I grew up in Gary and recently visited this disaster. Since the film at the bottom of this post brings up race I might say Richard G. Hatcher did in fact bring his brand of racism to the city under the guise of equality.
The federal government and their housing practices, making demands on whites selling their homes, to make unreasonable upgrades under FHA rules.
And yes, white real estate people also played into this “white flight” through scare tactics which are illegal but made people not qualified to sell anything star “sales people” in the real estate business. Listings was like taking orders for a hot commodity. And just like the Fannie/Freddie debacle we’ve seen with the financial meltdown of 2008 the lady who purchased my mothers home did so with $50 down, the balance on loan.
Territorial expansion may have helped but economic planning could have been diverted if you had a mayor that really cared about Gary but was too busy traveling, particularly with frequent trips to the Virgin Islands. When Dutch elm disease hit Gary the federal government supplied equipment and millions of dollars to contend with the problem via tree removal. That money quietly disappeared for a different purpose and urban economics was not one of them.
I also remember the hatred and violence that ensued with the election of Hatcher. Why would whites wish to stay in a city engulfed in threats to property and life with a mayor who quietly promoted it? Certainly people were willing to give up their property and upend their lives to escape for something better and safer. Hatcher wanted Gary turned over to the black citizens lock, stock and barrel and worked feverishly to that end. There is no mystery here, and territory expansion is not an excuse. Take a look at the photos here –>> Urban Exploration: Gary, Indiana – Ghost Town which tell a story unto itself as a supplement to the film below.
On my trip through Gary, Lew Wallace H.S., once known for higher education and a model in Gary and the USA, is now closed and merely lurking in the snowy climate. Expanded since my days one really has to wonder if that was necessary with dwindling class sizes compared to a graduating class of 511 in 1967 and standards to academic adherence that could never be met today. The new caretakers under Richard G. Hatcher wanted power but couldn’t handle that and they attached greed with total mismanagement and blamed the steel economy. It’s always someone else’s fault. Some things never would change in Gary. Did I say corruption?
My home was “intact” but the garage was gone, the huge backyard maple tree gone, and the white picket fence gone! No, I didn’t take any pictures but my mood was one of gloom and sadness as I drove up and down streets getting from one destination to another. I drove past my brother’s home in the Morningside area which was still standing but the house next door (on the corner) once occupied by pathologists has given in to ply wood window treatments and is abandoned.
Gary, Indiana where my very large church was burned to the ground and my priest beaten to a pulp with baseball bats by four thugs – two men, two women – and for a paltry $2 and an old wrist watch. The perpetrators were not white. My grandmothers home, once of the first built in East Glen Park, had been burned to the ground also and has been replaced with an overgrown empty lot.
It actually took me several days to recover from this short day trip. I expected as much but to see it in person didn’t leave me speechless (surprise) but I won’t print my exact feelings here.
Gary was a terrific town to live in but people wanted something they couldn’t afford and Hatcher used federal law to accommodate them. The current mayor is as corrupt and ignorant as any before him, white or black, although this time they elected a female. I carefully listened to her speak and she doesn’t have a grip on reality or a genuine plan.
Politicians work for their own survival and blame others when things don’t go well. Richard G. Hatcher has no further to look than his own face in a mirror. Now teaching law at Valparaiso University he is still blaming everyone else for what he helped initiate. Hatcher’s failed “Black Utopia”, indeed.
And to the IUN professor and the producer in the film concerning danger – the statistics don’t lie so quit making excuses and calling it “racism.” The money that has continued to “disappear” is what we in economics call – good money chasing bad. Ask the politicians and hear the lie.
Racism in any fashion is poison to society. We used the term “reverse racism” and Hatcher turned it into an art form. Racism has now hit the highest echelons of government, particularly in the White House and Attorney General’s office.
Hope and Change – where have we heard that before? Stagnant promises and more lies. Develop your own hope and change – G.O.Y.A!
I encourage you to spend some time (1.5 hours) watching the well done documentary below. I will update with some comments I’ve made with friends concerning this post and the film as updates.
I never liked Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) as he’s a loud mouth RINO and a liar. Now I like him even less.
You see, Mr. Corker is now joined at the hip with two Marxists from the Democrat party – Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) in his zeal for a new gas tax now that private industry has succeeded in lowering the cost of a gallon of gasoline as well as the price of oil.
Politician generally create an environment that destroys jobs through the regulation and tax process. They rarely do anything that enhances the ability of private industry to create jobs, expand, create economy and increase profits which generally lead to reinvestment and more jobs.
Nancy Pelosi is so bold she doesn’t think the average consumer will even notice a hike in gas taxes or the price at the pump.
“If there’s ever going to be an opportunity to raise the gas tax, the time when gas prices are so low — oil prices are so low — is the time to do it,” she explained.
Your Federal government wishes to do for you what OPEC can’t. Competition makes the world go round and economies not politicians.
But wait, there is an excuse for higher gasoline taxes. Remember Obama’s shovel ready jobs, the one’s where hundreds of orange barrels show up blocking lanes to your highway with warning signs concerning worker safety? One problem is I have yet to see the workers or equipment.
Whoa’s me – the infrastructure is crumbling, the bridges are falling, the potholes are growing, airport runways are dangerous and need repair.
Mr. Corker adds that we are:
“…just stealing from future generations out of the general funds to pay for infrastructure because Congress is going to fund infrastructure but not in the appropriate way.”
Newsflash to Corker: you bastards have been stealing our money for decades, let’s examine social security and it’s so-called trust fund.
At 18.4 cents and $34 billion annually one would think there is plenty of money to go around so states can repair their “crumbling” infrastructures.” One major problem is this money is never devoted to just infrastructure, it finds it’s way into bankrupt projects like California’s high-speed railway which is setting records each day for overruns.
While the Marxist-in-Chief, Barack Obama, touts the fact he will veto any bill approving the XL Pipeline which will further lower gas prices and create thousands of jobs at zero taxpayer expense he wants $100 billion for infrastructure. Pelosi and Durbin are vehemently against the pipeline also.
One solution would be to use tax money more efficiently while not robbing from other sources to fund pet projects doomed to failure. Lower taxes and really watch the economy approve and the creation of jobs.
Politicians like to take credit for lower gas prices although they have nothing to do with this American success story while at the same time they plot to increase taxes which will destroy the goose laying the golden eggs.
So-called economics professor Jonathan Gruber from MIT and architect of RomneyCare and ObamaCare has been outed describing the “stupidity” of the American voter and how transparency would have killed the Affordable Care Act.
In fact there are now three videos demonstrating how vile Gruber is and how he thinks a Democracy within the framework of a Constitutional Republic is old news and worthless. He also believes Obamacare is good medicine for the American public, and they’re too stupid to realize it.
Of course, with the bills hit the door, the penalties for not applying triple, deductibles and other out of pocket expenses increase exponentially outrage begins supplanting stupidity. And those pesky doctors who begin refusing to see Medicare and Medicaid patients because they have the audacity to expect payment for services rendered. My goodness, the nerve.
The transparency and stupid has gone viral on the Internet and is being shown on non-Lefty television which puts that in a very low percentage. But Video #2 is out now. Referring to the so-called “Cadillac tax” on high-end health plans, he said:
“They proposed it and that passed, because the American people are too stupid to understand the difference.” (Click video below)
“I can’t even get past the irony to get to the arrogance.”
Is this really a “smoking gun,” though, or just confirmation about the nature of progressive elitists? Anyway you slice it, this is still a fait accompli.
In the end around 53% of American voters are uninformed, lazy and stupid. After all, they voted for Barack Obama twice!