Suddenly It’s 1964 Again

Suddenly, it’s 1964 again.  Racial tension is in the air.  Cries of “injustice” and “police brutality” occupy the headlines.  However, the epicenter has moved from Mississippi and Harlem to Ferguson, Missouri, a small municipality which occupies a slice of northeastern St. Louis County.

Unfortunately for the peace-loving citizens in that community, those fanning the flames which have led to the violence are stuck in 1964.  Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and members of the New Black Panther Party have never moved on.  They are  in a time warp.   In fact, their relevance depends on being able to make disadvantaged blacks believe that the system is rigged against them.  That’s how they get their power and earn the money to buy their expensive suits and chauffeur-driven limousines.   

Let’s pretend (like Sharpton and Jackson) that there is no Civil Rights Act and no Voting Rights Act.  In fact, let’s pretend that African-Americans now are not voting at a higher rate than white Americans.   Let’s pretend that the the two most powerful people in the free world — the president of the United States and his attorney general, Eric Holder —  are not black.  Let’s pretend that the number of black office holders has not risen dramatically.  In 1970, when researchers began tracking these statistics, that number was a mere 1,469.  In 2011, it topped 10,500.

In 1964, roughly 25 percent of blacks had completed high school.  Today it is roughly 80 percent.  Furthermore, the number of blacks who hold a bachelor’s degree or better  has increased from 4 percent to 15 percent, with another 4.3 percent holding advance degrees.

Though blacks make up only 11 percent the U.S. civilian work force, they represent 18 percent of all U.S. government workers.

Today, 27.4 percent of black households earn $50,000 or more per year and there are 800,000 black-owned business.  Three of America’s Fortune 500 companies are headed by a black CEO.  In short, despite the recession and the current economic policies of this administration that have hurt business in general, the sky is the limit for those who apply themselves and are willing to work hard.

This is reality in 2014, but unfortunately there is another reality.  Twenty-four percent of blacks are living in poverty which is almost twice the national average.

Countless researchers have demonstrated that the path to a stable income and economic success is to complete school, get a job, get married (and stay married) and have children, in that order.

We need to go back to 1964 and learn from our mistakes that have hurt so many, especially in the black community.   In the 1960s the out-of-wedlock birth rate among blacks went from 14 percent to the whopping 74 percent it is today.

In 1964, President Lyndon Johnson began the so-called War on Poverty which added layer upon layer to the welfare state.  Since that time, the message we have been sending to young girls is: “Get pregnant. Stay single and the government will provide for all your needs.”  Furthermore, there is no accountability.  It appears to be quite a deal, but any thinking person knowns that it is a cruel trap.

Between 1950 and 1965, the black poverty rate had been cut in half.  Before the War on Poverty began the incomes of blacks in the skill trades was growing at a faster rate than   that of whites and the number of blacks entering high level positions was on the upswing.  After 1964, that trend reversed.

In the 1980s we added “value-neutral” education to the mix and the moral decline continued.  We have created an entitled generation with no work ethic and no respect for authority.  That is reinforced by the media and by our elected representatives who want to throw money at every problem and — above all —  don’t wish to offend anyone.

That is why this black president won’t speak out on the real issues that are hurting many in the black community.  That is why you have racial jihadists like Sharpton and Jackson who want to excuse all antisocial black behavior as a product of racism and a biased criminal justice system.

This is a disservice to the poor and disadvantaged.  It is a disservice to the many law abiding citizens in Ferguson.

If we are to go back to 1964, we need a “do-over” on the programs that have robbed the poor of their confidence, their initiative and their pride.




3 thoughts on “Suddenly It’s 1964 Again

  1. Long past due, the black community should be emulating the path to success and follow the counsel of such great people as Walter Williams, Thomas Sowell, Allen Keyes, Dr. Ben Carson, and former Lt. Col. Allen West as a few examples. It seems to be easier to be part of the ‘hood, belligerently be opposed to anything that “whitey” (honkie – whatever) does to be an American and a part of the success story. Attitude is the answer – with an attitude of joining rather than opposing, the “downtrodden” would experience what real living (and the pursuit of happiness) is all about.


  2. Here we go again, The bleating of the lost sheep who do they follow, not the godly? I wonder at Al Sharpton, and his ilk how they dare call themelves Reverend!! He is not a follower of Christ who spoke of love and was an encourager.
    Now, true I do not walk in the shoes of a black person but I do know if I keep telling myself pity me, I will be pitifull. It is wicked how elements of our society tear down any successful black person especially if they should profess Conservative/Christian values. I said yesterday and today I judge a man by his character not his race or color. I have such admiration for Dr. Ben Carson, read his book; “One Nation”
    Have I experienced hate yes, when I walked down a street I was spat on and had rocks thown at me, called names was that hateful. What did I do I walked on I held my head high, I moved forward, I became stronger.
    How many have come to this country with little other than a determination to improve their lot. From all corners of the earth with little more than a dream and the ability to put shoulder to the plow, to dig their way up to honor hard work to strive for a better life.
    Now we have the likes of Al Sharpton a rabble rouser telling black men and women they cannot succed that they should be spoon fed by the government. This steals mans natural inclination to be a worker to take pride in achievment to have family and a place in society to vote a better life.
    We must wait for all the facts to come out on the shooting in Ferguson, I do wonder at the power of fists which have been known to kill.


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