Misguided Liberals in a Tizzy

By Walter E. Williams

Confederate Statutes Monuments Liberalism
Confederate Statutes Monuments Liberalism
Walter E. Williams
Walter E. Williams

USA – -(Ammoland.com)- Many blacks and their white liberal allies demand the removal of statues of Confederate generals and the Confederate battle flag, and they are working up steam to destroy the images of Gens. Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee and President Jefferson Davis from Stone Mountain in Georgia.

Allow me to speculate as to the whys of this statue removal craze, which we might call statucide.

To understand it, we need a review of the promises black and white liberals have been making for decades. In 1940, the black poverty rate was 87 percent. By 1960, it had fallen to 47 percent. During that interval, blacks were politically impotent. There were no anti-poverty programs or affirmative action programs. Nonetheless, this poverty reduction exceeded that in any other 20-year interval. But the black leadership argued that more was necessary. They said that broad advancement could not be made unless blacks gained political power.

Fifty years ago, there were fewer than 1,000 black elected officials nationwide. According to the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, by 2011 there were roughly 10,500 black elected officials, not to mention a black president. But what were the fruits of greater political power? The greatest black poverty, poorest education, highest crime rates and greatest family instability are in cities such as Detroit, St. Louis, Oakland, Memphis, Birmingham, Atlanta, Baltimore, Cleveland, Philadelphia and Buffalo. The most common characteristic of these predominantly black cities is that for decades, all of them have been run by Democratic and presumably liberal politicians. Plus, in most cases, blacks have been mayors, chiefs of police, school superintendents and principals and have dominated city councils.

During the 1960s, black and white liberals called for more money to be spent on anti-poverty programs. Since the Lyndon Johnson administration's War on Poverty programs, U.S. taxpayers have forked over $22 trillion for anti-poverty programs. Adjusted for inflation, that's three times the cost of all U.S. military wars since the American Revolution. Despite that spending, the socio-economic condition for many blacks has worsened. In 1940, 86 percent of black children were born inside marriage, and the black illegitimacy rate was about 15 percent. Today, only 35 percent of black children are born inside marriage, and the illegitimacy rate hovers around 75 percent.

The visions of black civil rights leaders and their white liberal allies didn't quite pan out.

Greater political power and massive anti-poverty spending produced little. The failure of political power and the failure of massive welfare spending to produce nirvana led to the expectation that if only there were a black president, everything would become better for blacks. I cannot think of a single black socio-economic statistic that improved during the two terms of the Barack Obama administration. Some have become tragically worse, such as the black homicide victimization rate. For example, on average in Chicago, one person is shot every two hours, 15 minutes, and a person is murdered every 12 1/2 hours.

  • So more political power hasn't worked.
  • Massive poverty spending hasn't worked.
  • Electing a black president hasn't worked.

What should black leaders and their white liberal allies now turn their attention to in order to improve the socio-economic condition for blacks? It appears to be nearly unanimous that attention should be turned to the removal of Confederate statues. It's not only Confederate statue removal but Confederate names of schools and streets. Even the Council on American-Islamic Relations agrees. It just passed a resolution calling for the removal of all Confederate memorials, flags, street names and symbols from public spaces and property.

By the way, does the statue of Union Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman qualify for removal? He once explained his reluctance to enlist former slaves, writing, “I am honest in my belief that it is not fair to our men to count negroes as equals … (but) is not a negro as good as a white man to stop a bullet?”

It's difficult to determine where this purging of the nation's history should end.

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.

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    I think it’s fair to assert that white liberal guilt and the “40 acres and a mule” mindset of liberal Blacks have combined
    to create the current mentality of political correctness and the actions we see destroying this Country’s history (good or bad), and build the massive national debt burden that continues unabated. I’m awaiting the day we hear the demand to remove our war dead from Arlington because it is Robert E. Lee’s family farm.

    Ross Campbell
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    Ross Campbell

    What color are the statues,

    Tim
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    They are the color Democrat…
    Their Demoncrat Grandparents foufgt to have those statues installed who cares if they erase their history?
    There are plenty of Americans who know they are the KKK & the white supremacists…ect

    tomcat
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    Under moderation then discard. What a deal.

    oldvet
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    oldvet

    @tomcat… Your day in the barrel today !!

    tomcat
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    tomcat

    @ oldvet, frustrating isn’t it?

    oldvet
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    oldvet

    @tomcat…It’s a conspiracy. Ever see a troll get moderated?

    Wild Bill
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    Wild Bill

    @youse guys, I sympathize. I am really a much better author. My thoughts are always cogent, logical, well presented, and enlightening, but that is my writing that they throw away!

    tomcat
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    tomcat

    After LBJ got done screwing the system up a lot of years have passed and it now has become increasingly difficult for those welfare generations to find and be able to keep a job. They would fight tooth and nail to keep their position of the government keeping them from cradle to grave. It is time they learned, though. I agree with everything Will Clayton said because I went through the same process in my working life. No one has ever given me anything and I resist giving my hard earned dollars to any freebee programs other than donating to… Read more »

    Ragging Rivers
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    Ragging Rivers

    I believe all statues of people like Martin Luther King and all other black historical figures should be taken down, destroyed and deleted from from all text books and never allowed to be shown in any manner. They should be wiped from American history just as the narrow minded idiots are trying to erase our Southern History.

    oldvet
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    oldvet

    @RR…I’ll drink to that.

    Wild Bill
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    Wild Bill

    @RR, But for the double standard being applied in our society, you are right?

    Wild Bill
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    Wild Bill

    @OV, Me too! The entire canine and equine staff are grooving on this cooler weather!

    oldvet
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    oldvet

    @WB…Sorry for the troubles south of you , been a little windy other wise gorgeous here.

    Will Clayton
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    Will Clayton

    Oh poor me I was born black! Bullshit help yourself no one in the country has owned a slave in 200 years!! So tired of being responsible for what happened that that long ago. Strong people will always rule the weak. The law of the jungle is what we should be following- if your not strong enough to defend what’s yours and protect your own freedoms- you do not deserve them. Do not ask me for any more, as I have given enough. My entire life I have payed for the so call “less fortunate” with my taxes taken every… Read more »

    Charles Drapo
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    Charles Drapo

    Will, My sentiments exactly. Most people don’t realize that the Civil War wasn’t fought over slavery as a main issue. Cotton was the issue. The North blockaded the shipping lanes as the South was sending their cotton to jolly old England for a much better price than the North was paying. As a result, Northern factories went idle. Also if Blacks checked their own history they would find that they have been and still are some of the biggest slave traders in the world along with Islam. But where is Black Lives Matter? Oh, that’s right it doesn’t suit their… Read more »

    Ross Campbell
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    Ross Campbell

    I’ll shake your hand,proudly.

    Wild Bill
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    Wild Bill

    I think that Dr. Williams point that the improvement that leads to a better life does not come from political “leaders”, or wealth redistribution programs, or Bloomberg linked manipulations, or incognito marching Marxists destroying American history, but rather it comes from the self.