Solving America's Race Problem

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Name calling has turned into an artform as political hatchet men go about trying to destroy their adversaries. It seems civility is the first casualty of the modern PC culture. The left has essentially declared war, with nothing off the table as far as tactics are concerned. Made up terms like homophobia, along with explosive labels like Nazi and Fascist, have taken the place of honest debate. If someone even hints that there are real differences between men and women accusations of misogyny start to fly.


It is not just name calling, but actual violence has taken place. The recent rise of Antifa riots follows on the heels of Black Lives Matter's call for violence against police. Time and time again, paid rioters have looted and burned in cities they do not call home; inner city mercenaries who care little about whose lives they destroy. The media, for its part, never asks who is sponsoring the carnage, only hypes the propaganda. All the while, civility seems to going the way of chivalry, and just as foreign on American streets.


Of all the name calling, it is the term racist that leaves people's lips the most. A racist being someone who sees the world in shades of skin tones, it seems those that use it the most need a fresh look in the mirror. It categorizes not just the supremacist and segregationist, but patronizing elitist, and demagogues as well.


The first step in combating racism is to stop making everything about race. Unfortunately, the American left is doing the exact opposite. Painting over the real issues facing people in poverty, they use racism as a catch all. It seems there is nothing that they can't put a racial spin on. Along the way, they inspire hate and despair among those in most need of hope. The truth is, racism will always exist, but it can be minimized by focusing on our common humanity.


Poverty is not a racial issue, blacks from many African countries excel beyond native born Americans of almost all backgrounds. Social issues are not racial either. Studies have shown, when corrected for family breakdown, the differences in U.S. crime rates melt away. Regardless of color, or ethnicity, those from broken/fatherless households have the same propensity to be involved in crime. Given this, common sense dictates that strengthening families, and better interdiction programs for kids, would go a long way towards helping crime ravaged communities recover. Job skill programs, like what is being pioneered by the Koch brother in Texas, are helpful as well. In contrast, painting poor minority communities as victims only serves to exasperates the problems.


It is easy to see poor schools, high crime rates, and a large police presence and holler racism. It is much more difficult to look at root causes by examining the people being effected. The vendetta politics of social justice creates victims, but not solutions. Labeling all racism avoids having to see people as groups of individuals, and facing their problems head on. It also serves political ends, as the blind fury such rhetoric inspires can be harnessed by the demagogues that stoked it in the first place.


Truth is, black lives do matter, as do the lives of all Americans. Unity and commonality are what is needed. Instead of kneeling for the national anthem, and disgracing the country, why not work to improve communities so a large police force is not needed. Similarly, African-Americans, Asian-Americans and other hyphenized sub classes of citizenship have no place in the U.S. One nation and one people, with a shared destiny; addressing problems together is the only way out of this mess.


Once the cloak of identity politics is removed, people can see the issues facing each other are not unique, nor are the solutions. Education, family, and the hope for a better future is not a black issue, or a white one; the color of skin has no more relevance then eye color or height when it comes to the things that count. It is time to move beyond blaming problems on whole groups. Justice can never be social, it can only be divvied out one person at a time. In contrast, root causes of social issues are rarely unique. Lack of family support, education, job skills, etc., have the same effect on those living in a small Midwestern town, as they do in the inner city. Strategies for combating these problems are independent of the place and time and have no relation to the skin color, ethnicity, or the religion of those involved. People are people, and it is time to recognize this fact. Unity, not division, will solve the issues facing Americans. In contrast, accusations of racism, claims of oppression, and seeking retribution, reparations or redistribution is bound to exasperate the very problems those pushing them say they want to solve. Time to come together as one people, with a shared destiny.


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Dino Manalis Added Oct 10, 2017 - 4:44pm
 Good parental discipline is needed to raise children properly, otherwise, they create problems for teachers; cops; and the rest of society.  The police protect all of us, including minority communities.  We have anti-discrimination laws, what we need now is to work together and on our own to make progress.
Ari Silverstein Added Oct 10, 2017 - 11:33pm
The media is not to blame for the issues highlighted in this article.  Like you and I, members of the media have families to feed and the way to attract eyeballs is by feeding the masses what it desires and the masses like to watch people riot.  It’s the same phenomena as why there is a traffic jam on the side of the highway where the car accident didn’t occur. 
Donna Added Oct 11, 2017 - 3:25pm
I have always said- why would the drug counselor help you really get off drugs, then he would have no job. They let them get a legal drug, then are addicted to that, so keep them coming back. 
It is the same with the Dept. of Social Services ( at least with some i know.) They tell people hit the small businesses, they will not be hiring. So if this is how we now do things,protect the job, at no care for anyone. Yes we still have a few who care, but for the most part, it is i have to feed the family, so i will do as little as possible to help, this way they come back! 
I will address one other thing, YES the black community is targeted! I live in NY, and yes they sure as hell are, in many ways.
The Conservative Mind Added Oct 11, 2017 - 5:34pm
John G, Your comment does not make sense, where is the circular logic, or the statement that racism does not exist? On the other hand, to blame all on racism is both divisive and false. Talk to anyone that grew up in Harlem Chicago's black neighborhoods, or any big city in the 50s, and early 60s. These places were safe, and not because racism was less. Unemployment was nearly the same for blacks as whites, with teenage unemployment often lower among black youth. Racism does not explain why things changed so drastically. Family breakdown, lost generations, and ultimately kids killing kids. I'm sickened by the lack of concern people show for this tragedy, and willingness to make excuses instead of tying to discover the root cause.  Instead of trying to deal with this American tragedy, we have people burning down neighborhoods over shootings of drug dealers with guns, a hoodlum trying to run over a cop, a man who tried to steal a cops gun etc.  Not to say there are not real instances of police brutality, and some bad cops, No excuse for that.  As far as targeting/profiling goes, it is not just a police problem; inner city blacks are more afraid of other blacks too. Crime statistics back up this fear. Again, race is not the cause, family breakdown is.  My question to you, do the poor children living in fear, and often dying on city streets matter too you? From what I can see, for far too many they don't. 
Saint George Added Oct 11, 2017 - 8:31pm
Institutionalized racism was endemic to the former Soviet Union and exists in all socialist nations today. That their intelligentsia deny it is not surprising.
The Conservative Mind Added Oct 12, 2017 - 2:23am
John, sorry to hear such an illogical and unwarranted statement It seems to be a typical liberal response to logic or truth that challenges their world view: deny and attack. Instead, try looking up the facts yourself. Along the way, think about the crushed dreams of young children told they don't have a chance cause the color of their skin. The lost boys and girls wandering streets with no one wondering where their at. The facts I quoted are easily verified, Unfortunately, so is the tragedy of broken lives.
Saint George Added Oct 12, 2017 - 3:43am
You're just a lying
Nah, You're just too much of a self-involved, moral-narcissist, zombunist loaf of rat-turd to accept historical facts for what they are. Read the books of French historian Helene d'Encausse to see how racist former communist Russia was.
You mean, you actually believed their propaganda from Pravda and Izvestia on what a great Workers' Paradise it was, and how equal everyone was? LOLzZzZ!!! What a smegma-anointed dunce you've been your whole pointless life!
Saint George Added Oct 12, 2017 - 4:27am
You've never even heard of her? You're a pathetic loaf of smegma-anointed rat-turd. Look it up, arse-wipe skid mark. I'm not your personal research army.
wsucram15 Added Oct 12, 2017 - 9:20am
Cultural background(race) IS a factor in poverty. Blacks, Latinos and families headed by single mothers are far more likely to earn lower wages than average.  Particularly when housing comes into play.  In a study done about 7 years ago For urban areas, whites on average had two times the income of blacks and Hispanics, but six times the wealth.
Now..If you are born into can get out, school is usually the way out but mostly sub par in poorer neighborhoods, there are exceptions and they are noted.  But even Dr King saw it was an issue.  Look at the burning house quote from 1968 shortly before his death.
Im not saying every person who is a minority is poor or disadvantaged.  I am saying that those born into it have a much harder time getting the same things as other children, in order to climb their way out.
George Kocan Added Oct 12, 2017 - 9:39am
We are not experiencing a "Black Problem."  We are experiencing a "Democrat Problem."  The Democrat Party has taken on the black population as its special project, a the unique protector from selfish and stupid conservatives and Republicans.  In Chicago, Democrats control everything that matters.  They control the major newspapers, the tv programs, the entertainment, lower and higher education, the city government and even the Catholic Church.  In Chicago, even the Republicans are Democrats. Yet, what do we see in Chicago but a murder rate which has surpassed 500 victims mostly in the black community since January.  The Dems have been at it for some 70 years.  Yet, no one makes them responsible.  Certainly, the Chicago Sun-Times or the Tribune do not hold the Dem party responsible.  They just repeat the Dem talking points over and over again about the malice and incompetence of Republicans and conservatives.  The Chicago case constitutes the perfect field experiment, the perfect sociological study of the relationship between crime and ideology.  The city is bankrupt and hemorrhaging population.  It cannot pay its bills.  The same people who run Chicago run the entire state.  Illinois is now the equivalent of Puerto Rico or Greece. 
wsucram15 Added Oct 12, 2017 - 10:06am opinion is biased.  Republicans hate poor people so the "problem" is one of the GOP, Trump and pure hate.  Not Democrats.
William Stockton Added Oct 12, 2017 - 1:40pm
lol Jeanne.  Republicans hate poor people so the "problem" is one of the GOP, Trump and pure hate.  Not Democrats.
There is enough hate on both sides now . . .  unless you have been living under your own spells and choose to not look at the obvious.
Republicans hate the massive corruption of the left now.  We hate that Democrats pander to the weak and stupid (both in form and action) which does nothing to help the "weak and stupid".   
The Dems hate the Republicans for halting societies march to totalitarianism as one unified collective.  Surprisingly, individualism would be sacrificed in the end which is a hallmark attribute in arts, entertainment, and science.  I doubt the cult-left ever thought this far ahead.
The left has become moral frauds of late.  The people see this coming into light and are in a moral panic.  However, we will eventually settle on some normality once these bastions of society, built over the last 4 decades, are destroyed.  MSM, Hollyweird, Democratic party approaching ruins.  Next will be the education system.
For this, the Democrats should be hating themselves.  This is their own doing.
Ever wonder why guys like Weinstein have not been exposed for the past 3 decades?  Yep.  Weinstein was a high priest for the cult left.  That's right.  The left has buried their own turds for far too long.  Things are definitely changing for the better.
wsucram15 Added Oct 12, 2017 - 2:07pm
ok..Ill got for that..but George Kocan blamed the left and I believe I addressed my response to him not you.   "But nobody cares because black lives don't matter, even to the blacks. After all, they're just a bunch of dumb-ass, drug addicted/pusher, gun toting n*****."  this is the author.
I addressed nothing to that person and I am not going to keep bantering with you.   ESPECIALLY OVER STUPID CRAP LIKE A WEINSTEIN.
William Stockton Added Oct 12, 2017 - 2:19pm
Totally right Jeanne.  The corruption is this:  that this same cult-left have been the purveyors of social morality in both women's rights and anti-rape culture for a long, long time.  Yet these very same moral opportunists would sell-out for cash.
I would also note the huge rise in women educators being convicted in sex scandals with their underage students.  It hasn't been that these things are just starting to happen . . . these injustices have been happening for a long time but it is just now that people are willing to come forward.
Massive, massive corruption on the left now being exposed.  This is the corruption the right hates.  This is the corruption which helped launch Trump into politics.  The reason I voted for him. 
Tear it all fucking down Trump!
George Kocan Added Oct 12, 2017 - 3:10pm
Wsucram15 claims my opinion is biased.  I stated facts that exist in the public domain--that Democrats run Chicago.  This is not an opinion but an observation.  The mayor and the city council are both Democrats, etc.  They run the school system, which affects the behavior of black students more than any other institution.  If we go by the results of Democrat rule and influence, we can easily conclude that Democrats hate black people.  Another fact in the public domain is the aggressive support that the Dem party gives to Planned Parenthood and the cause of abortion.  The last time I looked at the numbers, black women had a rate of abortion 4 times that of white women.  Certainly, the killing of black babies signifies hostility, especially, in the context of the eugenics history of Planned Parenthood, which targeted blacks for extermination.  The black persons who are killing other black person in Chicago, in near record numbers since Obama came into office, are Democrats.  They are the beneficiaries of a free education at the hands of Democrats, such as Arnie Duncan, whom Obama appointed Secretary of Education.
Stone-Eater Added Oct 12, 2017 - 3:29pm
Tear it all fucking down Trump!
LOL. I had the hope that the Red Rooster cleans it up a bit but after two weeks it became clear that he don't do shit but keeps on ranting to boost the US military agenda.
European opinion, sorry.
Blinded by the light - Manfred Mann's Earth Band
Tamara Wilhite Added Oct 12, 2017 - 5:07pm
Modern identity politics is communitarian redefined from a war of the classes to a war between demographic groups who are told to assume they can never understand each other, never talk to each other, should assume the others are all out to oppress them ... and worship big nanny government to protect the helpless children from the bullies and provide everything to everyone based on needs and abilities.
It also benefits from the merger of identity and ideology, tribe and "faith". If all real blacks, women, homosexuals are liberal, then the group loyalty and pressure to adhere to ideology to enhance group cooperation and loyalty push you to remain true to liberal ideology. And many who question it are silent out of fear of expulsion and abuse.
That is why conservative blacks and women are harshly criticized and mocked by liberals in the ways liberals say conservatives do but rarely ever do outside 4chan.
George Kocan Added Oct 12, 2017 - 5:35pm
Democrat ideology is most certainly left-wing, meaning, a revolutionary ideology which seeks to reject traditional morals and sources of authority.  Fascism is also a revolutionary ideology taking its ideas from Marx and other socialists.  Republican ideology looks to the Constitution, the Founding Fathers, the Bible and Christianity for its moral authority.  I want to alert readers to the fact that the Communist Party in the US endorsed both Hillary Clinton and Barak Obama for president.  Both have given speeches admonishing Americans for their selfishness and refusing to subordinate their lives to the common good as defined by a state which has no use for a separation of powers and checks and balances.  This is the ideology behind the devastation of the black community in Chicago and many other places in the US.
Saint George Added Oct 12, 2017 - 6:13pm
Misuse language? I say, eh, what! Indeed.
What do you not understand about "Go fuck yourself"? Seems clear enough. Which word, precisely, do you require help with?
Edgeucation Newmedia Added Oct 13, 2017 - 4:28pm
I like your article and agree that things like lack of education, and job skills play a major role in socio-economics in America and elsewhere. I also agree that Identity politics does play a role in dividing people. I think, however that you may have been misinformed when you wrote that Black Lives Matter Advocated for violence against police. I have not seen any documented evidence that the movement did that. The whole point of BLM is non-violence and seeking publicity to the fact that unarmed African American men and boys are being shot and killed by armed white police officers and nobody seems to care. 
Steve Bergeron Added Oct 13, 2017 - 5:06pm
As one well known black intellectual said, if you want to get rid of the racism problem in the U.S., stop talking about it incessantly.  The real problem for blacks is their subculture, where the vast majority grow up in fatherless families.  And, the fact that they are told constantly that they are victims and that society owes them something for nothing.  Financially, their problems began in about 1930, with the introduction of minimum wage law, initially designed to push black construction workers from the south out of the construction business.  They were outbidding northern construction companies for government jobs, and the Democrats wanted to "level the playing field."  Black unemployment before minimum wage was lower than unemployment for whites.  Every time the government gets involved, people suffer.  Democrats have been promising blacks the moon for fifty years now, and they are worse off than before.  Why not just let everyone be whomever they are, and learn to work and earn their way through life, without being victim sponges on society?
Simply Jews Added Oct 14, 2017 - 1:04pm
"Once the cloak of identity politics is removed..."
So far that event isn't on the horizon. It looks like identity politics doing a brisk business, fully  supported by the academic circles and many politicians. 
The Conservative Mind Added Oct 15, 2017 - 8:07am
A nice interview with rising personality. Someone who epitomizes hope against a liberal tide of destructive behavior. Not the only sane voice, but representative of a growing number of those of color speaking out.
Eileen de Bruin Added Oct 16, 2017 - 6:25am
Yes, everyone’s life matters.  Racism is used too comprehensively, whereas it is mainly narrow nationalism or even narrower groupism.  Racism is about totally different races.  There are but three main races of the human race: mongoloid, caucasian and negroid....and we are usually all a huge mix of these.
Shall we move on?!!!
Apartheid is about narrow minded thinking and the ANC’s current regime has created its own apartheid within their “own”people, so this groupism, elitism, bullying and keeping people down so that you can be the top dog is the real, core issue is it not?  
To address our prejudices and fears is the key. Of what are we frightened? Whose prejuduces feed our own opinions?  May the light of pity shine upon our ignorance.
Mike Haluska Added Oct 16, 2017 - 12:20pm
"America" doesn't have a "race problem".  There are certain number of Americans who are racists (all races included) who make a lot of noise and trouble and get a lot more media attention than the vast majority who just want to live their lives and aren't trying to harm anyone.  Want to know how to end the "race problem"?  Follow Morgan Freeman's advice:
The Conservative Mind Added Oct 16, 2017 - 4:52pm
John, your continued use of insults and derogatory language does not add anything to the dialogue. Being divisive and mean spirited only shoves people away.  If you feel there is "enormous" discrimination please point it out.  Name one occupation closed to Americans of any color, or neighborhoods they can't live in.  Again, why do Africans from nations like Nigeria excel, even surpassing whites on average? What level of the socio-economic ladder are blacks not represented?  In short, how do you define enormous? The biggest disadvantage is the large numbers of blacks raised in single parent homes, denied fathers and stable families. Lied to, told the odds are so much against them there is no reason to try. Given no guidance, their hopes get stolen, and dreams dashed by demagogues.  
Mike Haluska Added Oct 17, 2017 - 11:48am
John G - your asinine condemnation of ALL Americans:
"You'd have to be blind, deaf and stupid to believe that black Americans don't suffer enormous discrimination and racism.
Or a sociopath."
is not debated.  It also wrong to assume that:
-  ALL black Americans suffer discrimination/racism 
-  ALL whites practice discrimination
-  Black Americans are the ONLY group to have been discriminated against
-  Discrimination is practiced solely by white Americans
-  Some black Americans discriminate against black Americans
Your actions indicate you're more interested in assigning blame and continuing the problem than fixing it.  The single most significant reason for race problems in the US is the Democratically founded, owned and sustained Welfare State - it breeds, cultivates, rewards and propagates hatred and justifies racism in irrational people's minds.   
Mike Haluska Added Oct 18, 2017 - 11:49am
John G - your statement:
"Social spending is way below what is needed in a modern economy."
 begs the question:
Social spending is the largest line item on the budget - larger than all others COMBINED!  At what point do you think "enough is enough"????
Eileen de Bruin Added Oct 19, 2017 - 7:16am
War is well financed and using our "belief" systems cultivates these wars which will produce many arms - largest industry in the world.
That is it, really.  There is no "race" problem, but our "perception" problem of what is really at stake. The divide and rule initiative has been used through the ages to make us divide and kill "the other" whereas it benefits only those at the top.  Ivory towers and all of that.
George Orwell and Tressell have adequately described this phenomenon in very accessible stories; but we just don't get it, apparently.
Jeffry Gilbert Added Oct 19, 2017 - 8:51am
Again, why do Africans from nations like Nigeria excel, even surpassing whites on average? 
Really? Prove it. 
I've been to Nigeria. If they're so superior why do they live like they do? 
If they're so superior why did I have to order all hands on deck during darkness armed with bats to keep them off my vessel? Why did they just keep coming and coming even after they had hands, forearms, elbows, even heads broken? 
I know you're talking out your ass.