The contemptible wealthy White and Asian class

Damnit, the one time I forget to bring it with me…

I travel everywhere with my trusty 6-year-old Canon digital camera. It also offers a rudimentary video recording function. It works well for my basic purposes. In this age of video vulgarity and the abundant displays of voyeuristic human wreckage, the camera must accompany me at all times. You never know when you might be the only person with recording equipment on the scene of some outlandish viral event. I secretly fantasize about being the only person around with a camera to witness the initial scouting invasion of Earth by hungry extraterrestrial lifeforms. Just a fantasy.

Today, I forgot my camera. Not that what I saw was meme- or viral-worthy, but I would have liked to taken some shots for this post. They would have splendidly illustrated a point. Instead you’ll need to bear with my narration.

Today I drove to Pasadena by way of Oak Knoll Avenue, a narrow, tree-lined street that winds from Huntington Boulevard through South Pasadena, San Marino, and finally, Pasadena. The street’s passage through San Marino is dotted with prestigious, urban mansions. The houses are large, the yards are vast mini parks, and the neighborhood seems ripped out of a foreign locale for it bears little resemblance to what many might envision of Los Angeles. The houses are generally old and individualistic, nothing like the tract lethargy you see in new communities. San Marino is money personified. If you’re a slouch, you don’t live here, and really, you shouldn’t even drive through. This neighborhood is too classy for you. As would be expected, the 2010 predominant demographic make up for affluent San Marino is White and Asian. Two flavors, that’s it.

The 2010 United States Census[20] reported that San Marino had a population of 13,147. The population density was 3,483.4 people per square mile (1,345.0/kmĀ²). The racial makeup of San Marino was 5,434 (41.3%) White, 55 (0.4%) African American, 5 (0.0%) Native American, 7,039 (53.5%) Asian, 2 (0.0%) Pacific Islander, 198 (1.5%) from other races, and 414 (3.1%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 855 persons (6.5%).

Black and Hispanic San Marino residents, all approximately 900 of them, are most likely either musicians or live-in help. Whites and Asians (mostly Chinese) rule the well-to-do roost here.

San Marino is part of the northern, foothill-adjacent area that was hit hardest by the violent Southern California winds on Wednesday night. As I drove through, traffic lights were still out, leaves and branches dotted the streets. Gardeners were hard at work sawing and clearing. See, this is the type of community where homeowners pay people to do the shit they are too lazy and entitled to do with their own dainty hands. These people are accustomed to ordering others around. Oak Knoll is narrow, and curvy in sections. I wanted to take photos of something I saw as I drove through. Sporadic sections of the street were narrowed even further into single-lane disarray because stray branches blocked the street next to the curb. Anytime you came upon one of these branches, you needed to stop in order to make sure no oncoming traffic was headed toward you in the opposing lane so you could deliberately circumvent the fallen branches. It occurred to me as I dodged these branches that many of them were were relatively small! They were nothing that a healthy man could not lug off the street in a few strident moves. It’s not like tons of tree material were toppled over. These were stupid stringy branches that could be dragged. I wanted to take a photo to illustrate how insignificant these branches were that were laid across the roadway, impeding and inconveniencing the traffic flow. The municipal workers had bigger problems to take care of than these branches. You think the residents might help out?

Hell no!

Not these wealthy, lazy snobs. I joked with my son that they were probably waiting for their gardeners to do it for them. Most of these residents probably don’t even know they have a front yard or what it looks like. Heaven forbid these moneyed Whites or Asians actually dirty their smooth hands on tree branches. I guarantee you that if this was the barrio, that shit would have been cleared off immediately by the men who lived there, something San Marino apparently lacks.

When you lack a camera, you nab an image from Google Earth. This is a screen shot of a street view of a stretch of Oak Knoll Avenue I’m talking about from its better days.

I like to think that these wealthy elites do not place a great burden on society because of their dazzling doses of economic self-sufficiency, but it’s apparent that in times of emergency and natural disaster, these are the same people who will be the biggest impediment to the survival of the robust. Money and possessions get you ahead of the evolutionary line, but in a world without money or goods, there is no line, only brawn.

  • E. Rekshun

    Would inner-city blacks voluntarily engage in manual labor to clean up streets in their neighborhoods after a bad storm?

    • Socially Extinct

      Hey boner, good point. The only thing they would be cleaning up are the abandoned liquor stores.

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  • The Dude

    When you make a few hundred dollars an hour, it costs you more to mow your own lawn than it does just to pay someone to do it for you. Of course, this simple math is something that most of the 99% never get.

    • David

      At a few hundred dollars an hour, there are no endeavors “worthy” of your precious time. Hell, I’d hire a cabana boy to please my wife because sex is assuredly the biggest waste of time man craves.

  • Oh, one last thing. Since you were in my neck of the woods, you could have come over for a visit! Loser! LOL!

  • OK, I get it. You think everyone is San Marino is a helpless, wealthy White and or Asian. Fine. Since when did you become Mr. Diversity?! Anyhow, here is a little of the Great Equalizer I am sharing because it is not all about the eeeeevvvvviiilllll, rich White and Asians

    • David

      That’s a very nice article!

      It’s funny that they needed to harvest physical labor from northwest Pasadena where all the brownies and blackies live LOL!

      This post was not about ethnicity but about class. I know many Whites and Asians who are not of the privileged class who don’t shun physical labor.

      And actually, I think Whites are some of the most altruistic, charitable people…to a fault.

  • Well, I do not totally disagree with your assesment of many a San Marino resident. But one thing to remember is that it is a throwback to a different time and or place. Many do not know that SM was “dry” until about five years ago. And working for a business in that city would make the average socialist blush. Blush at “they get away with that”. There is a permit for EVERYTHING that is done in the city. RE: backdoor taxation. And do you know that the city park, Lacy Park, charges non-residents to visit on weekends. It is Elitistville to the max in many ways. Yet I know quite a few city residents that are pretty down-to-earth people. My main contention is this. If you were not the lazy, socialist jealous at one’s attaining such a status, would you carry this same resentment? I mean, that is the American dream. Maybe not your lazy utopia, but for most of us to be able to do that kind of work, hell yes! You just have to get out of your occupier menatlity and realize that these people have made money and yeah, they employee people. That the choose the job that they have is their own thing. Stop the hate! LOL!

  • Further evidence of failure to deal.

    We had a rare and unusual snowstorm here in late October. Left us without power and water for eight days. Trees were down all over the place, some roads were impassable, and one of my neighbors had a tree fall on her car. Husband and a few other guys went out with chainsaws and shovels to clear driveways and remove trees. In our small town, there are not enough municipal workers to go ’round doing all the clean up. We relied on our wood stove to heat the house and to cook meals (you can easily fry or stew on top of one). We melted snow to wash dishes and sponge bathe, and drank bottled water. It was only eight days and we could have gone on longer if necessary; however, I was happy to get running water back.

    I wonder how many people feel entitled to not have to do all of this stuff. They pay taxes and electric bills so these services will not be their problem; in a way, I am sympathetic to that. When a hurricane knocked out power for anywhere from hours to weeks for people in my area, some were calling their living conditions “third world” and had no idea how to adapt or just deal. It was all someone else’s fault and responsibility (it was really only nature).

    You mention they will be an impediment to the survival of the robust…do you see them becoming overlord types who force us into working for them? Or will whining and refusal to work force the robust to placate them by providing services?

    This is why I want to live on a big mountain and get away from people.

    • David

      In retrospect, I thought my title here sould even be more specific to encompass “urban” as well. Or perhaps “San Marino!”

      It’s a different mentality out in the “small towns” and rural areas. You know what I truly detest? The urban mentality. I realize rural living is not necessarily the Utopian vision I am painting, but urbanization spawns disease of the soul.

      • Really? The libertarians tell me urbanization is the key to prosperity. That living in the sticks is dirty, rife with trouble, and over-romanticized. And heaven forbid you think being a small self-sufficient farmer is cool; you should just hand over your kids to some city folk so as not to deprive them of being tragically, urban-ly hip.

        I’ve been to the city. Lived in a small one during University days. New York is fun for a visit now and then but I’d never find peace if I lived there.