There is no question that African-Americans have a much harder time succeeding, but the primary reason is not skin color, it's education. And not only book learning. Here are the facts:
The unemployment rate for black Americans is 11.4%. It is just over 5% for whites; 4.5% for Asians. So do we have Asian privilege in America?
The median income for Asians is close to $69,000 a year, while it's $57,000 for whites and $33,000 for blacks. The question is, why?
The answer is found in stable homes and the emphasis on education. Also, just 13% of Asian children live in single parent homes compared to a whopping 55% for blacks and 21% for whites.
Children must learn not only academics, but also civil behavior, as well as how to speak and how to act respectfully. If African-American children do not know those things, they will likely be poor, they will be angry, and often they will be looking for someone to blame.
One caveat: the Asian-American experience has historically not been nearly as tough as the African-American experience. But in order to succeed, every American has to overcome the obstacles they face. And here is where the African-American leadership is failing.
The racial hustlers blame white privilege and an unfair society. So the message is it's not the individual's fault if they abandon their children, if they become substance abusers, if they are criminals. No it's not their fault, it's society's fault. That is the big lie that is keeping some African-Americans from reaching their full potential.
Until personal responsibility and a cultural change takes place, millions of blacks will struggle and their anger, some of it justified, will seethe. The government cannot fix this. Only a powerful message of personal responsibility can turn things around."
Talking Points Memo The Factor
Tuesday, August 26, 2014