As a conservative and a person who tries to see people as people and not as labels, I found the uproar over the deaths of Travon Martin, Michael Brown, and Eric Garner especially disturbing since I’ve never personally witnessed racial hatred toward persons of color. I know it happens, at least in principle because the soul of man is “desperately wicked” and where there is a lack of personal discipline and good manners there will always be those who look down on others for things they can’t help.
But the kind of discrimination (a misuse of the word, by the way) that fueled the anti-cop, anti-truth demonstrations brought on by these three cases is appalling, not because racism is really a thing of the past. It isn’t, but it isn’t being practiced by your average man on the street, or by your average policeman on his beat, as much as it is being practiced in the halls of government.
From the Civil War through the rest of the 19th century the federal government made an effort to find a fair place in the society for the newly freed slaves. The 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments, as well as the Civil Rights Act of 1866 attempted to insure the rights of citizenship for the newly freed slaves. These acts of government were done while the Republicans were in control of Washington.
But new ideas were afoot in the land. In 1859 Charles Darwin published his Origin of the Species, and as is the way of new ideas, slowly it seeped into the public consciousness. If survival of the fittest worked for the animal kingdom then it probably worked for humans as well, especially if there was no God and man was just a fancy animal.
It only took a half-century for this thinking to percolate through the academic elite. By the time WWI broke out progressive eugenics was in full tilt. Let’s engineer society by manipulating reproduction, by limiting resources for “undesired” persons. Margaret Sanger and her baby, Planned Parenthood, took on the task of limiting birth rates for lower levels of society. Whether her superior morality included hatred of the black race, or was more egalitarian and aimed at anyone who was poor, is hard to tell.
You can’t miss the condescension in this quote from a letter she wrote in 1939 to Dr. Clarence Gamble.
We should hire three or four colored ministers, preferably with social-service backgrounds, and with engaging personalities. The most successful educational approach to the Negro is through a religious appeal. We don't want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population, and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members. – (quoted in the Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, North Hampton, Massachusetts.)
Whether she meant to single them out or not, blacks have been disproportionately affected by the easy availability of abortion. Recent estimates put the ratio of black abortions to black pregnancies at between 50-60% in urban areas. Since it is government that subsidizes Planned Parenthood, and government that allows abortion, and government medical programs that pay for it, this genocide can’t be blamed on the average conservative American. Does it occur to no one that one of these babies may have been the next Ben Carson, or the next Thomas Sowell? And where are the fathers of all these babies? Government has long ago rendered them unnecessary with programs like ADC and WIC, and incapable of supporting a family because their education has been inadequate.
Blacks have suffered most from government manipulation of the schools. From the Democrat-produced Jim Crow laws that forced segregation, mostly in the South, to the natural segregation that results from demographic movement and a lack of school choice, blacks have been stuck in under-performing (euphemism) institutions, forced by law into nobodyness. Lyndon Johnson’s Affirmative Action executive order has only made things worse – blacks and other minorities find themselves in colleges they are ill-prepared for and should they pull through and graduate, their degrees mean less if their school acceptance depended on Affirmative Action. Lower expectations are, in general, a put-down, not a leg up.
According to the Schott Foundation for Public Education only 59% of black males graduate from high school (as opposed to 80% of white males), making them immediately unqualified for even the first step up the economic ladder, locking them into perpetual dependence on (and therefore support of) government largess. They vote consistently for those who hand them the monthly check, utterly unaware, because of the lousy schools, that it is these same people who have condemned them to this hopeless cycle. Abortion must seem to many women the only way to stop the downward spiral, but that is just stepping into the trap that’s been laid for them.
Another way government hampers the lives of blacks is through the minimum wage. It was originally the brainchild of Woodrow Wilson and his progressive comrades. Their stated purpose was to push the least qualified out of the market, and apparently they assumed these people would just die out. We’re still seeing the same thing happen today. As a person’s worth as a worker falls behind what he must, by law, be paid, a savvy businessman will find another way to get the job done. Mechanized, automated methods become, in comparison, a more attractive way to do that. We now have kiosks that can handle cashier jobs quite efficiently, machines that rumble through the vineyards and strawberry fields picking the fruit, worse yet, we have foreign born people flooding in, people who still have a work ethic that is now, because of governmental pampering, lost on much of the black community.
This importing of sub-wage workers is another result of the minimum wage and of the labor union efforts to push for high wages. Businesses and farms import laborers who will work at slave wages, a class of less-than-under-privileged, too numerous to be properly educated, and too useful as illiterate peasants for the government schools to be much interested. We’ve created another class of people who can’t go home and can’t earn any more than they already do because that’s what they do – work for less. They are trapped here, lured here by government laxness and largess, and then stuck, knowing nothing other than to vote for the very government that tricked them in the first place.
Government is apparently schizoid. It works at eliminating (survival-of-the-fittest style) the less competent, less productive, less educated, but as soon as it has effectively destroyed the family structure of one group, ruined its educational opportunities, and priced a large percentage of the group’s members clear out of the job market, they go out and round up a second group to do that to.
The government – forget Democrat and Republican – is made up of tens of thousands of bureaucrats whose jobs require a dependent class totally reliant on them. The underclass, be it black or Hispanic or Muslim, is six-figure job security, a sense of “self-worth” and most importantly, power to the bureaucrat. Never mind the fact that most of these people would be better off without government interference. Never mind that if these folks were allowed to send their kids to any school they wanted, if they had to hold families together for survival, if they weren’t treated like incompetent children, they would be able to reach a potential far higher than they are even allowed to dream of.
Meanwhile, back at the “ranch” the DOJ, wonder of wonders, has vindicated Darren Wilson. It seems that the government and the 4th Estate made a big, nationwide, destructive deal out of the natural outcome of governmental meddling in the lives of black Americans – a dysfunctional family, a recalcitrant young man, a desperate patrolman. So far we’ve only seen one reporter apologize – will anyone else. Doubt it – both the press and the government need the dysfunction and mayhem.
The photo is from the first movement of Alvin Ailey's masterpiece ballet Revelations which tells the story of blacks in America. It is set to a series of Negro spirituals and was once voted the best piece of choreography in the 20th century. Go to Youtube to watch samples of it.