“Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.”
In an alternate reality, 54 million blacks would be alive in America today. When adjusted for abortion, the number is 39 million.
The National Black Prolife Coalition says an average of 1,000 black babies are aborted every day. Nationally, nearly one in three black pregnancies ends in abortion each year. In New York City in 2009, 47%, or 40,798, of the city’s 87,273 abortions were performed on black women.
This led Alveda King, Martin Luther King Jr.’s niece, to declare that, “The most dangerous place for an African-American is in the womb!”
In 2005, the CDC reported that abortion killed more blacks than the seven leading causes of death for that year. Reason number three on that list was homicide, which consistently stalks black neighborhoods. These gang-ridden ghettos are war zones where the man-child mentality runs rampant. In these communities, a chasm of fatherlessness has created cohorts of unruly youths. Many of these immoral minors are as far removed from the mainstream as the pornographic and misogynistic, mob-life message, they hear regularly in rap songs and often replicate in real life.
The news stories on cities consumed by this culture of crime resemble Baghdad more than America.
“15-Year-Old Fatally Shot at Brooklyn Playground, 13-Year-Old Injured,” read one New York newspaper. “Gang Violence Leaves Two Men Shot,” read a Chicago headline. Chicago is a “city under siege,” where newly minted Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced last week that “92 additional police officers will start walking street beats.” The city, already besieged by record-breaking heat, sees adding “more beat cops to patrol high-crime areas” as the best way to suppress the city’s so-called “killing season.” In these summer months, homicide rates tend to be higher than any other time of year. Last summer’s “killing season” saw some 168 murders. One headline read, “Ten Dead, Among 54 Shot Across City Over the Weekend.”
Then there is the rise of black flash mobs. These groups of young, mostly black teens, wreak havoc, vandalizing local shops and malls and beating up the elderly.
(Even the 19 wealthy football players arrested since the NFL’s lockout are all black.)
The prevailing wisdom is that this drab picture of black America stems from lingering historical setbacks. And some still assert that white conservatives are culpable.
If so, it’s hard to believe. Especially when you consider that while just 32.4% of Chicago’s population, blacks accounted for 75% of total crime in 2009.
Elsewhere, civil rights groups are betraying blacks.
In New York, the local NAACP joined the United Federation of Teachers in a lawsuit to block the closure of 22 “failing” public schools and the “co-locate” expansion of 15 charter schools. Here, the NAACP ignored the success of the New York Charter school program—serving 60% black and 30% Latino students, and instead chose to support the expensive and futile public school model. The New York NAACP sided with teachers’ union elites and neglected the best educational interest of “colored people.”
Then there is the persistent political monolith among black voters.
For example, the Congressional Black Caucus’ history of unethical fund-raising practices, it’s member’s unscrupulous nepotism, and corruption investigations don’t matter much on Election Day. Worse still, while Congressional Black Caucus lawmakers live cozy lives on the taxpayer’s dime, their constituents suffer.
Last year, New York Congressman Charlie Rangel was convicted of a record-breaking eleven ethics violations. His punishment? The majority minority district— 35% black, 48% Hispanic—reprimanded the 40-year politician by electing him to his 20th term. Rangel won a modest 80% of the vote.
In 2009, the national poverty rate was 14.3%. In 2010, in New York 15, Rep. Rangel’s district, the poverty rate was 24.3%. Rangel’s lopsided poverty numbers are no anomaly. In April 2005, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBC) released a sobering report detailing even deeper disparities. It found that the average poverty rate among CBC districts was nearly 19%. A lower standard of living notwithstanding, blacks still stand lockstep in support of these liberal kings and queens.
Elsewhere, the first black President is presiding over the worse destruction of median net worth in modern history. Sadly, black households are being hit the hardest.
The Economic Policy Institute found that in 2007, white households had a median net worth of $134,280, compared with $13,450 for black households. By 2009, the median net worth for white households plummeted 24% to $97,860. But for black households, it dropped 83% to $2,170.
The Chicago Sun-Times called it, “The Disappearing Black Middle Class.” Yet blacks still overwhelmingly support President Obama’s big government approach. As of June, Obama enjoys an 86% approval rating among blacks.
Fifty years ago, hooded killers from the Ku Klux Klan stalked blacks neighborhoods. Today the murderers are mostly black. A hundred years ago, Margaret Sanger’s “Negro Project” sought to “exterminate the Negro population.” Today, blacks are fulfilling the Planned Parenthood founder’s dream of genocide. This is self-sabotage.
I don’t take pleasure in painting a picture so bleak. However, this suffering is unnecessary. Black America is still capable of a course correction. And the stakes are too high to sit in silence.