Tag: Race Relations

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from Part 1 From my view as a filthy groundling there is a pathology that has taken hold when the champions of civil rights mostly won their hard earned victories and were lacking another “cause” to “fight” for. Instead of dialing back that need to fight and producing a calm and peaceful life while fine […]

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Over at thefederalist.com David Marcus has an excellent piece on the state of race relations and how the intense and increasing focus on “white people” supposedly being the epitome of all ills and evils in the world is actually increasing the things being complained about. Marcus talks about how the boiling resentment of this treatment […]

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Before Obama was elected President, relations between various whites and minorities were probably as good as they have ever been since the 1960s. Morgan Freeman hadn’t yet embarrassed himself by voting for an empty suit, but instead offered this gem during a conversation with Mike Wallace on 60 Minutes:  FREEMAN: What do you do with yours? […]

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The Tired Baltimore Narrative

 

BlackLivesWe know well from the media the tired Baltimore narrative: widespread prejudice and callous indifference, now and in the distant past, built the socio-economic bomb that racist police gratuitously set off, leading to regrettable — but in a sense also justifiable — “rebellions” and “uprisings” marked by cri de coeur looting and arson. “Riot” and “thug” are coded racist words, at least if not spoken by the mayor of Baltimore and the President of the United States. The narrative is usually punctuated by melodramatic warnings from elites of “more to come.” I suppose the subtext is that unless, in our era of $18 trillion in federal debt, more federal money is borrowed and redirected into Baltimore—or unless more resources are devoted to the often personal or careerist agendas of elite critics—then the violence of the underclass may well become endemic and perhaps hit the Upper West Side, Palo Alto or Chevy Chase (though perhaps not Utah, Montana or Texas).

What is startling about this now common story are its glaring self-contradictions. Most of the elite critics, from Marc Lamont Hill to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who blast American society for creating Baltimores never quite explain what it was about their own paths to their success—Intact family? Legitimacy? Mentors? Religion? No criminal record? Drug and handgun avoidance? Generous federal and state programs?—that separated them from the underclass in the street.

Statistics prove irrelevant or worse. It is racist to suggest that if less than 5% of the population, comprised of inner-city African-American males between 15-40 years of age, were not responsible for about half of American crime, then these tragically explosive confrontations with the overworked police might be less common. Nor is there any interest in exploring why Baltimore schools are among the highest-funded in the nation and yet serve their students so poorly. Do the hosts at MSNBC believe that should Baltimore exceed New York in per capita expenditures superb education would follow? Do they really think that stricter gun control of legal and licensed weapons in the suburbs will translate into fewer illegal and unlicensed handguns in the inner city?

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Alternate Title: Let’s Hope Hillary Won’t Do For Gender Relations What The Obama Era Has Done For Race Relations. Sorry African-Americans. According to certain Representatives of government and media it’s all my fault.  The “all” I’m referring to? Urban plight, uneducated children, fatherless homes, crime, drugs, rampant unemployment, malnutrition, incarceration, bigotry, racism, black on black shootings, police on black […]

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