The American Dilemma and How We Can Fix It


The other day I finished reading Jason Riley’s new book, “Please Stop Helping Us.”  Riley, a black conservative member of the editorial board of “The Wall Street Journal,” makes a compelling case for how liberal policies intended to improve the condition of inner city black Americans have actually resulted in the further deterioration of their condition.

And then along comes Ferguson, MO.  An eighteen year old black man is shot to death by a member of that city’s police department.  We don’t have the details of this death and the incident that led to it, but if Al Sharpton is on the scene, we have a pretty good idea how this will be portrayed – even before all the facts are known.

On Yahoo News today I read a story about the most dangerous cities in America in which to live.

If you read the article, the basis for determining the level of “danger” was based on the number of incidents that involved either personal harm or property damage based on one thousand of population.  There is one thing that jumped out at me as several names appeared in the list.  But there were other communities with which I was less familiar and I wanted to see what percentage of black Americans comprised their population.  Here’s the percentage per community:

10.  Newburgh, NY 35%

9.  Oakland, CA  36%

8.  Chester, PA 75%

7.  Bessemer, AL 71%

6.  Detroit, MI  82%

5.  Saginaw, MI  43%

4.  West Memphis, AR  61%

3.  Camden, NJ  53%

2.  Flint, MI  53%

1.  East St. Louis, IL  98%

Overall, black Americans comprise about 13.2% of the population.

While the liberal media seized on the situation in Ferguson as yet another example of white racism resulting in the death of yet another innocent young black man, which it may turn out to be or not, there is virtually never a story about the almost daily, routine violence which exists in our black inner city neighborhoods – violence that almost always involve a black perpetrator and a black victim.

When we hear the stories about the violence and numbers of shootings and gun deaths in Chicago, there is never a mention of the fact that virtually all of these involve blacks doing the shooting and blacks being those who are shot.  The only way you would know what and where these things happen is if you’re familiar with the city and its neighborhoods or infer who is involved from those who are being interviewed.  Charity would call this poor journalism.  Honesty would call this a deliberate attempt to withhold the truth.

Poverty and violence are twin evil sisters, the latter stemming as a direct result from the former.  Should you disagree with that statement, please advise me of one affluent person who has ever been involved in looting a store, whatever the purported pretext.  What is happening in Ferguson, MO under the guise of “racial justification and retribution,” is little more than an excuse to grab and steal by people who are either unable or unwilling to work and earn.  They are responding in much the same way as the Eloi in H. G. Wells’, “The Time Machine” when the food is put out for them, not realizing that they are merely being fattened for the slaughter.

If the inner city black community read Riley’s book it might be an eye opener for them.  They might then think of those in the liberal white community who have manufactured these socially engineered welfare programs in their nearly one hundred variations and say to themselves, “With friends like these, who needs enemies?”

Comments on: "POVERTY AND VIOLENCE" (9)

  1. If there is any subject that brings forth more crickets chirping in the night, I don’t know what it is. Every so often, an esteemed columnist (like yourself, but including folks like Thomas Sowell, Walter Williams, et. al.) reminds us of this 800-pound gorilla. Apparently, it is an angry gorilla, because our leaders, black and white, run from it, our various forms of so-called mass media run from it, and nothing is ever done to truly attempt to address the real issues. This seems to be the quintessential “whistlin’ in the wind” topic.

    Ironically, it is a closely-related term, “poverty”, that is the most-used but least understood concept in America. Because of how we define poverty, most people who live in “poverty” in this country live in reasonable comfort as compared to those who truly live in poverty in most nations. The percentage of people in the U.S. who actually must live in poverty (i.e., without adequate food, shelter, medical care, and clothing) is surprisingly small, but we hear the term “poverty” applied all over the place, with simplistic income levels applied to it — income levels that do not include the value of government benefits, in most cases.

    So we [often with ill intent] over-emphasize “poverty” as a cause of unrest, while we [often with ill intent] under-emphasize deep-seated cultural, moral, and dependency issues within our “under-class”, and here we are — unable to make any real progress against a malaise that threatens the nation’s very moral core.

    Done with my rant.

  2. I pretty much agree wit both you and Illero here.

    I also have friends in St. Louis who reliably (and vehemently) assert that is not Ferguson residents doing the rioting, except possibly a few followers, it is almost entirely outsiders, in it for themselves, regardless of the damage to residents.

    • That doesn’t surprise me. I’ve said this before but in my very nice, well-integrated middle class community, ninety-five percent of our crime was committed by people on the periphery of the neighborhood – all of which were extremely poor neighborhoods.

  3. There is a lesson that we could learn from “think tanks.” The concept is very simple. Put enough brilliant minds together in the same place to throw out ideas and between them they are likely to come up with some brilliant inovations and perhaps some life-changing inventions.

    The opposite is equally true. If you put together a community of under or uneducated people, ignorance becomes the accepted norm and anything more than that becomes a threat to the population. But Riley’s major point, one that is well worth taking, is that it is up to the individual to make the most of her or himself as he can. it is not up to society to do that for him – and fifty years of effort in that direction has proven to be an abysmal failure.

    If there is racism in this country, and there probably are people who hold that view – it is a function of looking at what members of the black community do – which then is mixed with the message of who they are. Unfortunately, even though it is under-reported, the image that many white Americans have of blacks is based on their vision of the black inner city community – a terrible example of violence unleashed in all its furor. if that is your only picture of people – all of whom happen to be black – it should not be surprising that as a white American you would arrive at a negative, even fearful view, of black people. In fact, it would be illogical for a reasonable person to arrive at any but that conclusion.

    Sadly, those who claim to be “leaders” in the black community are not only subscribers to the “victimization” mentality but wrote that movements founding documents. They not only ignore those blacks like Dr. Ben Carson, Walter Williams, Thomas Sowell and other black Americans who have done amazing things – in many cases coming out of the same dire conditions which we find in black ghettos in this country today. It would be enough of an indictment if we simply chastized them for ignoring these success stories. But they go further and actually attack these individuals because, to use the Asian term, their very existence threatens the “rice bowl” of those who make a living stirring up the masses.

    Dr. King was absolutely correct. it is “character” not “color” which a rational person should use to evaluate another person. Sadly, the “character” of many of those in our inner cities is sadly wanting.

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  5. Reblogged this on Let's Get Political and commented:
    This is an article that should be read by everyone, but especially by those who lean liberal but don’t really know why other than that is the way their parents leaned or it is the way their spouse and friends lean.

    I have also read Jason’s book [discussed below] and I highly recommend that everyone read it for a better understanding of what is being done to the black community; which, in spite of a black President, still has the highest unemployment and poverty rate in the nation. Maybe you will find some of the answers to the question, “Why”?

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