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The sophisticates are wrong about Cleveland, Ohio

Its buildings are beautiful and its residents beat the aggressive slobs that pass for New Yorkers

29 October 2015

9:00 AM

29 October 2015

9:00 AM

To Cleveland, Ohio, where middle America’s middle class begins its great Midwest sprawl. I’ve always wanted to visit Cleveland because the so-called sophisticates poke fun at it. And the place did not disappoint. Beautiful municipal buildings of fascist Roman style line the shores of Lake Erie — public libraries, city halls, opera house, large public spaces, you get my drift. The people are friendly, unlike the aggressive slobs that pass for Noo Yawkers nowadays. The purpose of the visit was to moderate a debate, visit Chronicles magazine staff and rub elbows with Chronicles readers, who showed up in force. Among the numerous speakers was the great Pat Buchanan, three-time presidential candidate and a true blue conservative writer who has kept the faith throughout.

His speech, delivered in a mild tone with no theatrics, left me depressed. The de-Christianisation of America has taken place without any protest by the people. Churches are closing and priests are mostly senior citizens. What is worse, if that’s possible, is the plot to do away with the American past. Columbus Day is now called Indigenous Peoples’ Day, and there’s a move to take Andrew Jackson off the $20 bill because he owned slaves.

Washington, Jefferson and Madison were also slave-owners — out of the first five American presidents only the two Adamses did not own slaves — and they will be next. The one that makes me laugh is the Cinco de Mayo celebration, about which I don’t have a clue. What I do know, however, is that on 17 September 1862, the bloodiest battle in American history took place in Antietam, and that’s the day on which we should be celebrating the heroic dead on both sides. What the hell is Cinco de Mayo anyway? A dance step, a rumba band?

It is very simple. The counterculture has won the war. Ninety-seven per cent of Americans spoke English at home during the 1950s. At present more than 50 per cent in Los Angeles speak a language other than English at home. During Eisenhower’s years, 87 per cent of Americans were of European descent. That number is down to 63 per cent and falling rapidly. What is there to say or do? Not much, because political correctness has put paid to protest. The migration policies of Angela Merkel and the gangsters in Brussels are one of the great crimes of any century, yet those who protest this great crime are called racists.

Sixty per cent of white Americans vote Republican. Ninety per cent of black and 70 per cent of Latino Americans vote Democrat. The electoral vote is shrinking for whites and once the country looks like California, where whites are in the minority, it will be impossible to elect a Republican. The great silent majority, as Richard Nixon called it, is no more. Europe is undergoing a similar fate, the difference being I always thought Americans knew better.

When I was at Virginia, I proudly flew the Confederate flag in my fraternity bedroom — crossed with the Greek one. Today I’d be singled out by some horror-haired TV reporter as a bigot and most likely be accused of rape by some female journalist eager to make the cover of a magazine. Which brings me to the stealth campaign to empty the prisons of black criminals. There is a delegitimisation of law enforcement by political activists and media types that is selling the myth of a bias on the part of the courts against blacks. It began with the anti-police movement after the killing of a black man in Ferguson, Missouri, who had moved towards a white police officer and who had minutes before robbed a nearby store.

A phoney like Newt Gingrich has joined the campaign that sells the myth of casual drug offenders filling up prison cells. They make up less than 1 per cent of federal inmates, and the rates are falling. Black activists have decided that strong law enforcement should be done away with, and there is a hate campaign against cops. Needless to say, the demonisation of the police and the criminal justice system will end very, very badly. In New York City, year in year out, about 90 per cent of homicide victims are non-white males, as are 90 per cent of their killers, yet criminally irresponsible black and Latino leaders are complaining about police officers doing their duty.

Writers and journalists keep recalling the turbulent New York of the 1970s, when budget cuts and crime and unemployment had brutalised the city. I lived through those days and the place was more fun than it is now. The cops wore their hair long and had droopy moustaches. The place was gritty and magnificent. It was like living in a war zone. One had allies — the cops and others like oneself, law-abiding souls. No one, but no one, took the side of the bad guys. Al Sharpton was in the future, as were all the ‘community activists’ that have sprung up. Media types did not dare take the side of the bad guys. They now climb the ladder of success by doing just that. Give me the Seventies any time. Down with Disneyland New York.

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  • Sanctimony

    John Quincy Adams was actually the 6th US president and considered by some to be Jefferson’s intellectual equal..

  • Josh

    Before you began your ridiculous racist sprawl you should consider that the majority of Cleveland, Ohio which you claim to love?? is non-white, most of them are Christian, as are the Mexicans in LA who you also seem to despise..Before you began your racist spiel it’s worth noting America is not, and has never been, a ‘white’ country. It has always been multiracial. The reason why you think otherwise is because it is black American and Indigenous American history that has been systematically denied and shut down in the past. Now a more accurate history is emerging and the bigots like you despise it. And even if budding journalists cheaply use stories of police brutality to climb to the top, that does not mean it is not a seriously pressing issue in the US. It is.

    • Richard

      This is nominally true about the US, but the ratio was rather different to what it was today, and the meaning of what Taki says is different from your understanding. For instance, Kenya and Tanzania were at one point multiracial, until the Asians were expelled en masse by the indigenous people. They said it was a black country, and took no cognisance of the Asians. This has happened in Zimbabwe, too, and is happening in South Africa. What they mean, of course, is that their countries are by nature black, not that every single inhabitant is black. This is sort of understood by minorities in those countries, who can never really “belong”. I know, because I am one of them.

      • Sanctimony

        I thought it was Uganda, under the leadership of that great statesman, Idi Amin, who expelled their entire Asian population, many of whom have flourished in Great Britain, while Uganda now festers in poverty and misrule…

        • Richard

          They all had their turns. Some expelled, some were pressured into leaving. None of those countries were taken to task, never apologised, just ignored. If you are black, you are exempt from moral scrutiny.

          • Josh

            Id question whether or not African Americans would say they dont think America is their home, or indigenous Americans…The USA is not Zimbabwe, South Africa or Uganda. It s unique in its national identity in representing itself as a multinational, tolerant democracy. Surely it s a good thing if the country more thoroughly reflects such a character?

          • Richard

            African Americans arrive in Africa and invariably say, “I’m home!” They like doing this from five-star hotels in Cape Town, especially, which has the least black African demographic in the whole of sub-Saharan Africa. That has been my experience. “Good” and “bad” don’t feature in how a country chooses to identify itself: it is up to the country itself to decide that morality. But I would say that a country that is very largely white could, without problem, say that it is a white country. South Africa is about 80% black, and is a black country. Others know their place. From the moment you land at airports, where all immigration and customs staff are black, to virtually everybody on television, or in senior state employment, is black. And they are the darlings of the American (and other) Left, who agree that they are a black country with minority groups.

            It’s only in white-majority countries where people tear themselves apart over these matters. In other countries all around the globe, Darwin reigns without challenge.

    • Reluctant Mlungu

      So now it’s ‘racist’ just to notice the changing demographics? Is it perhaps also ‘racist’ in your deluded thinking to wonder why no majority-non-white country – not one – is currently not only accepting a massive influx of other races, but also expected to ‘celebrate’ and ’embrace’ the experience?
      Perhaps the reason why black and Indigenous American history was “denied” and “shut down” (funny, almost all my knowledge of both groups comes from evil white writers, historians and film-makers) was because they simply weren’t very good at recording and preserving it?
      How ‘vibrant’ and ‘diverse’ is your personal neighbourhood, self-hater?

      • Josh

        Mate, my personal neighbourhood is Brixton. And as for non-whites not being very good at recording and preserving their history, that’s because the European colonialists who came to North America initially butchered it, sometimes recklessly, at other times with genocidal intent. Over the past two centuries, educated black people were shot by bigots in the deep south and, prior to the 70s, denied parity with educational rights and investment that went into educating white people. Just a couple of reasons why the history books may be more tinted than one objectively expects.

        • Child_of_Thatcher

          Name me a majority black successful country. Thought not… QED

        • Richard

          There was no writing in sub-Saharan Africa. Nor were there any wheels. We do have cave painting records in southern Africa, painted by Bushmen (now called San) showing black Africans killing them and dispossessing them of their land. That is how the Shona, Matabele, Xhosa, Zulus, and so on, came to dominate that region. They were very good genocidaires. You can see these tragic tales all over southern Africa, and witness how all the Bushman names were expunged by black Africans, who migrated from the Congo area, in favour of their own. A lot of this “activity” by the negroid Africans happened at the same time Europeans arrived in the area, which is how we know about it.

        • Tamerlane

          Nonsense. We just don’t record your version of history, ours is meticulously recorded. Not to mention correct. But don’t worry, goat curry gets a mention too.

    • jim jones
      • Josh

        And built on the back of slavery. Cue specious Wikipedia link.

        • Drunk_by_Noon

          But it wasn’t.
          Slaves actually built very few things in America as they were agricultural workers in the South.
          Did you know that over half the free blacks in the South also owned slaves?
          In areas such as New Orleans that ratio was closer to 7/8ths.
          So much for your myths Josh.

  • oresme2

    Probably it is going downhill much longer. The states New York and New Jersey were well known Dutch colonies. It ended in 1664 when it was taken by force by the English. The English king obviously preferred hard working Dutch farmers. For the Dutch West India company it was not profitable enough. Ninety years ago the official administration was still in Dutch. It seems that this ended because of the influx of Italians and Jews, but it is still the wealthiest part of the U.S., when you disregard oil states and taxhavens. The strangest thing about it was the namechange from New Amsterdam to New York. I was in York twice, but I never understood the relation between York and the big multicultural city.

    • Chuck Chi

      New York was named after the Duke of York not the city of York.

    • Richard

      England and Holland fought constantly, being trading nations. The change of name presumably occurred in the same way that it did when other colonies changed hands. I am interested to read more about Dutch being the language of administration: do you have any links for that?

    • mdj

      King James ll (1685-88) was previously Duke of York.

  • rph1981

    Classic Taki. Great article, surprised this cuckservative publication published it.

    • We put a man on the moon in 1969.

      And with a little help from progressives, now we hate ourselves.