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August 21, 2007


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I can vouch for the radioactivity of Putnam's article. Apparently nobody did more hand wringing on this one than Putnam himself.

The liberal hand-wringing fest is in full view from my front stoop.

You see, I live in one of those so called urban diverse neighborhoods that all my crunchy ****** pals have been using to counter Putnam's thesis.

"But I live in a gloriously diverse neighborhood where blah, blah..."

But is it? Or are they holding on their reconstructed racial narratives that give them power and priveledge?

Take a look with me from my stoop.

Yes, we have chocolates, and cremes, and nut filled, and maybe we bump into each other here and there at restaurants or the Shop-n-Pay, schools, and parks, but the body politic is awfully darn segregated.

See the rich white folks in the condos over there? They don't even like kids. We don't even walk on their fancy lawn.

That Puerto Rican family next door in the duplex have a big party every weekend in the summer but I have never seen a black or white person crack open a Bud with them.

Behind us is an apartment building of filled with white activists, artists, and those insufferable goofy ass cultural creative types. They only talk to other folks if they are handing about a protest flyer.

See that old grumpy guy with the chihuahua? He is the president of the neighborhood association. A bag of marshmallows has more diversity than those geezers.

Oh, its not all bad. Take a look at my park round the way. The kids and dogs mix it up.

Kids and dogs. What does that tell you?

They are the only ones keeping it real.

Yeah, Mr. Putnam, I got your social capital right here.

Albert Ruesga

I recall being on a bus tour of DC many years back during a national conference. As we passed through one especially blighted neighborhood, our tour guide commented that thanks to development efforts, “people [were] beginning to move back.” There were, of course, people already living in the area. They just happened to be mostly poor and black. I assumed our guide was referring to an uptick in the neighborhood census numbers, but her words gave me pause. That same neighborhood is currently in the “immiscible” state you describe in your comment.

All the diversity trainings in the world aren’t going to get us past the immiscibility, the misconstruals, the things said that are better charged to the head than the heart. I glimpse the new Eden every now and then, in a neighborhood park or in a Hip-Hop club—and yes, it’s mostly young people who are mixing it up.

P.S. I pixelated one of the words in your comment. I buy the argument of Words">http://www.google.com/search%3Fhl%3Den%26q%3Dwords%2Bthat%2Bwound&sa=X&oi=print&ct=title">Words That Wound in a big way, and all ******* are welcome on this blog.


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