One reason so many people are fed up with race talk in America is because it is dishonest. Fundamental facts are conveniently ignored. When those facts are ignored, ideologues, activists and pimps for government dollars propose solutions for racial justice and reconciliation that will only compound, not heal, the problem. Writers like Thomas Sowell have tried to deal with these problem of denial for a generation. He is being succeeded by thinkers like Jason Riley newly ensconced at the Manhattan Institute after a career at the Wall Street Journal. Riley’s book Please Stop Helping Us is one of the most refreshing books on the plight of the black “underclass”. He doesn’t ignore the Elephant in the Room: the collapse of the black family and the disproportionate rise of black crime.
Black youths commit murder six times the rate of white counterparts. They rape, three time more. They are ten times more likely to rob and three times more likely to assault. To acknowledge those facts doesn’t make one a racist. Maybe to rejoice in them does. But until we come to grips with the connection between fatherlessness and youthful criminal behavior, until we are willing to support organizations like churches and other mediating institutions that can apply moralistic and spiritual pressure, until that time, black youth are doomed to a criminal, marginal life. It isn’t love to avoid these truths.
Yes, there are problems in the criminal justice system that make it difficult for black youths to repent, make restitution and find rehabilitation. Even Republicans are finally acknowledging these problems of massive imprisonments. BUT the problem is long before imprisonment, long before arrest. The problem is in knowing what it means to be a man made in God’s image and to treat your spouse and offspring as the gifts God intended. Mock that idea all you’d like but where that idea is governing a young man’s growing up years is where you will find the solution for black crime. Young men get those ideas from older men that we used to call “father” or “dad” or “pop” or “sir”. Take those fathers out of the equation and the numbers fail.
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