Written on Thursday, December 22, 2011 by Nathaniel Davidson
In one of my first Patriot columns, Conservatives and blacks, I described how liberalism is bad for blacks while conservatism is good for them. Also, how for the longest time, the Republicans have been totally incompetent about reaching out to blacks. All we need to do is win about 20% of black voters, and the Dems will be finished, and good riddance.
Since that column was written, , it has been most encouraging to see articulate black conservatives, such as AlfonZo Rachel telling the truth about the harm that liberal Democrats have done to blacks for over 150 years:
But the liberal attack machine has long been out to destroy blacks who dare to leave the Democrat plantation. Great patriots who happen to be black, such as Walter Williams, Thomas Sowell, Clarence Thomas, and now Herman Cain, have been the subject of vicious character assassinations.
Consider the accusations against Cain: not exactly the most credible accusers, but the Leftist media played this up on the front page. But where were they about the lust child of liberal black race-baiting icon Jesse Jackson— we had nothing less than a virtual media blackout. I suppose leftists will accuse me of racism for using a term like ‘blackout’, so OK, they ‘whiteouted’ most mentions of the lust child of liberal Democrat lawyer John Edwards, conceived when his equally liberal wife was dying of breast cancer. (The child is of course innocent; it just demeans the word “love” to describe tawdry affairs by liberals who can’t keep their trousers on.) And of course, there is Bill Clinton. Ann Coulter tears apart the hypocrisy in her inimitable style in Once you go Conservative Black, you better watch your back:
Ginger White [is] the third woman of questionable character to make an implausible allegation. Liberals say there’s a pattern, but the only pattern is of their making far-fetched accusations of a sexual nature against Cain.
White’s proof that she had a 13-year affair is that she has two of Cain’s books signed by him—one with the incriminating inscription, “Friends are forever! Everything else is a bonus,” and the other, “Miss G, you have already made a ‘big difference!’ Stay focused as you pursue your next destination.” (I know—filthy!)
If that’s proof of an affair, I’ve had thousands of them without even realizing it.
This is the sort of evidence you get with an actual sexual predator: Bill Clinton’s accusers had gifts, taped phone conversations with him and a semen-stained dress.
Gennifer Flowers produced taped telephone calls with Clinton totaling thousands of words between them, with him counseling her on how to deny their affair: “If they ever hit you with it, just say ‘no,’ and go on. There’s nothing they can do … But when they—if somebody contacts you, I need to know … All you got to do is deny it.…
The Democratic left has fortunately given up a lot of its anti-black policies of its history—history that is now whitewashed (or should that be blackwashed?) by the “history” books in the government schools controlled by Democrat teachers unions: how their party supported slavery, opposed the 13th Amendment that banned it, supported racial segregation and Jim Crow laws, helped formed the KKK, turned fire hoses and dogs on peaceful black protestors, and filibustered Civil Rights legislation. And of course, see The Film Black Liberals DON’T Want You to See.
No, the liberals have a much more subtle method. They pretend to help blacks now, by giving them treats like welfare and affirmative action, which are really poisoned apples.
Walter Williams has often said that welfare could do what slavery, Jim Crow and government imposed racial discrimination could not: break up the black family. Today, he points out in the clip below, about 70% of black families are headed by a single parent. But from 1870, just after the slaves were freed, up to the 1940s, 75–90% of black families had two parents. It’s typical of leftists to blame the “legacy of slavery”, racism for the family breakup. But then, how come black families were healthier back then, when they were much closer to the time of slavery, and racism was far worse? Dr. Williams further shows that racism is not the reason, because in Sweden, “the mother of the welfare state”, illegitimacy is 54%, and these are “white” people.
It should be obvious. As Dr Williams says, and what his good friend and fellow economist Dr Thomas Sowell has also said:
I don’t care what you think this [legislation] is going to do. What I care about is: What are you rewarding, and what are you punishing? Because you’re going to get more of what you’re rewarding and less of what you’re punishing.
The welfare laws reward women for having babies out of wedlock, and punish them by cutting off benefits if they marry the father. Yet liberals profess shock that illegitimacy has followed welfare, regardless of race, like flies follow a stench. See also the Patriot column, The Left vs the Poor.
There’s one segment of the black population that suffers only a 9.9 percent poverty rate, and only 13.7 percent of their under-5-year-olds are poor. There’s another segment of the black population that suffers a 39.5 percent poverty rate, and 58.1 percent of its under-5-year-olds are poor.
Among whites, one population segment suffers a 6 percent poverty rate, and only 9.9 percent of its under-5-year-olds are poor.
What do you think distinguishes the high and low poverty populations? The only statistical distinction between both the black and white populations is marriage. There is far less poverty in married-couple families, where presumably at least one of the spouses is employed. Fully 85 percent of black children living in poverty reside in a female-headed household. Another segment of the white population suffers a 26.4 percent poverty rate, and 52 percent of its under-5-year-olds are poor.
I criticized the leftist policy of affirmative action severely in my column Equality: the good and the bad kinds, again relying heavily on Dr. Sowell’s world-wide research. It should not even be called “reverse racism”—it is racism, plain and simple, by definition: discriminating on basis of race.
Here I will concentrate on one bad problem, because of a pending Supreme Court case about racial admissions to universities. This is “academic mismatch”, as George Will explains in a recent column. The unintended consequences of racial preferences.
Consider a black student who is in the top 10% of all students. He would do very well at most universities, probably even an honor student. But if he is admitted by “affirmative action” into a prestigious school where most students are in the top 1%, he would likely fall behind. The affirmative action proponents love to promote these “mascots”. But once they have fulfilled their function, they are of no more use to the liberals, who care not that they fail more often, whereas they might have gained a perfectly acceptable degree at a less prestigious university.
Sowell presents actual data in “Affirmative Action” and College Graduation Rates. He shows that there were more black students in the Californian university system after racial preferences were abolished, and less dropping out because they were overmatched. For proof:
Compare racial preferences in Colorado, for example. At the flagship University of Colorado at Boulder, test score differences between black and white students have been more than 200 points—and only 39 percent of the black students graduated, compared to 72 percent of white students. Meanwhile, at the University of Colorado at Denver, where the SAT score difference was a negligible 30 points, there was also a negligible difference in graduation rates—50 percent for blacks and 48 percent for whites.
Liberalism has been a poisoned chalice for the black community. But they won’t learn that conservatism is good if they are never informed! Conversely, all the policies they love from Democrats, such as welfare and affirmative action, actually benefit mainly white liberals, but have devastated black families and students. There is much more I could say, but Milton Friedman said it better, e.g. how it has always been liberal big-government policies that have kept minorities down, including minimum wage laws and government schooling, while they have done best in free markets.