Economist and syndicated writer Walter E. Williams dropped a new column Wednesday entitled “The Welfare State’s Legacy,” which seeks to get to the root of the problems facing black Americans today by putting the issue in historical perspective.
“That the problems of today’s black Americans are a result of a legacy of slavery, racial discrimination and poverty has achieved an axiomatic status, thought to be self-evident and beyond question. This is what academics and the civil rights establishment have taught. But as with so much of what’s claimed by leftists, there is little evidence to support it,” Williams writes.
“The No. 1 problem among blacks is the effects stemming from a very weak family structure. Children from fatherless homes are likelier to drop out of high school, die by suicide, have behavioral disorders, join gangs, commit crimes and end up in prison. They are also likelier to live in poverty-stricken households. But is the weak black family a legacy of slavery? In 1960, just 22 percent of black children were raised in single-parent families. Fifty years later, more than 70 percent of black children were raised in single-parent families. Here’s my question: Was the increase in single-parent black families after 1960 a legacy of slavery, or might it be a legacy of the welfare state ushered in by the War on Poverty?,” Williams explains.
While the race issue in America seems to be worse than ever, due to slanted media coverage and opportunistic political agitation by Democrats and professors, different perspectives are useful to siphon out the truth from the spin. Williams’ column is an excellent addition to a growing body of work by black writers that seeks to revise the revisionist history offered at our liberal arts colleges.
“Labor unions have a long history of discrimination against blacks. Frederick Douglass wrote about this in his 1874 essay titled “The Folly, Tyranny, and Wickedness of Labor Unions,” and Booker T. Washington did so in his 1913 essay titled “The Negro and the Labor Unions.” To the detriment of their constituents, most of today’s black politicians give unquestioning support to labor laws pushed by unions and white liberal organizations,” Williams writes.
“Then there’s education. Many black 12th-graders deal with scientific problems at the level of whites in the sixth grade. They write and do math about as well as white seventh- and eighth-graders. All of this means that an employer hiring or a college admitting the typical black high school graduate is in effect hiring or admitting an eighth-grader. Thus, one should not be surprised by the outcomes,” Williams writes.
“The most damage done to black Americans is inflicted by those politicians, civil rights leaders and academics who assert that every problem confronting blacks is a result of a legacy of slavery and discrimination. That’s a vision that guarantees perpetuity for the problems,” he concludes.
President Trump Defends American Heritage in Mount Rushmore Celebration
The President defended American heritage, images, and traditions against the cultural Left.
President Donald Trump delivered a full-throated defense of American heritage, traditions, and history during his Independence Day celebration event at Mount Rushmore on Friday, pledging to defend icons of American civilization from the onslaught of a fanatical cultural Left intent on destroying and pillaging them.
The President pledged that the American monument at which he spoke would “never be destroyed” by the cultural fanatics determined to destroy images of other American Presidents, such as Andrew Jackson and Ulysses Grant.
“I am here as your President to proclaim before the country, and before the world,” pledged the President, “this monument will never be desecrated. These heroes will never be defaced. Their legacies will never ever be destroyed. Their achievements will never be forgotten, and Mount Rushmore will stand forever as an eternal tribute to our forefathers and to our freedom.”
An attempt to prevent the event by left-wing rioters by barricading off the public access road to Mount Rushmore failed, with law enforcement towing away sabotaged vehicles they planted on the road to prevent Americans from participating in political expression.
The President spoke against the insidious agenda of the cultural left, calling out the major corporations and societal institutions that have cheered on the recent attack throughout American society against patriotic traditions.
Trump: "Our children are taught in school to hate their own country"
— Scott Greer (@ScottMGreer) July 4, 2020
“And yet, as we meet here tonight, there is a growing danger that threatens every blessing our ancestors fought so hard for, struggled and bled, to secure. Our nation is witnessing a merciless campaign to wipe out our history, defame our heroes, erase our values, and indoctrinate our children.”
MAGA conservatives and America First Nationalists largely saluted the speech as one of the greatest of Trump’s presidency, speaking with clarity in defense of American identity in an era where liberal fanaticism threatens the fabric of the American way of life.
Watch: Donald Trump Mt. Rushmore 4th of July Speech — Greatest Speech of the Presidency
— Jake Lloyd (@JacobCLloyd) July 4, 2020
The President also announced the creation of a new “Garden of American Heroes,” a patriotic public park that will honor the legacies and memory of American patriots such as George Patton, Amelia Earheart, and Benjamin Franklin.
Watch the full speech here:
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