So, What Country Is this? “Disparity Between Rich & Poor Spurs Violence” Suzanne Goldenberg, Washington, The Guardian
In a city that is 60% black, African-American students have the lowest performance levels in the country; overall 37% of Washingtonians cannot read well enough to fill out a job application. Four percent carry the HIV virus - a higher rate of infection than any other American city. Mr. Chambliss argues that such divisions find an outlet in violent crime. “It creates an anger and a callousness towards those people who benefit from society,” he says. “There is a parallel with terrorism where the upper class white people become the enemy just as the western infidels become the enemy of Islam. I see this as a pattern that could be the beginning of a very serious change in crime, and where it is committed, and how it is committed."
Truth from a Few Prominent Black Leaders
Several Blacks have expressed the truth lately on this kind of issue, including Bill Cosby and Larry Elder. Read their recent years’ remarks and works and you’ll find much wisdom on the subject of black underachievement. This is relevant to me, a white man, because black leaders in recent years have blamed the government, racism, and the white man for their plight.
The DC situation repeats itself all over the country, in pockets, from Watts to Detroit to Chicago. The truth is, though, that while the black middle class has grown steadily, it doesn’t get the press of the black poor. More blacks own homes now, for instance, than at any time in history. More blacks are middle class, period, than at any time in history. Yet, there remain those troubling pockets.
I also am reminded of a distinct difference between the success of foreign-born blacks who come to America, like those from Nigeria. Why do they succeed, while homegrown blacks in D.C. fail?
Cosby and Elder have the answers. I have my answer too.
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