CONTINUED FROM last week.
In one of his classic columns, “The Grand Fraud: Affirmative Action for Blacks” (capitalismmagazine.com), Professor Thomas Sowell stated, “No issue has been more saturated with dishonesty than the issue of racial quotas and preferences ….”
Sowell went on to cite studies and statistics that prove racial preferences harm, not help, minorities, including, “What of the idea that affirmative action has helped blacks rise out of poverty and is needed to continue that rise?
“A far higher proportion of blacks in poverty rose out of poverty in the 20 years between 1940 and 1960 — that is, before any major federal civil rights legislation — than in the more than 40 years since then ….
“In other words, most blacks lifted themselves out of poverty, but liberal politicians and black “leaders” have claimed credit ….”
When looking specifically at higher education, Sowell noted that outcomes dramatically improved for minorities in states like Texas and California after affirmative action was officially discontinued, as students were most closely matched with institutions in which they were more likely to succeed.
Sowell further buttressed his point in his essay “Affirmative Action around the World” (hoover.org) by examining the negative effects of affirmative action regardless of where on the globe it is implemented.
A bad idea is a bad idea no matter where you try it.
Sowell’s overall conclusion addressed to those defending affirmative action/racial quotas is, “As for facts, the defenders simply lie.”
What about Leftists’ racist mantra that blacks (and other minorities) are most endangered by both whites and the police?
Looking at the statistics during the peak of the “Black Lives Matter” movement, this lie, too, disintegrates in the light of truth.
The 2016 edition of the FBI’s annual report, “Crime in the United States,” revealed that though the 7,881 black homicide victim total was nearly 900 more than for 2015 (which was 900 more than in 2014) the vast majority (94%) were killed by other blacks.
Of the 233 fatally shot by police, only 16 were categorized as “unarmed.”
The fact is that police have more to fear from black criminals than vice versa. In 2015, a police officer was 18.5 times more likely to be killed by a black male than an unarmed black male was to be killed by a police officer.
Black males make up 6% of the population, yet have made up 42% of all cop-killers over the last decade.
As for those claiming police are quick to gun down blacks in particular, a comprehensive Washington State University study published in Criminology & Public Policy found that officers were three times less likely to shoot unarmed black suspects than unarmed white suspects, and took significantly longer to decide to shoot armed black suspects than armed white suspects.
Similarly, another study published by the Center for Policing Equity concluded police use of lethal force following an arrest for a violent felony was more than twice the rate for white arrestees than for black arrestees.
The above statistics combined with a litany of Leftist anti-police movements have created what is called “The Ferguson Effect.”
Afraid to put either their lives or their and their families’ well-being on the line, many police officers have, understandably, backed off discretionary proactive policing in high-crime minority areas.
Criminals know this and have become emboldened — just look at the increased number of unprovoked attacks on police officers and instances of mobs/gangs brazenly defying the law to loot, destroy and harm others without any seeming fear of repercussions or justice.
Despite facts to the contrary, many Leftist politicians and other elitists — including most of those seeking the 2020 Democratic nomination for president — seek to buttress their career credentials by demonizing law enforcement. The ignorant and evil among the masses cheer them on in unison.
Cops are not stupid. They get the message and have responded accordingly.
Unfortunately, just like with other Leftist racist-inspired ideologies, the greatest victims of Leftists’ anti-police rhetoric and policies are the law-abiding minorities living in these now under-policed communities, not the least of whom are the innocent children often caught in the crossfire.
Making matters worse, many of these communities make it criminal for law-abiding citizens to arm themselves, though the criminals don’t seem to be fettered by the same laws.
Again, white Leftists and their obedient and compliant “persons of color” fellow travelers bear a large measure of responsibility.
The blame game legacy of white Leftist racists like Margaret Sanger, Woodrow Wilson, Lyndon Baines Johnson, the Klu Klux Klan, the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Clinton and Obama crime syndicates, George Soros and countless others would not be nearly as effective were it not for the lapdog assistance of those Booker T. Washington identified as the “class of race-problem solvers who don’t want the patient to get well.”
There are a lot of people using the race card to make a lot of money, as well as secure unearned power for themselves and take away freedom from others.
Whether it be Leftist politicians buying votes; the race-baiting poverty pimps looking to make bank; the plethora of Leftist foundations and “charities” sucking up donations and grants;
The “community organizers” industry stoking racial animus; the academic industry raking in cash despite their failures; the misleadia pushing lies; or any of the other heads of the race-baiting Hydra, creating and keeping hate alive is paying very well.
The litany of ever-growing, race-based, hate-crime hoaxes (FakeHateCrimes.org) demonstrates that in order to fuel the myth and commensurate “All Non-Leftist Whites Are Racists” money train, Leftist race-baiters have little choice but to manufacture false attacks due to the absolute dearth of the stereotypical “White Attacks Minority” incidences.
Tragically, the hate these false attacks generate is real, but since the underserved hatred is primarily directed at conservatives and Christians, Leftists are more than OK with it.
Real hate crimes directed at those Leftist hate-mongers deem “deplorable”, “Nazis”, or any of the other -ists and -phobes they use to label and dehumanize any who dare to challenge or even disagree with Leftist dogma continue to increase (see AttacksOnTrumpSupporters.com, LeftCult.com).
In fact, prominent Leftists actively encourage hate-fueled groups like Antifa to commit violence.
Likewise, radical Leftist racist groups like La Raza and the Black Panthers not only get a pass for their crimes, but also politicians, the media, and academia posit that minorities who perpetrate hate crimes cannot be identified as racist and are always the victim.
In his book “White Girl Bleed A Lot:” The Return of Racial Violence to America and How the Media Ignore It, Colin Flaherty documents not only how Leftists are actively working to promote racial hatred and violence, but also that the Leftists are getting their wish.
The victims of this violence are often children — like the child on the school bus in Pinellas County, Fla., who was savagely beaten by three hoodlums — whose only offense is being white.
Race-motivated crimes are almost exclusively committed by black or Hispanic criminals terrorizing those they deem to have “privilege” solely due to the pigmentation of their skin — be it Caucasians, Asians or even lighter-skinned blacks.
A serial killer in Kansas City randomly targeted and murdered white men for no other reason than he wanted to kill whites.
As previously noted, however, by far the largest number of victims of the racial divide and hatred fomented by the white Leftists-led racial animus movement are the law-abiding minorities living in the ghettos of low expectations and high crime.
The solutions for these Leftist-created problems, while not easily achieved, are rather straightforward.
As Booker T. Washington, Kanye West, Candace Owens, Thomas Sowell and so many others have demonstrated, it begins with rejecting the rhetoric of hate; casting aside acceptance of irrevocable victimhood; and taking responsibility for doing what one can to improve oneself.
By the grace of God, when choosing this path, along the way one also will learn to judge others based not on the color of their skin, but on the content of their character.
For all those still enslaved on the white Leftists/Democrats’ plantation, cast aside the shackles of Leftist lies. Let the truth set you free!
ARTHUR SMITH of Paris is a member of the local Volunteers for Freedom Tea Party. His email address is email@example.com.