Worse Than Racists

By Walter E. Williams
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Walter E. Williams
Walter E. Williams

USA – -(Ammoland.com)- As a group, black Americans have made the greatest gains — over some of the highest hurdles and in a very short span of time — of any racial group in mankind's history.

What's the evidence?

If one totaled up the earnings of black Americans and considered us as a separate nation with our own gross domestic product, we would rank among the 20 richest nations. It was a black American, Gen. Colin Powell, who once headed the world's mightiest military. Black Americans are among the world's most famous personalities, and a few are among the world's richest people.

The significance of these and other achievements is that at the end of the Civil War, neither a slave nor a slave owner would have believed such progress would be possible in a little over a century — if ever. As such, it speaks to the intestinal fortitude of a people. Just as importantly, it speaks to the greatness of a nation in which such gains were possible.

Nowhere else on the face of the earth would such progress be possible except in the United States of America.

The big and thorny issue that confronts our nation is how these gains can be extended to the one-third or more of the black population for whom they have proved elusive.

A major part of the solution should be the elimination of public and private policy that rewards inferiority and irresponsibility. Chief among the policies that reward inferiority and irresponsibility is the welfare state. When some people know that they can have children out of wedlock, drop out of school and refuse employment and suffer little consequence, one should not be surprised to see the growth of such behavior. The poverty rate among blacks is about 30 percent. It's seen as politically correct to blame today's poverty on racial discrimination, but that's nonsense. Why? The poverty rate among black intact husband-and-wife families has been in the single digits for more than two decades. Does one want to argue that racists discriminate against female-headed families but not husband-and-wife families?

Education is one of the ways out of poverty, but stupid political correctness stands in the way for many blacks. For example, a few years ago, a white Charleston, South Carolina, teacher frequently complained of black students calling her a white b—-, white m—–f—–, white c— and white ho. School officials told her that racially charged profanity was simply part of the students' culture and that if she couldn't handle it, she was in the wrong school. The teacher brought a harassment suit, and the school district settled out of court for $200,000.

To suggest that such disrespectful and violent behavior, though it's observed in many predominantly black schools, is part of black culture is an insulting lie. Worse than that is the fact that such destructive behavior and lack of respect for authority is rewarded. We can see some of the results by visiting some city public schools where violence, disorder and disrespect is the order of the day.

Many whites are ashamed and saddened by our history of slavery, Jim Crow and gross racial discrimination. As a result, they often hold blacks accountable to standards and conduct they would never accept from whites. A recent example is black students at colleges such as NYU, UC Berkeley, UCLA and Oberlin demanding racially segregated housing. Spineless college administrators have caved to their demands. These administrators would never even listen to a group of white students demanding white-only housing accommodations.

These administrators and other guilt-ridden whites have one standard of conduct for whites and a lower standard for blacks.

Black people can be thankful that racist forms of double standards and public and private policies rewarding inferiority and irresponsibility were not broadly accepted during the 1920s, '30s, '40s and '50s. There would not have been the kind of intellectual excellence and spiritual courage that created the world's most successful civil rights movement.

About Walter E.Williams

Walter E. Williams is a professor of economics at George Mason University. Williams is also the author of several books. Among these are The State Against Blacks, later made into a television documentary, America: A Minority Viewpoint, All It Takes Is Guts, South Africa's War Against Capitalism, More Liberty Means Less Government, Liberty Versus The Tyranny of Socialism, and recently his autobiography, Up From The Projects.

  • 20 thoughts on “Worse Than Racists

    1. The author will immediately be called an “uncle Tom” and dismissed, though thoroughly correct. It is too late to educate the parents, as they see welfare as their birthright, but we can and should force their kids to learn. To do that would mean to get tough. There should be a federal law that states that if any child misses or disrupts class a certain amount of times, their parents have to come to court and explain to a judge why. This would only happen once, as even the most worthless parents do not want their day ruined by having to talk to someone who can throw them in jail. Only when you have a child in class and paying attention can you educate them. Only with education will you open their eyes to all the opportunities this world has to offer.

          1. There are ways to track down “Gil”, find out who he is and where he is. It would take someone VERY skilled in computer science and I would never suggest anyone violate any laws…….

            1. @the Traveler, Someone already did that. That is how we know that he is a Violence Policy Center paid staffer.

        1. You are fine piece of work Gil, really. Stop,just………………..Stop. look in the mirror one of these days and realize no one, NO ONE respects you or your inferior intellect. Once you come to terms with that, maybe you can start to “grow”.as a human. Seriously.

        2. Yes, Gill, he can, and DOES, say these things. SOMEONE needs to. He is in good company, though…. there are other BLACK men who are even more hostile to this sort of situation than is Mr. WIliams. They ALL rail on exactly this sort of nonsense. And they are all twice as black as is our former excuse of a kinyun expresident.

          Take your rascist hatred elsewhere.

      1. Unfortunately, Walter Williams has been called that and WORSE…..He should be someone that blacks aspire to emulate…..but they despise him for not being “black enough:…

        1. funny this: Mr. WIlliams is twice as black as our immediate past presidential office holder. Wonder why HE doesn’t get this kind of flak…..

    2. I had a black roommate in college back in less enlightened times. It was at one of the more competitive schools in the University of California system. He was a roommate pretty much like any other roommate when you get two people randomly tossed together. I suspect learning that was expected. Thank goodness no one at these more progressive schools will have to learn such a horrible lesson.

    3. When I went into the Army 44 years ago I was blessed in Basic Training by having SSG Copeland as my DS and also having 1SG Williams as a “Top.” There were a number of other fine Black men training us but they were mine. When I got to Germany I was again blessed by having SSG Leroy Brice as my section NCOIC. Also SFC Holly as our Operations NCOIC. It seemed back in that time that if a Black man held a rank/position, he was more qualified than a similar white counterpart. In any case I was and am thankful for them having been in my life.

      1. As a retired Army veteran with 25 years of active service, I soundly agree with the comments of Roy D. My career (and mentoring) was significantly influenced by black officers and non-commissioned officers of exceptional caliber.

    4. Yep, paid shill\troll poor “gil” is at it again with a one liner antagonistic comment. It has a tiny pea brain demonstrated with its pitiful offering compaired to the “intellectual magnificance” of Professor Williams whom is flaming SPOT on as usual as Thomas Sowell would be, too. My favorites! A smashing article that has a double dose of rare intellectual honesty that tells it like it is. Thank You, Dr. Williams!

    5. As a retired Army officer, I concur with observations that Black NCO’s where among the sharpest, best trained, and most trusted Soldiers with whom I worked during my 28-year Infantry experience. At OBC, SFC Pride was always pushing us to be better, reminding us that officers were leaders – not followers. SFC Pride impressed upon us that professionalism knew no color, and true leaders recognized no favorites. Upon arrival in my first duty station, 1st Sgt Brownfield counselled each arriving “butter bar.” He was “Top Kick” in every sense: ramrod straight, honest, truthful, disciplined. He allowed no disrespect with the ranks and would lock the heels of any Soldier who doubted him. SFC Church and Thomas, Vietnam veterans and solid leaders, helped their new lieutenants learn the trade. In my weapons platoon, my Black junior NCOs ran their guns and sections like well-oiled machines. They probably had more knowledge about the 81mm mortar and the TOW than anyone short of my platoon sgt, SFC Carl Tucker (who was the only white NCO in the entire platoon). Although I did encounter a few Black NCOs and even some Officers who held their Blackness up for all to see, most of the Soldiers I trained with were professional volunteers who just happened to be Black.
      Outside of the military, as a teacher I worked with a number of professional educators who also happened to be Black and helped teach hundreds of students of all races whom I would trust in a heartbeat. However, I have seen the opposite lifestyle flaunted – “I am Black, and you have to cater to me.” There is a subculture in the Black community that seems to work exceedingly hard to remain downtrodden, needful, and filled with prejudice. They readily condemn any other Black who achieves academic success, proclaiming that person as “acting White.” They toss out profanities and racial slurs with regularity, and then dare anyone to correct them – which will result in screams of racism from them. Dr. Williams has it right – they seem to pride themselves on remaining below the poverty line, doing little to improve themselves. Unfortunately, this is the group that makes headlines, that forces school systems to spend vast sums to “close the education gap,” that shows up for protests and parades. Those who have become successful have better things to do than “act Black.”

      1. I had similar experiences through ROTC with our Sgt. Major, Homer Williams, who was one of the most proficient and inspiring NCO’s I have had the pleasure of knowing and working with. I did experience a shocking moment during my IOBC class though. During one of our field rotations we finished an extremely arduous task and went admin for a short break. I sat down in my fighting position next to a buddy of mine, Robert Conyers, and pulled out my canteen. I took a long drink and immediately handed it to him, and he took a drink. After he handed it back to me, I took another pull from my canteen and put it up. When I looked up and around at my fellow lieutenants, they were looking at me like I had just farted in church. Robert happened to be black. I looked at all of them asking them what they were looking at and stated “this is 1990, we’re all infantry lieutenants, and we’re all pink inside! Grow the fuck up!”

    6. And now they want to ‘experiment’ with ‘universal basic income’ in Oakland, CA. Just another gimic to keep the under served members of our society from seeing and reaching for their full potential. Will the Democrates, Soicalist and Gloablist ever stop buy votes?
      I think not!!!

    7. I always knew black people fell for that line: all White racists must have ‘learned’ it from a parent but After reading these comments I now know Whites have too. My first and last time here-I don’t know Gil or his history with you all but really? Track him down and expose him as a racist? That’s the problem-White people that think no matter how bad their experiences have been with others everyone should just laugh it off. Try living in a city (Ferguson) for 20 yrs and watch it turn black, while you’re trying to raise two toddlers and you keep catching black men trying to break into your house (7 times) and watch the news every evening to hear about White kids being beat the piss out of on their own school bus now that they’re outnumbered, being dragged behind a bush by a teenaged POS to rape you, have your purse snatched off your arm by 3-10 year olds on a bicycle. Babies being found tossed into the ditch up the street, stolen cars being left all over the neighborhood that you ONCE walked through alone, hordes of teenaged crack dealers standing in the yard next door morning, noon, and night because the overwhelmed police force can’t keep up with the calls. Who the *^%# are YOU to judge me when my experiences are those and I get angry when I keep hearing MY RACE being blamed for everything under the sun? You ever hear the phrase: There’s no education in the second kick of a mule? Learn it quick. Or are you the ones who throw your houses up for sale at the first sight of a non-White face then move and call everyone elae the racist? Funny-I don’t see anyone moving INTO black neighborhoods, nor do I see anyone STAYING in one turning black.

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