"Black People Used To Live Here" Sailer's Real-Estate Based Conspiracy Theory Of The Obama Administration
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My conspiracy theory is that the Obama Administration was a giant outgrowth of a successful conspiracy of around 1989 by Chicago Democratic insiders, such as Valerie Jarrett (Obama consigliere), Rahm Emanuel (Obama’s first chief of staff), William Daley (Obama’s second chief of staff), and Penny Pritzker (Secretary of Commerce), to demolish the black housing projects near Chicago’s Loop and gentrify the neighborhoods.

The plan was literally to marginalize blacks by moving them out of the convenient areas near downtown to the far edges of Chicago, much as in Paris blacks were traditionally relegated to inconvenient banlieues. Mayor Richie Daley frequently vacationed in Paris and loudly trumpeted ideas he brought back from Paris, such as the pleasing one of shining spotlights on Chicago River bridges at night.

But nobody seems to have noticed the biggest idea he saw in Paris: that the central city should be for the bourgeois, not the underclass. It turned out to be reasonably successful and Richard M. Daley ruled Chicago for 22 years (1989-2011), even longer than his famous father Richard J. Daley.

The downside has been that these population transfers of underclass blacks appear to be one of the causes for the fairly high levels of black murderousness in Chicago over the last decade. Chicago got through the Crack Era 30 years ago without NY or LA levels of killing, but in recent years it appears to have been plagued by the discombobulation of gang relations caused by the demolitions of the housing projects.

To pull off this plan to marginalize blacks, they needed black faces, such as Jarrett, whose grandfather Robert Taylor had been chairman of the Chicago Housing Authority from 1943-1950 and was honored (?) by having the giant Robert Taylor Homes near Comiskey Park named after him.

Meanwhile, the husband of a Daley staffer hired by Jarrett when she worked for the Mayor became a favorite of the Chicago powerbrokers, with the Daley family happy to encourage his state and national ambitions to keep him from running for Mayor, where he’d be more likely to win white and Hispanic votes than the usual crooked and/or radical black aldermen who ran against Hizzoner.

This is not to say that Obama was propelled to the White House by a seamless web of Chicago insiders. These powerbrokers often had their problems with each other: e.g., Penny Pritzker spent much of the 2000s being sued by her brother J.B., now the governor of Illinois, over family business.

I didn’t invent this conspiracy theory. As far as I can tell, it was first fully articulated in November 2008 by an old leftist critic of New York real estate developers named Robert Fitch [The Change They Believe In,  Speech for Harlem Tenants Association, November 14, 2008].

Have I proved my conspiracy theory? No. To do that would require somebody to go through lots of boring documents, like Robert Caro with Robert Moses.

So far, extraordinarily few professional historians have shown much interest at all in the machinations behind the rise of Barack Obama. It’s almost as if Obama remains a relatively young and well connected enough of a personage to discourage much inquiry into his emergence from Chicago politics.

But my conspiracy theory is plausible.

Here’s an interesting thing about plausible conspiracy theories: They’re boring. Virtually nobody find this idea interesting, despite all the ironic light that shines on the first black President.

[Comment at Unz.com]

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