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Worse Than Racists
Walter E. Williams Walter E. Williams |Posted: Apr 19, 2017 12:01 AM Share
Worse Than Racists
As a group, black Americans have made the greatest gains -- over some of the
highest hurdles and in a very short span of time -- of any racial group in
mankind's history. What's the evidence? If one totaled up the earnings of
black Americans and considered us as a separate nation with our own gross
domestic product, we would rank among the 20 richest nations. It was a black
American, Gen. Colin Powell, who once headed the world's mightiest military.
Black Americans are among the world's most famous personalities, and a few
are among the world's richest people.
The significance of these and other achievements is that at the end of the
Civil War, neither a slave nor a slave owner would have believed such
progress would be possible in a little over a century -- if ever. As such,
it speaks to the intestinal fortitude of a people. Just as importantly, it
speaks to the greatness of a nation in which such gains were possible.
Nowhere else on the face of the earth would such progress be possible except
in the United States of America. The big and thorny issue that confronts our
nation is how these gains can be extended to the one-third or more of the
black population for whom they have proved elusive.
A major part of the solution should be the elimination of public and private
policy that rewards inferiority and irresponsibility. Chief among the
policies that reward inferiority and irresponsibility is the welfare state.
When some people know that they can have children out of wedlock, drop out
of school and refuse employment and suffer little consequence, one should
not be surprised to see the growth of such behavior. The poverty rate among
blacks is about 30 percent. It's seen as politically correct to blame
today's poverty on racial discrimination, but that's nonsense. Why? The
poverty rate among black intact husband-and-wife families has been in the
single digits for more than two decades. Does one want to argue that racists
discriminate against female-headed families but not husband-and-wife
Education is one of the ways out of poverty, but stupid political
correctness stands in the way for many blacks. For example, a few years ago,
a white Charleston, South Carolina, teacher frequently complained of black
students calling her a white b----, white m-----f-----, white c--- and white
ho. School officials told her that racially charged profanity was simply
part of the students' culture and that if she couldn't handle it, she was in
the wrong school. The teacher brought a harassment suit, and the school
district settled out of court for $200,000.
To suggest that such disrespectful and violent behavior, though it's
observed in many predominantly black schools, is part of black culture is an
insulting lie. Worse than that is the fact that such destructive behavior
and lack of respect for authority is rewarded. We can see some of the
results by visiting some city public schools where violence, disorder and
disrespect is the order of the day.
Many whites are ashamed and saddened by our history of slavery, Jim Crow and
gross racial discrimination. As a result, they often hold blacks accountable
to standards and conduct they would never accept from whites. A recent
example is black students at colleges such as NYU, UC Berkeley, UCLA and
Oberlin demanding racially segregated housing. Spineless college
administrators have caved to their demands. These administrators would never
even listen to a group of white students demanding white-only housing
accommodations. These administrators and other guilt-ridden whites have one
standard of conduct for whites and a lower standard for blacks.
Black people can be thankful that racist forms of double standards and
public and private policies rewarding inferiority and irresponsibility were
not broadly accepted during the 1920s, '30s, '40s and '50s. There would not
have been the kind of intellectual excellence and spiritual courage that
created the world's most successful civil rights movement.