I know what is going I was born in Newark, New Jersey, in 1948. In those days, it was a vibrant medium-sized city in the New York metropolitan region. It was over 80% white. We had a huge , mostly settled in the Weequahic section of town, a predominant Italian population and large numbers of and Slavs of various types, by my recollection mostly Poles and .
It was a wonderful place. It was in fact truly “diverse” and an interesting place to live. In Newark and neighboring Irvington we had two German-language movie theaters, a theater and an Italian theater. We had access to some of the best bread I have ever tasted, made fresh every day in the ethnic bakeries. Our delis were famous, as were our ethnic butcher shops. Our schools were first class. The was a graduate of
What like to call “” (and we’re to call “The Great Replacement”) had already hit Newark by then and the had begun to rot. The elites, even then, did not blame the new inhabitants of the ward for the rot, it was the “” who were to blame, we were told. People who only cared about profits. The landlords, on that the new tenants they were now willingly renting to were
Riding through the ward, as I did many times in the 1950s as a child, it seemed that the, the beautiful front doors of the old brick 亿乐彩登录s were smashed in because someone windows were smashed out. was everywhere. When we drove a few blocks into a that was still Italian or Slav or Jewish or German, the same old 亿乐彩登录s were maintained by the tenants, they had beautiful window boxes overflowing with flowers and no garbage was on the streets.
Amazingly, the folks who were not so “great” were able to keep a neighborhood decent, worthy of living in.
The migration that was changing Newark forever, that would cause it to lose 200,000 residents between 1950 and the present, was to us not, “The Great Migration” bringing precious diversity to our benighted city. It was in fact “The Great Invasion” of people so alien, so primitive, and so in contrast with our concepts of how to live in a civilized society that it led to the of over 200,000 white residents of that once great city and the total collapse of its school system.
The Great Invasion also had its violent, almost military side. As an elderly Ukrainian food truck operator told me in 1967, “this is a slow genocide, every week a few of us are murdered and many more sell our 亿乐彩登录s and run for the shore.”
It was just that, and then came the riots. Our liberal elites would have us believe that the Newark Riots were the result of “racism.” And indeed, racism—on both sides—played a part.
The first riots, which while I was working my way across the Atlantic on an Israeli freighter, were sparked by the arrest of a black cab driver for a relatively minor traffic incident. Rumors started that he had been beaten and even killed. It was a very hot night, almost nobody in Newark had air conditioning in those days and both white and black were on their stoops or porches to get some relief from the stifling heat. Protesters appeared at the police station where the black guy was being held and things went crazy.
Whites in mixed areas hunkered down in fear. White shops by the black mobs—there was the real racism, the deliberate targeting of for looting and destruction. were by “The Great Migration” there were no lootings of black-owned businesses by whites, no attacks on blacks.
Although the now it, the “Great Migrants” used hunting rifles to snipe at Newark Police and New Jersey National Guardsmen sent in to reestablish the peace [See Peter Blackmer, Medium, August 11, 2017 and by 亿乐彩登录r Bigart, New York Times, July 16, 1967] Liberal Democrat Governor Richard J. Hughes was so dismayed by the , by the rampant destruction of property, that he reportedly gave the National Guard the right to use machine guns against the rioters. [, by Robert TK, Desert Sun, July 15, 1967.] MGs were almost certainly used against the snipers.
When the riots ended, mass white flight began. As a Jewish friend described it to me, the summer and fall of 1967 gave rise to “The Second Exodus.” According to him, which had been about two-thirds white/Jewish when school ended in June 1967 had tipped to two-thirds black when school started again in September 1967. By the end of the school year it was almost all black.
Weequahic High School is 91 percent black, 9 percent in Hispanic now, with white and Asian fractions too small to measure. It’s rival South Side High School is now called reflecting the new racial reality.
Some areas of Newark held out against “The Great Invasion” longer, until the 1980s, with its serving as one anchor for the European-American community. The wonderful old babushkas of St. John’s produced 亿乐彩登录made every Thursday and Friday afternoon, smothered in butter. I can still taste them. That was real diversity.
But increasing crime on the street led even these last holdouts to flee. The city, my 亿乐彩登录 city now has a tiny (8.8%) white minority made up mostly of hold-out and
The has become a joke, a In the early 1970s I worked for two years as a substitute teacher in the school system. In one High School I was instructed to give a pink slip for detention to any students caught having sex in school hallways. They got detention for causing a “fire hazard” by blocking the halls. In one elementary school I intercepted a note from a cute second grade girl to a boy in her class—its message? “I love your dick, please don’t give me no baby.” Lost childhoods in the ghetto.
Another side-effect of “The Great Migration”—in one Junior High, I witnessed a very good black male student for wanting to get good grades, for This is a school where most students would not even write their names on test papers, let alone actually take the test.
The boy, whose father was an Army veteran and believed in discipline and success, could not take the harassment anymore and went berserk. He came into school with a .38 revolver to get revenge on his tormentors. I was on hall duty as he entered the school. “Leave me alone, Mr. B, this isn’t for you,” he said.
I left him alone. I ran to the office and called the police. They took their time getting to the school since they (by mostly ) didn’t want to risk getting shot.
The best kid in the school shot his tormentor, luckily not fatally, and probably ruined his own life.
Since was sent away for corruption in 1970, Newark has been ruled by black mayors, one of whom was Booker is one of the few who has like Addonizio, in . Perhaps his time is yet to come. He is allegedly presidential timber.
My native city is now a ruined shell of what it was when I was born. Our elites can tell me all they want that I and my town benefited from “The Great Migration.” All neutral metrics show the opposite.
“The Great Invasion” created a less diverse, almost monolithic black Newark with and that even the (black) police don’t like to enter them.
A warning for all of America that” and might not be that great at all.
Thanks to current immigration policy, coming to an America near you.
Anthony Boehm [Email him] is a federal civil servant.