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Why liberals should stop trying to ‘help’ black Americans



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The civil-rights struggles of the mid-20th century were liberalism at its best. The efforts culminated in the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which outlawed racial discrimination in employment and education and ensured the ability of blacks to register and vote.
But what about the social policy and thinking that arose from the ruins of Jim Crow? Good intentions aside, which efforts have facilitated black advancement, and which efforts have impeded it?
Many liberals today don’t seem particularly interested in asking this question, even though 50 years into the war on poverty the picture isn’t pretty.
While gains have been made, significant racial disparities persist in some areas and black retrogression has occurred in others.
The black-white poverty gap has widened over the last decade and the poverty rate among blacks is no longer declining. The black-white disparity in incarceration rates today is larger than it was in 1960.
And the black unemployment rate has, on average, been twice as high as the white rate for five decades. In fact, black America has long been stuck in a severe recession. Between 1963 and 2012, annual black unemployment averaged 11.6%, while the average annual national unemployment rate during recessions over the same period was only 6.7%.
Confronted with these statistics, liberals continue to push for the same “solutions” that clearly haven’t worked before.
Earlier this year, President Obama announced yet another federal initiative aimed at helping blacks. He called for more preschool education, even though studies — like the one on Head Start released by his admin­istration in 2012 — have found “no significant impacts” in educa­tion from such programs.
Obama said that he wants to increase reading proficiency and graduation rates for minority students, yet he opposes school voucher programs that are doing both. And he called for more of the same job-training programs that liberal politicians have been pushing for decades despite scant evidence of their effectiveness.
“The gains from participation are, at best, very modest, even three to four years after entry,” reads a report prepared for the Labor Department on the benefits of the federal government’s biggest job-training program. “Overall, it appears possible that ultimate gains from participation are small or nonexistent.”
That report was released by the Obama administration in 2009.
THE PRESIDENT CONTINUES TO BLAME THE PAST.

Faced with these failures, the president continues to blame the past. Take his statements after George Zimmerman was acquitted in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. Obama explained the black response to the verdict in this way: “They understand that some of the violence that takes place in poor black neighborhoods around the country is born out of a very violent past in this country, and that the poverty and dysfunction that we see in those communities can be traced to a very difficult history.”
Obama was doing exactly what liberals have been conditioning blacks to do since the 1960s, which is to blame black pathology on the legacy of slavery and Jim Crow laws.  And the president is conditioning the next generation of blacks to do the same.
This is a dodge. Those legacies are not holding down blacks half as much as the legacy of efforts to help them “overcome.” The left’s sentimental support has turned underprivileged blacks into playthings for liberal intellectuals and politicians who care more about clearing their conscience or winning votes than advo­cating behaviors and attitudes that have allowed other groups to get ahead.
Meanwhile, the civil-rights movement of King has become an industry that does little more than monetize white guilt. King and his contemporaries demanded black self-improvement despite the abundant and overt racism of his day.
King’s successors, living in an era when public policy bends over backward to accommodate blacks, nevertheless insist that blacks cannot be held responsible for their plight so long as someone somewhere in white America is still using the N-word.
LIBERALISM HAS ALSO SUCCEEDED, TRAGICALLY, IN CONVINCING BLACKS TO SEE THEMSELVES FIRST AND FOREMOST AS VICTIMS.
Liberalism has also succeeded, tragically, in convincing blacks to see themselves first and foremost as victims. Today there is no greater impediment to black advancement than the self-pitying mindset that permeates black culture.
White liberals think they are helping blacks by romanticizing miscreants. And black liberals are all too happy to hustle guilty whites. The result, manifest in everything from black studies programs to black media to black politics, is an obsession with racial slights real or imagined.
Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas touched on this phe­nomenon when he told an audience recently that America seems more color conscious than when he was growing up in the segregated South.
“My sadness is that we are probably today more race- and difference-conscious than I was in the 1960s when I went to school. To my knowledge, I was the first black kid in Savannah, Georgia, to go to a white school. Rarely did the issue of race come up,” Thomas said. “Now, name a day it doesn’t come up. Differences in race, dif­ferences in sex, somebody doesn’t look at you right, somebody says something. Everybody is sensitive. If I had been as sensitive as that in the 1960s, I’d still be in Savannah. Every person in this room has endured a slight. Every person. Somebody has said something that has hurt their feelings or did something to them — left them out.”
Liberals immediately went about setting Thomas straight. Charles Blow, a black New York Times columnist, informed the associate justice that “the racial reality of blacks in the South in the 1960s was that race- and difference-consciousness was virtu­ally inescapable, and often stifling.”
Never mind that Blow was born in 1970, while Thomas was born in 1948. “It’s unclear to me,” continued Blow, “whether Thomas is being amnesiac in his recollections or if he was contemporaneously oblivious. Either way, being unable to acknowledge and articulate the basic fact that race was — and remains — a concern for others is disturbing.”
Much more disturbing is that half a century after the civil rights battles were fought and won, liberalism remains much more inter­ested in making excuses for blacks than in reevaluating efforts to help them.
Jason L. Riley is the author of “Please Stop Helping Us: How Liberals Make It Harder for Blacks to Succeed” (Encounter Books), out now.
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