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August 31, 2012

Speaking of "Frighteningly White" Neighborhoods....

In the HuffPo, Geoffrey Dunn is appalled to learn that Clint Eastwood's hometown of Carmel, CA is, as he terms it, "frighteningly white":

Eastwood, of course, has a political resumé of his own, having served a two-year term as mayor of the upscale and frighteningly white community of Carmel--with a population of 3,800, there were only eight African Americans recorded in the 2010 census--very close in size and demographics to Sarah Palin's Wasilla, albeit without the meth labs and strip malls.

The number of African-Americans living in Carmel is supposed to mean something. It's a not especially subtle, coded suggestion: we all know what kind of folks choose to live in a community with only 8 blacks. Racists, that's who! You know, like that outraged fellow from that overwhelmingly white news station:

[CHRIS MATTHEWS] ...I go back to living in DC all these years. I've lived there 40 years, a black-majority city, and anybody who wants to get up early in Washington and drive down North Capitol (Street) and drive past Florida Avenue, sees nothing but youn-, but black people up at 6:30 in the morning going to work. That's where they're going, to work, and not at big-wage jobs and not to get a welfare check, they're out working hard all day and not coming home with a fantastic paycheck. So this notion of blacks live on welfare and whites live on work is a brilliant political ploy but it's not true, Rachel (Maddow). And you know it, I know it.

Sounds like Matthews spends considerable time thinking about this -- while driving. Which makes sense, seeing how he doesn't actually live in the District of Columbia as he boasts.

Media profiles of Matthews (Washington Post, NY Times) and his wife, former TV reporter and Marriott flack Kathleen (Politico) have reported that the Matthews reside in Chevy Chase, an affluent Maryland suburb.

... the Matthews live smack-dab in Chevy Chase Village -- one of the least diverse locales in the country.

According to census data at Maryland-Demographics.com, 1,953 people lived in Chevy Chase Village as of 2010. Of those nearly 2,000 residents, 10 were black. That's right -- ten. As in, one-half of one percent.

In case you'd like to be one of Chris' neighbors, we hear there are some homes for sale:

House For Sale: $2,888,000
House For Sale: $2,595,400
House For Sale: $2,595,000
House For Sale: $2,250,000
House For Sale: $1,995,000
House For Sale: $1,875,000
House For Sale: $2,200,000
House For Sale: $3,000,000
House For Sale: $2,200,000
House For Sale: $1,900,000
House For Sale: $2,500,000

Question for the ages: if diversity is so important to Mr. Matthews, how can he stand working at a network whose anchors are overwhelmingly white, and then coming home to a neighborhood that's not only "upscale and frighteningly white", but downright exclusive and 1%-ish?

It's a good thing Mr. Dunn doesn't even try to hold his fellow progressives to the standards he professes to believe in. We wouldn't want him to end up looking foolish.

Posted by Cassandra at August 31, 2012 08:16 AM

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We lived for 17 years in an ordinary middle-class suburb of Houston with a stable black population of aroun 5-10%, which my Democratic law partners could scarcely be induced to set foot in.

Racial tension in my neighborhood? Zero. The only tension was between the young affluent gay couples and the retired or near-retirement long-time residents, who had different views about how much grief anyone should give his neighbors about fixing up their houses and yards -- i.e., the huge HOA controversy that erupted during the last few years we were there. So the lines were drawn mostly between people who were horrified at the idea of parking a boat in the driveway for a few weeks and those who didn't see what the big deal was. Strangely, those lines didn't coincide in the least with political divisions, though the neighborhood also was split politically about 50-50. You had your country-club Republicans vs. your Tea Partiers (at least, people who would be Tea Partiers later), and your limousine Democrats vs. your populists.

Posted by: Texan99 at August 31, 2012 09:15 AM

Clint is to be denounced by the Media and Entertainment Soviet for his deviation from the Party line.

As a living pop-culture icon, he is supposed to parrot the lines and beliefs of the pop-culture class. He failed to do that last night, and must be denounced.

It will have little affect on Comrade Eastwood, as he is very rich and probably has minimal interest in making many more movies, etc.

But the effect is to warn others of deviating from the Party line, and making sure that the proper lesson is learned. These sorts of lessons have to be re-inforced from time to time. Once upon a time it was Elia Kazan, denounced and "white listed" for being an avowed anti-communist.
Jon Voight. Tom Selleck. James Woods was once quite the Hollywood liberal, but became a "9/11" conservative, based on his personal experience-contact with those people that brought down the WTC. And what has happened to James Woods career?

Posted by: Comrade Don Brouhaha at August 31, 2012 10:43 AM

Puff'Ho, MSNBC, et al., just show how racist they are with drool like that.

As for boats in the driveway, I grew up in Kankakee in the '60s, and the only dismay over boats parked in the driveway was that of envy. Not of "You don't deserve that," but of "I want one of those, too."

In case you'd like to be one of Chris' neighbors....

And those prices are depressed due to the deteriorating quality of the neighborhood....

Eric Hines

Posted by: E Hines at August 31, 2012 10:48 AM

I once asked one of my black friends why there aren't more black ice hockey players (as he both was black, and played ice hockey). He said, "Brothers don't like the cold, Mike." Even as a stereotype, I think that may have something to do with why the population of Wasilla (and Alaska as a whole) is pretty pasty in complexion.

Posted by: MikeD at August 31, 2012 11:03 AM

Mr. Dunn and Mr. Matthews do not seem to be concerned with that quaint American belief in one's freedom of association. That's good.

Property values relative to QE-petrodollars being what they are, I think I do not want either of them in my Sheikdom to further devalue this oasis.
/shakes head/

Posted by: Sheik Djibouti at August 31, 2012 11:30 AM

Chevy Chase is _close_ to South East. And he feels their pain. Etc.

Posted by: Brian Dunbar at August 31, 2012 11:54 AM

Mr. Dunn is having his way with hyperbole. There may be inordinately white neighborhoods but 'frighteningly' may be used, appropriately and informatively, only in such as: 'frighteningly white liberals' - where the term 'frighteningly' is commonly acknowledged as understatement.

Posted by: George Pal at August 31, 2012 12:01 PM

Every day I think these folks have hit bottom and there's nowhere to go but up.

And every day they prove that they can further beclown themselves :p

Posted by: Cass at August 31, 2012 01:49 PM

See it was ok when Clint ran and won the mayorial election (as a Republican no less) . .because it was cool for Cool Hand Luke to get into politics then. But now that he got up and did an off-the-cuff speech at a *GASP* RNC convention last night. . NOW its different! NOW its BAAADDDDD.

Idiot he is

Posted by: Nina at August 31, 2012 03:30 PM

But now that he got up and did an off-the-cuff speech at a *GASP* RNC convention last night...NOW its BAAADDDDD.

Plainly, ol' Clint gored somebody's ox, though: "This seat's taken."

Eric Hines

Posted by: E Hines at August 31, 2012 04:36 PM

At least Matthews didn't go advertising his "negtohood." The standards are low on the Left these days.

Posted by: Grim at August 31, 2012 04:44 PM

because it was cool for Cool Hand Luke

You are confusing your movie roles. Cool Hand was some other guy. Eastwood is and always will be Gunny Highway.

How he didn't get an Oscar for that role I will never understand.

Posted by: Brian Dunbar at August 31, 2012 05:07 PM

Cool Hand Luke was Paul Newman.

Posted by: DL Sly at August 31, 2012 11:18 PM

Well, Pebble Beach is totally albino by comparison. Mr. Eastwood used to live there too.

I think his move to Carmel was a step in the right direction, being more integrated, and whatnot.

Posted by: La Femme Crickita at September 9, 2012 08:23 PM

Anybody really think Chris Matthews drives himself to work? BTW Chevy Chase is SO toney (light bright white) they have their own police force. Gotta keep out the riffraff, y'unnerstand.

Posted by: Cool Money Grip at November 22, 2012 12:17 AM