Blacks and Politics


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Black families are more stable and illegitimacy and welfare dependency are much lower than they were when whites dominated the political machinery of these cities. Also, since blacks have replaced white mayors and city councils, black citizens are murdered less and are far safer on the streets and in their homes. Even more noticeable is the fall in unemployment, particularly since the nation elected a black president. You say, “Williams, anyone making such statements suffers from a special kind of lunacy and ought to be put into an insane asylum!”

It doesn’t demean black political achievement to ask what black political power means for the lives of ordinary black people. Put another way, is political power a necessary condition for economic power? Let’s look around.

Japanese- and Chinese-Americans faced gross discrimination in our country, but when’s the last time you heard them worrying about how many mayors and congressmen they have? Are they in a tizzy over the tea party’s call for constitutional government, reduced spending and a balanced budget? By the way, Japanese- and Chinese-Americans have median family incomes higher than white Americans despite having no political power, even in areas where they are most numerous.

Let me be clear. I am not stating a causal link between the fact of black political power and the poor living conditions of so many blacks in our urban centers. I’m simply offering evidence that the expectation that black political power will translate into socio-economic well-being for the ordinary black citizen is apt to be disappointing. Political power empowers — and even enriches — the political elite; for them, getting out their constituent vote is the be-all and end-all. It’s the economic arena, featured by personal liberty, that best serves the ordinary person.

As long as black politicians can successfully run a rope-a-dope on their constituents by keeping them focused on allegations of white racism and telling them that salvation lies in voting for them, little good will come to their poorest constituency.

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  • Asher

    The Minorities like the Distribution of Wealth too well and they don't want to loose the Obama Money and the Freebies that keep coming their way, thats why they are fighting the Teaparties and the White people Tooth and nail.

  • jasonz

    the problem is most black power relies on 'opression'. look at he black dem run areas like detroit, chicago, etc. they have been in thoes hands for years and still no better off. its actually gotten worse. why? because black leaders rely on black victocrats and pc white guilt to survive. racism as far as an istitution is over and in fact reversed..aka affirm action. without the real racsim of the democrat jim crow laws these people are forced to create their own in the form of racist hallmark cards, imagined conspiracies and statistics that do not mean anything

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    Blacks politicians for the most part are the new plantation owners…they thrive by keeping their constituents agitated and in agrieved state of mind. Sadly they buy the lies that are fed to them as part of a steady diet of "we are oppressed'.. They are afraid or unwilling to think for themselves and continue to live in bondage which is an affront to those blacks who truly did.

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