Three Reasons Why Racism Is Not Holding Blacks Back
When people such as writer and political activist Susan Sontag call the U.S. “a passionately racist country,” what reasons can we offer in rebuttal? Here are three reasons (along with three short videos below) that racism is not the main problem for blacks:
1. Many blacks are successful, and many black athletes, entertainers, and politicians are popular
Racism is not nearly the problem it was in the past, as witnessed by the popularity of athletes, entertainers, and politicians. Racism is used by the Left to consolidate their power.
THE CASE AGAINST RACISM
MANY BLACKS ARE SUCCESSFUL, AND MANY BLACK ATHLETES, ENTERTAINERS, AND POLITICIANS ARE POPULAR
Description: Larry Elder’s father was not able to get jobs because of his race, but eventually became a janitor and owned his own café. His mother and father told Larry about racism while he was growing up, but also how racism is much less today. His father had to work two jobs and slept only about 4 hours a night, but he provided for his family and avoided poverty. Today, you can also avoid poverty if you work hard, avoid making bad moral mistakes, finish high school, don’t have a child before you are 20 years old, and get married before you have a child. In his book, What’s Race Got To Do With It, he discusses why race is not the issue that it once was.
2. What’s holding the black community down is illegitimacy, not racism
In 1940 Black illegitimacy was 19%; in 2008 it was 72.5%. The black family has disintegrated, and this is the primary problem, not racism.
THE CASE AGAINST RACISM
WHAT’S HOLDING THE BLACK COMMUNITY DOWN IS ILLEGITIMACY, NOT RACISM
Description: Dr. Walter Williams, economics professor at George Mason University, explains that the welfare state has done to Black Americans what slavery could not do: break up the Black Family. Today, only 30% of Black kids live in two parent households compared to 70-90% during 1870-1940. In 1940 Black illegitimacy was 19%; in 2008 it is 72.5%.
Description: According to Star Parker, founder and president of the Center for Urban Renewal and Education (CURE), the welfare recipient is not only destroyed, but whole communities are destroyed. After the war on poverty in the 60s, we began to see the unraveling of the entire black community because the family collapsed. During the 60s, the black family was pretty healthy. 78% of husbands were in their homes with their wives raising their children. But after the government said “you don’t have to work, you don’t have to save, you don’t have to get married,” marriage stopped. Now, 70% of black children are born outside of marriage. What happens when you don’t have an intact family? Your values change; your culture changes; and your community changes.