Leftists seem to hold the belief that black Americans can’t succeed in America without voluminous amounts of government help.
Beginning with LBJ, they’ve created near-innumerable government programs meant to “assist” blacks and stamp out poverty in urban areas. Of course, those programs have been total disasters. They’ve devastated the black family, turned once-thriving urban areas like Atlanta into crime-ridden slums, and increased racial tensions. But, most of all, those programs have shown the racism of low expectations.
Before LBJ’s “Great Society” and “War on Poverty” programs began, conditions were improving for black Americans. They were getting richer, staying married, and having kids in stable homes. Schools, once integrated, helping them get the educations they deserved, thus further raising the standard of living for black Americans. Because they were following the roadmap for success in America– finishing high school, waiting to get married, and only having kids as part of a stable marriage- they were on the up and up.
Then came LBJ, who wanted to pull blacks to the DNC. Or, in his words, “keep those n*****s voting Democrat for the next 200 years” So, taking advantage of the racism of low expectations present in the leftist intelligentsia of the times, he pushed forward his Great Society plans. The results were nothing short of disastrous. In the words of Maria Lloyd:
“In 1950, 17 percent of African-American children lived in a home with their mother but not their father. By 2010 that had increased to 50 percent. In 1965, only eight percent of childbirths in the Black community occurred out-of-wedlock. In 2010 that figure was 41 percent; and today, the out-of-wedlock childbirth in the Black community sits at an astonishing 72 percent. The number of African-American women married and living with their spouse was recorded as 53 percent in 1950. By 2010, it had dropped to 25 percent.”
While those horrific results of the Democrat-championed welfare state are bad enough, what’s worse is why they were passed and have stuck around since LBJ. The reason is the racism of low expectations.
Republicans believe that anyone with a functioning brain and strong work ethic can succeed. White, black, or anywhere in between, they know that what leads to success isn’t skin color or heritage, but rather hard work and opportunity. That view is largely confirmed by studies into wealth in America, which find that Asians, Indians, and African immigrants tend to do quite well in America.
Democrats don’t get that. Their view, rooted in some twisted version of racial feudalism (perhaps thanks to their ownership of slaves before the War between the States and tyrannical grip on sharecroppers after the war), is that only white Americans can succeed.
Whether that white is a poor miner in Appalachia or a coastal elite enrolled at Harvard, Democrats view him or her the same way; as someone destined to succeed. But with blacks, whether they’re poor descendant of sharecroppers or wealthy sons and daughters of successful professionals, Democrats just assume that they won’t succeed without government help.
As a result, they push for ever-larger welfare programs to address that perceived problem.
The thing is, race isn’t the determining factor of success in America and hasn’t been for a long time. The only reason it’s perceived as that determining factor is because of the racism of low expectations present in the minds of leftists; like the most reprehensible Klansman, they believe that blacks, by their nature, can’t succeed. Hence the welfare, calls for racism against whites, and constant government intervention.
And it’s not just confined to economic issues. Democrats also claim that blacks can’t find out how to get IDs, can’t vote without prodigious amounts of help, can’t use computers, and can’t complete other easy tasks. Of course, as with the economic claim, all of those are ridiculous, racist ideas that are rooted in the dim view Democrats have of African-Americans.
We need to call them on that. Anyone can succeed in America if provided with opportunity and imbued with the right mindset. That should be the message pushed by politicians, not that blacks cannot succeed no matter how hard they work.