To The Daily Sun,
Why do liberal/progressives, mostly of a Democratic persuasion, want to relive the 1960s all over again? Why do they patronize our black population by excusing their bad behavior as a necessary response to any perceived or real slight? Why does our president continue to bring up slavery, Jim Crow laws and segregation as a reason for today's young black males to believe they can't make it because the white man is holding them down? Lest we forget, those three historical examples belong to the Democrat party. The very same party of condescension that continues to keep the bar so low for young blacks, that many actually believe government is the only solution to their poverty, poor education and lack of economic opportunity. I can't think of anything more racist.
Liberal journalists and academicians continue to ignore the root causes of a remarkably unchanged poverty rate among blacks despite some $22 trillion having been spent on poverty programs since the 1960s. They claim it's police terrorism, white racism and right-to-work states that cause young black men to loot businesses, destroy cars, burn down buildings, join gangs and kill each other. Yes, they destroy their very own neighborhoods as we have witnessed in Baltimore.
CNN's own professor, Marc Lamont Hill, claimed that there should not have been calm after Mr. Gray's death because black people have been dying in the streets for decades. So he asserts that the Baltimore riots should rightfully be called "uprisings". Professor Hill, where have you been? Who has been killing over 90 percent of blacks over those many decades? Isn't it other black people? Well yes, but that doesn't fit the progressive lens of persistent and pervasive "white racism" and "killer cops".
John Perazzo, columnist for Frontpage magazine, encapsulates the likely thinking of President Obama who cleverly disguises the way many believe he really thinks: "White Republicans are a pack of greedy racists who reject my wealth-redistribution plans for our inner cities. And that's why Baltimoreans are angry." I think Jeremiah Wright, Frank Marshall Davis and Obama's Marxist professors would agree.
Baltimore taxpayers are currently spending more than $16,000 per year, per pupil for the city's public schools or 48 percent more than the national average. Baltimore has been run almost exclusively by Democrats for 50 years. They have driven millions of people to the suburbs and hundreds of businesses out of the city with excessive property, school, sales and business taxes.
What does Baltimore have to show for all these expenditures? A median household income that is 45 percent below Maryland's state average and a poverty rate close to 70 percent higher than the national average. Nearly 37 percent of young black men between the ages of 18 and 24 are unemployed. Baltimore has now lost one-third of the population it had back in the 1960s. Back then, the city had nearly 1 million residents, 23 percent of whom were black and the median family income was 7 percent higher than the national average. Black families had a marriage rate that was equal to that of white families. Now, 73 percent of black children are born with parents who are not married.
Baltimore is following on the heels of Detroit as are many other large cities. The great majority of these young black men have grown up without a father in the home. Nearly three-quarters of black families are lacking a male parent in the home. Family disintegration is at the very core of this problem. Union-backed inner city public schools are graduating students without the requisite skills to compete for jobs, so many turn to drugs as the only way to earn money. Democrats have driven businesses out of the city leaving young black people with little hope of getting out of poverty.
Yes, Freddie Gray's death is a terrible tragedy. The police may have acted badly, so let's hope we have a thorough and fair investigation. But can we be clear about what led up to this unnecessary death. Freddie did make bad choices, but he had the misfortune of being born into a corrupt, government-controlled climate that left him with few choices.
Police are rarely ever the problem despite being placed daily in dangerous situations while trying to protect black communities. It is over a half century of failed Democratic social policies, a complicit media and ideologically deluded university professors that is the cause of most of this misery and death. Even now, they offer a terribly misguided rationale for the current rise of rioting and anarchy. Unbelievable.
I think Derek Hunter's assessment of the failure of the War on Poverty tells the true story. "We still have the same rate of poverty. Because that money was not spent to help those in poverty; it was spent on government bureaucrats to administer benefits to those in poverty." Or, as Star Parker has brilliantly illustrated in her book of the same name, the government has created a modern day, "Uncle Sam's Plantation".
Democrats somehow still believe that another 50 years of failed Great Society programs, including redundant jobs programs, welfare without work requirements and disincentives for families to remain intact is still the desired method to lift people out of poverty. Martin Luther King, Jr. once reminded us, "Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."
Democrats and liberals in academia claim that we need an honest discussion about race relations. Yet they continue to foment hate, divide the nation along racial lines, attack our police force and demand more money for more government programs without accountability. Walter Williams and Thomas Sowell have been having honest conversations about race relations for a long time, delivering much needed light on this subject. Yet President Obama picks Al Sharpton to be his top adviser on race relations. I think that says it all doesn't it?
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