The photo above is of Cahuenga Pass, Los Angeles, in 1954. I was born not far from here in Inglewood (back when Inglewood was a White city!) in 1957. I can recall scenes not too different from that photo very well. That was my once upon a time. It’s gone now, and it’s never coming back. The dream is over.
I am not sure how many of you lived in California when it was still a White state (mostly in the 1950’s and 60’s), but I did, and it was a special time in a special place.
The state’s gotten a lot more crowded and diverse in the meantime. The crowding has made the state much worse (thanks real estate developers), and I hate to say it, but with all the diversity has come a noticeable decline in the state overall. In addition, we are starting to become like a Latin American country with a rich and upper middle class with a lot of money, a whole lot of poor and low income folks pretty much groveling in the American equivalent of shantytowns, and an ever-declining middle class. This state is now unbelievably unequal, and it didn’t used to be that way.
At least here in California, the trend of going from a 90% White state to a 45% White state has been characterized by a very noticeable decline. I am not sure if one is related to the other, but I suspect they are related. In other words, I suspect that instead of making this a better state, the diversity has made California into a worse state. What’s so good about diversity anyway? We act as if diversity is some automatically good thing that is positive merely in and of itself. Excuse me, but that’s bull.