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What Do You Do When The Oppressed Are Their Own Worst Oppressors?

George Zimmerman is a scapegoat to avoid confronting the main problem afflicting black people in the United States: the breakdown of the black family.

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David P. Goldman

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July 15, 2013 - 10:55 am

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My earliest memory is looking up at a circle of black and white faces. I was seated in the living room of the family home in Edison Township, N.J., and the group I saw was the local chapter of the NAACP. My association with the civil rights movement goes back to the age of two. The year would have been 1953 or 1954, and my parents were left-wing activists, among the very few white people involved at the time. Their activism was deep. In 1950, my father drove from New York with a group of Columbia University students to protest the impending execution of Willie McGee, a black man convicted and eventually electrocuted for the alleged rape of a white woman in Mississippi. I followed my parents’ example: in my senior year of high school I organized and led a student civil rights demonstration and marched next to Andrew Young. You can look it up.

I believe in civil rights as much now as I did then. That’s why it’s painful to watch the degeneration of the NAACP with its silly petition to persuade the Justice Department to bring a civil rights case against George Zimmerman. The leaders of what used to be a civil rights movement want to talk about everything but the main problem afflicting black people in the United States. That is the breakdown of the black family.

Just 29% of black women over the age of 15 were married in 2010, according to the Census Bureau’s comprehensive Current Population Survey. That compares to 54% of white women. At all ages, black women were about half as likely to be married as white women. That is an astonishing number.

The percentage of out-of-wedlock births has risen from 18% in 1980 to 40% in 2010. Twenty-nine percent of white births were non-marital, against 73% for black births. That’s nearly three-quarters of all black births.

Young black men without a high school diploma are more likely to be in jail than to be employed, reports the Pew Institute:

Collateral Costs details the concentration of incarceration among men, the young, the uneducated and African Americans. One in 87 working-aged white men is in prison or jail compared with 1 in 36 Hispanic men and 1 in 12 African American men. Today, more African American men aged 20 to 34 without a high school diploma or GED are behind bars (37 percent) than are employed (26 percent).

The report also shows more than 2.7 million minor children now have a parent behind bars, or 1 in every 28.  For African American children the number is 1 in 9, a rate that has more than quadrupled in the past 25 years.

The worst oppressors of young black men are older black men who abandon their children. And the second-worst oppressors of young black men are other young black men – 94% of black murder victims are killed by blacks. The accelerating decline of the black family portends a much worse situation in the future.

Why have civil rights organizations and black clergy wagered their reputations on the Zimmerman case? It is hard to avoid the conclusion that the issues that really concern African-Americans simply are too painful to discuss. Five years after the ultimate boost to self-esteem — the election of the first black president — things are getting worse faster. If black leaders — from Barack Obama and Eric Holder on down — can’t talk about the real problems, the prospects for the future are frightening indeed.

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image courtesy shutterstock / vasabii

Cross-posted from Spengler

David P. Goldman is the columnist “Spengler” for Asia Times Online; his latest book is How Civilizations Die: (And Why Islam Is Dying Too). He is the Wax Family Fellow at the Middle East Forum.

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The black underclass is marginalized almost past redemption. Trayvon was another lost child without moral markers, a danger to himself and society. A tragedy that he died but his posthumous sainthood is ludicrous.
Jackson, Sharpton, Obama and Holder are despicable race baiters stirring resentment and potential violence because they're evil demogogues. This has to stop.
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Black culture will have to hit rock bottom before it improves. This begs the question; "What does Black cultural rock bottom look like?"

I think we are seeing it before our very eyes; a culture so easily swayed by demagogues, that they literally refuse to see the truth in front of them.

At this point we should help those who are willing to help themselves.
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i'm past caring. i didn't break the black family. my only interest in it at this point is not being dragged down, too.

Daniel Patrick Moynihan, liberal D senator 1982-2000, said, "The steady expansion of welfare programs can be taken as a measure of the steady disintegration of the Negro family structure over the past generation in the United States."
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Hogwash. The real villain is race politicians who derailed the assimilation to middle class values. Blacks need to raise the perception of themselves. The perceived economic way out is gaining great wealth or crushing poverty. It is for most the perceived lack of opportunities to move up the economic ladder. in this land there has been discrimination against the Irish,the Jews, the Italians. But these peoples did not have as dedicated group that fought for no assimilation.
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I found an interesting article that reinforces the theory that blacks are their own worst enemy.
http://www.africanexecutive.com/modules/magazine/articles.php?article=277&magazine=37

I hope this link works. The article appears to be a few years old, but is written by an executive who works in South Africa, and notices the very same things there as we see here.
1 year ago
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"What Do You Do When The Oppressed Are Their Own Worst Oppressors?"

You take one step back, shake the execrement off your shoes and say, "They support and are enslaved by the Democrat-liberal-leftist Party and the meanstream news media."
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"if you like Detroit you will love the future". Too true, I live here. There are 40,000+ abandoned homes. Check out a Google Earth view of downtown. Unemployment is rampant, as is corruption; much of Detroit "society" is essentially a third-world country where the rule of law does not exist. My wife and I donate meals at Thanksgiving and Christmas, and it is shocking how people live. Looks like the depression pictures of the 1890's. But I still meet impressive young people with great values who have been raised by loving, caring Mothers and Fathers who care to teach their children the values of honesty, integrity, hard work, morals, and the like, and they give me hope.
1 year ago
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"The worst oppressors of young black men are older black men who abandon their children."

Don't be so quick to blame the men. Women are the gatekeepers of sex, and if they won't be humble and modest, chaste until marriage and faithful thereafter, any man who marries one is a fool. Who wants to work himself into an early grave supporting the spawn of other men?

By giving black women government desk jobs and welfare benefits far beyond anything a black man could provide, we gave them even less reason to bother finding husbands.
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Husbands were never the issue. back in old time it is true that the opportunity for Blk men were few but they never gathered to take over a sector of the economy.
In the technological age the old ways are giving way to modern 22nd century living for the people who have the real money. It has been individuals who achieve success. The perception among "Blks" that being "Blk" meant that a person should not strive for success because they would not be allowed to achieve, is rampant. Because of this thinking it is difficult to achieve the mental and emotional strength. Yet many of the great builders came from humble beginnings.
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" By giving black women government desk jobs..."

We're being audited by such as I type.
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For ahem, 'Civil Rights leaders' to admit to the near-disintegration of the Black 2-parent unit being thee reason for Black boy's-men's criminal ventures would have these same hustlers, err 'leaders' admitting Black people 'may' be the cause of their own destruction.

It wont happen. Race hustling, nonsensical, fictional empathy is more lucrative than truth and understanding of said problem.

The majority of the aforementioned have NO interest whatsoever in bettering their community nor outlooks for misspent youth.

Al Sharpton's NEVER apologized for his fictional demagoguing through the decades. Why should he? That dingleberry CONTINUES to get hired by t.v. networks, numerous guest appearances, speaking engagements, divisive hate-filled rallies etc.,

I recall seeing O'Reilly kissing that dude's a ss in a somewhat recent interview.

Sickening stuff.

Though the Black community will continue to hold this dude, Marion Barry, Sheila Jackson Lee, Clyburn, Meeks, Holmes-Norton, Cummings, Fattah, Waters etc., in high regard. EVen when the aforementioned overwhelmingly display a, 'It's all about and for me' demeanor. Again, quite pathetic and sad.
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Black people have been impacted by the same cultural changes that have impacted everyone else in the last fifty years: fast changing technologies, loss of types of jobs that allow movement from lower class to middle class, decline of public education, erosion of moral values to the benefit of the wallets of entertainment and media industries. A small thing we can do to resist the negative changes is to quit using the apparently devisive label African-American. How about just American?
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apparently, you aren't old enough to remember when it started. first as black-american, then afro-american then african-american. each change instigated by the black community and each claiming that the previous term was "racist".

and that claim by "black leaders" that sentencing blacks to longer prison terms for selling crack than whites get for powdered cocaine? demanded by black leaders (sometimes the same ones), because crack "targeted the most vulnerable"
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"Socialist ideology seeks to reduce human personality to its most primitive, lowest levels and, in each epoch, relies upon the most radical "criticism of man" available."

This is the true enemy here. The Socialist Progressives' spoils a crippled, morally defunct society that has been "educated" to have no analytical or critical thinking skills; a society of reduced Christian influence to be of no more value than the next religion's influence or even better, a society where Christian morality is irrevelant and in many cases, has been irradicated altogether; a society that has been largely reduced by materialistic, carnalistic social engineering to churn out lemmings instead of people; lemmings to become "soulless cog(s) in the all-powerful state machine".

Quotes are by Igor Shafarevich
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“We can see that all elements of the socialist ideal--the abolition of private property, family, hierarchies; the hostility toward religion--could be regarded as a manifestation of one basic principle: the suppression of individuality... Understanding socialism as one of the manifestations of the allure of death explains its hostility toward individuality... It is consistent with the tendency to reduce man to the level of a cog in the state mechanism, as well as with the attempt to prove that man exists only as a manifestation of non-individual features, such as production or class interest.” Igor Shafarevich

“There is, first of all, the profound experience of Russia, the significance of which we are only now beginning to understand. The question therefore arises: will this experience be sufficient? Is it sufficient for the entire world and especially for the West? Indeed, is it sufficient for Russia? Shall we be able to comprehend its meaning? Or is mankind destined to pass through this experience on an immeasurably larger scale? There is no doubt that if the ideals of Utopia are realized universally, mankind, even in the barracks of the universal City of the Sun, shall find the strength to regain its freedom and to preserve God's image and likeness--human individuality--once it has glanced into the yawning abyss. But will even that experience be sufficient? For it seems just as certain that the freedom of will granted to man and to mankind is absolute, that it includes the freedom to make the ultimate choice--between life and death.” Igor Shafarevich

http://www.robertlstephens.com/essays/shafarevich/001SocialistPhenomenon.html

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What has been missing from this discussion everywhere is reference to Byran Stow, a SFO Giants fan who went to Dodger Stadium.

http://nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/52197029/

He lived after his brains were beaten into the cement, but couldn't tell.
GZ is alive and can tell.

Thomas Sowell has a great essay as well
http://frontpagemag.com/2013/thomas-sowell/who-is-racist-2/

yeah, " IT'S THE CULTURE, STUPID "
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The Elephant in the Room is that this is a Failed Culture, the American People are a Failed People, those in those Obama Sticker Cars are a failed people. The destruction of practically all American major cities has gone on for decades, and the ones who did it, who have run those cities for decades, is the Democrat Party. This nation is controlled by CBS, NBC, ABC, and the rest of the Democrat Media. The American People are simply too stupid to think for themselves and so believe everything the Democrat Media tells them. And what they pretend is news is just Liberal Ideology. They will report what Race Hustlers and Bigots Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson say as "Spokepersons for Blacks," but will not report what Thomas Sowell or Walter Williams or Clarence Thomas says. This is a failed nation, as its people are a failed people. And yes, whoever said below that "If you like Detroit, then you will like the future" had it right.
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" Her point, like all Democrats, is that it is cool to be a victim. The Democrat Party is but a hodgepodge of Victim Groups, shouting at each other "Our Victim Group is better than your Victim Group."

I believe, as rough as this road is going to get, that what I call the "House of Iniquity" i.e. all the progressive "victim" groups will devolve eventually into a pack of rabid dogs tearing out each other's throats once they feel they have largely silenced the voice of the "House of Righteousness". As dark as the hour may become, I ultimately believe this will be for our good on the right. A House Divided cannot stand; and they are certainly a House Divided held together by only the thinnest of veneers of a commonality. Stay strong, prepare, do not fear. That's mho.
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