Sunday, June 7, 2020

Little White City

Irony that the protests are the most virulent, violent and ongoing in cities largely not of color, Seattle, Portland, Austin.  Cities with large amounts of men, white, tech centers and of course liberals.  The average age also under 35 which lends to part of the problem, you know the same group when they put on the MAGA hat bring a gun instead.

Let me look at my former home town Seattle, a place where there even less love lost than Nashville   and that is saying something.

*** I do want to add that I went to Nashville with a purpose, finished it and left as I thought I would, it was just  way worse than I realized.  I own that ignorance with shame and rage but not street worthy in the least as that would be misdirected. Nashville will and can swim it on their own they don't need me there to tell them. ****

Seattle, Washington Population 2020
Seattle is a city located in King County, Washington. With a 2020 population of 783,137, it is the largest city in Washington and the 18th largest city in the United States. Seattle is currently growing at a rate of 2.50% annually and its population has increased by 28.67% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 608,660 in 2010. 
Spanning over 142 miles, Seattle has a population density of 9,338 people per square mile. 
The average household income in Seattle is $119,707 with a poverty rate of 11.79%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,496 per month, and the median house value is $605,200. The median age in Seattle is 35.5 years, 35.2 years for males, and 35.9 years for females. For every 100 females there are 101.7 males. 
Seattle, located in the state of Washington, is the largest city in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States and one of the fastest growing countries in the country. At the last census in 2010, the Emerald City had a population of 608,660. The Seattle metropolitan area has more than 3.5 million inhabitants, making it the 15th largest metro area in the country. 
Seattle has grown from just 1,150 people in 1870 to an estimated population of 659,000 in 2014. The Seattle metropolitan area, however, has a population of around 3.5 million people. This is more than half of Washington state's total population. The Seattle metro area includes the Seattle-Bellevue-Everett metro division and the Tacoma metro division.
Seattle Diversity and Population Statistics 
Seattle has historically had a mostly white population. While Seattle's percentage of white residents is lower than the United States as a whole and declining, it is still one of the whitest large cities in the U.S. From 1960 to 2010, the percentage of whites in Seattle has dropped from 91.6% to 66.5%. 
According to an American Community Survey, people who speak Asian languages at home account for 10% of the population, followed by Spanish at 4.5%. 
Seattle's foreign-born population has increased by 40% in ten years. Of the Asian population, 4.1% are Chinese with origins in mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. Seattle also has a large Vietnamese community with more than 30,000 Somali immigrants. The Seattle metro area is also home to one of the largest Samoan populations in the mainland United States. 
There is also a large lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender population in Seattle, which is one of the highest per capita in the country. 12.9% of Seattle citizens identify as gay, lesbian or bisexual, just behind San Francisco.
Seattle Population Growth
Seattle has been undergoing a population boom over the last decade and, according to recent Census data, it had the 14th largest population increase in the country, adding more than 12,600 residents between 2011 and 2012. 
Seattle has struggled with its population growth, and it has experienced trouble creating space for more residents. Planners in 2006 projected the population would grow an additional 200,000 by 2040, and work has been underway to construct apartment buildings to house new residents. Since 2009, the downtown area alone has experienced a growth of 77% in twenty years. 
By 2040, the larger Seattle area is expected to grow by 1.7 million people, with a total of 782,00 in Seattle proper by 2040. 
The Seattle area was inhabited by Native Americans for about 4,000 years before the first European settlements. The first European to visit the area was George Vancouver in 1792 during an expedition to chart the region. In 1851, members of the Denny Party founded the village of Dewamps, which was later renamed Seattle after Chief Sealth of the Suquamish and Duwamish tribes. Seattle was incorporated in 1865. 
Seattle's early history experienced many boom-and-bust cycles like other areas near natural and mineral resources. The first boom covered the lumber industry, although there were tensions between management and labor and ethnic tensions culminating in the anti-Chinese riots of the late 19th century. The Klondike Gold Rush caused the second boom and bust. After this, Seattle became a major center for transportation. It was during this time that American Messenger Company (which became UPS) was founded in the area. There was also a shipbuilding boom during World War I that nearly turned Seattle into a company town. 
Today, Seattle's economy is more diverse and involves several major technology companies -- including Nintendo of America and -- and biomedical corporations like Eli Lily and Company and Boston Scientific. Seattle now ranks high for the quality of living, sanitation, crime, recreation, and public services. 
Seattle Demographics
According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Seattle was:
White: 67.99%
Asian: 15.05%
Black or African American: 6.99%
Two or more races: 6.78%
Other race: 2.32%
Native American: 0.58%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.29%

Portland, Oregon has its own racist history which was covered in The Atlantic as The Whitest City in America in 2016.

And lastly another town I lived in the late 90s was Austin.  Today it is very different city than the one I lived in and again this article in the Texas Monthly may explain the more sinister reason behind the motto, Keep Austin White, whoop I mean Weird.

When you pretend to be liberal you are not, its like Libertarians who are Republicans who smoke pot and may be Gay or want porn, whatever.   I am a screaming Liberal and apparently that is believed to be akin to an Anarchist, uh no.  Those are well not Antifa or whatever they are as that seems to be a group that just shit stirs when the opportunity arises.  And then they get labeled as Outsiders who are the cause of disruption.  Another myth in protests is that of the "outsider" and again not quite true. From politics to activism and these protests currently ongoing is bullshit and like the whole sex trafficking agenda or whatever it is easy to create a false narrative and somehow a strawman argument when things go horribly wrong - see why you can't have nice things cause bad people do bad things.  It is why there are no clear leaders, centralized organization and a well planned argument with defined demands and a means to negotiate as Deray McKesson explained about BLM (but this goes with all of them from Occupy to the Gun Violence ones to the Women's movement)

‘We never want one leader … because if you kill the leader, you kill the movement’

And that is why we have what we have right now.  Unless you are willing to do the heavy lifting, to organize, channel, direct and focus with clear plans, an agenda and hitting the streets to attend every Council meeting, every planning meeting, school board meeting and vote; In turn, find candidates willing to step forward and upward this will continue.  When lovely white bastions of civility are facing unrest when none of it actually concerns them on a daily basis as they never experience it this is all for naught.  Seattle had a killing of a Native American carver years ago, it lead to the Police Department being under control of the Justice Department. The WTO Protests were insanely violently mishandled by the Police which the former Chief, Norm Stamper, deeply regrets. In the interim the city go whiter, it had a bigger drug problem so it put its energy on clearing that up, a problem largely affecting the white community.  Meanwhile the faces of color that one had a thriving community got pushed further out and in turn away. So STFU when you are in the streets what are you doing to help build Black owned business, giving them loans, advice and of course clients to grow them? Nothing.  Hell the boys on Queer Eye have done that repeatedly and given them a makeover. SNAP!   Okay then grab that cheesecake and head home.

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