I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised, after all, this tends to happen any time that the subject of racism is brought up in a discussion, but in a recent forum debate on the distinct disadvantage that poor blacks have in climbing out of the ghettos, I again pointed out that it’s not so much whitey holding them down, it’s them holding themselves down. As expected, the liberal whining squad immediately leapt on my back, claiming that anything bad that happens to blacks, no matter what it is, must be the fault of inherent racism by whites and that blacks needed constant help to succeed in the world, otherwise they’d end up back on the plantation.
Surprisingly, a large number of people agreed with me. There were a considerable number who pointed out that there are social, political and racial sub-cultures that do everything they can to shoot themselves in the face and cause themselves to epically fail. It’s not just the black ghetto culture, we see the same thing among typically white hillbilly types as well. Is whitey holding them down too? The fact remains that groups of people who grow up in destitute neighborhoods tend to do things that specifically cause themselves to fail and that’s really my objection to it all. I don’t think that people who acted responsibly, who didn’t consistently harm their own future achievements through their own actions and who stopped feeling constantly sorry for themselves have any reason they can’t better their lot in life.
Since it was a thread focused on the black community, I posted the following. Show me a black person who does all of the following and does not improve their lives:
- Stays in school and gets good grades.
- Avoids involvement in drugs and gangs.
- Does not become pregnant or get anyone pregnant out of wedlock.
- Gets a job, works hard, develops a work ethic and does not get terminated from that job for cause.
- Follows the law and stays out of jail.
- Lives a responsible life.
Predictably, a lot of people on the left called me a racist for even suggesting that. It’s whitey’s fault that blacks fail! Yet point to anything on my list that isn’t completely and totally under the control of the individual. Does whitey have a gun to the head of young black men, forcing them to violate the law, sleep around and drop out of school? Let’s see the pictures, I don’t believe it for a second.
What I do believe is that there are a lot of people who are willing to point the fingers at everyone around them rather than take personal responsibility for their lives. They aren’t willing to accept that success isn’t easy, quick or comes in tiny steps. There are people who think that if they can’t be the CEO of a billion dollar corporation, it’s not worth trying at all. No, you’re probably not going to drive a Ferrari. No, you’re probably not going to own a million dollar mansion, but you’ll be better off than you would have had you done nothing and your kids will probably do even better than you if they’re raised to respect the same ethics that you do. That’s how things improve, incrementally. Nobody has a magic wand that’s going to take you from virtual illiteracy to riches, you’ve got to earn it.
But isn’t that the problem? Nobody wants to earn anything these days, they want it handed to them on a silver platter. It’s not just the black community, it’s young people everywhere. Everyone expects a trophy just for showing up, kids expect to be handed a $100,000 paycheck for graduating from college. Nobody wants to start at the bottom and work their way up, they want to start at the top because they’re special! Sorry, that’s not the way the world works.
Even Bill Cosby saw that, he’s been a proponent of blacks getting out of the black ghetto sub-culture and earning their way to success. That’s exactly what he did. He wasn’t well off growing up, although his father actually stuck around unlike in so many poor black families. He got married and he stayed that way. He worked hard, joined the military, never quit and earned several college degrees in addition to his acting and stand up comedy careers. This is a guy living the American dream and he achieved it on his own merits. He’s also a very strong critic of the way blacks live in the ghettos and has been routinely attacked by the poverty mongers and racist apologists like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson.
I’ll just leave off with a couple of videos where Bill Cosby explains it himself. Imagine, a black man, a successful black man, who actually criticizes black culture.