Saturday, May 9, 2015

Sowell explains why racism is rampant in Obama's America

Racism was supposed to end with Obama.  He was supposed to create a better environment for African Americans.  Instead, racism has gotten worse.  Those who champion for equality are angrier than they've ever been.  

Race riots that were rampant during the 1960s have returned.  There have now been 5 Race Riots in Obama's Post Racial America.  If we add the Baltimore riots to this count, there have now been 6 race riots in Obama's Post Racial America.  

Obama blames Inequality facing minority men behind the unrest in Baltimore and Ferguson.  He also blames slavery and Jim crow.  During an interview with David Letterman, he said: 
If you have slavery, Jim Crow, discrimination that built up over time, even if our society has made extraordinary strides -- and I'm a testament to that, and my children are -- (applause) But it's built up over time.
Thomas Sowell, The Inconvenient Truth About Ghetto Communities' Social Breakdown, said Obama is all wrong.  He said:

Totally ignored was the fact that a black policeman in Alabama fatally shot an unarmed white teenager, and was cleared of any charges, at about the same time that a white policeman was cleared of charges in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown.
 He added:
When the recorded fatal shooting of a fleeing man in South Carolina brought instant condemnation by whites and blacks alike, and by the most conservative as well as the most liberal commentators, that moment of mutual understanding was very fleeting, as if mutual understanding were something to be avoided, as a threat to a vision of “us against them” that was more popular.
That vision is nowhere more clearly expressed than in attempts to automatically depict whatever social problems exist in ghetto communities as being caused by the sins or negligence of whites, whether racism in general or a “legacy of slavery” in particular. Like most emotionally powerful visions, it is seldom, if ever, subjected to the test of evidence.
The “legacy of slavery” argument is not just an excuse for inexcusable behavior in the ghettos. In a larger sense, it is an evasion of responsibility for the disastrous consequences of the prevailing social vision of our times, and the political policies based on that vision, over the past half century.
Anyone who is serious about evidence need only compare black communities as they evolved in the first 100 years after slavery with black communities as they evolved in the first 50 years after the explosive growth of the welfare state, beginning in the 1960s. 
You would be hard-pressed to find as many ghetto riots prior to the 1960s as we have seen just in the past year, much less in the 50 years since a wave of such riots swept across the country in 1965.
We are told that such riots are a result of black poverty and white racism. But in fact — for those who still have some respect for facts — black poverty was far worse, and white racism was far worse, prior to 1960. But violent crime within black ghettos was far less.
Murder rates among black males were going down — repeat, down — during the much-lamented 1950s, while it went up after the much celebrated 1960s, reaching levels more than double what they had been before. Most black children were raised in two-parent families prior to the 1960s. But today the great majority of black children are raised in one-parent families.
Such trends are not unique to blacks, nor even to the United States. The welfare state has led to remarkably similar trends among the white underclass in England over the same period. Just read Life at the Bottom, by Theodore Dalrymple, a British physician who worked in a hospital in a white slum neighborhood.
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.
Non-judgmental subsidies of counterproductive lifestyles are treating people as if they were livestock, to be fed and tended by others in a welfare state — and yet expecting them to develop as human beings have developed when facing the challenges of life themselves.
Thomas Sowell is an American economist, social theorist, political philosopher, and author. Oh, and if you're keeping track, he's also among the most successful African Americans in the U.S.