Adrian Fenty just lost the Democratic Primary (i.e. the election) for Mayor of DC.
I’ve written about Fenty before. I have no dog in this fight – I don’t believe in democracy so I don’t vote and I don’t think that any politician can stop the gentrification of DC at this point. The election is only interesting because of DC’s changing racial populations. Some time in the next 10-15, at current trends, DC will stop being a majority black city. Gentrification has been happening at an incredible rate.
DC has done very well under Fenty’s tenure. However, the increasing gentrification is not sitting well with the black population. On one hand, this is understandable if one assumes that blacks like to live close to other blacks. Historically black neighborhoods are becoming increasingly white and too expensive for blacks to buy houses in. On the other hand, the increasing gentrification has benefited blacks most of all. Many blacks own homes that have risen in value by hundreds of percents in the last decade. The schools are now tolerable and crime has decreased substantially.
So, this election gives us a chance to see what blacks in DC want. Do they want crime, intolerable schools, burned out neighborhoods that have been stagnant for decades and black neighbors or do they want safe streets, decent educations, increased economic opportunity and more white neighbors? A vote for Gray became a vote for the former and a vote for Fenty became a vote for the latter.
The reality of these positive changes in DC is that they have coincided with increases in DC’s white population. Unfortunately, we’re not supposed to talk about the fact that DC’s problems were largely caused by the fact that so many of its residents were black. We’re supposed to believe that the right "policies" would have solved DC’s problems. The make up of DC’s population is supposed to be irrelevant. In other words, we’re supposed to believe in human neurological uniformity.
As the Washington Post put it: "Don’t ask Fenty or Rhee whom this world-class school system will serve if low-income black residents are being evicted from his world-class city in droves."
Don’t ask the Washington Post how you’re supposed to improve schools when the average student’s IQ is barely above 80, they have no father and their neighborhood is full of crime.
Anyway, we have our answer from DC’s black population: Fenty lost.
What does this mean?
I’m not really sure.
To me, it seems that the evidence suggests that blacks don’t really want solutions to things that white people tacitly consider "black problems." Maybe they all quietly believe in HBD.
Anway, the lesson for black politicians across the country should be clear: if you want to be a successful politician in a largely black area, do not – by any means – attempt to actually solve any problems for your constituents.