The tipping point conversation reminds me of something I read somewhere long ago, I don’t remember where, about co-ops in Manhattan. The co-op is a form of real estate ownership, common in Manhattan and I guess some other parts of New York, rare elsewhere. You own a unit in a building, but instead of owning the physical unit as you would with a condominium, you own a share of the co-op which entitles you to occupy a certain unit.
What makes the co-op unique is that you have to get permission from the co-op board to be a member. Having the financial ability to buy in is in no way enough- you have to be the “right kind of person”, as the rich so delicately put it. Clearly racially discriminatory, you say? As I have said repeatedly, Manhattan is different.
Co-ops can’t discriminate on race overtly, but they can on whatever other criteria they feel would make you a good or not good neighbor. You have to have an interview with the board, and they will approve or not approve you. I remember reading about a lottery winner, I think from Queens, who when interviewed said “Now I can afford to live in Manhattan.” Unfortunately, lottery winners from Queens aren’t the kind of people wealthy Manhattanites want as neighbors, and his application was denied.
Getting back to my original point, what was funny was the article said the co-ops strive to maintain the right WASP/Jew balance- and even the Jewish board members go along with this. I suppose if a building has too many Jews, it will become known as a “Jewish” building and property values will drop. If you are a rich Jew who has spent a lot of money to “get into” a nice, exclusive building you don’t want it to lose its cachet, even more than you want your property to lose its value.
This rule could obviously apply to any neighborhood- a few blacks, of the right kind, would make good neighbors, not mess up the neighborhood, and show outsiders that the residents and owners are “progressive” as they used to say about race. The respectable blacks would have a strong interest in keeping badly-behaved ghetto blacks out. Everyone could congratulate themselves on how wonderful they are.
Steve Sailer once quoted a white man, speaking to a black home-shopper- “I feel sorry for you people. You buy at the top of the market and sell at the bottom.” The respectable black, fleeing the “Black Undertow” while furthering it, does indeed have a bad situation. He enjoys only a brief time of peace, before ghetto blacks show up, and he has to look for a new place. The whites who don’t sell at the first sign of blackness- and have their communities destroyed, safety threatened, and home investment lost, as did Sailer’s own father-in-law- have it all that much worse.
A neighborhood committee to approve homebuyers would be a great idea. But we can’t get away with the same things the rich elite can.