When Will Black America Wake Up?
by Jerome Hudson (bio)
It's common for the black political establishment to claim white conservatives and their policies cause black America's problems.
It's a shame this accusation is never challenged because in many ways it is the black establishment that is enabling decline.
There is, for example, a chasm of fatherlessness in black America that breeds malcontents. A man-child mentality permeates communities in which morally malnourished minors learn life lessons from pornographic and misogynistic rap songs glorifying "thug life." Yet government programs make single-parent households and absent fathers advantageous.
Is this more the fault of Lyndon Johnson and his Great Society welfare-state agenda or Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI)?
Inner-cities resemble Misrata more than Mayberry. In New York City, a recent headline read "15-Yr-Old Fatally Shot At Brooklyn Playground, 13-Yr-Old Injured." In Chicago, the news is "Gang Violence Leaves Two Men Shot." And while blacks comprised only 32.4 percent of the Chicago population in 2009, police report that 71.6 percent of those arrested that year were black.
Youth mobs rob stores and terrorizing innocent bystanders. 18 of the 19 wealthy pro football players arrested during the recent NFL labor lockout were black.
Is George W. Bush responsible for lax attitudes toward criminality, or perhaps 50 Cent?
In an alternate reality, there also might be approximately 54 million blacks alive in America today. Due to abortion, there are only about 39 million.
The National Black Prolife Coalition estimates 1,000 black babies are aborted every day. Nearly one in three black pregnancies end in abortion each year in America. In New York City alone, almost 47 percent, or 40,798, of the city's 87,273 abortions in 2009 reportedly were performed on black women.
According to 2005 data from the Center for Disease Control, abortion killed more blacks than the combined top seven other leading causes of death that year (including homicide — and abortion data was only available from 36 states, New York City and the District of Columbia). Alveda King, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s niece, rightly says: "The most dangerous place for an African-American is in the womb!"
So who's more responsible for black America's abortion epidemic: Phyllis Schlafly or Faye Wattleton?
The NAACP removes all doubt about who's to blame when it comes to education. In New York, the local NAACP joined the United Federation of Teachers in a lawsuit to block the closure of 22 "failing" public schools and to threaten the existence of 15 charter schools. The NAACP supports underperforming government schools at the expense of popular charter schools catering to an overwhelming minority enrollment.
Last year, a congressional panel convicted U.S. Representative Charlie Rangel (D-NY) of 11 ethics violations that included illegal fundraising and not reporting income. The veteran lawmaker's punishment? He got a slap-on-the-wrist from his colleagues and his constituents re-elected him with a modest 80 percent of the vote.
Why let Rangel off so easy? For such a powerful member, the poverty rate of his district was 24.3 percent in 2009 (compared to the national average of 14.3 percent). Furthermore, an April 2005 Congressional Black Caucus Foundation report found an average poverty rate among congressional districts with black members of Congress was nearly 19 percent. Yet these seats are among the safest in Congress.
Elsewhere, the first black president presides over economic chaos in which black households seem hit the hardest.
The Economic Policy Institute found that, in 2007, white households had a median net worth of $134,280 compared with $13,450 for black households. By 2009, the median net worth for white households plummeted 24 percent to $97,860, but that black households dropped by 83 percent to $2,170.
Yet blacks still support President Obama's big government approach. In June, Obama enjoyed an 86 percent approval rating among blacks.
Ku Klux Klan killers once stalked black neighborhoods. Today, most murders are black-on-black. Margret Sanger's "Negro Project" once sought to "exterminate the Negro population." Today, blacks willingly fulfill the Planned Parenthood founder's mission. It's self-sabotage.
There is no pleasure in painting a picture so bleak, but the stakes are too high and cost is too great to sit in silence.
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Jerome Hudson is a member of the Project 21 black leadership network. Comments may be sent to Project21@nationalcenter.org.
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