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A deeper look at racists and racist apologists

26 Mar

I read Mona Charen’s article in the DDN recently. . I think I read articles about black people by racists for the same reason one pokes one’s tongue at a sore tooth, to see if it really is still as bad as you thought. Charen and George Will, and the other dog whistlers of the right on the question of race, have decided that racism is not a problem for blacks, it is unwed mothers that are the problem. This facetious argument is based in bias and built upon bigotry. The implication is that if blacks would only get married there would be no racism. In their convoluted minds evidently the reason for racism is because some black people have babies without benefit of marriage. In other words we are racist because you deserve it since you are immoral and do not meet our standards of purity.

No doubt made nervous by the increased interest in racism in America fueled by various publicized events like the shooting in Beavercreek, the finding of racist tweets by policemen and politicians and other blatant cases of obvious racism the protectors of white supremacy are scuffling to find ways to make racism the fault of blacks and other minorities. They have reached back and grasped hold of Daniel Moynihan’s study of the black family from more than forty years ago. The irony of that is that Moynihan actually was trying to combat racism, but like many white researchers did not grasp that simple numbers do not tell the story of what happens when you are a minority in America. Like many before him and many after him Moynihan confused correlation and causation.

The new racism apologists totally ignore the information shared by demographers that last year , for the first time since record-keeping in America , more babies were born on the other side of the blanket, so to speak, than were born to married couples. The vast majority of those babies born to single mothers were not black. But percentages are used to try to make points that put blacks in a negative light, again justifying racism.We do not deal with percentages in dealing with human beings’ needs, or societal issues, we deal in numbers. Are those white babies born to unwed mothers going to be targeted as victims of disparate treatment and truncated opportunities as well? Or is this disdain and punishment only reserved for minorities?

Racism deniers presume that their readers and followers are stupid enough to not know the difference between the very real impact that single parenthood has on family economics and racism. Singing songs about lynching blacks on a fraternity outing, black males being 21 times more like to be shot and killed by police than white males doing the same things, interest rate inflation for blacks with the same credit rating as whites, the fact that in blind studies a white male with a felony conviction and no college education is more likely to be hired at a job than a black man with a clean record and a degree, inferior education in schools that are predominantly black are not things caused by your folks not having jumped the broom.

In the area of education in particular many black students are doomed to failure by schools that are not controlled by black people even when the upper level administration is black. Schools are controlled by lots of factors beyond the scope of the principal or even the superintendent and if you trace the real power in decision making about schools to its source rarely will you find black men and women.
But the racists have made it seem that blacks are doing badly academically because they are black, and ,of course, that is exacerbated if they are from single parent homes.

Saying racism is caused by unwed black mothers is like hitting someone with a rock and telling them the reason it hurt was that their parents were not married. This flawed argument would have no traction in a thinking population. Unfortunately, the forces of ignorance are over-represented in America. Nothing done by black people, nothing said by black people can be used as the root cause of racism. If you are a racist it is because you have an all too common disease of the brain. Maybe it is because your parents were married but failed to teach you better, or weren’t married and, we all know what that leads to/
Melva E. Newsom, PhD
Retired Director of Diversity Education and Assessment at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, current adjunct professor of education at Central State University.
Dear Editor:
I read Mona Charen’s article in the DDN recently. . I think I read articles about black people by racists for the same reason one pokes one’s tongue at a sore tooth, to see if it really is still as bad as you thought. Charen and George Will, and the other dog whistlers of the right on the question of race, have decided that racism is not a problem for blacks, it is unwed mothers that are the problem. This facetious argument is based in bias and built upon bigotry. The implication is that if blacks would only get married there would be no racism. In their convoluted minds evidently the reason for racism is because some black people have babies without benefit of marriage. In other words we are racist because you deserve it since you are immoral and do not meet our standards of purity.

They totally ignore the information shared by demographers that last year , for the first time since record keeping in America , more babies were born on the other side of the blanket so to speak than were born to married couples. The vast majority of those babies born to single mothers were not black. Percentages are used to try to make their point, but we do not deal with percentages in dealing with human beings’ needs, we deal in numbers. Are those white babies born to unwed mothers going to be targeted as victims of disparate treatment and truncated opportunities as well?

Racism deniers presume that their readers and followers are stupid enough to not know the difference between the very real impact that single parenthood has on family economics and racism. Singing songs about lynching blacks on a fraternity outing, black males being 21 times more like to be shot and killed by police than white males doing the same things, interest rate inflation for blacks with the same credit rating as whites, the fact that in blind studies a white male with a felony conviction and no college education is more likely to be hired at a job than a black man with a clean record and a degree, inferior education in schools that are predominantly black are not things caused by your folks not having jumped the broom.

Saying racism is caused by unwed black mothers is like hitting someone with a rock and telling them the reason it hurt was that their parents were not married. This flawed argument would have no traction in a thinking population. Unfortunately, the forces of ignorance are over-represented in America.

Sincerely,

Melva E. Newsom, PhD
Dr. M. Cookie Newsom

“Be Ashamed to die until you have won some victory for mankind”…Horace Mann

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