Glenn Loury, Walter Williams on Race

An Ivy League Professor on What the Campus Conversation on Race Gets Wrong: *

“I think the European colonization of the world left a lot of bodies lying around, but I also think it was a necessary stepping stone to the modern globalized civilization that we enjoy. But these aren’t conversations we actually have. On the contrary, most of our moral and political inquiries are superficial, and we rarely come to terms with history.

Take affirmative action. We’re not supposed to notice that Asians are being turned away in droves from the elite universities. We’re not supposed to notice that blacks are included on the basis of some silly argument about diversity. At Brown, we call them “historically underrepresented groups,” as if observing the historical underrepresentation constitutes in and of itself an indictment of the institution and not of the groups themselves.

We’re 50 years past the civil rights movement and blacks, to get to Harvard or Princeton or Brown, still depend upon being judged by different standards than other people. And people are called “bigots” if they ask questions about this? This is trivial, and it’s not engaging real arguments.”

*This is a vox link, and because of repeated incidents such as their monumental lie where they told readers there is a bridge between Israel’s West Bank and Gaza (where no bridge exists) and also telling their readers that Israel maliciously permits Israeli’s access to this nonexisting bridge and restricts access from the Gaza side, I don’t consider them a reliable source of news at all.  In this case, the majority of the story is quotes from Brown University Professor Glenn Loury, so I’m taking a chance, although the story has been updated, but we aren’t told how, and the quotes have been ‘edited for length and clarity.’   They have made too many substantive errors when explaining news they clearly don’t understand (but don’t mind making stuff up about it- like the denying access to the bridge part of the aforementioned lie) to be trusted.  The author of this piece has has also written  for Salon, where he’s turned in articles like this one, bemoaning all rich people, and this one, singing the praises of Al Gore whose has used his global warming schtick to enrich himself)

Walter Williams on why the Black Family is in trouble:

That the problems of today’s black Americans are a result of a legacy of slavery, racial discrimination, and poverty has achieved an axiomatic status, thought to be self-evident and beyond question.

This is what academics and the civil rights establishment have taught. But as with so much of what’s claimed by leftists, there is little evidence to support it.

“The No. 1 problem among blacks is the effects stemming from a very weak family structure.

Children from fatherless homes are likelier to drop out of high school, die by suicide, have behavioral disorders, join gangs, commit crimes, and end up in prison. They are also likelier to live in poverty-stricken households.

 

But is the weak black family a legacy of slavery?

In 1960, just 22 percent of black children were raised in single-parent families. Fifty years later, more than 70 percent of black children were raised in single-parent families.

Here’s my question: Was the increase in single-parent black families after 1960 a legacy of slavery, or might it be a legacy of the welfare state ushered in by the War on Poverty?

According to the 1938 Encyclopaedia of the Social Sciences, that year 11 percent of black children were born to unwed mothers. Today about 75 percent of black children are born to unwed mothers.

Is that supposed to be a delayed response to the legacy of slavery?

The bottom line is that the black family was stronger the first 100 years after slavery than during what will be the second 100 years.

At one time, almost all black families were poor, regardless of whether one or both parents were present. Today roughly 30 percent of blacks are poor.

However, two-parent black families are rarely poor. Only 8 percent of black married-couple families live in poverty. Among black families in which both the husband and wife work full time, the poverty rate is under 5 percent. Poverty in black families headed by single women is 37 percent.

The undeniable truth is that neither slavery nor Jim Crow nor the harshest racism has decimated the black family the way the welfare state has.

The black family structure is not the only retrogression suffered by blacks in the age of racial enlightenment.

In every census from 1890 to 1954, blacks were either just as active or more so than whites in the labor market. During that earlier period, black teen unemployment was roughly equal to or less than white teen unemployment.

As early as 1900, the duration of black unemployment was 15 percent shorter than that of whites. Today it’s about 30 percent longer.

Would anyone suggest that during earlier periods, there was less racial discrimination?”

You want to read the whole thing.  And when you do, remember that the growing trend in the SJW left is to call black men like these, ‘black white supremacists.’  Disgusting.

 

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One Comment

  1. Lisa Beth W.
    Posted September 27, 2017 at 9:08 pm | Permalink

    Ugh. And it is a rare person from “the other side” who will even let you get started presenting facts like these.

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