[This is the transcript of my regular KVMR commentary broadcast on 12 October 2016.]
The bottom line is that blacks and other minorities have not made much progress for their unstinting and unexamined loyalty to Democratic politicians and policies. And as recently discovered Clinton emails reveal, there is an ongoing effort to induce them to become more “unaware and compliant”. This would make it easier to again swallow the same promises which have been made to them over the last half century. (more here)
I join the black academics and writers who wonder why the nation’s African-American community once more prepares to vote wholesale for the same progressive Democrats while expecting a different outcome. This in light of the Democrats’ obviously failed social programs in public education, income, and jobs which they celebrate and promise to continue. And for the minorities, competition for a bigger piece of the pie will become even fiercer as Hillary gears up her now revealed globalist plans.
According to most contemporary historians and academics, the blacks’ love affair with the Democratic Party began during the 60s. The seminal events during the 1960 presidential campaign were Bobby Kennedy’s call to a Georgia judge to get Rev Martin Luther King Jr out of jail, which was coordinated with JFK’s call to Ms Coretta King pledging his support. Publicity from that intervention started the ball rolling, but not always to benefit the blacks. The 1964 Civil Rights act did nothing for those living in the north according to black academics Thomas Sowell and Walter Williams. (more here) Its passage received northern Democrats’ support primarily because of its focus against segregation in the south.
In the north blacks were confined to ‘projects’ through various welfare programs– stack and pack apartment complexes that soon decayed into blighted neighborhoods of gangs, drugs, and criminality. Early on, Chicago, under generations of Democrat governments, became the poster child for black suffering. Rev King was among black leaders who stated that federal ghettoizing of African-Americans set the course for failed families, uneducated children, and a culture of despair and dependency. Meanwhile the Democratic political machine kept people in line by threatening to do away with their apartments if they voted wrong. And the resulting plantation mentality became equally entrenched in cities like New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Boston, and Detroit, all firmly under perennial control of Democrat governments.
Under President Clinton the African-American community received two further blows in passage of the 1994 Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement, and the 1996 Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Acts. About these, black law professor and legal scholar Michelle Alexander said, “It is difficult to overstate the damage that’s been done” by the two laws. And upon later reflection on the soaring black prison population, even Bill Clinton admitted that the legislation “may have cast too wide a net”. (more here)
To continue under-educating black children, Democrats have uniformly supported failing public schools while opposing development of charter schools which overwhelmingly outperform those dominated by unions, and for which legions of black parents stand in lines to seek entry for their kids. Again, the bottom line is that minorities have not held Democrats accountable as their more sober leaders conclude that “the outlook for blacks in the US regarding housing, jobs, education, and criminal justice is little better today than when Kennedy helped get King out of jail in 1960.”
My name is Rebane, and I also expand on this and related themes on Rebane’s Ruminations where the transcript of this commentary is posted with relevant links, and where such issues are debated extensively. However my views are not necessarily shared by KVMR. Thank you for listening.