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Blind to real problems

Blaming others for holding people back from achieving their potential is stupid. It gives non-achievers a comforting excuse that makes matters worse.
Walter E. Williams* writes below about the problems in the US black population, but in some ways he could be writing about minorities everywhere, even in Australia. The ABC and Fairfax, by pushing the “poor me I’m black- or Muslim” and ‘suppressed-by-racists’ arguments, are doing disservice to those they should be encouraging. And they ignore family breakdown as a reason for lack of achievement.

For several decades, a few black scholars have been suggesting that the vision held by many black Americans is entirely wrong. Dr. Shelby Steele, a scholar at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, said: “Instead of admitting that racism has declined, we (blacks) argue all the harder that it is still alive and more insidious than ever. We hold race up to shield us from what we do not want to see in ourselves.”

Dr. John McWhorter, professor of English and comparative literature at Columbia University, lamented that “victimology, separatism, and anti-intellectualism underlie the general black community’s response to all race-related issues,” adding that “these three thought patterns impede black advancement much more than racism; and dysfunctional inner cities, corporate glass ceilings, and black educational underachievement will persist until such thinking disappears.”

In the 1990s, Harvard professor Orlando Patterson wrote, “America, while still flawed in its race relations … is now the least racist white-majority society in the world; has a better record of legal protection of minorities than any other society, white or black; (and) offers more opportunities to a greater number of black persons than any other society, including all those of Africa.”

During an interview in December with The Daily Caller, Steele said the anti-Americanism that started during the 1960s and has become mainstream and visible in the black community is “heartbreaking and sad.” That anti-Americanism that so dominates the American black identity has been “ruinous to black America, where we are worse off than we were under segregation by almost every socio-economic measure.”

Some people might challenge Steele’s assertion that in many measures blacks are worse off than during segregation. How about some numbers?

As late as 1950, female-headed households were only 18 percent of the black population. Today 70 percent of black children are raised in single-parent households.

In the late 1800s, there were only slight differences between the black family structure and those of other ethnic groups. In New York City in 1925, for example, 85 percent of kin-related black households were two-parent households.

According to the 1938 Encyclopaedia of the Social Sciences, that year 11 percent of black children were born to unwed mothers. Today about 75 percent of black children are born to unwed mothers.

From 1890 to 1940, a slightly higher percentage of black adults had married than white adults. Today about twice as many blacks as whites have never married. The bottom line is that the black family was stronger the first 100 years after slavery than during what will be the second 100 years.

What about the labor market? In every census from 1890 to 1954, blacks were either just as active as or more so than whites in the labor market. During that earlier period, black teen unemployment was roughly equal to or less than white teen unemployment. As early as 1900, the duration of black unemployment was 15 percent shorter than that of whites; today it’s about 30 percent longer. Would anyone suggest that there was less racial discrimination during earlier periods?

White liberals and the Democratic Party are the major beneficiaries of keeping black people fearful, angry, victimized and resentful. It’s crucial to both their political success and their efforts to change our nation. Racial harmony would be a disaster for leftists, be they politicians, academic liberals or news media people.

As for black politicians and civil rights hustlers, Booker T. Washington long ago explained their agenda, writing: “There is another class of coloured people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs — partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs.”

*Walter Edward Williams is an 82 year old American economist, commentator, and academic. He is a Distinguished Professor of Economics at George Mason University, as well as a syndicated columnist and author whose writings frequently appear on Townhall.com, WND, Jewish World Review, and hundreds of newspapers throughout the United States.


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  • luk1955 19/07/2018, 6:21 am

    The Oriental peoples are doing quite well here, and have become model citizens. I know several Orientals, both at work and outside work, and see them as doing better than even most Aussies. Hard working, smart, high goal settings, family oriented, and financially well off. It’s the paedophilic, barbaric, and savage islamic cretans who are the real stain on us.

  • Popular Front 19/07/2018, 6:54 am

    True. I know several Asian-by-descent Australians and better people would be hard to find. Most of our post-WW2 immigrants are the fiercest Australian patriots going, because they know and appreciate all that Australia has gifted them. I myself am decended from immigrant ‘wog’ parentage – father Sicilian & mother Irish but I am 100% Australian.

  • Jack Richards 19/07/2018, 9:37 am

    What Booker T Washington said all those years ago is an exact fit for what the Greens (and collective left) do today – they keep the grievance industry going. They’re the great champions of every minority cause be it Aborigine, boat-people, Muslims, homosexuals, women, land rights for gay whales – you name, they’re there waving their banners and singing “We shall not be moved” around the camp fire in an old growth forest.

    The great irony is, or perhaps “hypocrisy” is a better word, that none of them are part of any of those minorities. Every single Greens federal MP and Senator is white and, as far as I know, heterosexual. Indeed, if one were to believe the rumours, some of the females are enthusiastic heterosexuals who will jump from their latest partner’s bed and announce that all men are rapists.

    I see that the Greens have selected “Uncle Moogy” as their candidate in the seat of Mayo for the upcoming by-election. He has zero chance of being elected – but it’s all about form rather than substance with the Greens. If they were serious about getting a Ngarrindjeri Elder, canoe maker and Medicine Man into Federal Parliament they’d give him the Number 1 spot on their Senate ticket. But that would mean that the very heterosexual white woman, Sarah Hanson-Young, who has barely done a day’s work in her life other than breast-feed her baby in the Senate Chamber, would be relegated to an unwinnable spot of the how-to-vote card. Despite her great championing of the Aboriginal cause – even down to wearing Corrobboree face paint (cultural appropriation?) there’s no way she’s going to step aside and give up her place at the trough for that old bugger.

    The black grievance industry in the USA has made a lot of the stirrers and agitators very well off indeed. Obama’s advisers like Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Louis Farrakhan have all made a very good career from being black.

    • Penguinite 19/07/2018, 11:15 am

      At least Trump stopped them from “Taking a knee” albeit via his Twitter account.

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