dudejcb wrote:I don't think everyone is entitled to the have the same things. Rather, I think we're all entitled to fairness and an equal shot. Whether they can attain it is up to the individual. Life is not fair, but we can try. Then it's up to the individual to do good work and be ready when good luck (opportunities) arise.
When it comes to blacks, we have a poor track record in this country. I don't know when the scales will be balanced so we can just forget about all that, nor do I know when the Germans will not be responsible for the holocaust. (BTW: Switching gears a bit ... I don't hold the German people totally responsible for WW2 as much of it was set up by their harsh treatment with the Treaty of Versailles, which made it easy for Hitler's group of thugs to sell themselves early on.)
"I know black contractors who have gone out of business because their black workers were not prompt or had negative attitudes. I know black workers who take pride about going to work any hour they feel like it, taking the day off when they feel like it. . . . Many leaders who are black and many white liberals will object to my discussing these things in public. But the decadence in the black community . . . is already in the headlines; the only question is what we should do about it" Jesse Jackson in 1976.
Are you sure that black individuals do not have an equal shot? There is strong anecdotal evidence that individual by individual, there is nothing that black individuals cannot achieve if they put their mind to it. Liberals will never open their mind to the possibility that racism and bigotry are secondary to the success of black individuals. I know when the scales will be balanced in the mind of pandering black politicians - NEVER. To succeed would make them unnecessary. It is why politicians never solve a problem and why modern liberals that love big government never believe a problem is ever solved sufficiently to descope and defund that part of the central government - well except for the one thing that will never be solved which is why we need a military that everyone fears.
We all know education, a solid K-12 education, for all kids is how you change the community and not giving a small fraction a spot they did not earn and taking it from the person he did. That is how you create racial animosity and not improve society. Taking from one and giving to another is a zero sum game initially and down hill from there. The one who did not earn it, does not value it and it tells others that you do not have to work harder to earn more. The one who it was taken from resents the one who has what was rightly his. A wise man said "life is not fair, but we can try." And try we must to not use practices that are unfair to one person in the name of making it fair for another.http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304441304579481593325577488
But Mr. Woodson saves his most passionate disdain for those on the black left who all but abandon the black poor except to exploit them. "Around 70 cents of every dollar designated to relieve poverty goes not to poor people but to people who serve the poor—social workers, counselors, et cetera," he says. "We've created a poverty industry, turned poor people into a commodity. And the race hustlers play a bait-and-switch game where they use the conditions of low-income blacks to justify remedies"—such as racial education preferences—"that only help middle-income blacks."
Mr. Woodson broke with the traditional civil-rights movement in the 1970s over forced busing. In the Supreme Court's 1954 Brown decision, Chief Justice Earl Warren suggested that all-black classrooms were inherently inferior, and liberals convinced themselves that ending legal segregation wasn't enough. "The left assumes that if you're not for forced integration, then you support segregation, but that's a false dichotomy," Mr. Woodson says. "I believe we should have fought for desegregation, but forced integration is a separate issue, especially in education."
A majority of black parents always opposed this social engineering and said they wanted better neighborhood schools, "but the civil-rights leadership pushed busing for the poor. Of course, none of their kids were on the bus," says Mr. Woodson. To this day, the left's obsession with the racial composition of a school trumps its concern with whether kids are learning.
While nobody disputes that diversity has value in any intellectual setting, it is such a distant second that it is laughable to focus on it under the situation that existed then and now, unless you believe black communities are inherently inferior and must be eliminated and the black people can only prosper if they are spread throughout the white community.
A recent study from UCLA's Civil Rights Project criticized charter schools for being too racially segregated. Never mind that many of these charters outperform the surrounding neighborhood schools and that excellent all-black schools have long existed and predate Brown. Liberals remain convinced that black children must sit next to white children in order to learn. The Obama Justice Department currently is trying to shut down a Louisiana voucher program for low-income families on the grounds that it may upset the racial balance of public schools in the state.
Why do liberals attack charter schools? Clearly, the political agenda and using tax dollars to fund union teachers trumps educating the children, even black children who suffer the most on average because of poor K-12 education. Who on the left does the current system not work? It worked for Obama. It works for Jackson and Sharpton. It works for Democrats. They have a lock. Why would they want to change that? It would be a huge risk for them if black people got a rock solid K-12 education in a low crime environment.
What would they need the party of the poor for if they become prosperous?
Of course, Democrat politicians are all saints and not humans that clearly see where their bread is buttered. No matter how many get arrested for corruption, there is no corruption in the Democrat party. Democrat politicians are the path to prosperity, just look at what they have done where they have absolute control, especially in black communities.
A politician thinks of the next election; a statesman of the next generation. A politician looks for the success of his party; a statesman for that of the country. The statesman wished to steer, while the politician was satisfied to drift.