Tuesday, December 30, 2008

There goes the (upscale, liberal) neighborhood

Liberals love diversity as a concept. The reality? Not so much:
ANTIOCH, Calif. (AP) - As more and more black renters began moving into this mostly white San Francisco Bay Area suburb a few years ago, neighbors started complaining about loud parties, mean pit bulls, blaring car radios, prostitution, drug dealing and muggings of schoolchildren.
In 2006, as the influx reached its peak, the police department formed a special crime-fighting unit to deal with the complaints, and authorities began cracking down on tenants in federally subsidized housing.
Now that police unit is the focus of lawsuits by black families who allege the city of 100,000 is orchestrating a campaign to drive them out.
How liberal is Antioch? It's in Contra Costa County, which went 68% for Obama. Via Sister Toldjah, who calls this a "case study" about "the perils of believing liberal do-gooders."


  1. It turns out that some narratives are harder to deconstruct...

  2. Antioch is not exactly upscale. It is actually a white collar blue collar mix, but most residents are refugees from high home prices in the closer in suburban cities of the bay area. I would not call them particularly liberal, but just regular folks who don't want to live in Oakland or the cities in the east bay that were destroyed by black influx, like San Leandro, Hayward, San Lorenzo, and, more recently, Union City and Fremont. Antioch and other cities of the northeast bay area are also refuges from massive muslim migration to the east bay cities south of Oakland. Not many San Franciscans in Antioch.