Blind to Real Problems

Black History Month
The bottom line is that the black family was stronger the first 100 years after slavery than during what will be the second 100 years.

U.S.A.-( For several decades, a few black scholars have been suggesting that the vision held by many black Americans is entirely wrong. Dr. Shelby Steele, a scholar at Stanford University's Hoover Institution, said: “Instead of admitting that racism has declined, we (blacks) argue all the harder that it is still alive and more insidious than ever. We hold race up to shield us from what we do not want to see in ourselves.”

Dr. John McWhorter, professor of English and comparative literature at Columbia University, lamented that “victimology, separatism, and anti-intellectualism underlie the general black community's response to all race-related issues,” adding that “these three thought patterns impede black advancement much more than racism; and dysfunctional inner cities, corporate glass ceilings, and black educational underachievement will persist until such thinking disappears.”

In the 1990s, Harvard professor Orlando Patterson wrote, “America, while still flawed in its race relations … is now the least racist white-majority society in the world; has a better record of legal protection of minorities than any other society, white or black; (and) offers more opportunities to a greater number of black persons than any other society, including all those of Africa.”

During an interview in December with The Daily Caller, Steele said the anti-Americanism that started during the 1960s and has become mainstream and visible in the black community is “heartbreaking and sad.” That anti-Americanism that so dominates the American black identity has been “ruinous to black America, where we are worse off than we were under segregation by almost every socio-economic measure.”

Some people might challenge Steele's assertion that in many measures blacks are worse off than during segregation. How about some numbers? As late as 1950, female-headed households were only 18 percent of the black population. Today 70 percent of black children are raised in single-parent households. In the late 1800s, there were only slight differences between the black family structure and those of other ethnic groups. In New York City in 1925, for example, 85 percent of kin-related black households were two-parent households. According to the 1938 Encyclopaedia of the Social Sciences, that year 11 percent of black children were born to unwed mothers. Today about 75 percent of black children are born to unwed mothers. From 1890 to 1940, a slightly higher percentage of black adults had married than white adults. Today about twice as many blacks have never married as whites. The bottom line is that the black family was stronger the first 100 years after slavery than during what will be the second 100 years.

About Walter E.WilliamsWalter 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.

  • 13 thoughts on “Blind to Real Problems

    1. It is true that you are an American, you were born here and you are trying to be recognized you are in my way of thinking and above all as human beings we should respect every race as an equal, I have worked along side many races and I always treated them as equals and in doing that I formed life long friendships with them, it’s not that hard to do!

      1. The dispute arises with those “Americans” who glory in hyphenation of their identity.
        We are either Americans, citizens of the United States, or we are not. Celebrating one’s ancestry is not offensive, but declaring that one is a foreigner first is playing to the indoctrination of those who would see this nation reduced to the same status as all the other shithole countries that people risk their lives to flee.

    2. The left has, since the Emancipation Proclamation, worked hard to garner votes by handing Blacks every possible excuse for failure, with promises to uplift all Blacks to above White levels. Today they do the same with Hispanics. Anything for votes. Any promise, any lie, every bad law. The sooner Blacks and Hispanics learn this, the sooner they will be truly FREE to achieve success; to realize that the Constitution guarantees the unalienable right to seek happiness and prosperity from ones own efforts, but does not guarantee anyone they will achieve such desires.

    3. I am thankful for MEN like Walter Williams, who take the time and skill to weave together readily available facts, put them in order, then let it lie there on the page…. waiting for some better than thou white liberal to read them, his blood pressure rising as he progresses through one “offensive” truth after another… then, when he comes to the bottom of the page, is confronted by the image of the author, who is far blacker than the baracker from kenya, upon whose puny shoulders must fall the lion’s share of the responsibility for the recent race-based upheaval, the fruit of which we now find destroying us.

      The kinyun is far more effective at destroying, according to Alinsky’s plan, than he ever was at “organising”, community or otherwise. May he rot in pieces, and his name be held in anathema.

    4. “There is another class of coloured people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs — partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs.”
      ― Booker T. Washington

    5. Thank you Dr. Williams. I seem to be in agreement with your findings.
      Having grown up in an affluent town near NYC, I was always stunned when we went to a ball game at Yankee Stadium. The trip thru the Bronx had new high rise apartment buildings everywhere supported by Gov. handouts, the “projects” as they were called. As time passed, 5-10 years, these projects became hell holes. Garbage everywhere, abandoned wrecked cars, broken windows, just awful neighborhoods. This was caused by the residents, not the city. The city eventually stopped trying to clean it up as it became too dangerous to even try. Most of these brick and concrete buildings eventually had to be torn down to be replaced by new taxpayer funded “projects”.
      I will never understand the group thinking that allowed the residents to destroy their own neighborhood and then expect everyone else to build them anew. Only to repeat the scenario.

    6. Dr. Williams always offers a clear insight into every problem he brings to discussion.

    7. If Blacks would quit calling themselves African American would be a start, they are Americans, unless they just came from Africa and became a U.S. citizen.
      What their ancestors were is something to be proud of however that is history for the family tree not the general public.

      1. What is funny about your statement about ‘African-Americans’ is just a short time ago, on another blog, a Brit was talking about another Black Brit as an ‘African American’. How can a ‘Black BRIT’ be an ‘African AMERICAN’? One is either a Brit or an American.

      2. “There is no room in this country for hyphenated Americanism. When I refer to hyphenated
        Americans, I do not refer to naturalized Americans. Some of the very best Americans I have ever
        known were naturalized Americans, Americans born abroad. But a hyphenated American is not an
        American at all.”
        “This is just as true of the man who puts “native” before the hyphen as of the man who puts German
        or Irish or English or French before the hyphen. Americanism is a matter of the spirit and of the soul.
        Our allegiance must be purely to the United States. We must unsparingly condemn any man who
        holds any other allegiance.”
        “But if he is heartily and singly loyal to this Republic, then no matter where he was born, he is just as
        good an American as anyone else.”
        “The one absolutely certain way of bringing this nation to ruin, of preventing all possibility of its
        continuing to be a nation at all, would be to permit it to become a tangle of squabbling nationalities,
        an intricate knot of German-Americans, Irish-Americans, English-Americans, French-Americans,
        Scandinavian-Americans, or Italian-Americans, each preserving its separate nationality, each at heart
        feeling more sympathy with Europeans of that nationality than with the other citizens of the American Republic.”
        “The men who do not become Americans and nothing else are hyphenated Americans; and there
        ought to be no room for them in this country. The man who calls himself an American citizen and who yet shows by his actions that he is primarily the citizen of a foreign land, plays a thoroughly
        mischievous part in the life of our body politic. He has no place here; and the sooner he returns to the land to which he feels his real heart-allegiance, the better it will be for every good American.”

        Theodore Roosevelt
        Address to the Knights of Columbus
        New York City- October 12th, 1915

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