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Thy True Black Tragedy.

May 21, 2015 by  
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( Hustlers and people with little understanding want us to believe that today’s black problems are the continuing result of a legacy of slavery, poverty and racial discrimination. The fact is that most of the social pathology seen in poor black neighborhoods is entirely new in black history. Let’s look at some of it.

Today the overwhelming majority of black children are raised in single female-headed families. As early as the 1880s, three-quarters of black families were two-parent. In 1925 New York City, 85 percent of black families were two-parent. One study of 19th-century slave families found that in up to three-fourths of the families, all the children had the same mother and father.

Today’s black illegitimacy rate of nearly 75 percent is also entirely new. In 1940, black illegitimacy stood at 14 percent. It had risen to 25 percent by 1965, when Daniel Patrick Moynihan wrote “The Negro Family: The Case for National Action” and was widely condemned as a racist. By 1980, the black illegitimacy rate had more than doubled, to 56 percent, and it has been growing since. Both during slavery and as late as 1920, a teenage girl raising a child without a man present was rare among blacks.blackcommunity

Much of today’s pathology seen among many blacks is an outgrowth of the welfare state that has made self-destructive behavior less costly for the individual. Having children without the benefit of marriage is less burdensome if the mother receives housing subsidies, welfare payments and food stamps. Plus, the social stigma associated with unwed motherhood has vanished. Female-headed households, whether black or white, are a ticket for dependency and all of its associated problems. Ignored in all discussions is the fact that the poverty rate among black married couples has been in single digits since 1994.

Black youth unemployment in some cities is over 50 percent. But high black youth unemployment is also new. In 1948, the unemployment rate for black teens was slightly less than that of their white counterparts — 9.4 percent compared with 10.2. During that same period, black youths were either just as active in the labor force or more so than white youths. Since the 1960s, both the labor force participation rate and the employment rate of black youths have fallen to what they are today. Why? Are employers more racially discriminatory today than yesteryear? Were black youths of yesteryear more skilled than whites of yesteryear? The answer to both questions is a big fat no.

The minimum wage law and other labor regulations have cut off the bottom rungs of the economic ladder. Put yourself in the place of an employer, and ask: If I must pay $7.25 an hour — plus mandated fringes, such as Social Security and workers’ compensation — would it pay me to hire a worker who is so unfortunate as to possess skills that enable him to produce only $5 worth of value per hour? Most employers view that as a losing economic proposition. Thus, the minimum wage law discriminates against the employment of low-skilled workers, who are most often youths — particularly black youths.

The little bit of money a teenager can earn through after-school, weekend and summer employment is not nearly so important as the other things he gains from early work experiences. He acquires skills and develops good work habits, such as being prompt, following orders and respecting supervisors. In addition, there are the self-respect and pride that a youngster gains from being financially semi-independent. All of these gains from early work experiences are important for any teen but are even more important for black teens. If black teens are going to learn anything that will make them a more valuable employee in the future, they aren’t going to learn it from their rotten schools, their dysfunctional families or their crime-ridden neighborhoods. They must learn it on the job.

The bulk of today’s problems for many blacks are a result of politicians and civil rights organizations using government in the name of helping blacks when in fact they are serving the purposes of powerful interest groups.

Written By Walter E. Williams

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2 Responses to “Thy True Black Tragedy.”
  1. Thor Heyerdahl says:

    ‘uniting’ sounds like a good idea – and it is, for anyone, anywhere, at anytime, because there IS strength in numbers – so how you gonna do that? when 30% or more of your black men chase ‘Becky’ like rabid gorillas – is that going to work?

    Your movies stars, your media stars, your athletic stars, etc., etc., and all your millionaires too – you need your own COUNTRY. Go back to Africa, or, at the very least, stop trying to ‘integrate’ and start building your own ‘country’ within the USA. Your ‘wealthy-collective’ (i.e., all those stars) need to start buying contiguous real-estate for blacks only and provide mortgages and/or rents via your own banks, same with your own credit cards or other debt-instruments – instead of paying interest to white people and other types of people – who are more often than you know – living in other countries.

    You need to buy your own farmlands and raise your own food – good jobs for inner-city people with no clue about life outside the concrete jungles. Your ancestors who were slaves were some of the best fed people on the planet – and they did the work to make their food – plantation owners did not raise the food and give some of it to workers – the workers raised the food and gave the excess to whitey.

    Now hear this, dammit, I grew up on a farm and did chores before I went to school in the morning, and then after school until 9:00pm at night, then I worked more than 24 hrs on the weekends too. I shoveled shit and baled hay and picked rocks off the fields after cultivation and cut firewood to survive winters with snow on the ground for 6 months out of the year and temps below 0F for more than a month at a time – lots of white kids in Northern States and Canada did. There aint no black kid today that worked more menial manual labor than I did, and I am an engineer today ONLY because I got the brains for it – maybe you do, maybe you don’t, my siblings don’t, and my sister has been homeless and incarcerated and lived a shitty life of poverty – because she mated with 3 different pukes-for-men and had 6 kids that she had no way to provide for. Your heads are in your ass about the reality of planet earth – lots of white people got nothing – because they are stupid, period. Now go get smarter and go make your own communities, including farms, and segregate yourselves from the asswipe-white-men (the 1% of them) that control everything and make everyone’s life miserable – with my $100k/yr income, I cannot afford to provide for 3 kids in a middle-class lifestyle – unless my wife works – FUBAR – so, get the F away from it – yes, unite – but you will need to leave Becky behind to accomplish that.

  2. Once again according to this article, the victim is the cause of their problems. Yes I agree we are part of our problems, but we didn’t create the problem; someone else did, when you have adults applying for the same jobs as the youth, that’s not the youth’s fault.

    In general wages haven’t kept up with inflation for decades, the fault of greedy companies and crooked politicians. Fathers aren’t allowed to stay in the household of someone getting assistance, that’s not the fathers fault. I agree that our moral values have been corrupted by the larger society that instituted these new values, which again is not the fault of the poor.

    Our only fault is that as a community, we’ve allowed ourselves to be manipulated by our so called leaders (politicians or otherwise) society in general, and the government. The difference between the 1800’s and now is we were a united community. Now we’re a divided community. All we need to do to solve our problems is to unite again.

    Black Unity is the solution, is the plan.

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