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Why We Can't Have Nice Things, McKinney Pool Party Edition
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June 15, 2015, 11:33 AM
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Almost three years ago, in August of 2012, on my  Radio Derb  podcast,  I did a segment about McCarren Park pool in Brooklyn, New York, an open-air public swimming pool.

There had been a news story about the pool that week. In brief: McCarren Park is in a neighborhood that was fast being gentrified, but was still within easy distance of some public housing projects. The swimming pool was built back in the Depression. Then in 1984 it was closed and emptied.

Come 2012, the Bloomberg administration, seeing the area gentrify, gave the pool a $50 million dollar renovation and re-opened it. Immediately there was race trouble, with "teens" assaulting lifeguards and cops, several arrests, and something that sounds like a riot.

I say "sounds like" because it was hard to tell from the newspaper reports what had happened. That was the point of my Radio Derb commentary: the convoluted language our media used in reporting the event.

Here's a relevant snippet from that Radio Derb of July, 2012:

Linguistically, this whole zone is a mess. It's a mess because we're afraid to speak honestly about what's going on. When people are afraid to speak honestly, it's because there are true facts in the world that they'd prefer not to face.

True facts like these: For white yuppies from gentrified neighborhoods, a free public swimming pool is a place to swim a little, sunbathe a little, have fun with the kids a little if you're married, flirt a little if you're not, and catch up on some reading. For young blacks and Hispanics from the projects, it's a place to show off, status-challenge other young toughs, get in fights, and defy authority.

The two things don't mix. Whoever thought they would—whoever spent $50 million to bring this pool back to commission, with open admission for all who show up—is an idiot, an idiot whose brain has been addled by the kind of dishonest, reality-defying linguistic malpractice on display in the New York newspapers this week.

OK, that was 2012. Things haven't gotten any better. This week's pool riot story comes from the small town of McKinney, a suburb of Dallas in northeast Texas, June 5th. Here is what happened in McKinney.

McKinney includes a subdivision named Craig Ranch. The subdivision has a park. The park includes a gated clubhouse and swimming pool, for use by residents. Residents have a scan card for access to the pool and the clubhouse. There are strict rules posted for residents, concerning proper use of the facilities.

Among the residents of Craig Ranch is 20-year-old Tatyana Rhodes, who is black. Ms Rhodes has quite an entrepreneurial streak. She organizes parties through social media, usually charging for admittance.

She advertised an event for June 5th, although with no admittance charge. The location: That residents' park in Craig Ranch. Ms Rhodes hired a DJ and both she and he advertised the event as a pool party, even though she had no permission from the Homeowners' Association to have a party in the gated pool area.

The DJ started up his music, which was very loud and contained filthy language. This was in the park right near the gated family pool area. Young blacks started showing up, until there were at least a hundred of them. They started fighting with each other, with a security guard, and with residents, and climbing over the fence into the pool area. By the testimony of several residents, a mother with three young children was assaulted.

Someone called police. A first cop arrived, was immediately surrounded by a yelling mob of aggressive young blacks. He called for backup and ordered an especially confrontational girl, 15-year-old Dajerria Becton to lie down. When she didn't comply, he forced her down. A young black man, 18-year-old Adrian Martin, lunged at the officer. The officer drew his gun. He did not point it at anyone; he kept it pointed down as he pursued Adrian Martin. All this is on video.

At this point other officers arrived. They arrested Adrian Martin, who has been charged with evading arrest and interfering with an officer. With some difficulty they dispersed the mob.

That's what happened, by the most comprehensive account I have read, compiled over at Conservative Treehouse, complete with witness statements from residents and full video coverage of the police action—not to be confused with the brief, edited clips shown on TV.[The Facts Behind The McKinney Pool Fiasco – Part II June 9, 2015]

Media reporting of the event has been absolutely disgraceful. Some innocent, baby-faced black kiddies—little Trayvon and Trayvona Martins—with perhaps a Gentle Giant or two, were having harmless summer fun when a racist white cop barged in and started throwing them around. That's what you heard from the mainstream media.

My sympathies go out to the residents of Craig Ranch—not including Tatyana Rhodes—and of course to the cop, whose life and career have been destroyed by the lying swine of the mainstream media.

As we say on the Dissident Right: This is why we can't have nice things. Sure, we can build nice things; but then we have to share them with others whose standards of behavior and attitudes to authority are utterly different from those that prevail among civilized people. If you complain about that, the media jackals and Social Justice Warriors will come along and destroy your life.

I more and more think Jared Taylor is right. Black and white can't live together. We should just find some way peacefully to separate.