‘European Awakenings’ and Dead German Tourists

Following up on the last two posts, here's a term I coined a while ago: 'European Awakenings.' This refers to the eye-opening experience Europeans have encountering ghettos in the US. Europeans, you see, are fed a constant, unrelenting stream of naked propaganda about how racist the United States is, because the assumption of enduring, inherent, systematic racism of the USA is one of the fundamental building blocks of the left-liberal urban bourgeois European worldview. You know, the people who used to control what Europeans see and read.

As a result of this  world-view, African-Americans are sacralized victims. European documentary producers routinely send camera crews to rough neighborhoods and stenographically report whatever the residents have to say without any attempt at fact-checking. Reports on the place of blacks in American society are filled with errors and exaggerations like this one and this one. And the errors and exaggerations always, without exception, portray blacks as helpless, innocent victims of pervasive racism by white Americans. No unflattering portrayals of American blacks are permitted in the Northern European media.

As a result, ordinary Europeans have a thoroughly one-sided view of race relations in the US, and are unaware of facts such as the ones mentioned in the last post. This means that when Europeans visit the USA, they scoff at Americans who tell them of the potential dangers of certain neighborhoods. In fact, German tourists getting killed in Florida has become such a cliche that there's a Miami punk band named Dead German Tourists.

The ones who survive — and, of course, most of them do — have a 'European Awakening'.

Example: I once visited Baltimore, recently in flames and routinely among the top 5 most dangerous cities in the USA, with a couple friends, one of whom was from, say, Slovakia. Let's call him Gumbo. Like many Europeans, Gumbo is fascinated by Edgar Allan Poe, who thanks to Baudelaire is even more of an intellectual hero in Europe than the US. Gumbo wanted to visit the historic Edgar Allan Poe House in Baltimore.

I said 'sounds like a great idea. I'll call a cab.' He said 'No, no way. It's a nice day. I'll walk there!'

I said, 'Uhh, that might not be such a good idea.' He said: 'Why?' I said: 'Because it's in a not-very-nice neighborhood, and you'll also have to walk through some not very nice neighborhoods to get there.'

'Oh I get it, you mean black neighborhoods,' he said.

'Well, yes. Poor black neighborhoods. There are plenty of middle-class black neighborhoods in Baltimore which are fine to walk through, but these aren't.'

'Well, I have to say I think that's a bit racist of you. I'm sure nothing will happen.'

'Yes, it's 99% likely that nothing will happen to you. But this isn't Europe. If the 1% happens, the person making it happen will have a gun. Anyway, I can't stop you, so go nuts!'

So then Gumbo, with his extremely pale skin, sandals, and bulging backpack, set out on a trip through Baltimore. I made sure his cellphone was fully charged.

A few hours later he returned, safe and in one piece, but a bit shaken. I asked him how it was. He said, 'Uhh, well, I can sort of see what you mean. Lots of people pointed at me and talked to me, and I couldn't understand them, and boys on bikes were always circling around me. And I saw some things I wish I hadn't seen. Many things, actually.'

From that point on, he took my advice about which parts of American cities to not choose for a leisurely stroll.

UPDATE: Here's a website that features current warnings about dangerous parts of Houston, Texas. This helpful contribution was written by a person who actually lives in one of those areas:

Welcome to Houston , I'm a 36yro native . I grew in north and northwest houston . The Northside is low income/middle class . The worst parts of it are Northeast and Northwest .Some of the reviews are correct and some are based on opinion . I'm going to explain the inner suburbs in this region . 

3. White Oak Terrace * 

* denotes seriously deadly area 
A. White Oak Bayou 
B. Metro Rt 85 , 45 , 79 
Most Dangerous Streets 
Before I mention the streets , They will have * denoting very high crime and deaths . Some info will be mentioned .
I. Antoine *- Metro Rt 85, This street is very busy around the clock . It junctions with two major rail lines BNSF to the north and UP to the south . It intersects with streets listed above . It runs north to Veterans Memorial and south to Memorial Dr. . It runs through the western portion of Oak Forest near 290 in White Oak Terrace . From Pinemont intersection to intersection of South Victory across White Oak Bayou to the north is White Oak Terrace . This is very high crime area normally at night especially on the side streets . Antoine is safe . Do not get on the side streets . There are many apt clusters on this stretch that are riddled with drug trafficking , prostitution , and murder .
IA . * Desoto St. – This street is to be avoided at all costs day and night . This street is two segments . It runs west from White Oak Bayou to Antoine and from White Oak Bayou east to Ella in Acres Homes both segments are deadly to be driving on especially at night . This street is known as the most deadliest street in the city namely the western portion . It got its name and reputation from the Hurricane Katrina / Rita period when the evacs were here and the crime was high then . There would be two or three murders in a day or a week . Every night I would hear sirens going and coming . Today ,it is now drug trafficking in and out of there because of a recently rebuilt property by the city and drugs have taken it over .It got so bad that it poured into the complex I'm currently residing in . But we kicked it out before it got started . Sadly it ended up at a property across the street . Stay off Desoto St period . If you are moving do not move there . 
IB ** Antoine/Tidwell to Tidwell/Bingle – This stretch is to be extremely advoided at anytime day or night .Walking , biking or driving. If you don't live there or know someone who lives there, you don't have no business around there period . There have been many murders take place there . Summer 2012 , two people man and woman have been shot to death and there have been death by stabbing . Gangs are known to hide out there . Go on though and don't stop for anything .It is best to go through there during the day and not at night . This stretch is a cluster of apts from one intersection to another . Pay close attention to this vacinity . 
IC. * Hollyview- This street is located to the north of the property I'm currently residing in . It is a dead end street like Desoto but it curves southeast from Antoine . The last major incident that took place on this street is a police officer was gunned down in his cruiser. Over the years that have been major drug busts . It has toned down but never take it lightly that it has the potential of increased crime . The area is somewhat dark at night but there is plenty of lighting due to any old complex that was demolished by the city as an eyesore . Don't chance it with Hollyview St. Keep going . 

And here's a somewhat poetic contribution, also focusing on Desoto Street:

I am a missionary from London UK and on a Saturday evening my friend
invited me to go jogging as I did not know the area I thought it was ok but we ended up on
a park at Desoto st called Highland Park in Acres Homes I only found out later
where I was as I don't know the area and we live in some houses complex nearby
I was attacked by about 8 black youths ( I am black) my friend is white
And I was seriously assaulted I could have died, when we saw them coming
We tried walking away but 3 followed and hit me from behind.
I was shocked, so Stay Away At All Cost.
I work and leave near so I have to get the 45,40 and 44 bus but as others have 
Said if you have no business here stay away.
Not even when I was on the streets of Rio I suffered an assault like here.
Thanks and God Save America

3 thoughts on “‘European Awakenings’ and Dead German Tourists

  1. Well to be fair, don’t you think you’re using Gumbo to slightly misrepresent a “European” position? Gumbo’s a very naive tourist who’d probably have a similar awakening in the shadier parts of Naples or Glasgow. When discussing criticism of institutional racism, he seems to be a straw man.

    I don’t think the argument against institutional racism goes: “Black people don’t commit crimes but are being put in jail anyway.” I think it’s more like “Black people have been systematically put in a position where a criminal career is much more likely.” By, among others, ghettos, failures of the education system, prosecution and sentencing disparities, the “war on drugs”.

    You’ve acknowledged the last two in an earlier post yourself, so this is an honest question: Are you actually confronted with Gumbo’s views on a regular basis? He sounds like a really dumb “Gutmensch” someone made up so as to ignore the actual, much more layered criticism.

  2. @Wabbeldickwurst: I have encountered views like Gumbo’s countless times, I guarantee you. You propose that most Europeans understand blacks commit violent crimes at a rate ten to fifteen times higher than whites, but then propose alternative explanations for that fact. In fact, the overwhelming majority of Europeans absolutely don’t know these facts. The only thing they’re likely to know comes from documentaries in which a ZDF or Norwegian TV crew pans across a ghetto neighborhood showing drug deals and hookers, and the voice-over then tells the viewer the neighborhood is neglected and crime-ridden. Then they pan right to an activist who explains it all, and his comments are broadcast stenographically to the audience without any attempt at verification.

    So they have a vague notion that some forms of seeingly minor/victimless crime are somewhat more common in US minority communities, that’s all. So they think: well, I’m not going to buy and drugs or patronize any hookers, so I should be safe, right?

    When I have mentioned these facts to German journalists wanting interviews about America’s ‘racist’ justice system, they have explicitly told me they cannot possibly broadcast this information, because it would run afoul of press guidelines which discourage reporting that ‘reinforces negative stereotypes’. I have been told this at least 4 times by different journos. If you can point me to any European-language mainstream media report about the US that mentions (1) violent crime rates among blacks 1000-1500% higher than whites; (2) blacks responsible for 60% of all US murders according not only to arrest rates but also self-report and victimization surveys, I will give buy you a six-pack of quality American craft-brewed beer.

  3. “And the errors and exaggerations always, without exception, portray blacks as helpless, innocent victims of pervasive racism by white Americans.”

    Blacks often are victims, I don’t doubt it and I don’t think you do, either, but it is the “without exception” and the biased refusal to take all the facts into account, especially the disconcerting ones regarding American black violence and discrimination against whites, that is so troublesome.

    Just as some groups in the U.S., as you point out, indulge in the victim-and-perpetrator game, so, too, do many Germans. For example, Germans are not honest dupes victimized by lazy, lying, conniving Greeks. It’s not that simple if you consider the role of the German finance and export industries in the current fiasco.

    The German fairy tale, with its recurring Karpman drama triangle of persecutor, victim, and rescuer, has shaped the German imagination in many subtle and not-so-subtle ways.

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