Rising Black Social Pathology

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The Philadelphia Inquirer’s big story Feb. 4 was about how a budget crunch at the Philadelphia School District had caused the district to lay off 91 school police officers. Over the years, there’s been no discussion of what has happened to our youth that makes a school police force necessary in the first place. The Inquirer’s series “Assault on Learning” (March 2011) reported that in the 2010 school year, “690 teachers were assaulted; in the last five years, 4,000 were.” The newspaper reported that in Philadelphia’s 268 schools, “on an average day 25 students, teachers, or other staff members were beaten, robbed, sexually assaulted, or victims of other violent crimes. That doesn’t even include thousands more who are extorted, threatened, or bullied in a school year.”

I graduated from Philadelphia’s Benjamin Franklin High School in 1954. Franklin’s students were from the poorest North Philadelphia neighborhoods — such as the Richard Allen housing project, where I lived — but there were no policemen patrolling the hallways. There were occasional after-school fights — rumbles, we called them — but within the school, there was order. Students didn’t use foul language to teachers, much less assault them.

How might one explain the greater civility of Philadelphia and other big-city, predominantly black schools during earlier periods compared with today? Would anyone argue that during the ’40s and ’50s, back when Williams attended Philadelphia schools, there was less racial discrimination and poverty and there were greater opportunities for blacks and that’s why academic performance was higher and there was greater civility? Or how about “in earlier periods, there was more funding for predominantly black schools”? Or how about “in earlier periods, black students had more black role models in the forms of black principals, teachers and guidance counselors”? If such arguments were to be made, it would be sheer lunacy. If white and black liberals and civil rights leaders want to make such arguments, they’d best wait until those of us who lived during the ’40s and ’50s have departed the scene.

Over the past couple of decades, I’ve attended neighborhood reunions.

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  • Amused

    Aint it funny , that virtually ALL Columbine-like school massacres ,attempted bombings etc …..are perpetrated EXCLUSIVELY by WHITE STUDENTS .
    So , it's "black pathology rising " is it ? And is it "coincidetal that teoverwhelming majority of sreial killers of women , serial pedophiles ,snipers , Macdonald-type masssacres , postal massacres , felloow employee factorie or offoce massacres ….and most all exclusively perpetrted by white men / even the most horrendous terrorist attacks like the Oklahoma bombing ….
    Seems to me there is a " WHITE PATHOLGY RISING " .

    • Rocky Mountain

      He's not saying that there's never been any white pathology, he's pointing out a statistical reality.

    • Sage on the Stage

      While it may be true that whites commit more crimes of a spectacular nature, part of that phenomena can be attributed to the fact that many black on white crimes are not reported in the press. And what Dr. Williams refers to is that more black students are hostile to the education process. Unfortunately, he's right.

    • Mike

      Amused, you're an idiot. Hes referring to blacks and education. Hes not talking about the larger picture. But if you want to go there, there is a vast amount of statistical proof that our prisons are filled with a majority of blacks. Following a close second are hispanics. Whites come in last when it comes to prison population.

      • Amused

        Mike you are a bigger idiot . He who has the best lawyer avoids jail .What / Did you just fall out of a christmas tree ? And the aquthor is talking about a 'pathology ' not statistics is he not / you f—-g moron . Being you are either naive or just plain STUPID , let me give you an example- how many cocaine users in NYC ? How many are white ? How many Black ? Of those who get busted , how many go to jail , that are white as opposed to those black ? Who the cops gonna spotsearch ? White man in a porsche, or a blackman on the street ? Both carrying , Forget about bullshiit spin articles like Williams ' and get in touch with reality .

    • cheese_burger

      The information in the article is accurate, and the fact that there are equally violent and moronic non-black actors out there, does not invalidate the information in the article.

      Your comment reminds me of when I was a kid, and I did something wrong, and when I got caught, I loudly proclaimed that by brother did it too. My counter-accusation did not absolve my bad actions in the least.

      Note: If you use a spellchecker and proofread your posts, readers might be less inclined to notice your flawed reasoning.

    • jjjones

      This article is not about white pathology. It is about the death of the black culture. Why would you make an excuse for black on black crime which is off the chart? Why would you make excuses for blacks being raped beaten and scared to learn by other blacks? So a few heavy metal nuts who shot up Christians in schools equal the daily violence in the black welfare schools? You're enabling this, this makes you part of the ones who may have shot an innocent black child as he slept. For clearly the health and welfare of the black race is not in your interest.

      • Snow White

        Death of the Black Culture? Total School integration was supposed to bring blacks up to white standards in acadamic and social skills. Instead of blacks adapting to the white culture, white students adopted the black culture. Hence, now almost all students graduate with the same type education that used to be the norm in the all black segregated schools as teachers are forced to dumb down their courses to the lowest common denominator. The problem? Self esteem policies designed to make all students feel good about themselves regardless of academic achievements. One teacher opined that every last one of her second grade students thought he was a commedian and only came to school to cut up and have a good time.

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    • Big Rich

      My daughter signed up as a substitute teacher in Oakland, Ca. On her first day the classroom was a melee, kids screaming obscenities at her, "Ms— You have a STUPID name", Shut up, B-tch", kids were throwing books on the floor, and others stomping on the books. Say what you will, there is a glorification of ignorance in black schools, and over-the top anger and hatred of the "white man's culture". You completely avoid the point made here with a "straw-man" argument.You must reject education yourself, as you make use of crude logical fallacy that a high school student should be aware of.

    • ELAINE

      yes i agree!

  • Amused

    Not to mention school bullying and hazings ,resulting in the suicides and/or deaths of the victims ….again virtially all perpetrated by white's .
    But hey , lets accentuate , "black patholgy rising " ? Sounds RACIST to me .

    • aspacia

      As a Anglo, I and many other whites have experienced a huge amount of racism stemming from minority students. Two very large white, male students have experienced this and the administration is afraid of the race card and failed to support these achieving whites.

      Amused, try teaching and you will have your eyes opened.

      • ELAINE

        you may have had your experiences but stop that dumb stuff about the race card aint no such thing . the whole game was fouled up an uneven playing hand.

        • aspacia


          Race Card??? When minority students openly refer to whites as whitey, racist, dumb whit bitch, whites can't do anything they need us to do everything for them, etc.

          Also, stats prove that black on white violence is on the rise. How are facts a race card?

    • doubleblack4

      "Amused" is probably not a fool, but is certainly fatuous. Only a blind, deaf, or cocooned individual would be unable to observe the social patholgy in Americans of African heritage, especially the young.

    • Frank

      Walter Williams is black you idiot, a racist charge hardly applies here

    • sidefillippe

      If anyone want to contribute, contribute some useful information or idea, there's no place for hate here.

    • Snow White

      How about the black on white crimes that are covered up by school officials? I personally know of a case in which 4 black boys raped a white girl, who was on an errand for her teacher, in a school hallway during cass time. The school board suspended the black boys for 2 weeks. Local law enforcement was prevented from prosecuting the boys because a liberal judge opined it would be double jeapordy to prosecute them since they had already been "tried" by the school board.The boys got 2 weeks suspension and their crime was not included in the crime reports. The girl was traumatized for life.

      • ELAINE

        what about hthe white on black crimes the lynchings

  • Alex Kovnat

    Even if only white students were perpetrating massacres (if you include the Virginia Polytech tragedy, then you could say only whites or Asians), the fact is that TOTAL NUMBERS of black young people murdered by gunfire, albeit one or two at at time, is greater than said crimes among suburban whites or Asians.

  • kongMing

    There are many reports of black American massacres. There was a shooting in Florida around 2000 and shootings in New Orleans after Katrina. Channon Christian and Christopher Newsome were car jacked, tortured, sodomized, and murdered. Wayne Williams was a pedophile serial killer in Atlanta who went undetected mostly due to the same belief that blacks are not capable of murder.

    The common cause among all problems is negligent parents who ignore psychotic or psychopathic behavior in children.

    Also a lot of violence prevention today equates to training more cunning and more adapt criminals, enforcing criminal traits of self vindication, objectifying others collectively, a constant search for criminal motivation, and blaming their victims for their behavior.

    Mentoring by good parents or role models and group therapy where criminals are taught how to recognize their criminal thinking are really the only effective alternatives to enforcement. It's just not enough good people exist like the article says, and any attempts at behavior correction are resisted by parents and teachers in denial or completely apathetic.

  • kblink45

    Black crime rises while the rationale used to excuse it becomes more and more absurd.

    Pindar was right, Culture is king.

    • ELAINE

      you still got the mob and serial killers

  • dirt

    "parents, teachers, politicians and civil rights organizations " betray the young minorities by giving them hollow promises and at the same time taking away their future.

    By looking it at a deeper level, it's civil rights organizations who pressure politicians, who pressure and influence teachers and parents to jeopardize those future generations.

  • kblink45

    An absolutely heart breaking picture leads this article. What do we tell this little girl? That this is what MLK fought for? Al Sharpton and Jessie Jackson are on the other end of that gun.

    • ELAINE

      dont forget rush ,ted nuggent ,glenn beck

  • William

    The simplicity of the message seems to have escaped most of the commentators who offered responses. The situation is far more dire than most realize or will admit. The black youth of this country, with rare exception are on a downward spiral that they may never recover from. Although there are many contributing factors there are a few that are paramount to this issue : Illegitimate births among blacks is 72.5%. This creates an overwhelming number of households that are single parent. That single parent is often young and uneducated herself. She is highly likely to be "subsidized" by a number of different organizations in order to survive. No husband/father of the child, no education, increasingly dependent on others to survive results in little or no sense of self worth. How is that young mother possibly going to instill a sense of worth to her child ? Statically speaking she won't. It is the overwhelming acceptance of this as the "norm" in black society that must first be changed. But how? Drastic changes are needed on all fronts as it relates to this plight. More people like Mr. Williams within the black community must be outspoken on the matter. the Jesse Jackson/Al Sharpton's must stop blaming EVERYONE except those that are directly responsible for the issues at hand. Failure to correct this situation will result in a "black society" that is completely dependent on handouts to survive. These will go away in time as well. In a nation of over 300 Million people there are less than 1.3 Million blacks with a higher education in math or science. That figure continues to be reduced every year….I think you get the point…..You do the math…

    • jjjones

      Did you know that Prez Johnson said, "I will have these"n**ers" voting Dem for 200 years", after he signed the welfare reform act? It started with the Communist FDR, in the 1960's the Black Panthers took over the schools in the inner cities in LA, and told the kids that white man will kill your mothers n sisters. Yes, they helped them create gangs. Than welfare, drugs, and the alcohol mystery showed up in the black towns. So how can this be fixed, lose the old communist guard MSM, start telling the truth to Blacks. But as one of my Black friends said to me, if the Blacks found out how they were degraded by their former slave owners, they would burn down the Dems homes.

      "During the 1960s President LYNDON B. JOHNSON's administration declared an ostensible "war on poverty" with its GREAT SOCIETY programs: Head Start, the Job Corps, food stamps, and MEDICAID funded education, job training, direct food assistance, and direct medical assistance. Although the poverty rate declined in the 1960s, more than 4 million new recipients signed up for welfare

      Read more: Welfare – A Brief History Of Welfare Reform – Act, Programs, Assistance, and Recipients – JRank Articles http://law.jrank.org/pages/11266/Welfare-BRIEF-HI