The Black Culture of Poverty. Who’s at Fault?

In this article by Thomas Sowell at Human Events, he relates some of the great hoaxes of the past but, in his opinion, this is the greatest hoax of the last two generations:

But the biggest hoax of the past two generations is still going strong — namely, the hoax that statistical differences in outcomes for different groups are due to the way other people treat those groups.

Here is the latest outrage to come out of the administration of our first balck Marxist president:

The latest example of this hoax is the joint crusade of the Department of Education and the Department of Justice against schools that discipline black males more often than other students. According to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, this disparity in punishment violates the “promise” of “equity.”

Violates the promise of equity? Really? What promise of equity is that? Well, Dr. Sowell had the same question. He believes that it is nothing more than an attempt to assure the black vote for Barack Obama in November by demonstrating that they are rescuing Blacks from White oppression. Here is one more quote from Dr. Sowell’s article:

Now Secretary Duncan and Attorney General Holder want to play the race card in an election year, at the expense of the education of black students. Make no mistake about it, the black students who go to school to get an education are the main victims of the classroom disrupters whom Duncan and Holder are trying to protect.

Please read the rest of Thomas Sowell’s excellent article. He has a lot to say and as usual he is right on the money with his analysis.

Let’s talk about Barack Obama.  In my opinion, two things define Barack Obama. He is a black racist and he  is a Marxist. His entire adult life he has associated with black racist and with Marxists.

We know that Mr. Obama spent many years as a “community organizer”. During those years, what did he do to help poor blacks break the bonds of poverty? Did he do anything to teach black that they must take responsibility for the children they spawn? Did he do anything to teach the parents in these communities the importance of keeping their children in school and to make sure they study hard? Did he do anything to improve the schools in those communities and make sure those schools had top quality teachers? Or, did he teach these communities how they could get more milk from the teat of the white man’s government?

What has Barack Obama done to improve the lot of black people since he has been President? He has had hundreds of billions of dollars at his disposal. Did he use any of it to do what he didn’t or couldn’t do as a community organizer? Has he used his position of power in any way to change the culture of poverty in the black communities? The answer is no. I am sorry to say that Barack Obama like so many black leaders see intercity blacks as nothing more than tools for their own use.

I submit that Barack Obama is a politician and a Marxist first and a black racist second.

Okay. Let’s move on and talk about the white man’s role in all of this. Slavery is long gone. Discrimination is nothing like it use to be. Bigotry still exist at some level. Have white people done all they could have or should have  to help break the culture of poverty in black communities, or Latino communities or for that matter in poor white communities? If we are honest, I think we have to say that we have not.

So, are blacks right to lay the blame for all their woes on the white man? Of course not. The responsibility for breaking out of the culture of poverty lays with the people themselves, yes, but more importantly with their elected leaders. Until black Mayors and councilmen decide to use their resources to change the culture of poverty, nothing will change. Poverty is much more than a lack of money. It is poverty of the mind that is the real problem. But changing poverty of the mind requires hard work and dedication of purpose. Unfortunately, the vast majority of back leaders find it easier tell their black communities that all their problems are the fault of the white man’s government or the white man’s discrimination.

Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?


22 thoughts on “The Black Culture of Poverty. Who’s at Fault?

  1. My views on the black poverty thing were really changed by the documentary Maafa 21. I had always been a bit dismissive of claims that there was some sort of ongoing conspiracy against blacks, but after being presented with the evidence in a timeline fashion, I have to admit that yes, there are those who are really out to destroy the black community.

    You see, getting blacks on welfare was done on purpose. I believe that they are the test case for the rest of us. That documentary lays out how blacks were barred from getting jobs (way, way back of course) and then pushed onto the welfare rolls, creating a cycle of State dependency. The entire education system and all of the black media also plays apart in conditioning them to think like an entitlement seeker. Who pays for this media (BET, etc.)? You will find the same players (NGOs, mega bank underwritten grants, etc.) that work against everything that would make the blacks stable and prosperous.

    The family was the main area of attack, and now they’ve turned this same MO to us poor white trash out here. Don’t discount the drug war and the testimony of Freeway Ricky Ross, who was paid by the CIA to get crack going in the black sections of LA. Crazy, but proven to be true.

    Well, those are the things that come to my mind..

  2. The last time I looked at the stats, there were more white people living in poverty than blacks. They live more often than not hidden away in the backwater away from towns and in the mountains. Having lived among the poorest of the poor deep in the Appalachians of North Carolina, I can say for the most part they do not feel poor. Slavery did not bring them to their life, nor are they interested in any community organizer coming to their rescue. It is time to move on from the Black victim of slavery drumbeat..

  3. Affirmative action creates a culture of entitlement, as do social welfare programs. As a result, we have fatherless households, the glorification of crime, and the disdain of hard work and success. That is not to say that it is universal, not in the least. But I speak mainly of the continually poor, not just necessarily Blacks.

    Ask a poor person who lived in a poor household who is still poor in manhood about compound interest and all you’ll get is a blank stare. The reason that the poor stay poor is that they do not now how to live within their means and how saving a little now means a lot more in the future.

  4. John McWhorter, a black linguist, some years ago wrote an excellent book: Losing the Race: Self-sabotage in Black America. The book was recommended to me by a family of black clients that I had at the time. Quite an eye-opening book! I do recommend it.

  5. The comments and post raise some interesting mind twisters. We are starting out with the premise that “poor” is bad.. Therefore “Rich” is good. Clearly we cannot all be “Rich”. So where do we draw the line. A little poor? a lot poor? If we take this path, then we assume that all people can attain wealth. Clearly, we all have our limitations no matter how interested or motivated towards wealth we are. I suggest the truth lies somewhere in the middle. If one chooses to be poor, are we to place a value judgement on it?

    1. Is a “little poor” like being “kinda pregnant”? If so, I can understand the leftist mentality.

      If only a Savior would come Who would make us all fiscally equal and redistribute all the wealth wisely and with great compassion, like a modern-day Robin Hood, penalizing the wealthy for their evil and blessing the poor masses with those spoils….if only, if only…

  6. I read that Sowell article. Excellent as always. “Equality of outcomes” in antithetical to Western Classical Liberal Democracy.

    Imagine the oppressive inequity government would have to enforce in order to try to achieve equal outcomes for all. It would be a tyranny of the worst kind. We have 20th century communist examples, but then the leftists have already proven themselves historically ignorant.

  7. “I am sorry to say that Barack Obama like so many black leaders see intercity blacks as nothing more than tools for their own use.”

    Plenty of those around and if black as a whole want to move forward and help their kids, they need to reject such leaders.

    “Have white people done all they could have or should have to help break the culture of poverty in black communities, or Latino communities or for that matter in poor white communities?”

    To be frank, white people nor any other people are not under any obligation to help any of these communities. I know a lot of them do and good on them for at. On a side note, sometimes i wonder if the best thing for these communities is to be left alone. We’ve all been ‘helping’ and ‘helping’ for decades and still little changes.

    Perhaps it’s because too often the help translates to a handout instead of being a hand-up. There’s a subtle difference and i think that is what makes all the difference.

    1. Sometimes a hand out is necessary in the short term but it should not be coming from the federal government. The result of long term handouts is dependency. Local leaders who tell their communities that their plight is due to racism do irreparable damage to their communities.

  8. I have an opinion which I HOPE isn’t unique and it has to do with the “Who’s at Fault?” Does it really matter who is at fault? Probably all pointed a finger or two, but if we always try to determine WHO IS AT FAULT, we’ll never solve a century old problem.

      1. I can’t bring myself to read the article, although probably justifiably written. The problem is, we’ve got a problem and you have a point, it is important for young people to understand where we went wrong. But if we put too much emphasis on finding the fault, all it takes is just one person to CONTINUE to point that fingers and not be interested in finding a solution.

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