Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Booker T. Washington Was Right

John McWhorter on the twin shibboleths "that the government must be the main force that provides help to the black community" and "that such government efforts will make a serious difference in disparities between blacks and whites" — What Hope?

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Anonymous Abdul Alhazred said...

The position of blacks in America will NEVER advance until more attention is paid to the ideas of Booker T. Washington -- and far less to the likes of Jesse Jackson and his ilk.

This culture of government dependency, victimhood, historical grievances, etc. has been a gigantic disaster for black people in the U.S. -- most especially since the LBJ administration and other "well-meaning" white liberals.

There must be more black-owned businesses, a rejection of rap & hip-hop's worst influences (most of the music is terrible these days, anyway), and -- very important -- a rejection of treating people like O.J. Simpson and Rodney King as "heroes".

Not all, of course, but a huge percentage of blacks will remain at the lowest levels of American society -- trapped in ghettos of poverty, crime, welfare -- until the culture can be CHANGED.

Otherwise: forget about it, folks.

(By the way, a great deal of what was said above can also be applied to a big percentage of American whites as well.)

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Blogger Mark in Spokane said...

Booker T. Washington's advice is worthwhile for everyone -- particularly those who are struggling economically. McWorter's points are well made and strongly supported by social science data. While there is no question that the legal framework of a society is critical when it comes to guaranteeing access to education, work opportunity, etc., the key to advancing in America remains what it has always been: responsibility and hard work. Legal protection -- particularly protection regarding the enforceability of contracts and equal access to the courts -- are necessary for economic success, but they are not sufficient. Individual initiative, hard work, the ability to delay gratification, and intact families are needed too.

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