Cahawba, the first permanent state capital of Alabama, is a ghost town located about 12 miles southwest of Selma in Dallas County (AL). The Cahawba site near the confluence of the Alabama and Cahaba Rivers was abandoned around 1900 for various reasons and has since reverted to the wilderness.
In the comments, I keep getting asked questions about what I would do with the black population in Alabama in an independent Dixie, and it occurs to me that my solution would probably just be cutting off the financial lifelines that artificially sustain places like Birmingham, Selma, and Tuskegee and allow those cities to find their own equilibrium between the capacities of their residents and the natural environment.
I would allow Birmingham, Selma, and Tuskegee to depopulate and “democratically” revert to the wilderness like Cahawba – Detroit is inexorably undergoing the same rewilding process – rather than sustain these zombie cities indefinitely on life support with neverending infusions of cash that are confiscated from White taxpayers elsewhere and misallocated there to sustain the illusion of economic viability.
In an independent South, Birmingham, Selma, and Tuskegee would be designated as “freedom zones” where the black population would be allowed to keep their voting rights and control the local government, but under the new system they would be expected to stand on their own two feet and generate the economy and tax base necessary to sustain their own public institutions.
In the new system, there would be no affirmative action, no welfare state (Section 8, Medicaid, Medicare, TANF, Obamaphone, Obamacare, EBT card, free lunches, free public schools, etc), no racial set asides, no federal civil rights laws, no “disparate impact” standard, no EEOC, no Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department, etc. Instead, there would be complete freedom in a Southern Union, which includes freedom of association and the freedom to fail in life.
Black Run America (BRA) would be put to a swift end in the Republic of Dixie. The world would cease to revolve around black people and their myriad problems. We would no longer run every single institution in our society as a charity for the purpose of uplifting one chronically dysfunctional racial group.
Schools would revert to educating the young. Hospitals would revert to healing the sick. Courtrooms would revert to delivering justice. Police and Fire Departments would revert to their original public safety roles. Banks would revert to accepting deposits and providing credit. Businesses would revert to making money, providing useful goods and services, and creating jobs for the public.
It wouldn’t be necessary as some people imagine to violently round up African-Americans, detain them in concentration camps, and deport them to some distant location. It wouldn’t even be necessary to restore the Jim Crow laws. Finally, it is ludicrous to suggest that slavery would be restored in an independent South, which would have naturally faded out a century ago anyway.
After 50 years of Black Run America, black people could never accept the return of a normal society. If that system ever died in the South but survived in the North and West, there would be an even greater mass exodus than the Great Migration to the Northern states, which would respond to secession (and the departure of Southern “obstructionists”) by creating an even more comprehensive welfare state with higher taxes and even more civil rights, environmental laws, and labor laws.
America would bifurcate into the Northern paradise and the Sunbelt-based Confederacy on every conceivable issue. Liberalism would dominate public policy in America. Conservatism would dominate public policy in Dixie. African-Americans, who are the most liberal ethnic group in the country, would choose to vote with their feet and cast their lot with the Northern paradise.
Without the Great Society welfare state, Birmingham, Selma, and Tuskegee would gradually revert to the wilderness like Cawhaba or their demographics would shift after the magnets are removed and Whites would recapture the majority and control of public policy in those cities.
Without harassment from meddlesome Washington bureaucrats, Southern state legislatures, county commissions, and city councils would have long ago moved on with what they really care about – economic development, not “civil rights” – and competition between them would ensure jettisoning the “civil rights” agenda in favor of preserving high property value, quality public schools, safe neighborhoods, and the prosperity and tax revenue that is derived from maintaining those conditions.
In the distant future, I can see Birmingham, Selma, and Tuskegee decaying into ghost towns like Cawhaba, and the new Southern federal government turning their ruins into national parks. Just as tourists now visit the ancient ruins of Rome and Pompeii, future generations will be able to tour the marooned skyscrapers of Birmingham and the rewilded landscape of Selma and marvel at what was allowed to happen to those ancient cities after they fell to MLK and the Civil Rights Movement.
The civic obituary in the year 3013 will explain that the American ideology of freedom, equality, and democracy was realized and taken to its logical conclusion here and elsewhere – these cities were turned over to African-Americans in the name of something called “civil rights,” who lacked the capacity to sustain their inheritance from a more advanced civilization, and these cities were finally deserted and left to decay as symbols of what happens when reality is subordinated to abstract ideologies.