Thursday, May 27, 2010

Let Them Eat Halva

For professional reasons I was in the office of a member of a branch of the legislature recently. I noticed a striking photograph on the wall. It was very beautiful and showed children of a variety of races playing together in a school playground (including what I took to be a Somali girl swathed from head to foot with only her smiling face showing). I asked the lady about it.

"I got it to show the wonderful, multicultural nature of this city." she said.

It transpires she lives in a very monocultural small village quite a distance out of the city. She gets to legislate on matters that affect how multicultural that city becomes (and every other city, for that matter).

Yet her decisions have negligible effect on the demography of the very beautiful enclave she lives in.

3 Comments:

Blogger Martin said...

Paulinus,

The phemonenon you describe is known as 'white flight', the first example I have noted being Hunter S. Thompson's description of Louisville in 1963.

11:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pharasaic bitch.

10:46 AM  
Blogger Paulinus said...

Thank you for commenting, anonymous, but tone the language down.

11:43 AM  

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