The Rev. King: ‘We can’t keep blaming the white man’

Today is the 50th anniversary of the death of Martin Luther King Jr. in that annus horribilis, 1968. It is a sad holiday, not just for his murder but for the tragic detour civil rights has taken since.

Martin-Luther-King-Jr.-contentIn the last several decades, too many mistake rights with responsibilities. Equality of opportunity has been turned upside down to mean equal results discounted for the disparate impact of implicit bias due to white privilege.

But who are we, with our accursed middle class values, to judge others? And do not use the word “thug” to described gang bangers. It is racist.

Tthe Rev. King himself told a black congregation in St. Louis, “We’ve got to do something about our moral standards … We can’t keep on blaming the white man. There are things we must do for ourselves.”

Or keep blaming the police, lack of “family supporting” jobs (neighborhood centers, etc.), or “The Problem of Whiteness.” Bless the essential Jason T. Riley in the Wall Street Journal for uncovering that quote. Riley explicates:

Racial gaps that were steadily narrowing in the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s would expand in the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s, which suggests that the disparities that continue today aren’t being driven by racism, notwithstanding claims to the contrary from liberals and their allies in the media. It also suggests that attitudes toward marriage, education, work and the rule of law play a much larger role than the left wants to acknowledge. More marches won’t address out-of-wedlock childbearing. More sit-ins won’t lower black crime rates or narrow the school achievement gap.

Black mayors, police chiefs and school superintendents have been commonplace since the 1970s … [yet] Even the election of a black president — twice — failed to close the divide in many key measures. Black-white differences in poverty, homeownership, and incomes all grew wider under President Obama.

For extra credit: Can we start teaching discipline and responsibility in the schools?

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2 Responses to The Rev. King: ‘We can’t keep blaming the white man’

  1. “Black-white differences in poverty, homeownership, and incomes all grew wider under President Obama.”

    You don’t say?

    Tavis Smiley, who is reportedly Black, on the self-anointed 1st Post-Racial President:

    “Sadly — and it pains me to say this — over the last decade, black folk, in the era of Obama, have lost ground in every major economic category,”

    Et tu, HuffPo?

    The Gotch


  2. Gutterduster says:

    Have you seen the latest stat that much of the gains in employment were from the over 55 group? What kind of jobs are most of those? Not high paying for sure! And why are these people working? Poor of little pension? Haven’t saved enough in their 401k”? Not good as Trump would say


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