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Destroying the False Racial Narrative and Creating True Equality

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I can’t tell you how many times that I’ve read blogs, from both ends of the spectrum, that talk about African-Americans as if they are a monolithic voting bloc that will ALWAYS vote Democrat. We’ve all seen the videos of African Americans thinking that Obama will pay their mortgages, or that they are going to get “Obama Money,” from his “stash.” Since these are well-publicized cases, they are influencing our perceptions about an entire group of people. So, the question is, is that all true?

And, if is it really that way, will it change? You see, I question both of those assumptions. While the voting issue is true, what is the basis for it? History tells us that that after the civil war, most African-Americans were Republicans, and the first African American Congressmen from the south belonged to the GOP. We also know that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a Republican. It is also true that Democrats were responsible for the Jim Crow laws, and that the southern Democrats resisted the civil rights era legislation vehemently. So, that leaves us with something that bears examining; why did African Americans switch to voting over 90% Democrat in every election?

To answer this, I think we again need to go back into history, and see what happened in the 60’s. Let’s start with some quotes attributed to LBJ.

“These Negroes, they’re getting pretty uppity these days and that’s a problem for us since they’ve got something now they never had before, the political pull to back up their uppityness. Now we’ve got to do something about this, we’ve got to give them a little something, just enough to quiet them down, not enough to make a difference. For if we don’t move at all, then their allies will line up against us and there’ll be no way of stopping them, we’ll lose the filibuster and there’ll be no way of putting a brake on all sorts of wild legislation. It’ll be Reconstruction all over again.”

LBJ, Democratic President of the United States.

“I’ll have those n*ggers voting Democratic for the next 200 years.”

Lyndon B. Johnson to two governors on Air Force One according Ronald Kessler’s Book, “Inside The White House”

Those two quotes from LBJ are rather telling. For me, they point to a deception of action, as well as a deception of intent. Clearly, LBJ was suggesting that he could win the African American vote by making some promises, and delivering little…”just enough.”.

Obviously, these two quotes have been floating around for a long time, and many are going to suggest that they were never said at all. But, let’s take a look at what has happened, and see if what LBJ said has come to pass. After all, people can say many things, but it’s their actions that show their true intent.

Let’s take a look at some examples…

Welfare and the breakdown of the family:

The various welfare programs of the 1960’s had a tremendous impact on the African American family. Not long after the creation of these programs, the rates of fatherless families began to rise. They have continued to rise for decades, and now, over 70% of African American children grow up without a father living in the home. That was not the case prior to welfare, and the programs have been identified as the cause for this. As well all know, children raised in fatherless homes are many times more likely to have lower educational achievement, use drugs, and engage in other criminal activities. However, what has been done to correct it? Has the intervention of the government really made it better…or worse?

Or, was it, “…we’ve got to give them a little something, just enough to quiet them down, not enough to make a difference.”

Education:

It is also well know that the educational system has failed our children. We also know that minority children suffer even more.

As for graduation rates…

The national graduation rate for the class of 1998 was 71%. For white students the rate was 78%, while it was 56% for African-American students and 54% for Latino students.

And for illiteracy…

September 2008

Graduation, Dropouts, and Preparedness

  • African American high school students are notably falling behind their white counterparts in graduation rates, dropout rates, literacy rates, and college preparedness rates.

  • In 2005, only 55 percent of all black students graduated from high school on time with a regular diploma, compared to 78 percent of whites.

  • In 2005, the on-time graduation rate for black males was 48 percent nationally; for white males it was 74 percent.

  • Nearly half of the nation’s African American students, but only 11 percent of white students, attend high schools in which graduation is not the norm.

  • In 2002, 23 percent of all black students who started public high school left it prepared for college, compared to 40 percent of whites.

  • On average, African American and Hispanic twelfth-grade students read at approximately the same level as white eighth graders.

  • About half of poor, urban ninth graders read at only a fifth- or sixth-grade level.

  • The National Assessment of Educational Progress reports that 88 percent of African American eighth graders read below grade level, compared to 62 percent of white eighth graders.

Now, we’ve seen successful alternatives, but “progressives” in the unions attack these, and when President Obama was elected, he shut down the DC waiver program, which greatly benefited mostly poor, African American kids.

Instead, the government makes many promises, and insists on spending more money on the same failed system. Essentially, they end up purchasing more failure.

Or, is it, “…we’ve got to give them a little something, just enough to quiet them down, not enough to make a difference.”

Unemployment:

The U.S. Labor Department reported on Friday that unemployment for African Americans increased to 16.3% in August 2010 from 15.6% in July 2010.  The percentage point increase was greater than it was for Whites and Hispanics.  Overall unemployment climbed to 9.6% for the month of August from the July unemployment rate of 9.5%.

So, the unemployment rate is higher for African Americans as well. Of course, President Obama has promised to focus on this, but he has delivered nothing.

Or, is it, “…we’ve got to give them a little something, just enough to quiet them down, not enough to make a difference.”

As you look at this, it is easy to conclude that not only has government action/programs made the situation worse, but they also seem intent on keeping it the same. I would hypothesize that there is a reason for this: If government can keep any group dependent, they can then extract support from that group. They create a circumstance in which a large segment of the population is keep poor and undereducated, effectively preventing that group from escaping poverty. Then, every election cycle, the Democrats come foreword and tell that group that the other party wants to kill them, jail them, and take away all of their benefits. By combining dependency, poverty, illiteracy, and hate, they can convince a group to vote for them every time.

In essence, I believe that the Democrats have intentionally acted in a way to “Cloward-Piven” a large segment of the African American community, by making them dependent on government assistance, and placing roadblocks for individuals in that community to be successful. After all, a person may want to succeed, but if they can’t get an education that provided even the most basic of skills, and they are penalized for any positive effort by a prohibitive loss of benefits, will that person eventually give up and not even try? And, what happens to that population of people after generations of the same? I think we can project the answer to that. As I suggested in the post, “Why Hope can Kill the Progressive Agenda,” people trapped in hopelessness for generations forget that there is any hope at all. In fact, we see the results of these policies on a tragically regular basis.

This is racist. Not the bed sheet wearing, ignorant redneck variety, but the soft racism of the nanny state and elites. Through all of this, I think the Democratic Party is just a racist as they always were. They simple present it differently (remember “calling it something else?”). They don’t believe that the African American can succeed, so they are content to “manage” him. Why provide good education if they can’t do well anyway? Why present opportunity and freedom when they don’t believe that the African American can use those to their own advantage? Just build housing, send in food stamps, and have horrifically inadequate schools, and leave them to poverty. Through the decades, it’s what they have done.

You know, “…we’ve got to give them a little something, just enough to quiet them down, not enough to make a difference.”

So, I think the phrase “government plantation” is a completely accurate representation of the current relationship between our elitist government and the African American community. When you look at the totality of the problem, their actions show their true beliefs. In fact, the evidence becomes over whelming.

It seems like an insurmountable challenge, but I believe that there is incredible untapped human potential in the African American community. I say this because when good educational choices are available, African American children excel, just like any other group. Their scores rise to rival anyone’s, and all the negative outcomes start to decrease. So, it is safe to say that real education reform (ending government intrusion, union domination, and instituting real local control) would be the final nail in the coffin for the soft racist policies of the elitist left.

However, it wouldn’t end there. There are millions of people of all races that are caught in the poor education-poverty-crime-hopeless trap. To help them, or in some cases, encourage them, to escape, we’d also have to do a phase-down on the nanny state. Benefits would have to be restructured, yet again, to encourage success, and not penalize it. Caps and limits would need to be imposed to put an end to system-induced inter-generational dependency. That would be a difficult sell, but so worth it in the end.

The total effort would take nearly a generation to see tangible results, as it would take that long to begin reform, and educate a full generation of children. Once accomplished, however, the US would see a economic and cultural renaissance. As African-Americans, Hispanics, and other groups take their rightful place in our society, the US would be transformed. This would not be the “fundamental” government-forced change, but an organic one; based on ideas, innovations, merit, and creativity. Everyone would truly be able to advance to the limits of their own talents, skills, and persistence. We would cease to be a “hyphenated” society, as we would all be peers-truly equal in our opportunity, and respectful of the accomplishments of our fellow Americans.


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  • http://www.ldjackson.net LD Jackson

    I think you are right on target with this post, Matt and it is a good example of how the debate has been won by the Democrats. To hear them tell it, the Republicans are as racist as the day is long and no matter how much of their narrative is shown to be false, the misconception continues.

    The background you give on the relationship between the Democrats and the African-American community is as clear as it can be. That relationship is one of the very reasons why the Supreme Court nomination of Clarence Thomas was so vehemently opposed by the Democrats and by so many of his own race. For him to succeed and win confirmation to the highest court in the land showed everyone that an African-American could succeed and still be a conservative. It blew their entire case against the Republicans out of the water.

    • http://conservativehideout.com Matt

      Good point Larry. They really tried to destroy Thomas. That, in it’s own way, showed their racism.

  • http://www.ldjackson.net LD Jackson

    One other thing I want to mention. The way the Democrats have manipulated the African-American community really does them a disservice. Who knows what they could accomplish otherwise.

    • http://conservativehideout.com Matt

      It’s an incredible disservice. That much is certain. But that’s the trap.

  • http://capitolcommentary.com Harrison

    Don’t forget about Harry Reid and the “Negro dialect” or this scene from Bulworth which sums it up nicely:

    Angry black woman: Are you sayin’ the Democratic Party don’t care about the African-American community?

    Bullworth: Isn’t that OBVIOUS? You got half your kids are out of work and the other half are in jail. Do you see ANY Democrat doing anything about it? Certainly not me! So what’re you gonna do, vote Republican? Come on! Come on, you’re not gonna vote Republican! Let’s call a spade a spade!

    • http://conservativehideout.com Matt

      That’s spot on Harrison. Thanks!

  • http://innominatus87.blogspot.com innominatus

    I’ve thought similar thoughts, but never as well presented. Nicely done. It causes me to reach an uncomfortable conclusion, though: That democrats are simply evil. In the past I’ve resisted that kind of description as it smacks of hyperbole. But really… Consigning an entire race to mediocrity (at best) and/or miserable poverty, all for the sake of some stinking votes??

    Calling that evil is not an overstatement.

    • http://conservativehideout.com Matt

      Thanks sir. I have made that same conclusion, for a number of reasons, but they are suggest the same thing: Evil.

  • http://easternright.com Karen Howes

    Great post, Matt, and right on. I’ve often wondered how so many black Americans got suckered into blindly supporting Democrats.

    As I read this, I couldn’t help but think of that guy who called into Michael Berry’s show caterwauling about how racist Republicans are because they don’t give their voters free handouts.

    They have largely exchanged one master, the plantation owner, for another– the state.

    • http://conservativehideout.com Matt

      And, this government plantation is killing them, literally.

      Thanks for the kind words.

  • http://maggiesnotebook.com Maggie@MaggiesNotebook

    An important and disturbing issue, Matt and you have addressed it well.

    If Blacks do succeed, it jeopardizes the Democrat party. Most won’t stay Democrat long unless they live in Hollywood or are wealthy New Yorkers.

    Along with Cloward-Piven, Barack Obama and others like him (community organizers) have worked closely with single Black women. They have been taught how to manipulate city and state governments for more and more aid. That’s what community organizers do.

    Trying to convince Blacks of who the real racists are does seem almost impossible. The real history doesn’t seem to make the news.

    On the other hand, every day I see educated Blacks living and working among us, living like the rest of us with a home, cars and children in good schools. Each one of those families are the great hope of the Black community, because if they can do it, so can others.

    Education is everything. Barack Obama came along and did away with vouchers in the Washington D.C. area – a very successful program, now gone. How shameful is that?

    • http://conservativehideout.com Matt

      Thanks Maggie. The elimination of the voucher program was perhaps the most racist act of this administration.

  • http://mksviews.wordpress.com/ MK

    In many ways i think that blacks will have to go through a generational change before they learn that the left have screwed them far worse than the racists and slave owners of old.

    It’s not to say that all blacks are like this but far too many will simply not take any responsibility for themselves and their children. It’s quite sad really, but that’s their culture and they have to change it themselves.

    • http://conservativehideout.com Matt

      I can’t say that it’s intrinsic, it is what they have been conditioned to believe for a few decades. They’ll do great in a generation or two if we get the Democrats off of them. They’ll take their place with everyone else by their own effort and merit. It’ll be a good day for all of us.

  • http://practicalman.org Skip Bales

    Very good job. Of course there are some black people who are aware of all this, it is just that they are too few and have no bully pulpit. I like the way Fox news has consistently begun to feature intelligent black commentators, especially on racial issues. It is too bad there is not a greater percentage of the young black community who make up their audience.
    Education is the way to reach these people but we have a liberal education system which adds to the problem instead of honestly helping to solve it.

    • http://conservativehideout.com Matt

      Thanks Skip. I understand your point completely. It’s a shame that more Americans do not take the time to examine history and how people have been pitted against one another needlessly. If we overcome the propaganda, racism will become a memory.

  • http://americaswatchtower.com Steve Dennis

    Great post Matt! The Democrats have spent years sabotaging the African-American community and family and it has been done on purpose for their won political gain. It really is disgusting to think about it. I never heard those LBJ quotes, but he basically admitted that he could control them through governmental programs and that is exactly what he set out to do.

    • http://conservativehideout.com Matt

      When a group states that they’re going to do something, and then they do it. It’s a pretty safe bet that it’s intentional.

      Thanks for the kind words sir.

  • http://www.trestinmeacham.info/ Trestin Meacham

    We are completely on the same page with this one.

    • http://conservativehideout.com Matt

      Thanks, Trestin.

  • http://kingshamus.wordpress.com/ KingShamus

    “This is racist. Not the bed sheet wearing, ignorant redneck variety, but the soft racism of the nanny state and elites. Through all of this, I think the Democratic Party is just a racist as they always were.”

    These sentiments cannot be said too often. Well done, Matt.

    Here’s what I think is fascinating about the Democrats and their Klan ties. Americans must always be reminded that the KKK is evil, but for the Left it must always be a distinctly American evil. To bring up the fact that the Democrats were bound to the Klan (See Robert ‘Kleagle’ Byrd) for over half a century is unacceptable for liberals.

    The narrative that the KKK is entirely the product of the American system–or even better, of white Republicans–has to be preserved in order for the Democrats to maintain their ideological framework and their grip on the black vote. It’s a lie that has to be constantly drilled into the heads of cracker-guilt liberals and black people alike. If it wasn’t, less than 90% of black voters would vote GOP, which would destroy any chance of the Democrats winning any national election.

    • http://conservativehideout.com Matt

      Very well said. Again, the KKK and the Dems were one and the same. They perpetuate the lies in order to keep an large segment of the African American community under their thumbs. When, in fact they probably share more of the Klan’s ideas that they will ever admit.

  • http://cbullitt.wordpress.com c monster

    Matty, as you noted, comprehensive change would be “a hard sell.”
    And don’t forget, many of our alien overlords with Rs after their names are also proponents of the need for a permanent underclass–one not populated solely by racial minorities.
    Just look at energy policy–it has been designed for years to limit our independence and mobility.
    The move to rule the hyperverse and shut down dissent is cut from the same cloth.
    Because in the view of the elites we are all “getting too uppity.”

    • http://conservativehideout.com Matt

      Indeed, and a good point, C-Monster. Those “R’s” stand for RINO, or Neocon. Progressives in Conservative clothing.

      That raises a great point, in that the left thinks we’re all “getting too uppity.” The left HATES the middle class. The middle class fends for themselves, want to keep what they have earned, and are a stumbling block to the nanny state. That’s why all the economic policies are targeting them. If the left can get the middle class on the government drug, they can take the rest.

  • http://fuzislippers.blogspot.com/ Fuzzy

    Great post, Matt! I agree that the best way to achieve equality is treat everyone equally, have the same bar to meet. Treating people unequally (by either keeping them from opportunity or by offering it to them for no reason other than their skin color) spawns more inequality.

    • http://conservativehideout.com Matt

      That is true. Everyone is supposed to be equally protected under the law. However, the left has decided that this is one of those “antiquated” ideas.

  • http://conservativesonfire.wordpress.com Jim

    I’ve read numerous articles addressing this subject over the years. Some of them were quite well written; but none as well as you have done. It’s not that the truth isn’t known. It’s as if the MSM and the people don’t want to hear it. It is a strange phenomena. Even more strange is that blacks themselves don’t want to hear it. Maybe they don’t want to admit that they have been deceived for so many years. Unfortunately, no problem can be solved if there is no recognition that the problem exist.

    I wish your essay could be splashed across the front page of every newspaper in the country. You did a great job on a very sensitive subject. My hat is off to you!

    • http://conservativehideout.com Matt

      Wow Jim, you’re going to give a swollen head with that! :D

      Thanks for the kind words.

      Change is hard for anyone, and many people will stay in a situation that the do not like, or they even hate. Even though it’s disliked, it’s predictable and known. Change is unpredictable and scary.

  • http://www.Bunkerville.wordpress.com Bunkerville

    Nice piece on a sensitive topic. I too puzzle where the heart is in the so called “progressives”. Education is the only ticket out for a better life, and they would deny them.

    • http://conservativehideout.com Matt

      Educated people can make their own way, and are not dependent. Even worse, they might think for themselves. None of that is compatible with the nanny state.

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  • http://www.amusingbunni.blogspot.com Bunni

    Hi Matt!
    You really have figured out the democrap, progressive agenda here, and explained things perfectly. Racism is the main agenda with them, even in their own race. Just on Jan. lst. a black democRAT, danny davis, pulled out of the chicago mayoral primary, and left the lone black in there now, carol mosley braun, because they don’t want to “split the black vote”. If whites, or even the latino’s in the race had done that, the progs would be screaming bloody murder.

    It’s probably a moot point, because Rham will be elected mayor.
    Things will never change, and they will be getting worse.

    • http://conservativehideout.com Matt

      Thanks Bunni. You guys do have it tough up in Chicago. No matter who wins, you guys are going to get proggy policies.

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  • http://teresamerica.blogspot.com/ Teresa

    Great post, Matt! I have had similar thoughts on this subject. Your post was very well written. The Democrats have used African-Americans since the time of LBJ and have continued the same pattern until today. The Democrats have broken up black families in order to guarantee votes. Democrats are anything but pro-family. Their policies keep the black families down and dependent on the government. We’ve started changing minds in black communities but I think educating those in poor communities is the most important thing we can do to reverse the damage and misconceptions caused by Dems. I think if we dropped off Constitution pamphlets that that would help change some minds.

    • http://conservativehideout.com Matt

      They need good schools, and the ability to choose them. Once educated, they’ll take care of the rest. That is the biggest key. If they can get a generation of their kids properly educated, they will be a force to reckon with-no other assistance needed.

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  • http://thecampofthesaints.org Bob Belvedere

    Bravo, Matt! Well said.

    I linked you [follow the ‘recently posted’ link below].

    • http://conservativehideout.com Matt

      Thanks Bob. Much appreciated.

  • Walt

    Great article… the Democrats have perfected the “Stockholm syndrome” to never before seen levels! Very young black children in our community are taught “you don’t speak with white people” and the racism in the black community against each other is never addressed, if your skin color is too black and you look to “African” you are on the low end of the totem pole and you will be treated like dirt.. (we experienced this first hand)

    • http://conservativehideout.com Matt

      Thanks for the comment Walt. Yes, the people have been indoctrinated into dealing with their state in a predetermined fashion. All of it, of course, is pointed at rejecting integration and rejecting freedom.

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