Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Black Victimhood Fantasy

Angela Graham West addresses two examples of the claim about black victimhood as presented by two women (one is a young black woman and the other is a white mother).


She somehow believes that it is inevitable that failure will visit the Black boy or man and these events are beyond his/her control. She is certain of the inevitable “victimhood” of Black people -- especially Black men. It is beyond their control to graduate from high school and not engage in activities that will encourage suspension from school, arrest, or incarceration.

This point of view is bolstered by journalists who write things such as “80 percent of the traffic violations in this town are waged against Black people” while neglecting to tell you that 90 percent of the town's population is Black. Or when they report that “2/3 of all suspensions are of Black children” while neglecting to mention that the school might be 78 percent black and 22 percent Hispanic. The reality is that in many of the inner city public schools, there are little to no white children to suspend.

There is no mention of personal responsibility, familial responsibility or objectivity. Such is the culture of victim-hood....

The press will seize upon an iconic symbol such as the hoodie or the throwing of the hands in the air because every good story needs a symbol, every good riot a rally cry. And then we are off to the Jackson/Sharpton races with one side against the other. Black against White/rich against poor. When a situation arises that does not match this script, it is forgotten. For example, when a black police officer shot and killed a reportedly unarmed white man named Dillon Taylor in South Salt Lake, Utah earlier this month, there was no outcry. In fact, there was very little news about this at all.

The “real story” is this: Every society needs a level of behavioral restraint. The police by definition provide this service. They serve and protect. Also, society also has standards. When you operate outside of those standards, life will be difficult. For example, if you do not graduate from high school, you might not “make out” very well in this society. You might find yourself short on money and long on time, both of these conditions just might lead you to do things that you might otherwise not have the time or want to give the effort to. The responsibility is yours. No one wants to talk about the young Black children growing up in single-parent households, no one wants to speak about the fact that a disproportionate amount of criminal acts -- violent or not -- consists of Black people preying on other Black people.

Certainly, there are instances of prejudice and bigotry, and some are certainly egregious.  We cannot control for that behavior, however, the bullet flying over any Black boy's head is more likely to be fired from a firearm brandished by another Black person than by a cop.

~Excerpts from Angela Graham West, American Thinker 

Please read the whole article.

Drs. Thomas Sowell and Walter Williams  (both grew up poor and by way of good morals and personal responsibility and high expectations, these men went on to become doctors in their fields of higher education)  as well as Larry Elder have also addressed these same issues for years as well. None of these black men see themselves or others as victims.

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