In the inevitable discussions of race that take place in our country one defense routinely brought up by the Right is that America has given up its racist ways, and except for the occasional aberration, such as dragging a black man to death in Texas, or telling blacks in New Orleans that they pretty much deserve to die for being too poor to fly out of the city and check into a hotel, things are pretty good for blacks in America.
Like all conservative viewpoints, this one is completely wrong. While some may argue that the decline in popularity of the Klan and the lack of recent lynchings means White America has mended its race-hating ways, it has really just moved onto different, more socially acceptable tactics. Thus, while police turning fire hoses and German shepherds on blacks is now officially frowned upon, the police now routinely stop black drivers for alleged driving infractions, allowing them to harass, search and if they are lucky, provoke them into some indiscretion that can lead to an arrest, with a tasering and/or beating on the side.
White financial institutions can no longer openly discriminate against black consumers in loans, but they can, and do, build huge numbers of payday loan centers in poor, predominantly black neighborhoods so they can legally rob them blind.
While corporations can no longer run "white only" hospitals, they can, and do, provide substandard medical care for blacks and other minorities.
Blacks are paid 72 cents for each dollar a white man is paid (Hispanics have it worse though, at 58 cents), businesses are more likely to hire a white ex-con, than a black man with a clean record, and it is far harder for blacks to rent an apartment than whites.
Understandably, blacks and other minorities are rather vexed at this treatment, and as such are vocally hostile to those they see as their oppressors. They are very skeptical of claims that racism is a thing of the past, when they live it every day. It is also very hard to view racism as a bygone practice when you read prominent Americans, people whom news programs routinely call upon for comment, writing things like this:
Barack says we need to have a conversation about race in America.
Fair enough. But this time, it has to be a two-way conversation. White America needs to be heard from, not just lectured to.
This time, the Silent Majority needs to have its convictions, grievances and demands heard. And among them are these:
First, America has been the best country on earth for black folks. It was here that 600,000 black people, brought from Africa in slave ships, grew into a community of 40 million, were introduced to Christian salvation, and reached the greatest levels of freedom and prosperity blacks have ever known.
Wright ought to go down on his knees and thank God he is an American.
According to essayist, columnist, political pundit, former Nixon speech-writer, and former presidential candidate Patrick Buchanan, uppity Negroes like Rev. Wright should get on their knees and thank God for being brought to this country as slaves (those that survived the trip at least). They should be thankful that their ancestors endured disease, starvation, branding, whipping, and being bred like cattle so that they could come to America and enjoy the benefits of Christian Salvation, i.e. enduring disease, starvation, branding, whipping, and being bred like cattle.
Second, no people anywhere has done more to lift up blacks than white Americans. Untold trillions have been spent since the ’60s on welfare, food stamps, rent supplements, Section 8 housing, Pell grants, student loans, legal services, Medicaid, Earned Income Tax Credits and poverty programs designed to bring the African-American community into the mainstream.
I'm sorry, I had no idea that welfare was a "blacks only" program. In fact, more white people are "on welfare" than blacks. The BIGGEST welfare program of all is Social Security, where 88.7% of the people getting checks are WHITE. What about Medicare? Only 9% of Medicare patients are black, 84% are white. Only Pell grants, Medicade and the Food Stamp program have a majority of black recipients, which is not surprising, since the programs were created to help the poorest Americans with food, medical care and education. Since 33% of African Americans live in poverty, versus 11.6% of whites, is it unusual that blacks would make up a larger proportion of these programs?
Governments, businesses and colleges have engaged in discrimination against white folks — with affirmative action, contract set-asides and quotas — to advance black applicants over white applicants.
Churches, foundations, civic groups, schools and individuals all over America have donated time and money to support soup kitchens, adult education, day care, retirement and nursing homes for blacks.
Again, all of these programs seem to have some exclusionary racial quota I am unaware of. It is my understanding that most all of these programs are for poor people of ANY race, not just handouts to one racial group.
We hear the grievances. Where is the gratitude?
Buchanan prattles on about all the usual canards about blacks being jailed seven times more than whites, while ignoring the fact that blacks charged with the same crime as a white are more likely to be given prison time. Not satisfied that his screed was sufficiently inflammatory, Buchanan then throws in the Klansman's favorite bugaboo:
Is Barack aware that black-on-white rapes are 100 times more common than the reverse, that black-on-white robberies were 139 times as common in the first three years of this decade as the reverse?
Of course, Pat doesn't bother to say where he got his figures from. My guess would be David Duke.
Given that, I can't find any such breakdown in the FBI's Uniform Crime Report to back his assertion, the numbers seem to me to have the strong whiff of anus about them
As to why there might be a greater number of whites victimized by blacks, than the reverse, I would offer the fact that there are ten times as many whites in the country than blacks. As to why blacks would rob whites more often than whites would rob blacks, I think we can use the apocryphal Willy Sutton quote: "That were the money is." The disproportionate poverty rate means that whites are less likely to rob blacks, since a third live in poverty, and thus have little money, whereas 88% of whites live above the poverty line, and are statistically more likely to have cash to steal. Apparently white and black robbers are hip to this reality.
We have all heard ad nauseam from the Rev. Al about Tawana Brawley, the Duke rape case and Jena. And all turned out to be hoaxes. But about the epidemic of black assaults on whites that are real, we hear nothing.
The Brawley case was a hoax. The Duke case was prosecutorial misconduct with racial overtones, and I have seen no evidence that the Jena Six can in any way be called a "hoax".
And since when are we ignoring black men attacking white women? The prisons are full of such people. Some are even guilty.
No, racism is alive and well in America. And it pays quite well.