Bloomberg gets taken to the woodshed for fearmongering article on wealthy families moving

Bloomberg is facing mockery for publishing a fear-mongering piece about wealthier families moving away from the big cities.

According to the left-wing paper, this phenomenon is racist because it’s driving resources away from minority-dominant big cities.

One example the paper complains about is St. George, a newly formed city in Louisiana consisting of 100,000 former East Baton Rouge Parish families.

“When white communities fortress themselves, they siphon away resources from the larger region, including communities of color,” the left-wing paper complains. “In Louisiana, it is estimated that St. George’s secession would take away $48.3 million in annual tax revenue from East Baton Rouge Parish — nearly 8% of the parish’s total tax revenue.”

Notice how the paper refers to St. George as a “white community.” In reality, the demographics of the new city will be about 12 percent black, which is in line with the country’s demographics.

Yet the duplicitous paper continues its reporting by suggesting St. George is perpetuating “segregation.”

“Racial segregation and the unequal allocation of resources have long shaped American cities, through a history of both overt and subtle racist policies and practices, including racially restrictive covenants, violent resistance to integration and white flight from desegregating communities,” the absurd piece reads.

“The impact of these practices is well known. They perpetuate inequities in crucial ways, by limiting the quality and types of services that already-underserved communities receive, which adversely affects the health and wealth-building potential of people in marginalized communities for generations. In addition, having more governments in a geographical area — for example, municipalities or school districts — has been shown to negatively affect health outcomes for Black Americans, but not for whites.”

Notice also how in talking about minorities, Bloomberg only referenced blacks. It’s as if Hispanics, Asians, and everybody else doesn’t even exist.

In fairness to Bloomberg, it does at least articulate the real reason why folks wanted to create their own city.

“Proponents of the new city in Louisiana argue that this is a move towards fairness, rather than isolation. On their website, they state: ‘St. George’s taxpayers provide two-thirds of the revenue to the East Baton Rouge Parish government with only one-third of that government’s expense in return. Incorporating a city would reverse this unjust circumstance to an extent,'” according to Bloomberg.

“This has been a relatively common argument among similar movements since the post-war era, something Princeton University historian Kevin Kruse documents in his work around white flight in Atlanta. When residents of the Buckhead neighborhood in Atlanta were advocating for secession in 2022, they also argued that they were ‘not getting back in services what they [were] paying in city taxes.'”

Notice again how Bloomberg keeps talking about “white flight,” as if wealthier black residents of East Baton Rouge Parish weren’t also interested in relocating to St. George.

Responding to Bloomberg’s reporting, critics assailed the appearance of making something perfectly normal into something racist.

Look:

Notice the point repeatedly made by critics — that St. George’s development has nothing to do with race and everything to do with white and black people both wanting to escape from disastrous Democrat Party policies of blue jurisdictions like East Baton Rouge Parish.

Vivek Saxena

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