A Tale of Two Cities

It’s easy to look at big cities and see the immediate faults and consequences of losing the civilized, White majority that once controlled them. The trash piled up on the curbs, the complaints of feces in the streets, murder rampant, the list goes on. These places, for a normal and sane person, are a no-go zone. Some of us have had romantic ideas about big city life ruthlessly squashed after the first visit and others of us have been forced by life to live in these hell-holes. We are all familiar with the phrase “Crush the Urbanite,” and the reason for it is pretty clear.

However, looking inward to our own communities can be much more uncomfortable. Peering into the curriculum being used to shape our children’s minds, reading the minutes from city council meetings at which they decide the new courses for our towns and seeing the apathy of our neighbors can be pretty discouraging. The members of our community, who should be stepping up to stop the decay of their home, instead choose to flee ever farther into suburbs or gated communities to price out the “undesirables.”

My hometown is a good example of this. The populated area consists of two sister cities. One is poor, densely populated and about 13% black.  The other is older, more affluent and only about 2% black. I live in the latter town, although in the no man’s land in the convergence of the two. The older folks on my street look back fondly at a simpler time when they knew everybody in the neighborhood. They were always poor and their situation hasn’t changed much since those days, but they were happier days. Maybe it’s just nostalgia and can be brushed off in that way, but enough of them tell the same story about the town that it can’t just be a coincidence.

The town used to be smaller and quieter, more like Mayberry. People got along better and would get to know their neighbors well. There was a trust between neighbors, an understanding that the community would keep an eye out for each other. This started to change as the metropolitan area to the north grew. The overflow from the city caused our small town to boom. New suburbs popped up all over the town and a new opportunity presented itself to those willing to take it. With the new opportunity came the chance to move up and out, and the best and brightest seemed to take the chance. In their wake came the leftovers, the dredges, the foreign and the dysgenic. Landlords became less selective with their wider variety of homes to let out and the composition of the neighborhoods changed. The good folks that loved the town, and still do and who had the means to move, found themselves in enclaves farther south. They are keeping themselves well insulated from the rot.

The solid white majority in both towns has kept them functional, although the demographic differences are immediately seen in the public parks. In the second town, the parks are large, safe and pleasant to be in. The public pool is clean and well kept, an evening stroll wouldn’t be out of the question. However, in the first town, despite their best efforts to keep everything running business as usual, you can’t help but notice packs of blacks and Mexicans that roam about unchecked. Women have been harassed and assaulted. And, it only takes a peek at the arrest records available to the public to see the root of the problem.

It is the responsibility of all of us to ensure that the decay doesn’t spread. Talk to your neighbors and create a real community. The better connected you and your neighbors are to each other, the stronger your bond will be with the town – and, the harder it becomes to destroy them. Your link to a better world starts at your front door.

8 comments

  1. Peering into the curriculum being used to shape our children’s minds,…can be pretty discouraging.

    Amen! You said a mouthful there, brother! The ironic thing, though, is that it’s not so much curriculum content as it is philosophy of education and the methodology used to convey information. We need to take Mr. Mann’s Prussian model of “progressive education” and throw it on the ash heap, because it isn’t suitable for us as a people distinct from the Yankee.

    The homeschooling movement is a move in the right direction; so are the growing popularity of private and charter schools as alternatives to the Yankee govt. schools. But a palpable problem with all of these is their tendency to cling to the progressive education model. Which makes sense since it is really all we know. There is, however, a superior alternative that I’ll be discussing in a future article or articles here.

    The bottom line is this: the meddling Yankee foisted his devilish system of “education” upon us as part of the “reconstruction” process. Yes, yes, there was some pushback early on, but ultimately it failed, and he (the Yankee) was able, at length, to establish his godless heathen system of “education” in the South in toto. Fixing that is going to take a lot of work (Rome wasn’t built in a day, as they say), and as I’ve always told my children, ‘your mom and I have done what we knew to do and what we could given our own predispositions towards “progressive eduation”; it is up to you to take it to the next level with your own children.’

    1. Mr Morris I for one am looking forward to your upcoming article on homeschooling. Please understand that most of the people here are parents with young children, myself included. My wife and I do plan on eventually homeschooling our infant and any other children God may bless us with but unsure exactly where to start.

      1. Dear Tex: Yes Sir, I can definitely help you out with ideas of where and how to get started, and am very happy to do so. Stay tuned for the article, it’s coming. I have mentioned the idea to one of the contributors here and have received the go ahead, so it’s just a matter of putting it all together and submitting it for publication. In the meantime I have been revisiting and gathering old articles and such to add as links for further reading. My proposal to the contributors was to write an essay-length article on the subject and break it down into a series of four or five shorter articles, kind of like the Matthew Maury series. I should imagine that is what it will entail once all is said and done, but we’ll see. Thanks for the feedback.

        P.S. The article won’t be about home schooling per se, although I’m certainly a big proponent of home schooling if and when parents and other family members are equipped to do so and their circumstances allow. The article will offer ideas on how to equip oneself to homeschool as well, but the main idea behind it is to offer an alternative philosophy of education as such, and a proper methodology to go along with it. None of which is a “new idea” or anything like that; it’s just that proper education is a sort of a lost art in modern America and has been for a long long time. And as wise men have noted from time immemorial, it’s hard to break old, long established habits. But we gotta start somewhere.

  2. I wish we had more good, inexpensive schooling options. Home schooling is just not a real option for a lot of people. And, at least in SC, the public schools are absolutely awful.

    1. BestCarolina: I agree that home schooling is not a viable option for many people. There are a variety of reasons for that, most or all of which I’m sure you’re perfectly aware of, so enough on that.

      I would say that the public schools are either absolutely awful, to borrow your phrase, or well on their way to becoming absolutely awful, anywhere and everywhere you find them. I remember very well when I was in middle school my father complaining about how horrible the schools had become in the short time that had elapsed since he was a young boy at the same level. I of course had no way of understanding what he was talking about until later on when my own kids became school age, and was, by then, aware enough to notice the deterioration for myself. I kid you not when I say that at my old high school my class (Class of ’84) is considered by many familiar with the school and its history to be the last of the “good” classes to ever graduate there. After which the deterioration was rapid and gained momentum with each passing year.

      When I got out of the AF and returned home to “God’s Country” my Dad and I and two of my younger sisters all went to the campus on a Friday night to watch a football game. I noticed, as we were walking to the field, that a new building had been erected on campus during the years I’d been away. When I asked what it was built for, my sister informed me that it is the “Early Childhood Development Center” for three and four year-olds. I replied, “Early childhood development center? I thought that was in the home.” To which my sister barked back, “what do I care, it’s a free baby sitter!” My dad gasped when she said that, and proceeded to give her a good education on the topic she had somehow missed during her upbringing. I guarantee you she never forgot that tongue-lashing. Ha, ha.

      Well, anyway, I don’t know how much you’ve studied or read into educational philosophy and methodology but, as I mentioned above, this is the source of the problem with public education as such. When Horace Mann started the whole “progressive education/common school” movement in Massachusetts back in the 1840’s, many people (even persons in that God-forsaken state) knew it was a horrible idea and resisted it with everything they had. He and his ilk eventually won out of course, and Massachusetts children began to be forcibly removed from their homes to attend these indoctrination centers. The movement spread like a conflagration in the northern states, and almost made its way into the South as well, but the wiser heads and statesmen in the South would not permit it because they could see the proverbial handwriting on the wall, and what it spelled was utter doom and devastation. By the late 1850s and into 1860-61 an entire generation of Yankee had been “schooled” in these institutions, and I believe it might have been Daniel Webster who famously remarked to a Southern colleague (who expressed optimism about the prospects for Civil War between the sections) that the South would most assuredly have to fight the North because a whole new generation had been schooled for warfare against the South by the lunatic abolitionist school marms (such as Harriet Beecher Stowe) in the northern common schools.

      Btw, when I said above that a “palpable problem with all of these is their tendency to cling to the progressive education model,” I meant to include in “all of these” home shooling. There are some very good Christian Day Schools out there who also have programs for assisting home schoolers. They’re pretty good at weening home schoolers off the whole part-to-whole progressive education nonsense as well. These schools are unfortunately few and far between, but they do exist.

  3. Writing a series on alternative education would benefit many, including your children’s family who would like to have some of your thoughts in writing to refer back to if they are having trouble resolving the different education styles in their minds. As you well know, we are constantly being bombarded with wolves in sheep clothing to slyly take our children as well as our souls.

  4. Don’t blame the Prussians:

    “Our principal aim, in each kind of instruction, is to induce the young men to think and judge for themselves. We are opposed to all mechanical study and servile transcripts. The masters of our primary schools must possess intelligence themselves, in order to be able to awaken it in their pupils; otherwise, the state would doubtless prefer the less expensive schools of Bell and Lancaster.”—Victor Cousin, _Report on the State of Education in Prussia (1837)

    http://hackeducation.com/2015/04/25/factory-model

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