JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: ARTICLE ON HOW LOCAL AMERICAN GOVERNMENTS USED TO USE INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS TO REINFORCE SEGREGATION – TRUE BUT IT LEAVES OUT SOME UNPLEASANT DETAILS   Leave a comment

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE BY JOHNNY MILLER IN THE GUARDIAN

Roads to nowhere: how infrastructure built on American inequality
From highways carved through thriving ‘ghettos’ to walls segregating black and white areas, US city development has a long and divisive history

There is truth here.

I grew up in Chicago. I knew Detroit fairly well.

However, as is the common practice with these kinds of examinations, it is incomplete.

Not many British people will be familiar with some of the harshest facts.

In the late 1950s and into the 1960s, it was not uncommon for gangs of kids from the Black Ghetto’s pry up manhole (sewer) covers and roll them to a pedestrian overpass and then send it crashing down onto the road to perhaps hit a car.

As one commentator said at the time, it was just beyond belief, the people doing such a thing didn’t know or care whether Mrs. Martin Luther King was in a passing car.

And just so, mindless violence. As in those ghetto neighborhoods with their countless shootings and stabbings.

That is what creating physical barriers was about, not just an instinctive dislike of black people. It was about fear of violence.

By the way, the manhole cover fad ended when chain-link tunnels were built above all pedestrian overpasses.

As for the general violence, just check out the statistics for places like Chicago and Detroit.

https://heyjackass.com/category/2017-stats/

Posted February 22, 2018 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

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