Sanctified Corruption

A pretty surprising thing came out of the U.S. Supreme court recently, the Kelo ruling, which basically states that citizen’s property can be seized by the government, and then turned over to private hands for development. From the article;

“Tuesday’s 5-4 ruling found that local officials can use their “eminent domain” power to condemn homes in a working-class neighborhood for private development in hopes of boosting tax revenue and improving the local economy.”

Like many things that make it to the Supreme Court, there’s the larger legal and moral principles at stake, but there’s also the lives of the plaintiffs who are directly involved in the losing decision.

Wonder how they’re doing? Well, wonder no longer: They’re getting raped.

Apropos of nothing, can anybody point me to a time when eminent domain was used to seize ownership of a predominantly white neighborhood?

Update: My dear friends to the south, it’s not just you.


  1. Posted August 15, 2005 at 1:54 pm | Permalink

    This is somewhat old news, but this result of that decision is priceless comedy.

  2. Mike Hoye
    Posted August 15, 2005 at 9:20 pm | Permalink

    It might be funny, if it had the slightest chance in hell of actually sticking.

  3. Melanie
    Posted August 17, 2005 at 8:35 pm | Permalink

    Wow, that would be so awesome.