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One could make a far more persuasive argument that exactly the opposite is true, that massive amounts of government spending from the Great Society onward have led to a level of dependency that has all but destroyed black American communities. Communities where the out-of-wedlock birthrate has reached a staggering 72 percent. In fact someone did:
From the wild Irish slums of the 19th-century Eastern seaboard, to the riot-torn suburbs of Los Angeles, there is one unmistakable lesson in American history: a community that allows large numbers of young men to grow up in broken families, dominated by women, never acquiring any stable relationship to male authority, never acquiring any set of rational expectations about the future–that community asks for and gets chaos. Crime, violence, unrest, disorder…are not only to be expected, they are very near to inevitable. And they are richly deserved.
That was written by liberal Daniel Patrick Moynihan — in 1966. He was both excoriated and accused of racism for pointing out that the changes made by the Johnson administration in the Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) program–heretofore reserved as a means of funding once-married women who had lost the primary male supporter of the family, to one where any household with no male family head present would receive federal funds–was a recipe for disaster. Right-wing columnist Ann Coulter was also lambasted for pointing out that “a 1990 study by the left-wing Progressive Policy Institute showed that, after controlling for single motherhood, the difference in black and white crime disappeared.” Someone else also made the connection between single motherhood and a “dearth of opportunities” as well, noting that “[C]hildren living with single mothers are five times more likely to be poor than children in two-parent households.”
That last quote was from The Audacity of Hope, written by President Barack Obama.
So why does the American left continue to promote big-government policies antithetical to the nation’s well-being in general, and black American communities in particular? Despite all protestations to the contrary, the left requires a certain level of social pathology, which in turn leads to government dependency, as a means of maintaining power. Thus, the same President Obama is willing to completely mischaracterize any attempt by conservatives to wean people off government programs as a “brand of ‘you’re on your own’ economics,” even as he claims a “rugged individualism and our healthy skepticism of too much government…has never worked.”
Perhaps, given his dismal track record regarding the economy, it becomes necessary for the president to try and convince Americans that the essence of our national character for more than two centuries never existed. It is precisely that kind of denial of reality that will undoubtedly engender reflexive charges of racism directed at this column for pointing out that which is factual, while reporting the facts remains off-limits for a mainstream media. A mainstream media whose own videos of the various incidents reveal those facts.
Pretending that the nihilistic impulses of a substantial portion of black American youth don’t exist serves no one, save an American left willing to ignore that nihilism for its own nefarious ends. For the left, criticizing black American youth for their thuggish behavior must be measured against the necessity of maintaining the unquestioning allegiance of black Americans–and their votes.
It is an allegiance that will be maintained in the 2012 election campaign by branding any criticism of the current president, much like the criticism directed at black youth here, as racist, even as this president and his party themselves continue to promote the division of Americans by race and class.
Perhaps promoting such divisiveness is politically expedient. But there is nothing remotely uplifting about an ideology that does so–and then turns around and brands anyone a bigot for noticing the ongoing destruction of the black family, with all of its attendant pathologies, that ideology gave birth to. Progressive ideologues and their media enablers continue to suppress the manifestations of those attendant pathologies, hoping that people won’t notice. But they do notice. Moreover, the calculated silence, rather than assuaging racial divisions, exacerbates them.
Americans cannot move beyond racial division by collectively walking on eggshells. Those who would resort to mayhem in order to purchase a pair of sneakers, or bash someone’s head in for nothing more than a thrill, do not merit anonymity of any kind. It was Martin Luther King who hoped that someday, all Americans would be judged by the content of their character, not the color of their skin. Those who wish, along with their enablers, to hide behind the color of their skin in order to avoid being judged by the content of their character do the great Dr. King a grave disservice.
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