Recent reports reveal the harsh reality of hope and change. According to CBS News, while the national average is a depressing 9.1%, black unemployment stands at a dismal 16.2%. Worse still, black teens 16 to 19 face 41% unemployment. CBS News, noting the historical disparity between black unemployment and the national average, adds that these are “Depression-era levels.”
The fact that most black uplift is held hostage by a confluence of cultural cancers that are constantly overlooked is part of the problem. But black America’s enduring conflict—a hesitancy to address deep historical contradictions—is the real culprit.
That President Obama’s race is associated with slavery suggests a cosmic karma. That he has become the leader of the party that went to war to preserve it is beyond ironic. This is the Democratic paradox.
For blacks, the national stain of slavery was survived by Lyndon Johnson’s dream writ large. As Ronald Kessler writes, when asked why the Civil Rights Bill had recently become so important to him, President Johnson said: “I’ll have them n——s voting Democratic for two hundred years.” History remembers Presidents, not senators. And despite the efforts of Republican Senate Minority Leader Everett Dirksen, whose leadership supplied the votes needed to pass the 1964 Civil Rights Act that Johnson took credit for, black support, by a consistent 90% margin, became a democratic dream come true.
Eleven presidential elections later, blacks still blindly concede power to a political party whose ideals are anathema to our own. And two generations of playing the role of a politically duped voting bloc has resulted in enumerable losses. Black unemployment at “Depression-era levels” is, regrettably, the tip of the iceberg.
The Schott Foundation reports that 47% of African-American males graduate from high school. In D.C., the black homicide rate dropped over the last decade, but remained much higher than the average white murder rate. The National Campaign reports that 50% of black teen girls get pregnant at least once before age 20—nearly twice the national average.
These are all outgrowths of a disintegrated values system among many blacks. Most noticeably in a number of darkened inner city neighborhoods, where a miasma of underclass culture has been swallowed whole. Where a shrinking middle class, due to rampant illegitimacy and disproportionately high crime rates, produces poor expectations for home ownership and income equality.
Do not all Americans confront the profound problems facing black Americans? Of course. It’s these tragic disparities that call for headlines.
Elsewhere, Obama is fresh from another foreign trip and is already golfing again. His 30th fund-raising event to date puts him at an average of one fund-raiser every six days since New Year’s.
The point here is the President’s priorities.
Liberal media have invested too much in Obama to hold him responsible for his negligence. And blacks who still support Obama and who have staked everything on his “success” are the ones being pushed to the furthest margins of society.
For far too many blacks, Barack Obama’s presidency reinforces an all-to-familiar brew of monolithic groupthink. This herd mentality breeds a harmful protectionism that suggests, “He can do no harm.” An affirmative action of sorts now defines his first term in office.
Famous French romantic writer Victor Hugo once surmised, “No army can stop an idea whose time has come.” Exposing the lie that liberalism and the Democratic Party are the keys to black advancement is an idea whose time has come.
Why blacks, who are just 13% of the population, account for 30% of abortions in America is beyond comprehension. After nearly 50 years, is this what blacks have to show for 90% support to Democrats?
A slick campaigner, Obama is well-aware of his waning support among blacks and Hispanics. His reelection hopes spin on an axis of symbolism. While half the country opposes the far-left zealot, the moderate and cultural icon will be on the ballot in 2012.
Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann said at the Republican Leadership Conference that [Obama] “has failed the African-American community.” If blacks don’t wise up and hold Obama and democrats accountable, we will have failed ourselves.