. Juxtaposing the 70-year decay of Detroit with the prosperity of Minneapolis, it must be asked: Democrats or the haunting specter of racism?

Democratic Leadership

The Conservative Argument, verbatim, “if you want to see what happens when you let only Democrats run a city, look at Detroit.” What would a native of the Twin Cities think of this? What would the troglodytic, septum-pierced deviants covered in tattoos, zipping around Uptown or Northeast Minneapolis on their $2,000 bicycles think of this? 

The vast majority of the citizens in the Minneapolis metro claim to be at least liberal, whatever that means at their time and place, and their apolitical neighbors fill out a Democratic ballot when pressed at the voting booth. Further, Bernie Sanders trounced Hillary Clinton in the Minnesota Democratic Caucuses of 2016, which was centered around the Twin Cities and Universities of St. Cloud and Duluth. Moreover, Democratic Caucus votes doubled that of Republican votes in the state of Minnesota.

Regarding the historical voting patterns of each city, starting with the first Democrat elected in the 1940s, nearly identical trends arise. Of the 74 years since 1945, Minneapolis has had a Democratic mayor for 64 years, which is 86.5 percent of the time. It can also be noted that Minneapolis had a Socialist Party mayor named Thomas Van Lear from 1917-19. Detroit, in the 71 years since 1948, has had a Democratic mayor for 59 years, 83.1 percent of the time. Yet, despite its favor toward Democratic leaders, Minneapolis is a sanctuary compared to Detroit. Perhaps the argument is consequently shifted: the leaders of Detroit are more left-wing than those of Minneapolis. The Writer is both dubious and curious, how one would quantify such a claim? 

To contrast with Minnesota, Michigan voters favored Bernie Sanders in the 2016 primaries as well, but only by 1.4 points over Hillary Clinton. In Minnesota, Sanders had an advantage of 23.4 points. Additionally, as a percentage of their respective GDP’s:

A conservative might rebut, “hey but so, look! Michigan spends more on education, that’s a huge waste of their money!” This would imply that throwing cash at the students of Detroit, 83 percent of which are black, is wasteful. To that one might rebut, “what are you, some kind of racist?”

Assuming education spending is detrimental, a discrepancy of less than one percent would not explain the bulk of Detroit’s foibles. Moreover, the importance of “good” teachers has been studied. The quality of a teacher is largely irrelevant once the student is in his/her teens, i.e., a teacher can have a drastic effect with youngins, but as the student’s genetic predispositions become more crystallized, we see negligible results from teaching prowess. And, to address the some-students-can’t-even-afford-pencils mantra: Aristotle didn’t have a pencil when he was studying at Plato’s Academy. But seriously, more money is spent on black students than their white peers. The quality of the student is paramount in schoolroom success.

The Writer asks rhetorically, does the extra 0.5 percent in Michigan’s healthcare and pensions spending explain why Detroit has the third-highest murder rate and second-highest violent crime rate in America?

Minneapolis history renders The Conservative Argument vacuous. So, was a racist poltergeist the cause of Detroit’s decline?

Redlining at 1968 RPM

Racism is a word used to describe a near-infinite number of events, behaviors, and ideas. However, redlining should theoretically be one of the more tangible instances of overtly racial action because it is measurable and written with ink. The Dear Reader, scholar that he is, has undoubtedly heard of redlining, but it is the act of barring access to specific neighborhoods for a certain group; in this case, eliminating the ability for blacks to buy/rent property in white communities through restrictive covenants. 

Before this is investigated the Writer shall ask, what is abhorrent about redlining? Why is it such an immoral act for a community of whites to say “no, you can live anywhere else, but this area is ours.” It is utterly normal for blacks to desire to be around only their own. Why then, is it absurd for whites to want such an environment?

Those questions aside, how bigoted was Detroit? If it were chock-full of racist whites, foaming at the mouth like rabid pit bulls trying to keep blacks out, we should see a particularly low rate of black homeownership[3] in Michigan compared to the rest of the country. Of course, we do not.

Year Michigan Minnesota US Blacks US Total Total/Black Multiple
2000 50.7% 31.5% 46.3% 66.2% 1.43
1990 47.7% 30.9% 43.4% 64.2% 1.48
1980 52.5% 36.6% 44.4% 64.4% 1.45
1970 53.4% 41.9% 41.6% 62.9% 1.51
1950 39.5% 46.2% 34.5% 55.5% 1.61
Average 49% 37% 42% 63% 1.50

Blacks were clearly better equipped to buy houses in Detroit (67 percent of Michigan blacks lived in Detroit in 1950, today it’s about 38 percent) when compared with the whole of the country, so why is redlining perceived as such a devastating practice? The worst offender on the list is New York with 11 percent black householders compared with 37.9 percent for the state. By 1990, it climbed to 24.7 percent for blacks while the state’s rate improved to 52.2 percent. Relatively speaking, that is not a large improvement.

On the nation-wide Redlining Question, one would have to show that areas with many instances of restrictive covenants correlated strongly with low black homeownership throughout the broader area, not just the individual neighborhood being restricted. Additionally, it also needs to be shown that this restriction not only correlated with but caused a general lack of black success. Detroit’s case for the perils of redlining is particularly weak. For every decade above, black homeownership in Michigan is higher than the national mean for blacks by an average of 7.3 percent. 

Minnesota is an altogether different case. Almost 50 percent of all Minnesota blacks owned houses in 1950, yet only 24.8 percent did in 2018—despite passing a state law in 1953 and the Fair Housing Act of 1968 prohibiting restrictive covenants. Why did Minnesota have such a high rate of black homeownership during her redlining peak?

The Writer’s hypothesis is that the blacks capable of moving out of the South into Minnesota, which clearly wanted nothing to do with them, were much smarter and more competent than the average black involved in the Great Migration. Almost half of these blacks owned a house in a state which, only a couple of decades prior, sterilized thousands in Faribault state hospital after passing a eugenics law (not against blacks specifically, but it says much about their collective mindset), had a stint with the KKK in the 1920s, and began restrictive covenants in 1910, a few of which weren’t discovered until 2017.

The blacks who made their way to Minnesota and managed to buy a house with all of that going against them must have represented the talented tenth of all blacks, just as the black scholar and Pan-Africanist W.E.B. Du Bois hypothesized in 1903. Du Bois believed this talent was mostly derived from continuing education and political action. The Writer believes it to originate, more fundamentally, in genetic predispositions.

One can quantify this simply: with a mean IQ of 85 and a standard deviation of ~13 (see 100 years of IQ research and a recent article from Steve Sailer), this would place the talented tenth blacks (TTBs) at a skew-right mean of ~101—just about the standard for whites. Therefore, the talented, conscientious blacks mostly fit in with normal whites during this time, or they at least weren’t causing such a ruckus that whites abandoned their homelands to avoid any proximity with The Enrichers.

The reason black homeownership rates dropped so precipitously in Minnesota is because of how quickly the housing value increased in Minneapolis, a sign that the economy continued its explosion, and the increasingly normal body of black immigration was never able to keep pace.

Detroit was artificially inflated with a black population so rapidly that the white Detroit natives would rather flee than worry about their flourishing economy. Minnesota saw drastically slower black migration in the twentieth century, giving whites time to keep their economic foothold. Moreover, the more normal blacks arriving in post-redlining Minnesota are largely incapable of thriving in her white economy, at least in comparison to their TTB counterparts from the mid-century. Minnesota blacks went from predominantly TTBs to starkly mediocre, bringing their living standards back in line with the rest of the country.

If one were to be an abominable person and assume, for argument’s sake, that redlining did not significantly harm the black population, one would expect that the current rate of black homeownership countrywide resembles the past. Indeed, the current rate of black homeownership was 41.4 percent in 2017 and 34.5 percent in 1950. The African-American population has had more than 50 years to grow after redlining was outlawed, yet the rate has hardly budged.

So, if pressed to call one state more “racist” than the other, one might lean toward Minnesota. Additionally, it could be argued (easily with the data for Michigan[4] and Minnesota) that redlining positively correlated with success, not failure, of the broader population. Redlining was outlawed more than 50 years ago and blacks still cannot match their white counterparts, so restrictive covenants do not help us understand Detroit’s demise. The question stands.

What happened to Detroit?

White Flight

A phenomenon wherein whites will evacuate or create new towns to avoid living in close proximity with non-whites, particularly blacks. It is so ubiquitous that even Wikipedia has documented its occurrences in Africa, Europe, Oceania, and North America—almost every place in which it could possibly happen.

The mid-twentieth century was the expiration of legal segregation and most of the politicians in wholly white areas, Europe and the Northern United States, became increasingly queasy and outspoken against Jim Crow, apartheid, and whites-only water fountains, as if it is utterly preposterous that a square foot of the planet’s surface be set aside for whites. However, those who were not in favor of ending these segregationist policies were the ones near blacks. This must be repeated. The whites who rubbed elbows with blacks were the ones who instituted legal segregation and fought for its continuation across the globe. The whites who had no interaction with non-TTBs (or any blacks at all) on a daily or even yearly basis were the only whites opining for desegregation.

Now the Reader begins to see the bigger picture, Detroit’s chief problem since 1950 is that whites want nothing to do with her. The capitalists of Detroit filled their factories with blacks and the native whites, watching their neighborhoods get carpet-bombed with seemingly foreign bodies, began creating suburbs outside of the city. The capitalists got their labor, but at what cost?

A Brief History of Violence

In 1942, a mostly peaceful protest of at least 1,000 whites occurred in Detroit, kick-started by the prospect of black families moving into the new Sojourner Truth Projects. Recall that Detroit contained only 6,000 blacks in 1910, but 300 thousand by 1950. Whites did not want competition for their jobs and most certainly did not want blacks in their neighborhoods. 

The following year, Detroit’s white population again protested the rapid demographic changes in their neighborhoods. This time, however, it became riotous and lasted three days, not quelled until the Michigan National Guard was called. The result was 1,800 arrests, 433 injuries, and 34 deaths.

Remarkable, too, is that whites in Beaumont, Texas rioted for the same reason just a week earlier, resulting in over 200 arrests, 50+ injuries, and three deaths. Their kick-starter was the rumor of a black-on-white rape. Although, that was an absurd notion. Black guys never commit interracial crimes—except when blacks choose white victims in 64 percent of robberies, 52 percent of assaults, and 59 percent of rapes. Whites choose 92, 97, and 95 percent white victims for these crimes, respectively[5].

Harlem blacks followed suit and began rioting on August 1 of the same year, resulting from a rumor that a white policeman killed a black soldier. There were 600 arrests and six deaths. It’s clear to anyone with a room-temperature IQ that the riotous sentiments across the country were lying dormant and needed only weak catalysts. Blacks have not lost their desire to riot, but the deracinated white man no longer protests for overtly ethnic reasons.

In 1966, seven blacks gathered at the intersection of two streets, and cops, knowing what they do, asked this gaggle of blacks to disperse. Hundreds of rioters began arriving over the next two days until they were rained out. It doesn’t appear that there were any serious injuries or deaths.

Then in 1967, police raided an unlicensed drinking club, finding a large party of 82 people, and began arresting these layabouts. Several onlookers, specifically William Walter Scott III, a doorman whose father ran the club, incited violence against the police. In case it isn’t clear who started this riot, the crowd began looting the adjacent clothing store. Unfortunately, this kerfuffle began in the wee hours of July 23, a Sunday morning, and it took hours before the relevant authorities were alert. This continued through July 28, ceasing only after the 82nd Airborne Division, 101st Airborne Division, Michigan Army National Guard, Michigan State Police, and Detroit Police Department had become involved. The authorities sustained 16 casualties and 493 injuries, while the civilians took 696 injuries and 23 deaths.

Let us not forget Martin Luther King Jr., the patron saint of uppity blacks (and whites, for that matter), was killed on April 4, 1968. Naturally, blacks across the country took to the street. More specifically, 111 cities began spontaneously rioting. Detroit’s was rather tame, resulting in only a single death out of the dozens across the country, but whites saw the writing on the wall. It had been over 20 years since whites first protested and rioted for their city, but Detroit’s leadership was going to let blacks continue to take her for their own.

To Conclude

In 1950 there were 1.55 million whites in Detroit. By 1960, more than 360 thousand had flown the coop. Through the next decade, another 344 thousand. As if the mere appearance of blacks weren’t damning enough, blacks began rioting in the 60s because, well, that is what they do. Because of this behavior, 437 thousand whites left in the 70s. By 2018, almost 95.7 percent of whites had deserted Detroit city—only 67 thousand remain.

For Minneapolis, only 1.3 percent of their population was black in 1950, just under seven thousand. While the number of black bodies in Minnesota increased to 53,344 in 1980, they were still only 1.3 percent of the state’s population. Minneapolis currently sits at a semi-manageable (this link is maddening) 18.9 percent black.

In Detroit’s case, Civil Rights activists got what they wanted, access for blacks to a white area. However, a peculiar thing occurred. Within a couple of decades, Detroit became the worst city in America.

  • Poverty: the haunting presence of poverty was absent in the quasi-utopian Detroit of the 1940s and 1950s.
  • Redlining: Michigan blacks have always owned houses at a disproportionately high rate compared with the African-American average.
  • Racism: Detroit had a black mayor from 1974 to 2014, eradicating any possibility of there being a cabal of whites actively suppressing the success of black citizenry.
  • Leftism: the case can easily be made that Minneapolis is more left-wing than Detroit, should that be at all quantifiable.

Perhaps Detroit isn’t actually a bad area, only a black one. A better question might be: is Detroit an anomaly? Below are four European countries with median incomes well below Detroit’s, plus a few of the whitest and blackest cities in the US, ordered by ascending murder rates per 100 thousand people (countries, cities).

Country/City Black Population (%) Median Income Murder Rate
Italy 4% $20,085 0.67
Poland 1% $15,338 0.8
Croatia 2% $16,231 1.1
Hungary 1% $12,445 2.5
Portland, OR 6% $61,532 3.8
Fargo, ND 6% $50,561 4
Billings, MT 1% $55,585 7.2
Minneapolis, MN 19% $55,720 7.2
Springfield, MO 5% $34,775 9.5
Flint, MI 54% $26,330 33.4
New Orleans, LA 60% $38,721 37.1
Detroit, MI 79% $27,838 38.9
Baltimore, MD 63% $46,641 51
St. Louis, MO 48% $38,664 60.9

The worst of the white offenders is Springfield, Missouri, which has a murder rate of 9.5 per 100 thousand people. This is well above the US average of five. However, the least murderous majority-black city on the list is Flint, Michigan, with a rate of 33.4, which is 2.5x higher than Springfield’s and 5.7x the US average. St. Louis, on the other hand, has a murder rate 5.4x higher than Springfield’s and is 15x more murderous than Portland.

In hindsight, it appears the first word in Great Migration was used only numerically. Blacks were allowed to migrate en masse into several of the greatest American cities, and what has become of them?

The Good Blacks Paradox. Blacks are smart, competent, good people, which is why we need more of them in academia, corporations, sports, media, entertainment, communities, and our bedrooms. However, neighborhoods/institutions that are predominantly black are worse in every quantifiable metric than ones predominantly white. Therefore, it’s imperative that we let blacks into white-dominated areas to help the bla- to enrich the whites, who are doing better in every way but will benefit greatly from the addition of the blacks, who are failing miserably.

In the Writer’s remarkably humble opinion, Man does not shed his genetics when he steps on foreign soil. The answer to the Detroit Question: politicians failed to keep it sufficiently white. This answer provides us with a lens through which we can understand many of America’s major failures. Additionally, the implicit assumption when one asks why Detroit is Hell on Earth is that a predominantly black city should not be like Detroit, but why should this be assumed? Wakanda is a fiction.

White politicians gave blacks complete access to some of the world’s most prosperous cities and within a few decades, the country has several slums hardly distinguishable from Haiti or Cameroon. As Teddy K. said, “the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade and its consequences have been a disaster for the white race.”

The irony: since this country’s elite are hellbent on turning America into various shades of brown, Minneapolis will resemble Detroit in a couple of decades should its current influx of Africans continue.

  1. Median income is from the same 1950 Census reports linked in the Demolition/Demographic Men section.
  2. The current data for the cost of a housing unit is specific to the city while the most precise data for 1950 included the whole state, so the two time periods are not perfectly comparable, but the trends are obvious.
  3. 1950-1990 (no data for 1960), 2000. I would’ve compared the black rate to the white rate directly, but the whites are hidden in the US total and do not have their own column. 
  4. As an aside, a particularly learned Reader might make the case that the absence of redlining helped Detroit blacks later on, as 60 percent of them owned a house in 2000. However, this is obviously a result of the incredible drop in household value and the subprime mortgage crisis. Confirming this, the Detroit homeownership rate receded after the 2008 crash to 41 percent by 2016, identical to that of the African-American average.
  5. This study is behind a paywall, but SciHub opens it for free.

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