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

July 15th, 2013 - 8:48 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. 29% 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.

Postscript: Conservatives should view African-Americans’ emotional response to the death of Trayvon Martin with empathy. What makes the incident so hard to bear is that so many young black men die every day through involvement in violent crime. Trayvon Martin, whatever his past misbehavior might have been, did not have a record of violent crime, and was carrying no weapon when he confronted George Zimmerman. He was not lost to society as so many black youth sadly are lost. The emotion is understandable in a community that is suffering terrible losses, and finds intolerable the loss of this particular young man. But that does not excuse the likes of Eric Holder for manipulating these emotions for political advantage, nor does it excuse the NAACP and the rest of the so-called civil rights establishment for its demagoguery.

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Cross-posted at PJ Lifestyle

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While Trayvon Martin did not have a POLICE or school record of violent crime, there is evidence that Trayvon Martin had a HISTORY of violence, fighting and not unlikely occasions of violent crime. For example, there is evidence that Martin punched a bus driver in the face and that he used his cell phone to video tape the beating by his friends of a homeless man. Evidence such as this was found on Martin's cell phone, evidence that the prosecution improperly withheld from Zimmerman's defense team.

There is also reason to believe that Martin's use of marijuana and the intoxicant perple drank was increasing Martin's propensity for violent behavior during the final months of his life.

Yes, have empathy for Martin but know that he was a troubled young man with a taste for violence. A young man who may well have sallied forth from the safety of his father's girl friends residence, armed with his firsts and MM&A experience, to confront and administer street justice to a "homosexual". A young man who sallied forth and instead met his own Nemesis, if we are to accept his girl friend's telling of her story that is. Know also from the forensic evidence that Martin almost certainly was committing a life threatening assault and battery, a felony, when he died.
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It is amazing the attitudes here on this site and some of the comments that are being made about the black community. The same community that this country was built on there backs. I don't know where to start, but first i think we should get rid of the labels of left/right/conservative/liberal and take a look at the bone.First let me say we have alot of work to do uin the black community and it will not be easy with folks on the outside using ou plight to attack the activist that point out their short comings. If black america fails, america fails, simple as that. So, all of you regardless of your politics have a vested interst in all of americans suceeding. When the congress stands in the way of the duly elected president (aside from him having dark skin) trying to promote is vision for this country, treats him like a nobody, calls him all types of incendiary comments, don't forget those who you think he should be influencing are watching and listening. Aside from whatever your belief system might be politically, never in the history of this country have we had so much gridlock. In a democracy, once the people speak you work with the winner,just like you feel blacks should accept the juries decision. It all starts with resepect for one another and for the highest office in the land. I don't expect the losers to be happy with the outcome, but take one for the country. The article is not some new news, it's that it is coming from a white guy. As for the guy who claims he is jewish and that blacks have treated them so bad, do your home work, jews have profited massively of blacks the way the eastern indians and the arabs,asians are today. If you want to get into that whole mess, we can. The black male has never been revered in this society unless he was a sports figure, politician, or just rich. The value of a black male is not even analized, that's why most of you on here have not been apat of or done anything that could affect a positive outcome on this problem, you fight aginst gun control when you know it is not going to affect your ownership, you fight contraception when you know you are not about to adopt one of those black babies, you fight job creation, when you know more white people will get the jobs than black,your fight sentencing reform but complain when the man is not in the home. The list goes on, and if you think you are going to take on some of the responsibilty of the condition of the black community, you are truely misguided. As for us destroying the cities they were on the decline when we got most of them then the business move the businesses to the burbs. Get Out here, put up or shut up. God forbid that one of you loses a love one to a crime.
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Congratulations!

Rush Limbaugh gave favorable mention of this article on his radio program today.
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The point about destroying the black family is important. In fact, marriage is on the decline pretty much overall. The same consequences are even now affecting the entire population.
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The NAACP should really change its name to NAABR (National Association of Black Racists). Their sole focus is to blame the white race for all the black race's self inflicted problems. The article posits the question as to why civil rights organizations have wagered their reputations on the Zimmerman case. I contend that the NAACP hasn't wagered anything as it has been for some time and continues to be a black racist organization.
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Trayvon Martin had a history of fighting, was caught vandalizing school property, and was found in possession of stolen jewelry and burglary tools. The only reason he didn't have a formal police record is because the local police chief, in order to show that crime in the schools in his jurisdiction was down, declined to charge Martin and left it to disciplinary action by the school authorities -- suspension.
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It is obvious that Martin was a black thug or at the very least a thug wannabe. He was killed during the commission of a felony (felonious assault and battery on an innocent Hispanic). It drives me nuts that much of America is in an uproar over the meaningless death of a nobody black thug when they ought to be trying to figure out why blacks are killing blacks by the boatload as well as working on the problems listed in the article. The way things are going at some point the problem will be solved as the problem black males will be either aborted, in prison, or dead.
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On decoding the postmodernists, see http://clarespark.com/2010/04/08/racism-modernity-modernism/. There is a growing consensus among "rightist" intellectuals that the disintegration of the family is responsible for the plight of the underclass. Daniel Moynihan pointed this out years ago, and he was mocked by liberals for his famed report.
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Blacks are their own worse enemies, but they are true victims.
They are victims of the liberal left. The liberal left gives them free money and support in order to buy their votes. That's the only reason for such support.
Liberals don't want to help blacks, they want a franchise group to help them make the USA a communist country.
Blacks in the USA have a lower logical ability and are the perfect "victims" but white franchise groups fall for the liberal traps also.
Almost any group the liberal left sets their sights on can be turned to their camp with our money. Even senior white could be turned if they start getting a great deal of money and free services. Once they start getting and one group wants to restrict what they receive and the other groups wants to increase what the receive, which way would they vote?
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With all due respect, no sympathy from this corner. I'm exhausted by black Americans more than willing to be manipulated by the race hustlers and guilty white liberals, more than willing to remain oblivious to the facts, and more than willing to continue shooting themselves in the foot because it's a "cultural" imperative. The training wheels have been on long enough.
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Several years ago the NAACP called for a boycott of Florida Orange Juice because Rush Limabaugh was one of the advertisers for the product. They succeeded in getting the orange juice ads pulled from Rush's show.

A few years later the Florida chapter of the NAACP called for a boycott of Florida as a tourist destination. The reason was that too many black students were scoring too low on Florida's standardized education tests. They wanted the tests changed to enable black students to score higher. I don't think anyone took that boycott seriorusly.

Aside from its other faults, the NAACP has become victim of the whims of a few of its leaders. None but a few bitter clingers take that organization seriously any more.
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Mr. Goldman,

By your remarks about Travon Martin I have to assume you are unaware of his cell phone text message record. He may not have yet been arrested for violent acts but he was on his way and according to Zimmerman he was the one who made the initial attack. If I am incorrect and you are indeed aware of his texts then I have to disagree with your assessment and I am also disappointed in it as I have always admired your opinion pieces.
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