IS THE RECENT FIGHT FOR RACIAL JUSTICE WORSENING LIFE FOR BLACKS IN AMERICA?
Not too long ago, all the mainsteeam media (MSM) talked about was climate change. Now, it’s racial injustice and the way they’re going about it, you’d think the world is made up of only Blacks and Whites.
What are the strategies adopted in this fight? There are seminars to make White people acknowledge their guilt and privilege (the assumption being that they are all racist and privileged by reason of their skin colour). Some of these trainings demand that Whites apologise and defer to Blacks to atone for centuries of oppression and give up their comforts and opportunities for Blacks (the assumption being again that by virtue of being White, doors just open for them and they have it made in life). This absurd reasoning is captured in the quote below.
White(ness) is a passport. It’s a ticket. The world is a white amusement park and your white skin buys you into it.- A.S. King
None of this has any bearing on reality. There are racists of all colours- it is not an exclusively White prejudice- and there are struggling/enslaved people and oppressors among all races and always have been. Slavery and segregation have long been abolished in the US and Affirmative Action policy instituted to give minorities a leg up in jobs, school admissions and other aspects of life. While government and private organisations and individuals are encouraged to bridge the gaps between the well-to-do and the have-nots, we cannot reasonably expect equality for everyone in education, income and standard of living at any point in history.
So expectedly, while there is no law in the US limiting any group’s chances of success, there are, however, differences of outcomes for different people based on their peculiar situations and choices and these differences are not usually determined by race. Even among the members of the same family, not everyone is equally successful. Some are more intelligent than others, some are held back by moral failings and misfortunes, like crime, indolence, addiction, sickness, accidents or losses.
Where government policies make a negative difference in the US, they are working in an ironic fashion. Blacks traditionally vote Democrat and the Democratic Party is the loudest, co-ordinating with BLM and other activist organisations in the fight for racial justice. Yet, it is in the Democrat-run states and cities that life is hardest for Blacks as we shall see in this discourse.
Insisting that White people are inherently bad and Blacks entitled to appeasement and reparations as these re-education seminars do will build resentment among Whites in due course. It will not improve racial harmony or make Whites and Blacks truly comfortable around one another, not when Whites are expected to walk on egg shells, constantly struggling to not offend the sensibilities of Blacks as dictated by social justice warriors (SJWs) and the “White privilege” instructors.
Another strategy for fighting racial injustice as we have seen in the past few months since the death of George Floyd during arrest by a police officer in Minneapolis in May is the organising of protests. The MSM has fully encouraged these protests which escalate into riots with arson and looting in Black communities. The violence and destruction of the last few months have been allowed to proceed unchecked in Democrat-run cities like Portland, Seattle and New York. This has obviously hurt Blacks with many businesses in those communities destroyed or relocated.
According to Reuters, “The gap in unemployment rates between Blacks and whites in the United States widened for a fourth straight month in August, and the spread between the races is now the largest in nearly six years.” The possible reasons for this growing disparity are not hard to find.
The riots, ostensibly caused by police killing of “unarmed” Blacks, and the hurried/high-handed prosecution of police officers involved (with little regard to the circumstances but an eagerness to appease the mobs) lead to reduced policing and a sharp increase in crime rates (especially murder). This has been dubbed the Ferguson Effect by St. Louis police chief, Doyle Sam Dotson III, after the riots following the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri in 2014. The higher crime rates then disincentive businesses from investing or remaining in the affected neighbourhoods.
In addition, the interminable shutdowns in Democrat-run cities, which the MSM have promoted with fear-mongering about positive Covid cases despite the fact that death and hospitalisation rates have plummeted, has limited everyone’s chances of getting jobs, particularly Blacks with less skills and education.
BLM rhetoric which calls for reparations and redistribution of wealth and even justifies looting and endless protesting with the goal of tearing down American society may very well be encouraging laziness and a disinclination to seek employment among some Blacks who have bought into that rhetoric. This is reminiscent of the Democrat extension of welfare to poor people that, rather than raise them out of poverty, has made them more dependent on government. The fact that welfare is more readily available to women and single mums has negatively impacted male presence in homes and led to a breakdown of the traditional.family among poorer people, particularly Blacks. The father absence has led to poorer life outcomes for many Black kids in health, education, interactions with law enforcement, etc. The intentions may sound noble but the effects have been disastrous.
These new agitators for racial justice haven’t helped Blacks either. Bear in mind that BLM and similar groups are promoted by the MSM and have raised billions of dollars, none of which has been used to better the lives of Blacks by investing in education, infrastructural and business development in Black communities. All that money has gone straight to Democrat candidates.
On the security of lives and property, the experience of ordinary Blacks is becoming more harrowing during this so-called fight for social justice. Activists give the impression that all White cops are racist and they are killing off Blacks, just for their skin colour. The truth is that most of those killed or injured in encounters with the police were aggressive, resisting arrest and some of those initially said to be unarmed were actually armed. Take the case of Jacob Blake in Kenosha Wisconsin on Aug. 23. Media reports state that he had a knife and Deon Kay, shot on Sept. 2 by DC police in Southeast Washington, had a gun.
At this point, the BLM narrative seems to be that the police has no right to arrest or shoot any Blacks even if they brandish weapons or are caught in criminal behaviour, hence its Defund the Police campaign. The Kill the Cops corollary of that, which is leading to the killing of police officers in cold blood, is going to get more Blacks killed as policemen and women begin to defend themselves.
The anti-cop sentiments of BLM, Antifa and other radical groups have been embraced by Democrat leaders in America, leading to drastic cuts in personnel and budgets. In NYC alone, a 600-man plainclothes division was disbanded and one billion dollars cut from the NYPD budget for the 2020 fiscal year. Add to this the introduction of no cash bail even for violent offenders in places like New York and the reluctance of liberal DAs to prosecute crime suspects but their hasty charging of ordinary citizens who try to defend themselves and their property with felonies. The result is a meaningless law enforcement system that is essentially a revolving door for criminals. When criminals are caught and released promptly with no fear of punishment from the state, is it any wonder that they get more busy and brazen in their illegal activities?
Law enforcement officers are never ‘off duty.’ They are dedicated public servants who are sworn to protect public safety at any time and place that the peace is threatened. They need all the help that they can get. – Barbara Boxer
Consequent upon the foregoing, many Democrat-controlled cities have become war zones where activists/criminals get shot by their kind and by the police and law-abiding Blacks are at the mercy of criminals with the lack of deterrence formerly provided by proper police presence.
The Black community should realise that radical/Marxist groups like BLM and the MSM are its enemies, not friends. Their stoking of race divisions in the US has done nothing good for Blacks. This has rather left Black neighbourhoods more impoverished after each cycle of needless violence as already stated.
Blacks should settle down and pursue the American dream like everyone else. They should not listen to lies that legitimise criminal behaviour and discourage legal, gainful employment. This is what Black racial justice activists are doing by claiming that rioting is the only way Blacks can express their anger at racial injustice and that looting is a right way of getting reparations and redistributing property. Besides, they argue that expressing concern about looting is to value property above human life and businesses have insurance. This underestimates the pain of those who are losing their entire lives’ work to the mayhem, many of whom are Blacks and other struggling folks of all colours. Insurance companies do not have bottomless pockets, so widespread destruction hurts those companies as well. And these crime apologists ignore the fact that both police and ordinary people are getting killed in the course of the vandalism, looting and arson.
The Black community is facing a moral crisis. The current endorsement of BLM and participation in riots is reinforcing the stereotypes that Black people are irrational, malleable, lazy, seek instant gratification and are prone to criminal behaviour and violence. These stereotypes transmitted through music and movies, especially rap music, are being glorified by liberal activists and their party, the Democratic Party.
They are attacking traditional values in the Black community like faith in God, hard work and accountability. Blacks had closely-knit families, strong fathers and husbands, supportive and submissive wives and mothers from the end of slavery till the explosion of government welfare programmes in the mid 1960’s with Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society Act and the War on Poverty therein as explained earlier. BLM’s avowed desire to destroy the traditional nuclear (two-parent) family is, therefore, insidious.
But its warped value prescription for Blacks is receiving amplification from institutions that are pushing leftist ideology. In June, the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture published guidelines for talking about race which claimed that rational thinking, hard work, subdued elegance, belief in one God and maintaining a strong family structure while pursuing individual success are White values. No, they are not! They are universal, decent and mostly Bible-based values. The museum’s claims expectedly elicited widespread outrage. The excesses of emotional rioters, get-rich-quick gangsters, wealth-flaunting Black rappers, God-dishonouring atheists/polytheists/Satan worshippers, hardened sex workers, LGBTQ+P perverts and Marxist commune enthusiasts do not represent Black values. It comes down to good and bad, not White and Black.
Blacks are not the only minority group in America. Those constantly pitting them.against Whites are not doing them any favours. Asian-Americans (another minority group are the richest demographic group in America. In the jobs report Reuters referred to, Hispanics (another minority group) gained over 1 million of the 1.4 million jobs added in August. Black folks should revive traditional values and their conscience by maintaining stable two-parent families, acquiring education and skills, cherishing the dignity of labour, accepting personal responsibility for their choices and actions, respecting authority and, last but not the least, walking with God in faith and love for all humanity. This is the path to progress, not endless victimhood and lawlessness in pursuit of a Communist utopia which translated to misery, oppression, unimaginable poverty and death for many
citizens wherever it was implemented.
You cannot take any people, of any color, and exempt them from the requirements of civilization — including work, behavioral standards, personal responsibility and all the other basic things that the clever intelligentsia disdain — without ruinous consequences to them and to society at large.- Thomas Sowell
For more on the issues raised in this post, see the following:
1. Black Lives Matter is based on a Letist Lie – The Lutchman Report
3. The systemic racism and police brutality narrative is getting people killed – Larry Elder