American economist, social theorist, political philosopher and author Thomas Sowell argues in a new piece for National Review that the whole “legacy of slavery” argument used by liberals to deflect from the clear-cut “social breakdown” of “ghetto communities” is nothing more than an excuse:
The “legacy of slavery” argument is not just an excuse for inexcusable behavior in the ghettos. In a larger sense, it is an evasion of responsibility for the disastrous consequences of the prevailing social vision of our times, and the political policies based on that vision, over the past half century.
Sowell points out that while black poverty and white racism were far worse prior to the 1960s, before the “explosive growth of the welfare state” occurred, “violent crime within black ghettos was far less.” In fact, “murder rates among black males” skyrocketed during the 1960s.
Likewise, as time passed and the welfare state tightened its grip on the black community, the number of black children being raised in two-parent families dropped significantly. According to the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s “Kids Count Data Center,” a whopping 67 percent of all black children in 2013 were being raised in single-parent homes.
Add contemporary black criminality to the mix and you start to see the extent of the problem.
These sorts of facts led Sowell to make the following spot-on conclusion:
You cannot take any people, of any color, and exempt them from the requirements of civilization — including work, behavioral standards, personal responsibility, and all the other basic things that the clever intelligentsia disdain — without ruinous consequences to them and to society at large.
Exactly. When we subsidize “counterproductive lifestyles,” as we unfortunately do with the black community (among others), we do nothing more than treat black people like “livestock, to be fed and tended by others.”
Yet we expect “them to develop as human beings” …
For any true change to occur, liberals, racial grievance mongers and our political leaders must all STOP blaming the black community’s failures on the “legacy of slavery,” on institutional racism, on white supremacy, etc.
They instead must own up to the fact that it is their own disastrous policies that have devastated the black community, leaving many of its members wholly dependent on a government that can feed and clothe them — but that cannot and will never be able to teach them personal responsibility!