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Black Unemployment

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A couple of weeks ago, Black Entertainment Television founder Bob Johnson, speaking at The National Press Club, said the nation "would never tolerate white unemployment at 14 and 15 percent." Black unemployment has been double that of white Americans for more than 50 years. The black youth unemployment rate is more than 40 percent nationally. In some cities, unemployment for black working-age males is more than 50 percent. Let's look at this, but first let's look at some history.

From 1900 to 1954, blacks were more active than whites in the labor market. Until about 1960, black male labor force participation in every age group was equal to or greater than that of whites. During that period, black teen unemployment was roughly equal to or less than white teen unemployment. As early as 1900, the duration of black unemployment was 15 percent shorter than that of whites; today it's about 30 percent longer. To do something about today's employment picture requires abandonment of sacred cows and honesty.

The typical answer given for many black problems is racial discrimination. No one argues that every vestige of racial discrimination has been eliminated. But the relevant question is: How much of what we see can be explained by discrimination? I doubt whether anyone would argue that the reason for lower unemployment, higher labor force participation and shorter duration of unemployment among blacks in the first half of the 20th century was that there was less racial discrimination. I also doubt whether anyone would argue that during earlier periods, blacks had higher education and greater skills attainment than whites. Answers must be sought elsewhere.

I was a teenager during the late 1940s, living in North Philadelphia's Richard Allen housing project. Youngsters in my neighborhood who sought after-school, weekend or summer jobs found them. I picked blueberries in New Jersey, caddied at Cobbs Creek Golf Club, shoveled snow for the Philadelphia Transportation Co., delivered packages for a milliner, performed janitorial work at Horn & Hardart restaurant, and huckstered fruits and vegetables.

As a high-school student, Christmas employment for me included after-school and weekend work at Sears, Roebuck and Co.'s mail-order house, and one year, I delivered mail for the U.S. Post Office.

Such opportunities for early work experiences are all but gone for today's teens living in Richard Allen homes. A major reason is the minimum wage law, which makes hiring low-skilled workers a losing economic proposition. In 1950, only 50 percent of jobs were covered by the minimum wage law. That meant the minimum wage didn't have today's unemployment effect. Today nearly 100 percent are covered. Today's child labor laws prevent youngsters from working in perfectly safe environments. The minimum wage has destroyed many jobs. That's why, for example, in contrast with the past, today's gasoline stations are self-service and theater ushers are nonexistent.

Then there are super-minimum wage laws, such as the Davis-Bacon Act, which were written for the express purposes of excluding blacks from government-financed or -assisted construction projects. Labor unions have a long history of discrimination against blacks. Frederick Douglass wrote about this in "The Folly, Tyranny, and Wickedness of Labor Unions," and Booker T. Washington did so in "The Negro and the Labor Unions." To the detriment of their constituents, black politicians give support to labor laws pushed by unions and white liberal organizations.

Then there's education. Black youths are becoming virtually useless for the increasingly high-tech world of the 21st century. According to a 2001 report by Abigail Thernstrom, "The Racial Gap in Academic Achievement," many black 12th-graders dealt with scientific problems at the level of whites in the sixth grade; they wrote about as well as whites in the eighth grade. The average black high-school senior had math skills on a par with a typical white student in the middle of seventh grade. The average 17-year-old black student could only read as well as the typical white child who had not yet reached age 13. That means an employer hiring the typical black high-school graduate is in effect hiring an eighth-grader.

Walter E. Williams is a professor of economics at George Mason University. To find out more about Walter E. Williams and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at www.creators.com.

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Dr. Williams, your contribution to race and economics has been great. To some of us(black people) your contributions are more superior than the current president of the USA will ever offer the black people of America.
Comment: #1
Posted by: Kasunte
Mon Apr 8, 2013 4:02 PM
Re: Kasunte... Since the idea of race itself has only served the exploitation of the suntanned people of this world; I must ask in what sense a contribution to race is a contribution to humanity???
Thanks...Sweeney
Comment: #2
Posted by: James A, Sweeney
Tue Apr 9, 2013 9:21 AM
Re: Kasunte... Consider; that there are English who hate the English, Irish who hate the Irish, Semites who hate the Semites, and human beings who hate humanity... Do you not feel strange larding with complements one who hates his own kind, and would deny them though no one will ever deny his blackness that he himself denies??? There was once a poem written about such a one as he who all his life tried to raise himself above his race, and deny he was one of them only to have himself in his casket presented as a credit to his race... I want to be a credit to humanity, and that does not stop me from seeing the Irish and anyone else at times as so many Yahoos... What if we are damned man monkeys??? Have we not all made a step closer to God by climbing down from the trees???
Look at the bright side... Even the president is half white, and most of those we consider black are more white than that... If so little of blackness pollutes our fine genes, should we not give up trying to improve humanity everywhere by screwing them all??? What if what we don't like in the blacks is their culture, and it is because we see their culture from the perspective of our own culture that we don't like them, and won't give them an honest chance, or fair wages, or a hand up???
This crap of saying: Forget the past, now you are equal, and act that way is bushet... It takes a long time and a lot of effort to change cultures, and primarily so because cultures are knowledge, and knowledge is truth, and if their truth does not mesh with our truth, that is good cause for an examination rather than old fashioned criticism...
We have had enough of black trying to act white... I must say that from my perspective I appreciate it no end... But the past is what we step on to step out of, and to deny the past, deny that culture, is to lose ones footing, and be mired in quicksand.... What are we stepping out of to step into humanity, and what of value are we leaving behind in the process, what are we giving up that may tell us long after what we were, and who we are...
Thanks...Sweeney
Comment: #3
Posted by: James A, Sweeney
Tue Apr 9, 2013 9:41 AM
"Do you not feel strange larding with complements one who hates his own kind, and would deny them though no one will ever deny his blackness that he himself denies???"

I guess a parent that spanks his/her child hates the child. Williams is correct again.

There is no denying the "facts" one can only argue about the system that generated the "facts". The "fact" clearly support Williams' description with regard to the academic performance of Blacks.

Now, either one believes (a) Blacks are inferior to other races with regard to intelligence and can do no better or (b) Blacks have been tricked into under performing.

Liberals, Democrats and apparently you believe (a) is the problem and thus believe in teaching Black children that they are not in control of their life and that all their problems are due to evil white people and Republicans, that the choice THEY make are not responsible for their position in life and that affirmative action programs should last forever to make up for such travesty.

I believe (b) is the problem and I suspect Williams does also. Thus, he tries to open their eyes to the enemy within so that they will ignore the race hustlers and start making the right choices that lead to a much better life.
If any group of people can be said to hate Blacks based on the RESULTS of their positions and associated policies, such people would be Democrats and Liberals; people not unlike Sweeney.

Sweeney, here is an analogy for you.

Suppose you have an open field and whites and black are walking across the field. Walking with these people are Conservative-Republicans and Liberal-Democrats both claiming to have knowledge of the best way through the field.
Out of sight at the edge of one side of the field are people haters, haters of all kinds of people regardless of race or sex, with sniper rifles and silencers so that no one can hear their shots.

There is a "safest" route through the field but such route is difficult and requires much more work than other routes that are less safe.

The snipers start shooting people at random as they walk through such field.

The Conservative-Republicans are tying to get all people to take the difficult but safer route, a route of self reliance and hard work but that leads to safety in the end.

The Liberal-Democrats want to take an easy route but to do so without getting shot themselves need the snipers to focus on others (as there are only so many the snipers can shot at a time).

So the Liberal-Democrats start telling all walkers that the Conservative-Republicans hate them and want to see them shot and not to follow their advice. The Liberal-Democrats tell all which route through the field to take where the Liberal-Democrat clearly knows such route is more dangerous than the others.

More Blacks than Whites take the Liberal-Democrat route as the Liberals/Democrats have the Blacks fooled that the Liberals-Democrats are their friend and the Republicans are racists.

As a result, more and more Blacks are picked as they walk toward the snipers off. To keep Blacks marching toward their doom Liberal-Democrat shout that it is the Conservative-Republican's fault they are being shot as they are controller the snipers. Liberal-Democrats desperately shout that it is not the choice of route selected by the Blacks that is to Blame and Blacks keep marching toward their doom while chanting don't act white.

Williams is simply trying to open the eyes of Blacks so they can see where the bullets are coming from.

I do not call that "acting white" or hating your own kind, I call it loving thy neighbor and trying to help.


Comment: #4
Posted by: SusansMirror
Tue Apr 9, 2013 11:01 AM
Re: SusansMirror... I get the "pull yourself up by your boot straps" argument... The problem is that capital is made out of labor, so the more you work the less capital you have until the chance for advancement in life declines for most the harder they work for it...
Look at people from other lands thinking of this place as the land of opportunity... Very often they do turn human capital into a better situation for themselves... Even in a liquer store a Muslim may own though he does not drink, a party store, a gas station, what ever, you will see all ages of people working, men and women and children... No one is asking as our children: when will I get paid... Everyone is plowing the labor in, and doing all they can to get two businesses instead of one... Whether they realize it or not, in one generation, the Americanization of their children leading to the break down of their family and community support and structure will confine them to long hours of work making no further progress... The more they can keep their old and tried culture the longer they will be able to offer a united front to the world and succeed...
Even though people were often well meaning in welfare help to families, this do gooder mentality which cut the fathers out of any support led to the further breakdown of families and communities which once offered black people a ladder of success that could be climbed, and was climbed by many, perhaps even Mr. William's parents themselves... It is said that one of the great losers with integration has been the black middle class of shop owners and small businessmen who before dealt exclusively with other blacks...Back before blacks were deliberately excluded from the republican party they voted in large numbers for republican candidates... But before you can have the support of a group, you have to ask for that support and be willing to dialogue... Now; when the republicans talk at people, or run them down as Mr. Williams is so good at, and no one is really willing to imagine what it must be like to be raised that way, as black, with a natural chip, and a disinclination for anything including labor that smells like slavery... No one is going to step outa highschool into a million dollar job, and if that is the only one you will take, you can forget the necessary first steps, and end up right where you started...
Ma'am; I do not pretend to like black culture or even like black people... I have a few black friends mostly because I will hardly put myself out there to get to know them... But I have been close to a few, and got a sense of how they live, and what they must deal with, and it is not at all fun... Too many with potential destroy themselves with drugs, and I have had it happen before my eyes... When I was young, and like many people of my generation thought that black people across the board were Cool; I had one young black man tell me I would not last ten seconds as a black man... I was sort of hurt at the time; but now I believe him... So many of these people live a nearly animal existence, raised as if by wolves, that it is not a wonder they are not all scientists, but it is a wonder any of them are... Ma'am; I have worked with Native Americans, and these people were not so long ago primitive... But many of them are clearly intelligent, so to know them is not to presume they were beat from want of intelligence... We cannot say that only because black people struggle so with life that they are suffering a want of intelligence... The problems of their whole community are intractable, and where one gains, another loses, and there is a general want of satifactory progress... I do not thing they are unintelligent... I think they do not believe much of what they are taught because it is contrary to the cultural experience they have had... And that is it in a nutshell... Tell them they will succeed with hard work and they will spit in your face... Too many have worked hard for nothing in that community...Sorry to rush this... I am busy being white.
Thanks...Sweeney
Comment: #5
Posted by: James A, Sweeney
Tue Apr 9, 2013 1:20 PM
Sweeney,

You prove yourself racist while hiding behind your nonsensical verbiage that paints you a crackpot. Suntanned is a choice or a consequence of choice, the black race have skin pigmentation and did not have the choice to be or not to be. As Mr. Williams and Mr. Sowell have repeatedly shown using empirical evidence the black race has been hurt by the good intensions of the left/liberals.
Comment: #6
Posted by: Ed Boyle
Wed Apr 10, 2013 5:33 AM
Re: Ed Boyle;... No doubt blacks have been hurt by the good intention of left/liberals... They have been hurt by the good intentions of religious conservatives as well... And worst of all; they have been hurt by the very many people who have hated them, and hurt them seriously on purpose...
The problem is intractable... Cultures do not change with any rapidity...Opportunity has led to many black people being successful and well educated members of our communities, but it is still wrong to give anyone what they do not demand as their right, and equal rights has always been a demand of black people, as well as some preference to education and hiring...Does that effect the private sector??? Not much... If prejudice can be shown, there is some remedy, but that is rather difficult to show... Try to remember that it is not just black culture that must change; but white culture as well...
As much as whites think they know what is good for black people, and I mean whites liberal and conservative; that does not amount to a respectful dialogue on either side... Well yes; people without hope and jobs do need food, housing and education...Food and housing is relatively easy, but that does not mean either will be treated with respect...But; what are the chances for effective education when the school teachers are afraid of their students, and when there is no support structure at home because no one there is educated... Before you learn you must trust that you are learning the truth...
When a black youth finds everyone in the world is betting against him to bet on him, it is hard for him to bet on himself... Think of the investment one must make in ones mind to become an achiever... When no one around you has anything or knows how to get anything; out of whose butt are you going to pull your ambition... Ambition is learned like anything else, or is not...
Some one has to be there with the loot, who can show where ambition led to...Barring that, you are simply giving something to people and saying: Learn it, because you need it...Such people will damn their misfortune and count on their luck before they ever see the need of something so difficult as an education with so little of promise of success...
Poverty is not a curse... All of humanity has grown out of poverty... Want equally shared is nothing to be ashamed of, but poverty today is dishonor just as being black is a dishonor...The curse people bear is not poverty, but poverty in the clear sight of luxury... Do you think with so much wealth around them that people will not suffer a great deal of envy??? Envy is a curse that makes people curse their lives and curse their fate...
Blacks can see how little intelligence it takes to be wealthy... Hell; Mr Romoney was a perfect example of some one who would not have made it off the block if he was black...If he was a laughing stock as a white man; he would have been a falling down fit of comedy as a black man...I can see him as a watermellon man... I can see him saying: I don't get no respect... What black person does, unless they join the other side???
Thanks...Sweeney
PS: I may be a racist... My family calls me Archie Bunker... Problem is that I don't think of them as a race or as particularly inferior... I think they have a shet culture, and culture is knowledge, and knowledge is truth; and if you want to prove their knowledge of our society is wrong you will have to make it a life time project... It took them a long time to get that way, and what's done won't be undone without a lot of time and effort...You better pack a lunch because half baked solutions to long term problems never taste as sweet as they sound... And that goes for both sides...
Comment: #7
Posted by: James A, Sweeney
Wed Apr 10, 2013 3:06 PM
Thank you, again and again, Professor Williams, for telling it like it is. And thank you, Susan, for your perfect analogy--and also for demonstrating to Professor Williams that he is not alone in espousing his values and his sincere concerns for all persons… those who are struggling and those who wish to truly help.

I agree there are “no excuses.” I do believe, however, there are “reasons” why when we see the few black or Hispanic kids succeed, they really succeed. Unfortunately, they are few and when they do, it's like the tragic words written of our Lord by John in the beginning of his Gospel: “Jesus came unto his own, and his own received him not.” Bethlehem had no room for Him when He was born; Nazareth, no room for Him when He lived; and Jerusalem, no room for Him when He died.

It's not easy for kids to be black or Hispanic and be successful these days, not because of the outside world, rather those closest to them. In fact, it's even hard to agree on what the words “decent” and “responsible” mean in their troubled world. Today's "hoods" make ladylike and gentlemanly behavior unattractive and repulsive at best. What is "good" and what is "cool" are seen as opposites. To make matters worse, liberal "feel-good" parenting dogmas have made many traditional and time-proven parenting and teaching practices passé, if not criminal…literally.

Perhaps one of the reasons Professor Williams offers us so much in his writings is that he draws from his humble beginnings and reminds us of ours. He brings out our sensitivities. He's writing about us, about our parents, how we were raised, how we grew up, and how we became who we are. This is the chance and opportunity our children of today need, and we must tell them about irrespective of circumstance.



Comment: #8
Posted by: Ernest Martinez
Wed Apr 10, 2013 3:52 PM
Re: James A, Sweeney
Your use of the term "suntanned" is epithetical and condescending. Shame, and I'm not "suntanned."
Comment: #9
Posted by: Derel Schrock
Wed Apr 10, 2013 7:55 PM
Re: Derel Schrock;... People are not colored either; but it used to be a nice way of saying black...Even one of those public television political argufest hosts got it wrong in confusing Indians with Africans when the Indians are Caucasian... We tend to lump people together, expecically when it suits our purposes...If you meet a few black Geniuses, or get to know some Africans straight from their native lands you can easily see how terrible the blending of culture has been for blacks...
For example... When I went to college it was as an English Major; and it was a good place to not meet blacks... Now; clearly they struggle with English, and you may think that strange until you meet a few poor whites from the South who were perhaps of that class that taught the blacks their version of English... It is fine in a face to face, where no one is in much of a hurry to talk with people who cannot express themselves and do not understand English all that well, who obfuscate their communication with all sorts of code, coolisms, and colloquialism... As an article In Psychology today thirty some years ago suggested: Black people don't always understand black people... But they have time on their hands to work on verbal misunderstandings that the rest of the world does not have... And if you consider language as basic to culture, and you find we and they are speaking foreign languages at each other; what are our chances realistically, of sharing meaningful communication???...
I will tell you one thing: When people find it necessary to communicate, usually when their lives depend upon it, they find a way...It would be fun, even if impossible to put a white and a black in the same apartment with two tv controls and two keys that had to be turned together for either to have food, water, or heat or entertainment... Part of the problem with so much race hatred is that there is little based upon knowledge, and so much based upon prejudice...Where I grew up, many people hated blacks, but we rarely saw black people and never got to know them...Ignorance causes fear, and fear is the darks side of hatred, and I trust that a great deal of bigotry is prejudice based upon unfounded fears...
What the hell... People are not that different, and if it were our desire to have black people act like whites, we know how to do it... We have to pay them to do it until they forget that they are doing it for pay...
The idealism of my youth is passed... I take people as they are, as individuals; but if others are scared of blacks I do not reject that fear as unfounded... In fact I am afraid of all poor people because poverty breeds in humanity such animosity...Quite possibly if people got to know each other they would hate each other all the more... I had a man tell me once that he never hated Jews until he got to know some of them...They had a way of taking advantage some times that was unbelievable and unacceptable to him... It is not what people do... Well; we can see a lot of what people do not do done among black people, and among whites, and my guess is that it is the culture, but their culture is an amalgram of our own with African culture and pickup...Culture can be reduced to a form, but form is an abstraction... Regardless, what is true of forms is true of culture, that they are conservative... They are meant to conserve essential knowledge and essential lives, and they some times work against their ends, the ends of all social forms
If I can return to communication, then take the example of the familiar campfire song Ol' Suzanna...The slave would have been hurt if he had said: I am sold down the river and I will die in the South, of malaria, or snake bite, or heat stroke; and my only consolation is my music, and you must try to understand what I am saying that I cannot say for fear of a beating, but you will never see me again alive, so you may as well get on with your grieving...Those people cannot tell us the truth because we will not hear it, but they have a great sense of injustice that is buried just beneath their skin, and the more we deny the injustice or our responsibility in it, the more the sense of the inexpressible injustice grows...It will never be their problem or our problem... It is our problem and there is nothing simple about it...
And gdamned but the simplifiers on both sides do make me ache...
Comment: #10
Posted by: James A, Sweeney
Thu Apr 11, 2013 5:55 AM
Re: Derel Schrock;... You know Johnson, the Dr. said to a man once that he had offered him an argument but could not give him an understanding... After offering you an argument, if all you have to abuse me over is a harmless use of a word to mean dark skinned which is to me slight difference indeed, then I will have to assume you have no counter argument for my argument... Yes; black people are black, and it makes a great tag for anyone looking to excuse their prejudice... Our true difference is our culture and cultures do not change rapidly, and all forms, all social forms as you can see even in our constitution, are built to resist change...
We do know that individuals change; but they never change without some good reason...
Would it be worthwhile to pay them to change??? Perhaps some other tangible reward???... We have tried plenty to change them through negatives, like the threat of prison, or poverty... We can't change our own culture, or see it objectively through its influence in our lives, and yet we want to change another's culture having no objective understanding of what we are about, and having nothing like a homogeious culture to work on... It is not mount Everest we are trying to climb here, but mount stupidity, and the fact that we want instant results is insanity...
Comment: #11
Posted by: James A, Sweeney
Thu Apr 11, 2013 6:08 AM
Well, well, well I finally get to make a direct comment on Mr. Williams' opinions on various subjects (not available on the Lew Rockwell.com website he's featured on because he gives no e-mail address nor commentary feature as this web site is apparently offering at the bottom of this screen). I don't disagree with anything Mr. Williams has said here, nor do I disagree with much of the commentary on the part of other responses to this particular article. I have seen, heard, and experienced many things in my sixty seven years growing up in the Jewish twenty-fourth ward in the city of Chicago in the 1950's. I was raised by a single mother and a strong grandmother who saw to it that I received a good view of how the world was run, who was running it, and why. The point I feel missed here by Mr. Williams and others is this and I quote not only serial murderer Charles Manson, but Jazz artist Tony Bennett in interviews by them that I witnessed as a viewer on cable television: "In the United States, the black male does what the white man 'lets' him do!". Yes ladies and gentlemen, as Nelson Rockefeller once said to the hostile right wing Goldwater delegates in the 1968 Republican Convention, "you might not like to hear it, but it's the truth!" (A loud
chorus of boos followed of course). Mr. Williams quotes Mr. Johnson of BET, excuse me 'WBET' , as stating to the National Press Club that "the nation would never tolerate white unemployment at 14 to 15 percent". This 'nation"
tolerated more than 25% during the Great Depression! But that's not my point here. If Mr. Johnson is concerned
about black unemployment why did he sell the Black Entertainment Television Holdings II Incorporated in 2000 to Viacom Inc. for an estimated 2.3 billion dollars according to the November 4, 2000 issue of the New York Times?
This sell out apparently did cause alarm with members of the Washington based National Association of Black Owned
Broadcasters and certain of black business executives who seem to feel (at the time that is) that there "would not be African American ownership at the very top" according to James Winston, executive director of the previously
mentioned organization. And of course the black execs who agreed to remain with 'WBET' to continue 'running'
the business, would no longer have absolute 'control'.... (ABC Oct. 4. New Flash). Does this surprise anybody?
Now, I could go on and on about history untaught in the American classrooms, about how the off springs of Moses
Amschel Bauer in a Germany that had Black African Saints for their Roman Catholic Church and where Martin Luther had written a handbook on how to keep the Jews in that ghelto, crept out of Germany's 'Juden Gasse' took control of all of the major European power's financial apparatus, an amazing accomplishment! Yet the name Rothschild not
once crossed the lips of a single history teacher in high-school or professor in college in whose classes I sat as a
young student! Which is my point, all this sad saga about the black in america is a question of mind more than it is of race. And those who refuse to get control of their own minds will always be ruled by those who do. Napoleon Hill said it, even Adolph Hitler said it: "The most wonderful thing for governments is that people don't think". And Henry Ford said, "it is well that the american public does not understand how our banking system works, for if they did I fear we would have a revolution in this country within days." And George Santayana educated here in the United States also remarked: "those that don't learn from history are doomed to repeat it!"
This is a story that will be the same two hundred years from now, unless the relationship that Mr. Lincoln said
would take about one hundred years to change changes after more than one hundred and fifty eight already!
See any education at any level in this nation for black, white or any other ethnic group stressing thought control, self awareness, creativity, financial independence and how economic markets work and why, knowledge of hidden historical truth? If you have kindly spread the word on where that is because as a former public school teacher
I hadn't noticed any. Do you see black adults admonishing their children for using derogatory racial slang on
each other (something no other ethnic does from my observation!) in front of other people. In fact where did all that self hate psychology originate and who passed it on to others? Carter G. Woodson, the second black to graduate from Harvard University in the 1900's (W.E.B. Dubois was the first in the 1890's) warned that if Negroes did not properly train their young people and learn to own and maintain their own businesses and build their communities around that they would never attain true equal standing with white american culture. Of course that kind of thinking is probably and tragically seen as being 'too black' by today's younger generation so anxious to be accepted in order to make it in this 'modern' era. It was Krishnamurti who commented: "it is no measure of mental
health to seek acceptance in a neurotic society!" (Zeitgiest, You-Tube). During a black history art exhibit/contest at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago while working there I saw some very telling paintings by Ronnie Williams that won awards and honorable mention and spoke volumes more lucidly than any words however articulate could ever express, and their titles "Crabs in a Barrel I-II" and "Pawnfrontations I-II; Google them up, they speak well of what I have described. A painting does readily express more than a thousand words. And, As Pearl sang in the l950's, it takes two to tango!
Erick Dean Tippett
Retired Musician/Teacher
Chicago, Illinois
Comment: #12
Posted by: Erick Tippett
Thu Apr 11, 2013 4:42 PM
Re: Erick Tippett,... Santayanna also talked about government carried on by annonymous bureaucrats because there was general agreement as to the goals of the country; though perhaps the fact that there was enough for all played some part...
We know who is doing what now only because our attention has been forced on the issue.... Force is met by reaction, and it takes such a great effort to get government off the dime that we must always be at work, always on guard, never allowing our attention to flag for a moment...
Government is not working, and like many idealists, Mr. Williams wants to blame the people... He thinks we have not had enough of his bright ideas, and that the people have failed his principals... Nonsense.... People never fail ideas, and ideas always fail people... There are no ideal ends that justify every means... The people are the end, and the people are the means, and if instead of saying we have to deny to the people what they need to survive, he said: Tomorrow we are going to have to kill X number of you so there is enough left for all the rest , then we would call him a murderer...
This abstracting economist, says nonsense like: The black people have had time to catch up, and now it is time for them to get ahead and pull the society...What resources have been allowed to blacks have never been enough to catch them up, let alone get them ahead; but it is all metaphore...What if each of them measures success in some fashion unique to themselves??? If education is the goal; what if you have to know what is valueable and worth knowing even before you begin to learn??? It is not as though our paths are laid out for us and we are given a road map... What if nature tells a person that they should breed first, and worry about life necessities afterwords...
No doubt, it can become a prophecy of doom to consider yourself cursed... Of all those who deny discrimination against blacks on many levels, and from birth; how many would trade places with a black for a week or a life time??? Rather; white people thank God they are not black, and white men thank God they are not a black woman with a ferver, because that person is an object of pity, and a target for contumely...And you can charge them with hypocracy, but what charge could any white make against another white on that score...
The point is that some people forgive blacks their imperfection- as their color and culture seem, but no one will lift a finger to help them if it costs them a penny... Everything anyone does for a black person has money in it for a white person...When some one says this black person needs to eat, then the landlord raises his rent... What ever they get is as soon squeezed out of them with the exception of an education, and that too is often offered specifically for the money it will make, and the expense it won't take, for an employer...
Now people also malign black people on many scores, and kick them; and because they are able, again because it is so much easier to be the kicker than the kickee... People kick dogs too, but no man would be a dog, and so most people feel such an act beneath them...But white people kick black people when no white person would be black even for a moment and on condition that they could change back...What is the point of it???
Do such people consider what it may be like to be raised black with the chip of discrimination on their shoulder??? What is it to learn to speak from people who little know how to communicate in our common language and have no one to correct them??? What is it to have no books around, and only people little able to read themselves... What we take for a physical difference is little more than a cultural difference, but that culture is perhaps a different world to us, and one where we would not last...
I am guessing here, but I am inclined to believe on the evidence I have seen that blacks are generally more accepting of whites in their culture, but that their culture is very much a culture that takes over many white bread and mayonase non-cultured youths.... Put a white and a black youth in a room together and the white will be transformed, and the black will remain the same... His culture has evolved under attack and is resistent to change... The white has no conscious culture, if he denies the purely negative elements...
Thanks...Sweeney
Comment: #13
Posted by: James A, Sweeney
Sun Apr 14, 2013 6:19 AM
Aw, jeez, Sweeney has a bedmate.
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Posted by: Ed Boyle
Mon Apr 22, 2013 9:32 AM
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