- Paperback: 378 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (6 April 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1468138537
- ISBN-13: 978-1468138535
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.2 x 22.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,507,163 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Escape from Detroit:The Collapse of America's Black Metropolis Paperback – 6 Apr 2012
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Yet perhaps its many faults are also its strengths, to an extent. There is an endearing straightforwardness and honesty about this piece of work which is rarely seen. There is no attempt to beat about the bush and shy away from telling it how it is - or at least, how the author thinks it is. Paul Kersey has a right to his opinion and he has expressed it forcibly. His assessment as to why exactly Detroit has collapsed will horrify many people. In an era in which we are all coached to believe that the various races which make up the planet are bestowed with exactly equal amounts of intelligence and powers of reason, along comes Mr Kersey who refutes that. He lays the blame for the collapse of a modern, sophisticated city like Detroit squarely on black people who now make up the overwhelming majority of its inhabitants. God forbid that he might be right in his analysis, since that comes with worrying implications for a great many cities in many countries, not least the United Kingdom. But should we condemn him for thinking the unthinkable? By all means, but at least read his book first with an open mind. It deserves to be read on our side of the Atlantic as well as in America and its conclusions deserve to be thought very carefully about, however painful that might be.
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It is the story of one of the most powerful and beautiful cities in the Country driven to the bottom of the barrel. Paul Kersey lays out the case that a city is not a function of its buildings or its location or even its politics, but its people. When a upward and far thinking people are replaced by a low I.Q. criminal people, the City becomes a horror show. The essays will open many an eye, such as the fact that even in the 50's when the city was only a small percent black, blacks accounted for 65% of the crime. Even our grandfathers and great-grandfathers were unable to deal with black crime. After the 1967 riots, the city of Detroit's fate was sealed, as Whites fled and black mayors set up what even the Detroit press calls an "African Potentate". No other city in the world, except perhaps Rome, has crashed so utterly; solely a function of Demographic shift. Loaded with articles and quotes, this book links the key causes of Detroit's utter ruin. It is not "Liberalism" or "Racism" but the people who inhabit a city that make or remake its face. The "Paris of the West", the "Arsenal of Democracy" is no more and never will be again and here is the "Why".
But putting all that aside, Kersey continuously advances a couple of propositions throughout the book. One is that black people are, as a group, incapable of governing themselves with any effectiveness. And from this theory comes the assertion that any city that becomes predominantly black is doomed to fail. For evidence he offers statistics and stories (heavily footnoted) from numerous cities, mostly Detroit of course, which he cites as the worst but by no means only example of urban decay. Is he right? Sadly, I think he is. But read the book and decide for yourself.
Kersey is just telling the truth as he sees it. Surprisingly that is not a valued approach. The preferred approach is to discuss a problem that looks like it comes from bad black behavior and explain how that that is an illusion - that it is really the white man's behavior. This switcheroo is very valued by the liberal press and the PC intelligentsia. It is considered an important and noble skill to be able to attribute bad black behavior to whites. Alas Kersey doesn't have this skill. If he sees a mob of black teens assaulting a lone white woman he will attribute it to the character (or lack thereof) of the blacks not some distant effect of white racism from the past.
There is a lot of money in the excusing black crime business. White people enjoy feeling that they - like Michael Jackson in his music video - are "Bad". They like to attribute every storm to "global warming". They like to attribute every rape by a black thug to "the legacy of slavery". Kersey justs reports bad black behavior as bad black behavior.
Let's understand Kersey's insight. Most newspapers won't mention race for the more brutal crimes. They want to hide the fact that 13% of the population (blacks) causes most of the murders and rapes. Blacks commit well over seven times as many violent crimes per capita as whites. And they tend to be the most nasty and brutal of the violent crimes. The fact that a sliver of the whole population is responsible for most of the worst crime is covered up. The mass media lie to the public by concealing parts of the truth. They promote an agenda in which race isn't important. But it is important and the public increasingly knows it.
What is a rational response to blacks moving into your neighborhood? The PC liberal answer is to do nothing. Just wait while the blacks with more and better education become more civilized. But of course that's nonsense. Education hasn't helped. Blacks are relatively immune to education. The rational response to blacks in your neighborhood is flight. Those who ran first did best. Those who tarried got caught in a cesspool - like downtown Detroit.
Kersey is of course a racist. That wouldn't bother anyone if he were a black racist like Al Sharpton or a Hispanic racist like Villarosa. But Kersey is a white racist and must be therefore opposed and discounted.
There are many books available on Amazon that deal with the crumbling of Detroit, many of them are just picture books that display the ruins. Several others spin elaborate theories about how some outside force or some unexpected consequence of the white power structure brought down the city. But the simple truth is that no American city has been able to withstand the change from a predominately white population to a predominately black one without massive consequences. That's the truth and you know it.
As a book, this one isn't very well written or edited. I think this is an early effort. I expect his subsequent books to be more polished.