Tag: African-Americans

Value of Symbols


justice and COVID-19Observed outside a Circle K recently: two men approached on battered bicycles. One black, one white, they were both desert-lean and weathered. They knew long-term poverty.

Said the black man to the white: “They’re so stupid, they pull down a statue and throw it in the river!” Answered the white man: “Thousands of pounds of bronze!”

This conversation illustrates the Grand Canyon-sized gap between the leftist punks and the poor, those truly without “privilege.” A brief explanation for the perplexed: these were scrap men. They scavenge metal for cash and are acutely aware of the current local market value of every metal. When they see a bronze statue being pulled down by wealthy young whites LARPing* as revolutionaries, these men accurately estimate weight and dollars per pound.

Trump Speed


President Trump and his administration are running at “Trump speed.” This Friday, as the Supremes ending their annual tour, with a finale on tax records that is no Beatles hit, the White House thanked the court in passing. The administration also found time to court Hispanic American voters, all families with school-age children, veterans, and women in need, while backing the blue.

Statement from the Press Secretary
LAW & JUSTICE  Issued on: July 9, 2020

President Trump is gratified by today’s decision by the Supreme Court in Trump v. Mazars.  As the Court made clear, the limited authority of Congress to conduct fact-finding through subpoenas must be used in aid of Congress’ authority to legislate and must be tied to a valid legislative purpose.  Congress may not act as a roving investigative body, especially against a co-equal branch of government.

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I’ve always had a soft spot for old school spirituals.  Simple, straight-forward, honest with no pretenses.  I occasional attend a Lutheran church that interweaves old German hymns with spirituals, partly because of their mixed congregation.  Musically, they laid some of the foundations for jazz and blues, which I also like, and obviously led into gospel […]

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This week has culminated with three major meetings between the president, vice president, and African American leaders from a variety of backgrounds. These were all listening rather than top down talking sessions. President Trump started in the White House and then went to a large church in Dallas, Texas. In Dallas, the president set forth […]

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Strong, Sensible, Domestic Security Policy


Bill of Rights and TrumpPresident Trump ran and won on a strong, sensible Second Amendment policy. He knew the issue was so important, that he made it the subject of his second position paper for the 2016 campaign.* He, his aides, his supporters, and the GOP need to dust that document off and go on offense this next week. Here is how such a Trumpian approach is a winner in American politics.

The 2016 election hinged on several states in the Rust Belt. Salena Zito and Brad Todd documented the surprising voting demographics that came through for President Trump. One of these groups was labeled “girl gun power.”** These were Millennial to Gen X women who had the strongest belief of any demographic group that they had the undeniable right to decide for themselves what kind of firearm was appropriate for their home defense. The NRA very effectively focussed advertising to them, and they chose guns over genital solidarity, even after the Billy Bush tape.

President Trump absolutely must hold these voters. But what of the signs of losing the old core of suburban Republican women? There are concerns that, as Texas attracted businesses from California, it imported new voters who want economic freedom but have contempt for the Second Amendment and social conservatism. Moreover, there are fears that suburban women, even if identifying as Republican, dislike President Trump.

President Trump: Companies Are Doing Well by Doing Good


President Trump hosted another event at the White House to highlight job training and opportunities, together with the claim that companies do well by doing good. This was a different set up than most past events. Instead of people standing around him and people being called to walk up to a microphone, President Trump sat in a group circle. His eldest daughter, Ivanka, was the lead presenter, but the real focus was on people who have long been discounted.

The president sat next to a military veteran, an African-American woman. She told about the military giving her job and life skills and now Toyota, in America, opening doors and challenging her to increased responsibility, to advancement through the skilled labor ranks. She sat next to a suit, a Toyota executive, representing one of many corporate leaderships who President Trump has alternately praised and browbeaten on behalf of American workers, “forgotten no more.”

Juneteenth: Emancipation Day


On June 19, 1865, Union Army Major General Gordon Granger read General Orders, Number 3, to the people of Galveston, Texas. It was two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation, but at last the words of freedom came to African-American slaves in Texas. This day became known as Juneteenth, and eventually became first an unofficial holiday and then a holiday recognized by some states.

General Granger wrote, in part:

The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired labor. The freedmen are advised to remain quietly at their present homes and work for wages. They are informed that they will not be allowed to collect at military posts and that they will not be supported in idleness either there or elsewhere.

Harvard Caught in Victim Vise


Haaah-vahd is caught in a virtuous-victims vise, and it couldn’t happen to a more deserving center of intersectional grievance mongers. For the past year, Harvard has been slowly bled by allegations and then ugly revelations about their administration’s racial problem with Asians. Now, Harvard is being sued for profiting today from the racist Harvard past, specifically by exploiting the image of a slave. The plaintiff claims she is a descendant of the exploited African-American and suffers harm herself in seeing the continued exploitation of her ancestor by Harvard.

So, Harvard University is being sued for discrimination against Asians, in the same way as they once discriminated against Jews, and is being separately sued for the present-day continuation of its 19th-century exploitation of an African-American slave. Perhaps the Harvard shield of arms should be updated, replacing “Veritas,” written across three open books, with a plain black bar sinister.

It couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch:

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This article in the Altantic seems so timely this week: The Whitening of Asian-Americans. In this nonsensical article, the leftist author desperately distracts from the real discrimination by Harvard (and other universities?) against Asians, in favor of blacks. How to justify obscure this? Why, just claim that high-achieving Asians have been “whitened.“ It refers to […]

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Race, what ever it is specifically, is immutable and can’t be changed.  Race, which I know is incredibly hard to define, defines you in certain ways from birth and you have no control over that.  On the other hand, your culture is something that can and does change.  Culture is a world view that you […]

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Alabama special election turnout points to a serious problem in the midterms and 2020 if President Trump does not lead his administration in focused action and messaging towards African Americans. He must peel off enough traditionally Democratic votes to help keep and expand his legislative majorities. Fortunately, President Donald Trump has had his heart and […]

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I have a personal hope to see African Americans embrace conservative ideas on a large scale in my lifetime.  As long as i’ve been alive, people have said that African Americans vote Democrat and there’s no changing it.  I’m not so sure.  I’m from Maryland and I grew up in Prince George’s County.  To anyone not […]

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There Was a Time When…


shutterstock_242295037There was a time when the rate of crimes committed by blacks was within two percentage points as those committed by whites. And both were below 15 percent. There was a time when the murder rate among blacks was almost identical to that of whites and they were both below 14 percent. Likewise, there was a time when the percentage of children born out of wedlock among blacks was almost identical to that of whites. And they were both under 16 percent.

During this entire time (roughly 90 years), blacks really did have to be aware of targeting by some law enforcement. It was standard police procedure in towns large and small in every corner of the nation to have “dragnets” where several likely suspects were just rounded up and questioned with the hope of pinning it on one of them regardless of color. Real lynching of blacks took place all over the United States. Jim Crow and segregation laws were in place in every state.

But during the entire period the black family stayed just as intact as the white family and most were led by men who followed moral codes, worked with energy and honesty and believed in independence. Those Doubting Thomases among you need only to read Fredrick Douglass’s “Self-Made Men” speech (hopefully again and again) and the commencement address delivered this year by Justice Clarence Thomas at Hillsdale College in which he describes his raising in the rural, Jim Crow south by a principled, strong grandfather.

The Poverty Trifecta: Despair, Dependency, Drugs


I’ll admit that our justice system is discriminatory: it favors those who can afford a viable defense and it disfavors the defiant. I’m no sociologist, but I guarantee that defendants represented by private counsel are more apt to receive leniency than those represented by public defenders. Defendants invested in private counsel are more likely to take the advice of counsel seriously and conduct themselves with humility and contrition throughout the judicial process. This garners leniency. These observations are intuitive and cannot likely be proven or reasonably measured; nonetheless, I’m confident they are true and profound.

Consider the state of the poor communities in urban America. Crime rates in these urban areas are legion, but this is not just an African-American problem. The problems of gangs and drugs go hand-in-hand with welfare dependency and persistent single parenthood, and it’s not hard to find pockets of white or Hispanic citizens where these problems persist. In fact, this is not even an urban problem. These problems are epidemic in many small rural towns (especially in California), on the reservation, and in rural Appalachia. That they are most acute in urban black communities does not mean the issue is fundamentally about race.

The ROI of Being African American


moneyThere have been a lot of statistics thrown around this past week about race, violence, crime, and families.  But this one, from The Guardian, brought me up short:

One study shows that while a white family turns every $1 of income into $5 of wealth, for the typical African American family that $1 translates into a mere 69 cents of wealth

We know how progressive liberals interpret this.  Just read The Guardian article — it’s all about the “inequality” and “racist status quo” of American society.  

Ferguson in Perspective: Jason Riley Tells Hard Truths


I am not in a position to judge whether Darren Wilson handled himself properly in his confrontation with Michael Brown. It is clear enough that Brown was a punk — the sort of dope-head thug who would forcibly rob a convenience store. And the story told by Wilson is plausible enough: that Brown was walking in the middle of the street and interfering with traffic; that, when told to move to the sidewalk, he balked; that, when Wilson began to get out of his car, Brown shoved the door back against the policeman, grappled for his gun, and ran; and that he later turned around and charged Wilson. But, of course, this story may not be entirely true, and Wilson may have overreacted.

But even if Wilson is at fault — and I am well aware that policemen can be trigger-happy and that, in a crunch, they can easily get rattled, misjudge, and overreact — what happened in Ferguson that night (as opposed to succeeding nights) was, from a political perspective, inconsequential. As Jason Riley of The Wall Street Journal courageously points out in the video posted below, African-Americans make up 13% of the American population and 50% of the homicide victims, but very, very few of the African-Americans who are killed in this country die at the hands of white policemen. In fact, 90% of the African-Americans who are murdered in the United States are murdered by their fellow African-Americans. What happened in Ferguson was a relatively rare event that may or may not tell us something about Darren Wilson and the police force of St. Louis County. But it tells us nothing about white racism in the nation as a whole and next to nothing about discrimination against American blacks.