The Leftist Agenda: Putting the Black Community in Harm’s Way

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It’s not unreasonable to ask how valuable the variously labeled liberal, Democratic or progressive agenda has been to black Americans and whether blacks should proceed in political lock step with this agenda.

According to an American Community Survey, by the U.S. Census Bureau, the top 10 poorest cities with populations more than 250,000 are Detroit, with 33 percent of its residents below the poverty line; Buffalo, N.Y., 30 percent; Cincinnati, 28 percent; Cleveland, 27 percent; Miami, 27 percent; St. Louis, 27 percent; El Paso, Texas, 26 percent; Milwaukee, 26 percent; Philadelphia, 25 percent; and Newark, N.J., 24 percent.

The most common characteristic of these cities is that for decades, all of them have been run by Democratic and presumably liberal administrations. Some of them — such as Detroit, Buffalo, Newark and Philadelphia — haven’t elected a Republican mayor for more than a half-century. What’s more is that, in some cases for decades, the mayors of six of these high-poverty cities have been black Americans. You say, “What’s the point, Williams?” Let’s be clear about it. I’m not stating a causal relationship between poverty and Democratic and/or black political control over a city. What I am saying is that if one is strategizing on how to help poor people, he wants to leave off his list of objectives Democratic and black political control of cities. According to Albert Einstein (attributed), the definition of insanity is “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

Crime is one of the results of the liberal agenda. Blacks are 13 percent of the population but are more than 50 percent of murder victims. About 95 percent of black homicide victims had a black person as their murderer. Blacks are not only the major victims of murder but also suffer high victimization rates of all categories of serious violent crime. Most often, another black is the perpetrator. During the 1960s, academic liberals and hustling politicians told us that to deal with crime, we had to deal with its “root causes,” poverty and discrimination.

My colleague Thomas Sowell has pointed out that in 1960, the total number of murders in the United States was lower than in 1950, 1940 and 1930, even though our population had grown and two new states had been added. The liberal agenda, coupled with courts granting criminals new rights, later caused the murder rate to double, and the rates of other violent crimes also began to skyrocket.

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  • maturin20

    I think if we simply punished the murder but allowed the crime to proliferate, criminals would have enough money to invest in legitimate business. Really, we already have laws on the books for punishing murder, but consider how lax the government is in prosecuting murder compared to prosecuting revenue and property violations.

  • kentatwater

    An excellent companion piece to this article is this recent column by Thomas Sowell:

    http://townhall.com/columnists/thomassowell/2012/

    The numbers are sobering.

  • mrbean

    The Democratic party really wants the blacks to remain a dependency class of government through welfare, affirmative action, set asides and promoting racial victimization. No one is worse than the black leadership in the Democrats who will label anyone who supports conservative ideas and strays from the Democrat plantation as an "Uncle Tom" or an "Aunt Jemima". The most flagrant of this is taking place in Congress right now as Congressman John Conyers and his Congressional Black Caucus tribalists again introduce H.R. 10 demanding race reparations to all black people from white people which is utterly ridiculous but its purpose is simply race baiting as a "Hating Whitey" fest!

  • http://vnnforum.com DeShawn

    Don't preted like you jews care about us black folks because you DON'T, and we know it. You pretend to help us, but you just use us and exploit our talents for your own evil purposes. Yeah, we know ALL ABOUT that. http://www.rense.com/general75/mech.htm

    • kentatwater

      Your name links to a white power website, and you have chosen a fairly stereotypical "black-sounding" name.

      We know exactly what you are, and why you're here.

      BTW, "DeShawn," did you know that the site you linked to, in turn links to The David Duke Show. I'll bet you did, you little scamp.

    • fiddler

      There are some who while they can't go out on a limb and say that all whites are racist, they most assuredly can say are under SUSPICION of racism. My two granddaughters who haven't even entered school are by this definition certainly not exempt.

      How does it feel to nurse a grudge? You nurse it, because in fact you NEED it. As long as there are white people, there will always be those you can try to divine their intentions on anything.

    • Sound&Fury

      Examples of failed black politicians are too numerous to count, but they all follow a common theme… blame whitey, shake down corporations on trumped-up charges of racism & line your own pockets in the name of social justice.

      Deshawn, you don't deserve the respect of Jews or white Americans because you have demonstrated time & again that your people don't know how to live like civilized people. You can blame the Jews all you want, but it's time black Americans get their own house in order, & stop blaming or looking to others to solve your numerous pathologies. You embarrass accomplished black individuals like Walter Williams, Thomas Sowell, Bill Cosby & others who are at least honest enough to speak the truth. On the whole, you are pathetic. http://www.nationalcenter.org/P21NVBarberWilliams

  • Dennis X

    Oh, like the law in fla. that let a racist, with a known violent history chase down and shoot to death an unarmed Black teen and not even be charged. Dr. Bell was right!

    • kentatwater

      Link, please.

      • Dennis X

        Read any paper or just turn on the news, anything other than fox, they're only done one segment on this story.

    • gregzilla

      So if one possible murder of a black person by a non-black person – and if it ends up being non-self defense then its murder – proves Dr. Bell right, do thousands of murders of black persons by black persons each year prove Dr. Williams right?

  • kentatwater

    I think it's rather interesting, that "DeShawn's" and "Dennis X's" posts appeared on this thread, only two minutes apart.

    Looks like somebody's trying to, as Neal Boortz puts it, stir the puddin'.

    • gregzilla

      and that's a whole lot of puddin'

      anybody else watch the sketch comedy show "the state"?

  • Ghostwriter

    I not a fan of either DeShawn or Dennis X. In my opinion,they're two sides of the same rotten coin.

  • donnahume

    When I started buying up real estate in detroit I thought that I was getting a bargain. Even after visiting the property (there were several to choose from on the street) I thought that I didn't have to worry about vandalism because just like on the African savannah when you're dealing with being hunted down by lions, as a gazelle, that they would only attack the weaker gazelles that couldn't keep up with the pack. My house wasn't a lone foreclosed home on the street, and when I returned to start cleaning it out the vandals had struck my home! Next economic meltdown I am definitely going to get some <a rel='help' href="http://www.homesecuritysystems.net/">home security systems or set some home alone style traps.

    • MikeGiles

      You bought real estate in Detroit?
      Next time forget the security and traps, just don't buy real estate in Detroit.
      What is it they say about real estate: "Location, location, location".

      • kentatwater

        MikeGiles says:

        You bought real estate in Detroit?
        Next time forget the security and traps, just don't buy real estate in Detroit.
        What is it they say about real estate: "Location, location, location".

        Why are you replying to a spammer?

  • MikeGiles

    Google Trayvon Martin AND George Zimmerman. Just because you're too stupid to be aware of current events, doesn't make people who aware of them, are liars.

    • kentatwater

      When a poster says "anything other than [F]ox," there are details that the poster would rather not be known; details typically ignored or whitewashed by the MSM and their hard-left propagandist compatriots. Further, the original poster asserts that one anecdote proves Bell's racist beliefs to be true. That's a lie.

      Even further, I'd advise you to temper your readiness to call others stupid, when you reply in earnest, regarding posts which are obviously made by trolls, Mobys, or spammers, such as you do on behalf of "Dennis X," and in response to "donnahume." Look at my post immediately after this sub-thread, and look at the website that "DeShawn's" name takes you to. I'm convinced that "DeShawn" and "Dennis X" are either the same person, or working in concert, to make Moby-style posted intended to make blacks look bad. The musician "Moby" suggested exactly this strategy, to make conservatives look bad, and I believe this is what is in play here.