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Black Political Power   Leave a comment

It’s often thought to be beyond question that black political power is necessary for economic power and enhanced socio-economic welfare. That’s an idea that lends itself to testing and analysis. Between 1970 and 2012, the number of black elected officials rose from fewer than 1,500 to more than 10,000. Plus, a black man was elected to the presidency twice. Jason Riley, a fellow at the Manhattan Institute, tells how this surge in political power has had little beneficial impact on the black community.

In a PragerU video, “Blacks in Power Don’t Empower Blacks” (, Riley says the conventional wisdom was based on the notion that only black politicians could understand and address the challenges facing blacks. Therefore, electing more black city councilors, mayors, representatives and senators was deemed critical. Even some liberal social scientists now disagree. Gary Orfield says, “There may be little relationship between the success of … black leaders and the opportunities of typical black families.” Riley says that while many black politicians achieved considerable personal success, many of their constituents did not.

After the 2014 Ferguson, Missouri, riots, which followed the killing of Michael Brown after he charged a policeman, much was made of the small number of blacks on the city’s police force. Riley asks: If the racial composition of the police force is so important, how does one explain the Baltimore riots the following year after Freddie Gray died in police custody? Baltimore’s police force is 40 percent black. Its police commissioner is black. Its mayor is black, as is the majority of the City Council. What can be said of black political power in Baltimore can also be said of Cleveland, Detroit, Philadelphia, Washington, Atlanta and New Orleans. In these cities, blacks have been mayors, police chiefs, city councilors and superintendents of schools for decades. False Black Power? (Ne… Jason L. Riley Best Price: $7.22 Buy New $10.43 (as of 02:00 EDT – Details)

By contrast, when blacks had little political power, they made significant economic progress.During the 1940s and ’50s, black labor force participation rates exceeded those of whites; black incomes grew much faster than white incomes. Between 1940 and 1950, black poverty rates fell by as much as 40 percent. Between 1940 and 1970, the number of blacks in middle-class professions quadrupled. Keep in mind that was before affirmative action programs. Riley says that racial gaps were narrowing without any special treatment for blacks. After the 1960s, the government began pouring trillions of dollars into various social programs. These programs discouraged marriage and also undermined the work ethic through open-ended welfare programs, helping keep poor people poor.

The fact that political success is not a requirement for socio-economic success — and indeed may have an opposite effect — doesn’t apply only to blacks. American Jews, Italians, Germans, Japanese and Chinese attained economic power long before they had political power. By almost any measure of socio-economic success, Japanese and Chinese are at or near the top. Riley asks, “How many prominent Asian politicians can you name?” By contrast, Irish-Americans have long held significant political power yet were the slowest-rising of all immigrant groups.

Riley says that the black experience in the U.S. has been very different from that of other racial groups. Blacks were enslaved. After emancipation, they faced legal and extralegal discrimination and oppression. But none of those difficulties undermines the proposition that human capital, in the forms of skills and education, is far more important than political capital. Riley adds that the formula for prosperity is the same across the human spectrum. Traditional values — such as marriage, stable families, education and hard work — are immeasurably more important than the color of your mayor, police chief, representatives, senators and president.

As Riley argues in his new book — “False Black Power?” — the major barrier to black progress today is not racial discrimination. The challenge for blacks is to better position themselves to take advantage of existing opportunities, and that involves addressing the anti-social, self-defeating behaviors and habits and attitudes endemic to the black underclass.

Source: Black Political Power

Walter E. Williams is the John M. Olin distinguished professor of economics at George Mason University, and a nationally syndicated columnist. To find out more about Walter E. Williams and read features by other Creators Syndicate columnists and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate web page.

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Posted April 16, 2018 by aurorawatcherak in racism, Uncategorized

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Cops versus Citizens   10 comments

I totally support our Constitutional system of election. If you’re seeking a partner for a coup against the Constitutionally-elected President of the United States, I’m not your gal. The day the military overthrows the sitting government is the day I will begin contemplating how much I’m willing to do to fight for the restoration of the constitutional republic of the United States. For now, I will continue trying to educate with this blog.

Image result for image cop violence against citizensThere are right and good ways to reform this country. And there are bad ways. I don’t bash Trump every day and I give him kudos when he does something right, but if he does something I disagree with, I reserve the right to criticize it.

Last Wednesday, President Trump signed three executive orders to focus federal resources on fighting drug cartels, increasing overall public safety, and preventing violence against law enforcement officers.

At a quick glance, those sound like worthy goals, but …

I’m worried about all three of them, but especially the directive to “pursue appropriate legislation…that will define new Federal crimes, and increase penalties for existing Federal crimes, in order to prevent violence against Federal, State, tribal, and local law enforcement officers.”

Don’t get me wrong. It might be easy to do on this subject. I think the police in general in America have become abusive to the citizens, but I am not in favor of shoot cops. I’m simply in favor of cops being disciplined to within an inch of their life when they shoot citizens. Yes, there are times when citizens do things that cops have to respond to and sometime that requires violence. But I think we’ve reached a point where the violence is often reflexive and unnecessary and the only solution I see to that is for any cop who shoots a citizen to be placed on trial for murder and forced to defend themselves by the same systems citizens have to rely on when they shoot a cop. Oh, wait, usually if you shoot a cop in the United States, you end up dead before you get to trial. So, let me reiterate — I don’t believe in shoot cops. I think all of this should be worked out in a trial court.

So, the reason this edict from on high bothers me is there is no evidence that local or state officials have been reluctant to capture and punish those who commit violence against police. There’s also is little empirical evidence that more punitive sentences deter crime generally. I used to believe it did, but after 30 years of this experiment, enough evidence has accumulated to convince me that I was wrong.

Constitutionally, the federal government has no business getting involved when local law enforcement is doing its job. This is essentially the same argument Republicans used when they opposed the expansion of federal hate crimes protections to individuals with alternative sexual orientation or gender identity. Federal criminal law should be used sparingly, and only in circumstances in which local or state law enforcement are unable or unwilling to enforce the appropriate law. Violence against police officers is taken seriously in every policing jurisdiction in America. This executive order is unnecessary and will probably be turned toward even more abuse of citizens by police.

Keeping law enforcement officers safe is a noble goal, but cops in this country don’t need even more power going to their heads. Let’s thing a little bit about keeping citizens safe from the cops.

No Lives Matter Unless All Lives Matter   Leave a comment

“Hey, bitch, why don’t we all just line up against a wall and let the black community open up on us with automatic weapons. Would that satisfy you?”

That’s the thought that went through my head today as I was forced to listen to a racist rant by a black woman in a public forum. Sorry for the language, but I’ve got a head of steam boiling.

The thing is, I agree with her that cops shouldn’t be shooting black people, but I agree in a much more inclusive way. Cops shouldn’t be shooting PEOPLE — period! Elites should receive the same penalties as the rest of us — no exceptions. Had we stayed on that point, she and I could have agreed all the way through the meeting.

Unfortunately, when I pointed out that police killed a deaf man last week for apparently no reason, she went off on how cops killing black people was wrong and we ought to make it stop. I felt compelled to point out that the dead man wasn’t black. As far as she is concerned, that’s the only white man who was ever shot by police. “Nobody is shooting white people” was the sentence that caused me to bite my tongue and head for the exit. On my way out, she shouted after “Well, did it also happen a month ago or a year ago. Nobody is shooting white people.”

So, I thought I’d do a little research … calm myself down and remind everyone that the angry mob is not the answer to the problem of police brutality. When we separate ourselves into warring camps based on skin color, we dig giant ditches between us that become impossible barriers to overcome. Yes, white people are being shot by police officers. Yes, black people are shot more often by police officers. We can declare police open season on white people while making black folks exempt from law enforcement or we can do something that will actually work — which is to concentrate on why cops of all colors are shooting people of all colors. Thirteen percent of the population can fight this war alone or 100% of us can fight it together, but not if we dig big ditches between our two tribes by judging each other on the color of our skin rather than the content of our character.

Daniel Harris was Deaf and speech-impaired. He was driving down the interstate in North Carolina about 18 miles over the 70 mph speed limit. I know Deaf people — I have cousins who are Deaf and in learning sign language, I’ve made friends with many Deaf people. Deaf people sometimes seem to ignore police because they don’t hear the sirens, although that wouldn’t explain why Harris didn’t see the lights. A relative of Harris said Harris was afraid of the police. That doesn’t surprise me as my cousin says he fears being shot while he’s reaching for a pen because we all know cops are trigger-happy these days. Maybe Harris thought it was safer to be in front of his house before interacting with the cops so he didn’t stop immediately. It reminds me of the woman who refused to pull over for a cop in a dark part of the highway because there was someone posing as a cop, pulling women over and raping them. The cautious female driver was tazed and jailed for acting smart, but at least they didn’t kill her.

It’s well-known among the Deaf community that police don’t treat Deaf people well. In Florida in August 2015, a Deaf man was shot and killed by a Hispanic cop because it had been reported that he was armed and had spoken too loudly at someone (a life hazard for those Deaf who can talk). His son was standing right there telling the cops “He can’t hear you”, but Officer Hernandez felt compelled to shoot this man six times while he was sitting in his car with the windows rolled up and his lawfully possessed gun still holstered.

In Seattle, a Deaf carver was shot to death by a Seattle police officer when he failed to drop a knife and piece of wood he was carrying. (This was my cousin’s wake-up call because he lives in Seattle … there is a large Deaf community in Seattle).

In Fresno California, Dylan Noble (who was white) was shot by police who branded it as suicide by cop. You may not have heard of that shooting because his family couldn’t even get any attention by staging protests. They were the first I know of to point that that, while Black Lives seems to matter, white lives are of zero interest.

In August of 2015, unarmed 19-year-old Zachary Hammond was shot and killed by police during a drug bust that he apparently was not a part of.

In November, two black police officers in Louisiana were charged with murder after they fired 18 shots into a car, killing six-year-old Jeremy Mardis and leaving his father critically wounded. Mardis and his father were white.

Those are just the ones that came up in a brief Google search, but nobody is up in arms because … uh, could be because they are white and white people aren’t allowed to point these things out.

In 2015, The Washington Post launched a realtime database to track fatal police shootings. In 18 months, they recorded 1,502 people shot and killed by on-duty police officers. Of them, 732 were white, 381 were black and 382 were of another or unknown race. You have to adjust for demographics, of course. Whites make up 62% of the population, but account for only 49% of those killed by police officers. African Americans account for 24 percent of those killed, but are only 13% of of the US population. This means they are more than twice as likely to be killed by police officers than white Americans.

So, yes, black people are killed by police at a higher rate than white people. That’s a sobering statistic that must also be weighted against the disproportionate amount of murders and other violent crimes committed by black Americans. Higher crimes rates means more interaction with police and higher violent crime rates means those interactions are more likely to put cops on high alert.

Which does not in any way condone police shooting anyone who is not actively shooting at them at the time. But when you say Black Lives Matter and we want people to care passionately about the deaths of blacks at the hands of police while dismissing white people being killed by the same police, you set up barriers to our working together.

The focus should not be on police shooting black people, but on police shooting ANY people. When  you try to make it just about black lives, you are making a racist argument and some of us who would be on your side will walk out of the meeting thinking unkind thoughts about you and not be willing to work with you in the future because you make us feel like the only solution is for anyone who isn’t black to open our wrists for your entertainment.

Would that satisfy you? At least with this one woman … I somehow doubt it.

To my black friends who understand why I could not let a racist rant stand unanswered … thank you.


Posted September 2, 2016 by aurorawatcherak in racism, Uncategorized

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