Are There Any Blacks Living In Big Bear?
In the midst of the Christopher Dorner denouement, the reliably imbecilic Chris Matthews asks the important question: "Are there any blacks living in Big Bear?"
The best answer is that there are probably at least as many as live in Matthews' Chevy Chase neighborhood.
As of the 2010 census, the town of Chevy Chase had a population that is 95.9% white, 1.6% Asian, and 0.6% black or African American. The township also had over 65% of households making more than $200,000 a year. So like many other high profile liberals/progressives, Chris Matthews is not residing in a very diverse neighborhood.
So besides the fact that it’s a fairly plush neighborhood, what does Chris Matthews’ residence tell us?
For starters, it shows that Chris Matthews and others like him have no intention of living in those neighborhoods where real diversity and poverty actually exist. It’s much easier to beat the drum of diversity and drape your car in “COEXIST!”-stickers when you don’t have to be worried about the Prius getting stolen. So they stay in their plush neighborhoods where the residents only have come in contact with “diversity” in college courses taught by white, liberal, social science feminists.
And they’re not very likely to ever move to a diverse neighborhood. Let’s for a moment assume that the policies promoted by the left actually are intended to benefit the poor, and perhaps especially poor minorities. While these policies might be well-intended, they actually succeed in the opposite by locking poor Americans into dependency and destroying their self-reliance. As an example, consider the case of the minimum wage that I’ve mentioned before. Milton Friedman argued that the minimum wage was one of the most harmful policies for poor Americans, especially blacks, which have been imposed on the population of the United States.