Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Blacks Must Confront Reality - Walter E. Williams - Page 1

Blacks Must Confront Reality - Walter E. Williams - Page 1


  1. I would really love to hear your thoughts on the article you posted, as well as the problem it beings up. Are you, by posting this article, saying that Blacks had it better during slavery? If that was not your intention, perhaps a less volatile article would have been better to explain your position. Thanks

  2. Thank you for your comment:-)

    I find Walter Williams' thoughts to be very thought provoking and his prospective as a Black man is different from what our Mainstream Media tells us it should be.

    ("Walter E. Williams- Dr. Williams serves on the faculty of George Mason University as John M. Olin Distinguished Professor of Economics and is the author of 'Race and Economics: How Much Can Be Blamed on Discrimination?' and 'Up from the Projects: An Autobiography.' "- bio at the end of the article. go look at his picture.)

    No, blacks were certainly not better off under slavery and that is not what Mr Williams said. "What is significant, given today's arguments that slavery and discrimination decimated the black family structure, is the fact that years ago, there were only slight differences in family structure among racial groups."

    Mr Williams is addressing the argument that today's problems in the Black community are the result of a legacy of slavery and discrimination by Whites. If we try to solve today's problems by addressing the results of slavery and discrimination when they aren't the cause, than we are wasting our time, energy and money, and likely causing even more problems.

    Mr Williams is comparing the statistics of the past with those of today and saying the problems we see today are in fact caused by the very recent break down of the average Black family, not racism. As horrible as slavery was, it mostly left the family intact. As bad as the Jim Crow laws were, they did not cause 70% of families to be single families. There was little difference between the structure of white and black families during these times in history, so obviously slavery and Jim Crow could not be the cause of what we see in today's Black families. Something else is causing that difference.

    Why does this matter? Decades of research have shown that a boy (of any color) raised with no father in the home is highly likely to to become violent as an adult. Today we see the majority of black boys raised with no father in the home and they become violent. A girl (of any color) raised with no father (according to the research) is much more likely to engage in per-marital sex, to not value her body enough to save it for a man who values her enough to marry her. Thus, fatherless girls produce fatherless babies causing a very vicious circle. And single parent households are significantly more likely (almost guaranteed) to be poor. So we can trace the problems of violence and poverty among Blacks in this country today directly to the fact that they have such a high rate of single-parent households which can't possibly be caused by the (horrid) slavery of 150 years ago or the (horrid) Jim Crow laws of 50 years ago because single-parent households didn't really exist back then (and neither did the violence among Blacks) and didn't begin to exist in large numbers until the 70's or 80's.

    Mr Williams is saying something else (besides slavery and racism) is causing the break down of the Black family. Until we know what that is we can't fix it. I agree with him.


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