….. if we conclude that racial discrimination is the major cause of black problems when it isn’t, then effective solutions will be elusive forever. To begin to get a handle on the answer, let’s pull up a few historical facts about black Americans.
In 1950, female-headed households were 18 percent of the black population. Today it’s close to 70 percent. One study of 19th-century slave families found that in up to three-fourths of the families, all the children lived with the biological mother and father. In 1925 New York City, 85 percent of black households were two-parent households. Herbert Gutman, author of “The Black Family in Slavery and Freedom, 1750-1925,” reports, “Five in six children under the age of six lived with both parents.”
A study of 1880 family structure in Philadelphia found that three-quarters of black families were nuclear families (composed of two parents and children). What is significant, given today’s arguments that slavery and discrimination decimated the black family structure, is the fact that years ago, there were only slight differences in family structure among racial groups.
Coupled with the dramatic breakdown in the black family structure has been an astonishing growth in the rate of illegitimacy. The black illegitimacy rate in 1940 was about 14 percent; black illegitimacy today is over 70 percent, and in some cities, it is over 80 percent.
Each year, roughly 7,000 blacks are murdered. Ninety-four percent of the time, the murderer is another black person. …… The black academic achievement gap is a disaster. Often, black 12th-graders can read, write and deal with scientific and math problems at only the
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level of white sixth-graders. This doesn’t bode well for success in college or passing civil service exams. If it is assumed that problems that have a devastating impact on black well-being are a result of racial discrimination and a “legacy of slavery” when they are not, resources spent pursuing a civil rights strategy will yield disappointing results.” read more from Walter E. Williams: here
The problem is not racism. It’s not prejudice. There are many black Americans who have not only succeeded, but surpassed what most free Americans would ever hope to achieve. What’s the difference? What is the gap between success and poverty, failure, drug usage and prison time?
Dare I say moral and ethical values.
Welfare has achieved its intended purpose, which was to created a political dependent class (voting Democrats). No need for a wage earning father — there would be government money for that. How’d that work out?
Quite often, I’ve heard a black child reciting how proud he or she is of their poor grammar and English, so they “don’t sound white”. So, sounding stupid and uneducated is an achievement? Says who? Who’s teaching these kids that being education, speaking accurately and well, knowing how to read and do basic math, is just “being white”? A racist, I should imagine.
When government interfered and made available “free money” for ‘Welfare mothers’, our nation took a turn for the worse. Welfare should not be a lifestyle but a temporary helping hand. A woman in church, who worked in the local Welfare office, had a black woman with her 5 kids come in the office. One of the children, about 8 years old, asked Mrs. Welfare Worker if “she would be his worker when he grew up?” She was stunned and speechless.
Black on black murder is out of control. Chicago is a ‘killing zone’ for black, male youths, who apparently have nothing better to do than join gangs and murder each other. This isn’t the result of “racism” — it’s the result of poor parenting, lack of control, education and respect for God and your neighbor.
There are many poor people who don’t commit crimes but grow up to be successful. That actually describes the majority of Americans! A basic education is needed to know your country, your society, your history and so that we don’t speak like idiot buffoons when applying for a job. And please note, I do not added college in that education. There are quite a few wealthy Americans who didn’t go to college — some created Microsoft.
Hating, rioting and condemning an “innocent til proven guilty” man is something black Americans hated and fought against 100 years ago. And now, out of ignorance and hated, prejudge too many situations… like Trayvon Martin and this Michael Black. Too many in “the black community” are ready to embrace finding someone guilty . . . out of racial hatred. Isn’t that the same thing you condemn from non blacks?
People like Eric Holder continue to fuel the fires of racism with comments like Americans are a “nation of cowards” and then maligns non blacks for addressing the topic.
Al Sharpton’s entire life has been fighting — not for “peace” or “justice”, but at keeping racial hatred of blacks toward whites, alive and well.
Jesse Jackson got rich blackmailing companies on racially, division basis. Another race hustler for political and financial gains.
Black Americans should find real role models: Walter E. Williams, Clarence Thomas, Ben Carson, Col. Allen West….for starts. They don’t preach hate, but ethics, work, education and responsibility. It worked for them; it works for all that use it.