Reap the Whirlwind, Carpetbaggers

A recent article in the Los Angeles Times reeked of kvetching over the more “affluent” (read white) residents of an Atlanta suburb wishing to secede from their more diverse neighbors. Residents of the upscale developments within Stockbridge, Georgia have expressed an interest in their own collective version of #walkway by trying to form their own city of “Eagle’s Landing.”

Predictably, the usual suspects are crying about “red lining” and “muh racism” and “white privilege.” Yet, the underlying issue remains: affluent whites and other minorities do not want to live with the consequences of their electoral policies.

Let me offer the following caveats to what I am about to say: I have been in the Deep South for a little over a year now. I am from a former border state that sent a large number of it’s son’s to fight for the Confederacy and I was born in the Old Dominion. Prior to the Civil War, some of the most virulent proponents of secession and Southern Nationalism were the recent arrivals. Those people adopted the culture and customs of their neighbors and joined in the Revolution of ’61.

Your modern day transplant has more in common with the post-war carpetbagger – seeking to pick the scraps off the carcass of a vanquished Dixie. Here, we live under a self-imposed “economic reconstruction:” just sell out your history and heritage for the sake of a few creature comforts. The revered symbols of our history have become a commercialized faux representation of what those men fought for.

But, this is not just an issue of Southern and Northern residual animosity; a frequent theme through writers of the Dissident Right is one of “Crushing the Urbanite.” The entire character of European cities and towns have been gutted and cast aside from the people whose very sweat and blood helped build those places from the ground up. The story of a town like Stockbridge is easily replicated in places like Baltimore or Hazelton, Pennsylvania. An urbanite or “socially conscious” elite have displaced the working class communities that built those communities. They import their coastal elite values to working class neighborhoods and displace the people who built those very communities they flock to.

Now, when they have to deal with the consequences of their electoral philosophy, they desire and wish to break away. To this I say, you reap what you have sown. You can live with the consequences of your politics.

-By Mr. Poole