This book opens with a timeline counting how Detroit, once the most promising city in the midwest, steadily became less white. I phrase it that way because my hypothesis is that under diversity, areas controlled by any minority group become run-down.
We might call this the “apartment versus house” theory. When you own your house, you care for it; when you rent, you would be a moron to care, since anything you do will be undone anyway when someone raises the rent or you get a job elsewhere.
Minority groups in cities created by the majority group will never feel like anything but renters. To them, they may claim the territory, but it will never be something they created, so it will always be alien. This creates a mentality of neglect.
In addition, Detroit has never managed to do well with its black majority. As happens in other diverse cities like Houston and Baltimore, politics favors those of the minority-majority group, and white people suffer excessive taxation and loss of basic services.
Detroit: The Unauthorized Autopsy Of America’s Bankrupt Black Metropolis makes good case for ending diversity because of the sheer amount of waste and misrule that goes on in black-run cities. Of course, the same happens in Chinatowns and Hispanic-run cities too.
This collection of essays uses stories that the mainstream media stick on the back pages of newspapers or keep off their front page of their websites because they reveal exactly how badly diversity fails when left up to its own devices. Reading them is appalling.
Rather, it might said that reading one of these stories is appalling, but reading a collection of them with commentary, annotations, and relevant facts added is depressing. Despite the positive propaganda coming out of Detroit today, the city is doomed.
Even better, Kersey digs up the stuff that has been memory holed or explained away, and drags out every little gory and horrible detail, creating a kind of atmosphere of misery at the failure of a once-promising city.
His prose is fluid and poetic, making parts of this book read more like literature than a skeptical analysis of an American illusion:
None of this is the kind of discourse about ‘freedom’ or ‘liberty’ Senator Rand Paul will ever engage in, more prepared to jump in an interracial shower with the ghost of Jack Kemp than dare discuss the racial history (and its implications) of Detroit.
It’s simple: the racial history of Detroit shows the United States of America — as it currently exists — has no long-term future; it’s nothing more than a dollar-store business held together with Scotch Tape and a nuclear arsenal keeping creditors at bay. (229)
The most useful tactic that Detroit: The Unauthorized Autopsy Of America’s Bankrupt Black Metropolis uses is a tendency to go beyond the statistics — these are easily brushed aside — to the stories of normal people and normal events gone bad in Detroit.
We humans are natural lottery players, so when we read about a higher rate of crime, we instinctively assume it will not be us. The pages of this book take us into the lives of many people and communities who thought it would not be them, but were mistaken.
If anything can be said on the negative side, it might be that this book is thoroughly depressing. No one wins. Black people live in squalor, poverty, and crime; white people abandon a promising place and leave it to become a museum of failure.
Even more, the deadlock caused by diversity rears its ugly head. No matter what rhetoric, each tribe is out for itself, and they have identified each other as the enemy, despite the broader question of whether diversity itself — an intangible, abstract notion made into policy — is the real enemy.
Kersey writes fluidly and ranges widely, going from gritty detail to abstractions in a single bound, showing us the connection between the two and breaking through the veil of Maya in which voters seem to enwrap themselves that separates the election from the results that follow.
It’s hard to believe that it wasn’t but 110 years ago that man still had yet to fly, never truly having the opportunity to survey his accomplishments from the air and take in the grandeur of a city from high above the ground.
In the short span of great-grandfather’s life time, man has gone from a short flight in Kitty Hawk to stepping on the moon, only to see a giant black hand grab him at the ankle.
Pulling him back down to earth.
Every time I fly, I marvel at the piece of machinery I’m climbing about, knowing it is the culmination of man’s dreams for a better tomorrow. Knowing it represents the type of evolutionary breakthrough that once heralded true progress.
It is only when I land, arriving at my destination, that I’m reminded a giant black hand still is firmly grasping the ankle of mankind. In fact, it’s got mankind by the throat as well. (126-27)
The prose soars above the ruins of Detroit. Despite recent media stories about how well the city is doing, most of its citizens remain living in poverty and confusion, despite having benefited from the Trump economy.
Even more, we should look at what Detroit could have been: a major city like San Francisco, London, or New York. Oops, those are diverse and getting miserable as well, caught in the same trap that snared Detroit, taxing the few rich to pay for the swelling underclass.
This is where, in my view, this book needs a followup: diversity kills cities, whether it is black, Asian, Hispanic, Muslim, or even too many different types of whites as in Northern Ireland. No unity of genetics means no unity of purpose, followed by a descent into third-world squalor.
For example, New York and London provide a great lifestyle as long as you are wealthy enough to buy your way into an enclave, and you should be very wealthy, because you are going to pay more than half of your income in taxes when you add everything up.
The shocking truth behind Detroit: The Unauthorized Autopsy Of America’s Bankrupt Black Metropolis emerges not so much from the racial composition of Detroit, but how adroitly our media, politicians, and public figures have gone about not mentioning it.
That will to ignorance and desire to deflect, distract, and dissimulate from the brutal truth of the situation tells us more about the effect of diversity on America than anything else. When a nation is diverse, you cannot accurately observe reality, at least not out loud.
I’ve always thought: if an intelligent race of aliens was truly interests in destabilizing major American cities, why would they to the trouble of putting 15-mile-wide hovering ships above them (to deploy some form of energy weapon, thereby destroying the city) when they could just work behind the scenes to influence politicians and use a much different form of warfare to bring ruin via a much more industrious methodology.
It’s funny: Independence Day 2, the sequel to the 1996 picture, is expected to be released in theaters in a few years. Though many of America’s great cities were destroyed in the movie, they will inevitably be in greater shape than the reality the 83 percent black city of Detroit finds itself in today.
Yet still, no one will point out Detroit is 83 percent black and realistically — less than seven percent white (the census counts Indians — dot variety — and Middle Easterners as “white”). (333)
This book makes for a brutal read, but it might be the Red Pill that your average person needs to realize that our media is lying to us, and they are lying to hide the failure of a policy, and that policy is diversity.
Once you peel back the layers, as Kersey has done in intense detail, the actual story hits you in the face: diversity has failed, and the black-run city of Detroit is an example of what is going to happen to every city in the West if it does not end and reverse diversity.
A quick read with lots of ironic humor and intriguing detail, Detroit: The Unauthorized Autopsy Of America’s Bankrupt Black Metropolis hits the reader in the face like a bucket of cold water, leaving them gasping but suddenly very awake.