Friday, October 15, 2010

Part Two: How white flight brought down the economy

PART TWO of my series, How did the American Left lose the working classes?




I drove down to Woodruff Road and decided to check out the Goodwill Store. (As my regular readers know, I love snooping around in the Goodwill.)

Although I had seen a plethora of DeMint and Haley bumper stickers on my drive down, it is notable I saw none in the Goodwill parking lot. I saw Our Lady of Guadalupe, of whom I am very fond. I saw her about five times, even more than usual.

Keeping this series of posts in mind, I counted. Three white people in the whole place. All three whites were at least over 40; one was a quite-ancient, wise-appearing old man perusing the used book-bin, carefully inspecting the tossed-aside Tom Clancy and Robert Ludlum thrillers. The other two had grandchildren in tow and seemed to be shopping for them, too.

The signs are now in Spanish and English, and several announcements were made in Spanish. (The music was a neutral oldies radio station, although I imagine that will also change in the future.) I was instantly reminded of the thrift store I went to in suburban Atlanta last year (see my souvenir photo above), in which I was the only white person in the whole store, the signs only in Spanish. And this was in Newt Gingrich's old district, where some of the houses start at half-a-million dollars (or did, before the economy tanked). Where do these folks live? -- I wondered. And then I realized, they live in one of the many apartment complexes dotting Cobb County, just as I live in a similar one here in Greenville County. They work for the people who live in the half-million-dollar homes, just as I also do.

After my visit to the suburban-Atlanta thrift store, we went over to the Barnes and Noble. I was immediately struck by the fact that these businesses were not very far apart in terms of mileage, but are light-years apart in terms of culture and economics. The Barnes and Noble was practically an all-white enclave, only a few miles from the thrift store, an all-Latino enclave.

And today, after leaving the Goodwill, I drove only a mile or so to Whole Foods.

Again, the shock of leaving a heavily-Latino enclave, driving a short distance, and entering an all-white one.

Why are we segregating ourselves?

I know for a fact (see link above) that poor (and some middle-class and bohemian-type) white people love digging through second-hand cast-offs as much as I do. I have been visiting yard sales and thrift stores my whole life, and white people have always been very well-represented.

So, what's going on?

~*~

Today, I saw workers replacing the carpet in another apartment unit in my building. Latino men, speaking Spanish and hammering nails, waved to me as I left. Latino men take care of the grounds, too. (When we moved here, the grounds crew were all black men, and the fellows laying the carpet were also black.)

Me and Mr Daisy often joke we will be the last white people left in the complex. Our apartment faces the woods and golf course, as I have written before, and we like living in this little pocket of quiet that we have been lucky to find in such a busy area. Whenever we seriously consider moving, we are never satisfied with houses that are RIGHT ON THE STREET; we have gotten rather spoiled living back here in our private little spot facing the woods, away from traffic and other suburban hoopla. Even though we are only about two blocks from I-85, we hear the occasional siren or Harley-Davidson, but not much else.

When we moved here, the population of the apartment complex seemed to mirror that of South Carolina at large, which was fine with us. (One of the main reasons we moved here was that the schools were supposed to be the best, in a county where the schools historically have left quite a lot to be desired.) I'd say it was about 25-30% African-American; the state of SC is about 1/3 African-American in total.

But we have stayed, and the other white people haven't. Where'd they go? We looked around one day, and saw that the vast majority of our neighbors were black or immigrants (Asian and Latino). The white people who remain are usually older (like us), or very young and newly employed at nearby Michelin or BMW (the Asian engineers walk to Michelin from here; while the whites all drive). We hardly see any white families with children; I was stunned to see ONLY children of color getting off the school bus in front of the apartment gate recently.

Okay, where are the white people? What's going on?

They bought houses, they got divorced, they moved away, etc. But don't People of Color do all of those things, too?

We are self-segregating.

And here it is: self-segregating costs money.

As I have intently studied the local real estate market, houses-for-sale, condos-for-rent, etc etc etc, the truth hit me with considerable force:

I can tell WHO lives in a neighborhood by the price.

Whiteness runs about $200-300 a month. That is the price of whiteness. The same-size apartment in a heavily-minority apartment complex is about $200-300 LESS than in an all-white or mostly-white complex. In terms of real estate: the same-size house, in more or less the same condition, might run you as much as $50,000 more in a mostly-white neighborhood than in a black neighborhood. Fact.

Me and Mr Daisy joke that the popular real estate expression "Location, Location, Location" is code for "White location."

How much did this whole Wall Street foreclosure-crisis have to do with white flight? Are we allowed to talk about that?

Why WERE people living so far beyond their means, anyway? When we hear the Fox News stories (beware the source), we are given to understand that it's them clueless minorities who couldn't do the math and understand that their mortgage was too high. (((shakes head dismissively in haughty Fox News manner))) Tsk tsk, what do you expect?

But I am officially rewriting that version here:

The mortgage crisis was caused, in large part, by poor white people who were fleeing Mexicans and Blacks in rental properties.
I know this because they moved away from MY apartment complex, bought pricey DeMint-district McMansions, and then went financially belly-up, in short order.

Why should we bail out white people who were running away from The Bad People? I resent doing that, since I didn't run away. Why am I footing the bill for the people who did? (After the Revolution, when I am Minister of Finance, we will be checking up on the REASONS you moved in the first place, before rescuing your mathematically-challenged, now-flat-broke white ass. Ha.)

We have to face the fact that racism is killing the working classes, rendering them/us easily manipulated by real-estate hucksters and Whole Foods and every other damn thing.

And keeping us ALL (of all colors) from joining together to SEE CLEARLY what is going on.

There is a REASON the Tea Party is largely composed of angry white people; they are the ones who did as they were told. They moved away from the Bad People, they moved where they were told to move and bought what they were told to buy... and HEY! They got fucked. How'd THAT happen? No wonder they are damned pissed. But instead of examining the ideology of capitalism (a cornerstone of which is: MUST BUY HOUSE! RENTERS ARE TACKY!), they swallow it whole, and keep on swallowing.

"You know what capitalism is? Getting fucked!"--Tony Montana

~*~

The American Left, as we established in Part One, is now itself a wholly-owned subsidiary of the ruling class. It is that segment of the ruling class that is (at best) interested and involved in justice and/or (at worst) wants to FEEL GOOD (even morally superior) about themselves. And a discussion of racism in everyday life, which is what segregation IS, is not something they are eager to have, since it is also part and parcel of the life they lead.

Because affluent liberals have the money to ignore the actual market-price of whiteness I listed above, they don't readily SEE it. To the liberal ruling class, segregation is invisible. It just IS. They want to live in XYZ neighborhood/village/subdivision/condo development because it's a cool place to live and they don't see that as any sort of racist act, and how dare you suggest such a thing. It is simply what they want, the way they want a new car stereo, a new computer, a new car. And a new house. The fact that someone BUILT that house, that computer, that car, is immaterial to them. It's something they must have; their identity depends on it (more about this phenomenon, first addressed by Herbert Marcuse and Christopher Lasch, in future posts).

Thus, segregation is totally invisible to them. Certainly, they don't believe they actively participate in segregation, even if pressed to admit they live in an all-white area. It just happened that way, that's all. Economically, segregation is not something they are forced to think about, so they don't.

And to these white people (to any privileged whites), segregation means: How many People of Color to ALLOW IN. It's already understood that they are coming from an all-white perspective, an all-white neighborhood, an all-white place. They aren't running from anybody. As privileged whites, they are there already. They already occupy the protected place the non-privileged whites are TRYING TO GET TO, the safe place that is sought after and coveted.

And for this reason, the liberal classes did not see the white flight-factor in the economic collapse. If they did, they excused it. But I am of the opinion that none actually realized the impetus for the stampede of cheap mortgages, at the same time anti-immigrant fervor exponentially increased. Because: For privileged whites, immigration is about who to employ as a nanny or yard worker. For non-privileged whites, immigration is about who is going to live next door to you.

Since the American Left ignores their own racial segregation (due to the profusion of leftists from bourgeois backgrounds), they ignore everyone else's, too. They have therefore ignored one of the primary reasons (and one of the primary motivations) for the cheap mortgages.

TO sum up: A bunch of rich industrialists bring in Latinos to work on the cheap. First they bring them in by the thousands...and then, by the millions... all while abdicating responsibility and pretending that these poverty-stricken folks are just hopping fences and swimming the Rio Grande on their own. Then, they find them apartments to live in, right next to white people, while they also employ them (very cheaply) to do upkeep on the grounds and lay carpets. The buildings fill up with spicy, strange odors and Our Lady of Guadalupe on the door; lots of brown-skinned children and women cursing at the kids in Spanish.

Don't be alarmed!--the rich to the rescue again. You don't like these people and their taco-smells? We have a cheap mortgage for YOU! Like magic, you will be transported OUT of that hell-hole, and you will be among people like yourself again.

And yes, the miracle-mortgages were marketed JUST LIKE THAT, only just a tad more respectable.

For years I have received their cheapie direct-mail advertisements for basement-rate mortgages, addressed to everyone in the apartment complex... usually stunning photo-shopped postcards of glimmering white houses that look like they are in Malibu, rather than in the upstate.

These postcards ask, in large dramatic block lettering: TIRED OF APARTMENT LIVING?

Now, why would you be tired of apartment living? Owning your own home makes you far more TIRED than calling up maintenance, let me assure you.

I think they were actually asking something else. Location, location, location.

~*~

To be continued!

48 comments:

sheila said...

Wow, this is really a GREAT post Daisy! Well thought out, well written and so true! You nailed this!

Jon said...

Yep. Nailed it.

chaos said...

are we seeking familiarity or is it just a habit to want bigger better more stuff that is mine? Does being surrounded by people that look like us make us feel grounded?

I say we because 'we' all do it in one instance or another...with people or things.

I know I personally feel unsettled that a few of my neighbors speak english as a second language but this is only because of my own insecurites of being misunderstood and of not understanding

I must go think more on this and do my own post.

John Powers said...

You may have seen them already but the photo set of maps by Eric Fischer Race and Ethnicity is an impressive visual representation of data. Being Flickr it was interesting to see how folks had tagged the Pittsburgh map. I'm going to look to see if there's a map of Greenville.

JoJo said...

I haven't read your whole post yet, but I want to just respond to the last couple lines about 'tired of apartment living' vs. homeownership. Yes, it's definitely more tiring owning the home, but you don't get any tax deductions when you rent. We used to owe a lot of taxes every April b/f we bought our townhouse in California. We've gotten refunds since then. We don't get a child tax credit, so we have to take what we can get. :)

I'll be back later to read the rest. :)

John Powers said...

Sorry for always being OT, but yesterday you said you were looking for Marcuse "One Dimension Man." So I gather you're thinking of other cultural trends. So as sort of a bookend to this post Bruce Sterling's Reboot11 talk is interesting. About going into a depression with GenXers in charge among other things. I find it best to download the video--might as well use the lowest resolution and just listen.

risa said...

Woo. DD, you're onto something BIG here.

risa said...

JoJo, once we're in, we get perks. Renters are supposed to, y'know, stay poor. Broadly speaking.

Sevesteen said...

I think crime is a bigger worry, and a bigger cause of current white flight than race. (I can't speak to historical white flight, I wasn't around at the time) The crime may be more imagined than real--but whatever large city I've been near has had neighborhoods where whites are told to avoid after dark, or in some cases avoid entirely because of the high risk of attack. I don't know if these claims are true, I'm not inclined to find out myself.

I had a great-aunt who was a wonderful person...and a racist. Hers is one of the few cases of racism I'm willing to forgive. My Great-uncle was a candy maker, and they ran a candy shop from the time he came back from WWII. The business was strong until white flight, and still decent when they retired in the early 1980's...after the third or fourth armed robbery. Because of the crime rate in the neighborhood, they sold the building, business, inventory and all equipment to make the candy for less than a year's income.

From my Aunt's point of view, they were never robbed by white people, never robbed until the neighborhood was mostly black. Although her experience left her bigoted, it was the crime she moved away from, not the race. If the same things had happened in an all-white neighborhood, they still would have left.

I would not want to live in most ghettos--but I don't want to live in the equivalent poor white areas either. I don't think that's racist--I'm fine living in an integrated neighborhood.

...which brings up another point--racism is more prevalent, or at least more likely to be open among the poor.

DaisyDeadhead said...

Sevesteen: which brings up another point--racism is more prevalent, or at least more likely to be open among the poor.

Wrong, wrong, wrong.

As for "more open": The rich can just stay away from whoever they want to stay away from, as I said, and have no interactions with them AT ALL--an option not available to the poor. That makes the rich isolated and therefore they never have to discuss race, think about it, interrogate their own motives or deal with people (of whatever race)they choose not to deal with. Poor white people don't have that option, so you are treated to their opinions about who they have to live next to, since they do not have the option of pretending they do not exist.

That's the major difference.

Sevesteen said...

I wasn't talking rich vs. poor, I don't know anyone I would consider rich. I was more comparing the middle class, Midwestern small town people I associate with, compared to the Midwestern slightly poor. Of whatever race.

chaos said...

Daisy, this book/essay might help...
"Citizenship and the Problem of Desire in the Postwar Labor and Civil Rights Movements," in Mark Carnes, ed., The Columbia History of Post-World War II America (Columbia University Press, June, 2007)

http://bit.ly/9PiJ2c

Becky said...

Living in a rapidly disintegrating but never rich neighborhood (literally - the housing stock falls apart when left unoccupied for a length of time)I can tell you that poor and close to it people judge more on whether one looks after their kids, mows the lawn, shovels sidewalks, or is a total slob, rather than skin color, ethic group, etc. although a description may be employed in conversation as a matter of clarification(the family in 34...you mean the Puerto Ricans?...yeah).

This small 2 block street has families that are white, American black, Somali, Burmese, Korean, and a growing Puerto Rican community, a smattering of mideasterners, along with a Catholic Church merged with a large Vietnamese Catholic church/community center (in an effort to keep it from being shuttered). We all get along, although not necessarily close. dog!

It's more likely to be owners and long time tenants vs transient bad tenants than by any other grouping...and City vs Suburb...can't forget that...which goes back to your very accurate post.

southcarolinaboy said...

LOVE the whole post, but this bit most:

"There is a REASON the Tea Party is largely composed of angry white people; they are the ones who did as they were told. They moved away from the Bad People, they moved where they were told to move and bought what they were told to buy... and HEY! They got fucked. How'd THAT happen? No wonder they are damned pissed. But instead of examining the ideology of capitalism (a cornerstone of which is: MUST BUY HOUSE! RENTERS ARE TACKY!), they swallow it whole, and keep on swallowing."

Beleck3 said...

i live in the house i grew up in. due to integration/school of the 60's, all the whites left. most whites left by the early 70's. talk about being a minority . the irony of being the only white in my old neighborhood is not nice. i wish it was more integrated. i'd like to not feel so "odd"/white. the only white, like i'm the block buster.

white people moved to get away from being told where and who they could live with. the whole purpose of integration just backfired. maybe that's why the LEFT fell apart.

the best laid plans can go really really screwy.

Jim said...

"We are self-segregating."

And always have been. DDH, you know that in Ohio if a town could afford one Catholic Church, it would have two, one for the Irish and Italians and one for the germans and Poles.

In Kansas City there used to be clearly delineated ethnic neighborhoods. Actually it was white flight to the suburbs that mixed these peole together.

White flight has fucked the country, and not just in racial ways - I am thinking of tract hosing and urban sprawl, though that wsas still better than the old social divisions in the city. It was really motivated by a desire to get out of the cramped urban neighborhoods most white ethnics had grown up in, because now they could afford more - just not an upscale place in their cities. The white flight fleeing incoming balck residents came later, after there was room in those neighborhoods for black people to move into.

I get it that this does not apply to the South -p your exa,ples are from the South but that is not the limit of your focus.

For my money the influx of Mexicans and central Americans will deconstruct the racial divide in the South more than anything else. No more two-way stand-off when any two of the three can team up on the odd man out. Plus, it will make both white and black Southerners realize how much the resemble each other, compared to the newcomers. That may not be a completely benign development, I realize.

Laci the Chinese Crested said...

This policy of flight and expansion is a very weird phenomenon in the US since the problems usually end up following the migrations. Additionally, mixing of economic classes makes for a vigourous community: especially for those wealthy folks. As you pointed out, where do the people who work in those rich homes live? There is a sentiment against public transportation since it brings the riff-raff into those cozy safe havens.

You might find these post of mine about inequality of interest.

Anonymous said...

my ex-wife's mother is a peruvian indian who came to new york city with her husband and infant child in 1965. they moved to washington heights right away. they certainly would not have been able to bear the cost of "white living" (even back then), but WHITE LIVING WASN'T AT ALL WHAT THEY WANTED. the shift from a small mountain town in peru to new york city is extreme, so it's no surprise that they sought comfort in familiarity.

"We are self-segregating." i couldn't agree more, and the context of race, labor, and political affiliation you give perfectly illuminates. but when an immigrant moves to a foreign city and finds a neighborhood where people speak the same language -- isn't that self-segregation as well?

the self-segregation you write about is obviously problematic. but is there not self-segregation that is organic, and not founded in fear?

i've never come accross your blog before. this post was piercing and brilliant. thank you. i'm off to read your old stuff!

Monica Roberts said...

I watched it happen to my SW Houston side neighborhood within a three year period in the early 90's.

When I moved into my complex in 1991 it was 60% white, 20% Black, 15% Latino and about 5% Asian along with the neighborhood. It had a thriving mall with two major anchor stores just two blocks down the street and two thriving strip malls with major retailers in them.

Two years later my complex was Black and Latino, the movie theater in the mall had closed and half the retailers abandoned it.

Why? Whites were fleeing my neighborhood because it was becoming 'too ethnic' to go into Fort Bend County.

No Sevesteen, 'crime' is not what's driving white flight. Fear of a Black or Latino neighbor is.

White flight is triggered by just 8% of a neighborhood becoming Black or Latino. In other words, if you have a 100 home subdivision, just 8 Black or Latino families moving is is enough to start the mass exodus out of it.

If crime was a factor, there'd be more than a few all white neighborhoods that people would be flocking at warp speed to leave because of the crime rates

Too many times 'crime' is used by whites as a euphemism to cover up the fact they don't want to live in an integrated neighborhood, and it irritates the hell out of POC's when we hear that BS.

DavidByron said...

Oh. You also seemed to hint (in part one) that criticism of religion was a bad or somehow elitist thing to do. That's not the case. In America religion is used to attack socialism and communism. In many respects the capitalist / anti-socialism *is* America's religion and America's Christianity is a degenerate form of that religion. Remember that the pledge of allegiance was re-written specifically to attack socialism.

This poster dates from 1911, an era when you presumably feel the Left was more in touch with the workers. Note its view of religion ("We fool you").

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Anti-capitalism_color-2.jpg

DavidByron said...

You have a interesting theory there (about who is buying the bad mortgages) but is there any data to support it? (I don't know if there is or not)

DaisyDeadhead said...

David, I separated your comment into two, and responded on the other thread, then you posted again. Sorry about that. I'm trying to keep the two threads separate!

I got them out of order, too. So let me reply to your question: nope, no data, but hoping some intrepid data-head will step forward and volunteer!

David: This poster dates from 1911, an era when you presumably feel the Left was more in touch with the workers.

((sigh))


The Left WAS the workers. That is my whole point. They were all speaking the same basic language.

I hope you know the difference between working class atheists preaching to their own kinfolk and neighbors (my mother was one, for instance) and educated lefty atheist snobs preaching to their inferiors, which is what the left is now?

I have written here before about the light-years of difference between (examples) Will Rogers or Mark Twain, once perceived as "of the people"--their atheism regarded (and therefore tolerated) as that of the village atheist and/or cranky uncle... and today's Christopher Hitchens and Richard Dawkins from snooty Oxford looking down on the idiots they are obviously so superior to. (Atheism has its own image problems these days with no working class atheists in high places.)

NOTICE:
Let's keep all further comments about part one, on part one's thread... PLEASE.

On another note; hello Laci and Monica! So great to see you both here.

Sevesteen said...

As I said, the crime may be more imagined than real. May also be self-fulfilling--because people expect the whites and businesses to leave once there are too many of the wrong people, the whites and businesses leave before it is too late.

And maybe I don't know what I'm talking about. My small town is over 90% white--there aren't enough minorities to fill a neighborhood.I was in my mid 20's before I saw evidence of racism that wasn't stereotypical shit-kicking uneducated hicks. Blacks tend to cluster in one end of town--it's well above 8%, but I don't think anywhere is over 1/3 black. There are barely enough Hispanics in town to count--My wife's family is probably close to half of them. What I know about big city racism is all second hand.

davi said...

i think Auster said it the best: in a multicultural "utopia" the more racial problems are created by liberal race policies, the more racist whites are considered.

QueenKnitter said...

This is the first post of yours I've read, DDA, but we are from the same neck of the woods -- geographically and ideologically.

I hadn't connected these dots previously, but yeah, I think you're right. I've been working on connecting similar dots from the last century -- up to and including a little bastion of racism at 1700 Wade Hampton.

This town is a total mess -- something that DeMint and his minions would never admit. The whole state is a mess.

Anyway, I just wanted to connect here and cheer you on. While I'm a homeowner in a neighborhood that is more diverse than any I've ever lived in (that includes Detroit and Bloomington, Indiana), I see the macro perspective similarly.

DaisyDeadhead said...

QueenK, I once knew a priest who resolutely refused to call it a college or university, simply referring to "those buildings over on Wade Hampton"--LOL. You made me think of that!

Thanks so much for your comment! :)

And Anon, I rarely get called piercing and brilliant, so you made my whole month. Thank you.

Seo Company Hampshire said...

Excellent news. I'm aware of that getting to this point has been a lot of hard work, but it is very appreciated!

harrietsdaughter said...

Dead on. I'd recommend this book, especially for those that believe blacks (or other poc) "cluster" in one part of town:
http://books.google.com/books?id=0jQtLcwuOLkC&printsec=frontcover&dq=as+long+as+they+don't+move+next+door&source=bl&ots=dIKGyMlD3F&sig=zwgLE6wo0NQOVEXIlxpq4tPlsNA&hl=en&ei=hEjCTPrVGcP-nAeb5eThCQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=3&ved=0CCYQ6AEwAg#v=onepage&q&f=false

harrietsdaughter said...

Sorry about that obnoxiously long url. Here's a better one: http://tinyurl.com/32lqgd8

The book is "As Long as They Don't Move Next Door: Segregation and Racial Conflict in America's Neighborhoods" by Stephen Grant Meyer.

JoyfulA said...

Re neighborhood integration, my urban sociology course, circa 1970, said that where whites and blacks both wanted an integrated neighborhood, their concept of what an integrated neighborhood looked like didn't match. I forget the percentages, but it runs something like this: Whites see an integrated neighborhood as 20% black, which looks like a white neighborhood to blacks; blacks see 40% black as integrated, but by that point it looks like a black neighborhood to whites, who've begun leaving. Residential integration seemed impossible.

These days, I see some well-to-do neighborhoods that are much more intricately integrated than black and white, with several types of Asians and Hispanics and Africans---impossible combinations 40 years ago. But of course, they're not socioeconomically integrated.

Will Shetterly said...

Not denying that the Tea Party folks are all kinds of confused, but an important data point for you: they're not the poor whites. On average, they're richer than the general population. Now, it's true they're not the ruling class, for the most part...

But it's also worth remembering that the polls say the Tea Party is about 6% black.

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I haven't read your whole post yet, but I want to just respond to the last couple lines about 'tired of apartment living' vs. homeownership.

Medicine Of Herbal said...

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Nature-Pills said...

JoJo, once we're in, we get perks. Renters are supposed to, y'know, stay poor. Broadly speaking.

mainelyequal said...

Excellent news. I'm aware of that getting to this point has been a lot of hard work, but it is very appreciated!

Nancy Lebovitz said...

That's a very interesting angle about the cost of white flight, but I'm not sure how much of the mortgage crisis/financial disaster for white people it created.

The banksters (I believe not all the banks were deep into this) were selling all the unrepayable mortgages they could because those mortgages could be made to look sound and resold.

I don't know how many of the bad mortgages were sold to white people who were looking for white neighborhoods, how many to people who believed that buying the most expensive house they could was an investment plan because the price would assuredly go up, how many to people of color (though if they were moving to whiter neighborhoods, that would increase white flight), and how many were sold to people who were buying as many houses as possible in the hopes of reselling them.

sinhui said...

I haven't read your whole post yet, but I want to just respond to the last couple lines about 'tired of apartment living' vs. homeownership. Yes, it's definitely more tiring owning the home, but you don't get any tax deductions when you rent. We used to owe a lot of taxes every April b/f we bought our townhouse in California. We've gotten refunds since then. We don't get a child tax credit, so we have to take what we can get. :)

beritatoday said...

I get it that this does not apply to the South -p your exa,ples are from the South but that is not the limit of your focus.

For my money the influx of Mexicans and central Americans will deconstruct the racial divide in the South more than anything else. No more two-way stand-off when any two of the three can team up on the odd man out. Plus, it will make both white and black Southerners realize how much the resemble each other, compared to the newcomers. That may not be a completely benign development, I realize.

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