Slavery and Saviors

Message for people who shamelessly invoke the old “legacy of slavery” excuse and view the government as some sort of savior (emphases added):

“In 1940, when blacks were politically impotent, their poverty rate was 87 percent. By 1960, before blacks achieved much political power, it fell to 47 percent. During that interval, in various skilled trades, the incomes of blacks relative to whites more than doubled. Before 1960, there were no anti-poverty programs or affirmative action programs that can explain an economic advance that exceeded any other 20-year interval, though there were Truman and Eisenhower administration attacks on some of the gross forms of racial discrimination. A significant chunk of black progress occurred simply through migration from rural areas in the South to big Northern cities. Between 1960 and 1980, black poverty fell roughly 17 percent and continued falling to today’s 24 percent. The decline in black poverty between 1960 and 1980 might have simply been a continuation of a trend starting much earlier and cannot be attributed solely to the 1964 Civil Rights Act, President Johnson’s War on Poverty, or Richard Nixon’s affirmative action.

baby“Most of the major problems that many black people face are not amendable to political solutions and government anti-poverty programs. Let’s look at some. In 1940, 86 percent of black children were born inside marriage, and the illegitimacy rate among blacks was about 15 percent. Today, only 35 percent of black children are born inside marriage, and the illegitimacy rate hovers around 70 percent. Today’s breakdown of the black family is unprecedented. It began in the 1960s with the War on Poverty and the harebrained ideas of the welfare state. In the mid-1960s, Daniel Moynihan sounded the alarm about the breakdown in the black family in his book ‘The Negro Family: The Case for National Action.’ At that time black illegitimacy was 26 percent. Moynihan said, ‘(A)t the heart of the deterioration of the fabric of the Negro society is the deterioration of the Negro family.’ He added, ‘The steady expansion of welfare programs can be taken as a measure of the steady disintegration of the Negro family structure over the past generation in the United States.’ Moynihan’s observations were greeted with charges of racism and blaming the victim. By the way, the welfare state is an equal opportunity family destroyer. Today’s illegitimacy rate among whites, at nearly 30 percent, is higher than it was among blacks in the 1960s when Moynihan sounded the alarm. In Sweden, the mother of the welfare state, illegitimacy is 54 percent.”

— Walter Williams, Politics and Blacks

GOP, Appeal Through Shared Values, Not Skin Color

I try to avoid lazy blogging – posting a huge excerpt of an article and adding a sentence or two of my own opinion – but today I’ll be lazy because Shelby Steele’s recent article is a must-read, and long-time readers are familiar with my view on Republicans “reaching out” to blacks. I vote for Republicans based on shared values, and I will never understand why that’s not a good-enough way to attract anybody, regardless of race. However, I don’t think the GOP will ever attract a significant number of minorities (which is not a bad thing, by the way). Why? Here’s my theory.

Steele offers his theory in “Why the GOP Can’t Win With Minorities.” He writes:

Jesse Peterson, me, and Shelby Steele“[C]onservatism sees moral authority more in a discipline of principles than in activism. It sees ideas of the good like ‘diversity’ as mere pretext for the social engineering that always leads to unintended and oppressive consequences. Conservatism would enforce the principles that ensure individual freedom, and then allow ‘the good’ to happen by ‘invisible hand.’

“What drew me to conservatism years ago was the fact that it gave discipline a slightly higher status than virtue. This meant it could not be subverted by passing notions of the good. It could be above moral vanity. And so it made no special promises to me as a minority. It neglected me in every way except as a human being who wanted freedom. Until my encounter with conservatism I had only known the racial determinism of segregation on the one hand and of white liberalism on the other — two varieties of white supremacy in which I could only be dependent and inferior.

“The appeal of conservatism is the mutuality it asserts between individual and political freedom, its beautiful idea of a free man in a free society. And it offers minorities the one thing they can never get from liberalism: human rather than racial dignity. I always secretly loved Malcolm X more than Martin Luther King Jr. because Malcolm wanted a fuller human dignity for blacks — one independent of white moral wrestling. In a liberalism that wants to redeem the nation of its past, minorities can only be ciphers in white struggles of conscience.

“Liberalism’s glamour follows from its promise of a new American innocence. But the appeal of conservatism is relief from this supercilious idea. Innocence is not possible for America. This nation did what it did. And conservatism’s appeal is that it does not bank on the recovery of lost innocence. It seeks the discipline of ordinary people rather than the virtuousness of extraordinary people. The challenge for conservatives today is simply self-acceptance, and even a little pride in the way we flail away at problems with an invisible hand.”

Black poverty is overwhelmingly a phenomenon of single-mother homes

Pimps, Whores, and Welfare BratsFour chapters into my novel (!), which I’ll blog more about once I’m finished the 75,000-word draft, I thought I’d take a break and point you to a column by the fabulous Star Parker (love her!).

All Star Parker’s op-eds are worth reading, especially the latest, alternatively titled, “We’re All Inner-City Blacks Now.”

Blacks are not given enough credit for being trendsetters in America.

Blacks started playing the blues, jazz, and R&B, then the rest of America started playing them.

Blacks discovered the politics of victimhood, then the rest of America started catching on.

Black women got into having babies without marriage. Then white women started getting into it (the incidence of white out-of-wedlock births today — almost 30 percent — is higher than the black rate in the 1960s).

Blacks bought into dependency and the welfare state. Now the rest of America has bought in.

Blacks for years elected politicians championing public policy that destroyed their own communities. Now the rest of America has installed a new political leadership with the perfect formula — run roughshod over private ownership, disdain traditional values, substitute political power for personal responsibility — for destroying our country.

As the black family collapsed, predictable social pathologies escalated. Crime, drugs, promiscuity, sexually transmitted diseases, fatherless children, abortion and disdain for education.

Couldn’t have said it better myself. Her point is that Big Government makes things worse. Visit Star Parker’s web site, CURE.

By the way, if you haven’t read her personal story, Pimps, Whores and Welfare Brats: From Welfare Cheat to Conservative Messenger, and the wonderful Uncle Sam’s Plantation: How Big Government Enslaves America’s Poor and What We Can Do About It, you’re missing out.

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I must return to my fictional world. The characters assure me their story is worth telling, so I must listen. Ciao!

Did You Watch ‘Black in America’?

Soledad O'Brien and Joseph C. PhillipsOne of the reasons I’m wary of talking to mainstream media reporters and doing taped interviews for mainstream news shows is bias.

As a conservative and, let’s face it, a black conservative at that, I know there’s a fairly large gulf between my views and those of the reporters, producers, and most of the audience. I don’t trust those news organizations to be fair and accurately portray what I say.

Actor and conservative columnist Joseph C. Phillips, whom I consider a friend, appeared on CNN’s “Black in America,” a show (series?) I didn’t see because I don’t watch TV. (Remind me to share my “off TV” story sometime.) I can’t comment on the show’s content, but I believe Joseph when he says CNN gave his liberal counterpart much more time to make his point, while giving Joseph a mere sound bite that put him in a less than favorable light.

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Abandoned

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Blaming white people can be a way for some black people to feel better about themselves, but it doesn't pay the electric bills. There are more doors of opportunity open for black people today than ever before in the history of America. - from Come On, People: On the Path From Victims to Victors

In “Tough, Sad and Smart,” columnist Bob Herbert discusses actor Bill Cosby and Dr. Alvin Poussaint (who was a consultant for “The Cosby Show”) and their new book, Come On, People: On the Path From Victims to Victors, which is about, among other things, fatherlessness among blacks and the failure to seize opportunities America has to offer.

I’ve said many times on this blog and elsewhere that the collapse of the family is the biggest problem facing black Americans. While I believe certain bigoted attitudes will always exist, white racism, as traditionally understood, is neither an obstacle nor a threat to any black person living today.

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Justice Clarence Thomas Speaks

Me and Justice ThomasThere’s nothing quite as inspiring as a drive through downtown in the nation’s capital on an Indian Summer’s night…

Update (9:46 p.m.): This blog has opened a lot of doors for me.

Not only have I met terrific people, but this tiny small space has given me the courage to boldly say what I believe needs to be said.

Not only that, but it’s given me the confidence to speak to large groups of people in person, on the radio, and on TV. I’ve never been what you’d call a wallflower, but I never imagined I’d be called upon to talk to people about what I believe, and defend it without shame or fear. I’m not the most articulate or the best looking or the smartest, but I’m here, willing to take risks.

I know some readers miss what this blog used to be. At the peak of this site’s popularity, I used to blog several times a day at least six days a week. In fact, I think I blogged more when I had a day job. Some posts produced 100+ comments. I craved the interaction, loved the civility, hated the trolls, and never thought I’d slow down or close commenting.

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The True Meaning of ‘Black Pride’

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Last week the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that schools in Jefferson County, Kentucky, and Seattle, Washington, could not use race as a tiebreaker when assigning students.

Although Justice Clarence Thomas is vilified by black liberals, he has a keener understanding of “black pride” than they have. Unlike white liberals, Justice Thomas believes black children can excel in predominantly black schools and don’t need to mix with whites in order to learn. So-called progressive blacks have bought into the white supremacist notion that black children must share classrooms with white children to be educated. They completely miss the irony of their own self-loathing, practically begging whites to allow their children to sit alongside theirs.

The true meaning of “black pride” has been lost.

I’m always — always — embarrassed whenever I hear a black person convinced of his own “high” intelligence arguing that the government should force whites to live around blacks, send their kids to school with blacks, and hire underqualified blacks. It’s as though the civil rights, “black pride” movement never happened. People fought and died, bled and cried to dismantle a government system that forced racial segregation. Decades later, their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren are fighting and crying to keep in place a government system that forces racial integration because we poor black folks can’t do a thing for ourselves without white folks around.

If blacks like Clarence Thomas and myself were pushing that line of crap, the slurs “Uncle Tom” and “Aunt Jemima” would be apt. But we’re saying the opposite. Black liberals are the ones begging white people to “accept” them. At the same time, black liberals are the ones raising their kids to believe this country, the greatest on the planet, is a cesspool of white racism and that white people are bound and determined to keep them down. Why the heck would you want to be around people you think are trying to keep you down?

Contrary to what some of you have been taught, Americans have a right to live wherever they want and avoid whomever they want for whatever reason. Private businesses have a right to hire whomever they want and avoid hiring whomever they want for whatever reason. It’s shocking to some people and might hurt black people’s feelings, but it is not illegal to want to be with certain people based on race or to avoid certain people based on race. We have the freedom to self-segregate, and the government does not have the authority, constitutionally or otherwise, to order people around to achieve some arbitrary racial balance (or imbalance, as was the case with Jim Crow). It didn’t have that authority in the days of Plessy v. Ferguson, and it doesn’t have that authority now.

For a lesson in true — as opposed to phony — black pride, read Justice Clarence Thomas’s concurring opinion in Parents Involved In Community Schools v. Seattle School District et al (PDF).

For a standard recitation of white liberal paternalism, read Justice Stephen Breyer’s dissent. “The White Man’s Burden,” indeed.

Update: In case anyone has trouble spotting the issue in this post, allow me to be explicit: I’m not demeaning the idea of “black pride” in itself; I’m demeaning black liberals’ idea of black pride. Those are two very different things.

Monday, July 2 @ 9:00 a.m.: Check out my latest Townhall column, Black Pride, White Paternalism.

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Star Parker on ‘The View’

I just got word that Star Parker, one of my favorite people, will guest host ABC’s “The View” tomorrow. As you probably know, even if you live in a cave, Rosie O’Donnell left the show. I’ve never, ever watched it; I’ll see it for the first and only time tomorrow.

See Star’s latest column, “A detached NAACP in crisis.” My unsolicited advice to the organization: go away.

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He Talk Like A White Boy

He Talk Like A White BoyI met actor Joseph C. Phillips last year when we shared a discussion panel with Shelby Steele (author of White Guilt: How Blacks and Whites Together Destroyed the Promise of the Civil Rights Era) on race relations. At one point during the Q&A, Phillips lost his temper with someone in the audience. He admonished the person for failing to acknowledge that America’s Founders, regardless of their faults, had the right ideas. Individual liberty, freedom of expression, due process, etc., are objectively good principles, even if the Founders hadn’t intended to apply these principles to blacks.

Phillips had committed the “sin” of publicly expressing gratitude for being an American, despite America’s history of slavery and subjugation. His new book, He Talk Like A White Boy, is a semi-autobiographical collection of essays about his love for this country and his respect for the “old school” values that make America strong. Recurring themes are family, faith, and freedom.

Best known for his roles as Lt. Martin Kendall on “The Cosby Show” and Justus Ward on the soap opera “General Hospital,” Phillips is a rarity in Hollywood. He writes candidly about growing up speaking proper English (“talking white”), being different from the mainstream, and having his “blackness” questioned.

The opening anecdote of the 232-page book sets the tone and reveals what eventually becomes a lifelong frustration. After he made a comment in his junior high school accelerated English class, another black student said, “He talk like a white boy!” What does that mean? Phillips thought. Instead of chastising the girl or dealing with the substance of the remark, the teacher merely corrected her grammar.

“No, LaQueesha. Joseph speaks like a white boy!” The teacher had the entire class repeat the correct sentence. “[T]hat moment,” writes Phillips, “was not only the beginning of junior high school, it was the beginning of my life.”

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Don Imus, Booker T., and XM Radio

Update II (4/20): Last Friday, I participated on a panel organized and sponsored by the Booker T. Washington Society. Ron Court and Reggie Jones started the organization last year to commemorate the 150th birthday of Booker T. Washington, former slave, educator, public speaker, and writer.

The Booker T. Washington Society is committed to educating students about Washington and providing high school students with $1000 college scholarships. The Society also treats scholarship recipients to a few days in the Washington D.C., area to see historic sites and attend workshops, where they hear from black entrepreneurs and others. Last year, the panel I participated on focused on economics. This year, the group was smaller and the panel discussion was more intimate.

More importantly, all the panelists — me, Rev. Jesse Peterson, and Reggie Jones — are Christians. Court, who was moderating, is a Christian, too. Rather than beginning the discussion with Hurricane Katrina (the students were from New Orleans), each of us shared our personal testimonies and our ascent from the abyss, so to speak. Two of us currently own businesses, and one used to own a business. Jesse Peterson, who built a janitorial service from nothing, sold it and started an organization called Brotherhood Organization of a New Destiny (BOND). The motto is “Rebuilding the family by rebuilding the man.”

Peterson operates a home for mostly black boys, where they must work to earn their keep and learn how to be responsible, decent men. Most of the boys, like many black children in this country, are not being raised by their fathers. Often vilified by ignorant blacks who can’t tolerate another black person who doesn’t blame whites for problems, Peterson truly cares about blacks, unlike so-called leaders in the professional civil rights industry.

Back to faith. The focus of the panel discussion was personal stories of faith and how that faith gave us the courage to clean up our lives and reach for our dreams. Afterward, I was pleasantly surprised that so many people thanked me for sharing my testimony. Unless otherwise indicated, I always assume most people in a group are not Christians. My assumption was wrong this time. 🙂

The group, which included students, a few teachers and parents, wanted suggestions on what to do about rising crime rates in New Orleans and how to reach black boys growing up without fathers. Peterson gave some “tough love” advice about helping boys to confront and forgive their absent fathers, to stop considering themselves victims of white racism, and to take responsibility for their children and for themselves as men. He also said they should stop listening to civil rights charlatans, who are in the business of keeping blacks angry.

Again, last year’s discussion centered around economic issues. This year, it was faith based. Economics won’t save these lost boys. Only Christ can do that, and it was a wonderful experience being surrounded by people who feel exactly the way I do.

Read about the changed life of a man who lived in Peterson’s group home as a teen.
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Don Imus

To all the people who keep e-mailing me about Don Imus, STOP. To those who intend to, DON’T.

Here’s my obligatory statement: I’m embarrassed by the way some blacks have reacted to Imus’s remarks and thoroughly disgusted by their white enablers. As a multiracial society, America is rife with double standards. There’s one standard of acceptable behavior for whites, and another, much lower standard of acceptable behavior for blacks (of all socioeconomic classes). It’s shameful. Everybody knows it, but few will publicly admit it.

If black Americans in 2007 are this delicate and overreact to the slightest insults with this much unrighteous indignation, it’s pretty safe to say black people are not made the way they used to be, of stronger stuff, able to withstand truly demeaning and criminal treatment at the hands of true oppressors. It’s sad to know that the children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren of people who faced actual oppression are so much weaker, much less discerning, and much more undignified.

People like Jason Whitlock and John McWhorter and Michelle Malkin have expressed my own sentiments about the matter very well. I won’t be posting anything else about this subject, and there will be no discussions on this blog about it. If I decide to cover it in an op-ed, I’ll link to it. Moving on…

[Update 2:47 p.m.: This dumb Imus discussion has gone on for what…over a week? I’ve stayed out of it until this morning, adding my obligatory statement to the fray in the hopes that people will leave me alone about it…and Slate picks up the statement. “Power of the blogs,” I guess.]

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Juan Williams, Scared Leftists, Etc.

Juan WilliamsI’m up to my eyeballs in work, but I wanted to post a couple of quick links this early morning.

First, NPR’s Juan Williams, author of Enough, is still catching it for his “conservative” views, if this op-ed (free reg. req.) is any indication.

In “The Hard Facts of Black America,” he lays out…hard facts. For the privilege, he’s called a turncoat, Uncle Tom, traitor — the usual stuff you’d hear from unimaginative, narrow-minded, limited black folks.

Quoting the 70 percent illegitimacy rate statistic, drop-out rate, poverty rate, prison rate, criminal culture, etc., doesn’t play too well with leftist blacks because of the “dirty laundry” stigma. There’s no stigma against getting knocked up or having served time in prison, but if you talk about how much of it goes on in the black community in front of white people, ostracism and insults, baby.

I’ve learned in my four years of blogging and writing that to name a thing is worse than being the thing. Haven’t figured out how that works yet…

Well, what is the brother doing besides talking and writing about it? What is he doing for his community?, ask the critics.

Talking and writing about these things, pushing them into the public debate, and encouraging people to discuss the issues, think critically, and solve their own problems is a worthy public service, in the opinion of this blogger. Check out my review of his book.

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Juan Williams, White Minority at UC, Etc.

Juan WilliamsUpdate III (9/13): Did you land here from a search on “Juan Williams Enough?” Follow this link to access my review of his fabulous book.

Update II (9/1): Juan Williams on Getting Past Katrina.

Commenter Tracey writes: “Our problems start in the home with the family. “The Man” doesn’t make Black men be irresponsible and bail on Black women. ‘The Man’ doesn’t make Black women devalue themselves by settling for dishonorable males and then being second generation of welfare recipients with too many mouths to feed. ‘The Man’ doesn’t make us glorify rappers as heroes and put down the Juan Williams, the Bill Cosbys, the Rev. Jesse Lee Pattersons and the La Shawn Barbers who demand that we hold ourselves to a higher standard.

“I get so frustrated hearing my fellow Black man or a Black woman say how we are so disenfranchised and too weak to go vote (by voting machine according to Cynthia McKinney), get an education, get employment and to stop having kids out of wedlock.

“I am ordering my copy of this book now and I can’t wait to read it. I plan on giving it to a couple of my bitter, liberal “revolutionary” friends that I met in college who still have those beliefs.”
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Just finished an interview with NPR’s Juan Williams, author of a new book, Enough: The Phony Leaders, Dead-End Movements, and Culture of Failure That Are Undermining Black America — and What We Can Do About It.

The interview will be excerpted for my Washington Examiner column and incorporated into a separate book review.

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McWhorter, Connerly, and Company

John McWhorterIf I had my laptop with me, I’d live-blog this event. See Moral Reconstruction post below. But I’m on the Treo. Blogging this is difficult. One cool thing so far: John M. called my name before I approached him. He remembered meeting me two years ago and knows my work. 😕

Update (6:20 p.m.): Great event. I’ll update with a summary and photos (I’ll also post photos here) tomorrow and open the post for commenting.

Update II (7/27 @ the crack of dawn): Moral Reconstruction: A Model for Urban Transformation was a refreshing diversion from typical discussions about race, culture, inner cities, poverty, etc. Although participants shared the view that many problems in inner cities are exacerbated by immoral and destructive behavior, each had slighly different ideas about solutions.

Spiritual Solutions

Reverend Jesse L. Peterson, founder of Brotherhood Organization for A New Destiny (BOND), which counsels boys and men and helps them build good moral character, is not popular among black liberals for obvious reasons. Last year he got to the heart of the Katrina problem and blamed the people for not helping themselves. Either “Moral poverty cost blacks in New Orleans” (see his column archives) or one of his other Katrina columns was widely disseminated and discussed. A white Congressman made news and was branded a racist after he e-mailed the piece to various people.

Peterson is the author of SCAM: How the Black Leadership Exploits Black America (reviewed here and here).

Ward Connerly and Grant StormReverend Grant Storm (pictured left with Ward Connerly) is a minister and activist in New Orleans who believes, like all Bible-believing Christians, that man is dead in his sins and needs spiritual cleansing. Without addressing spiritual poverty, there’s little point talking about “morality.” Without God, what is morality? Whose morality is it? Storm, Peterson, and I believe that people are responsible for their own behavior but agree that government dependency makes it easier for people to give in to their sin nature.

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Moral Reconstruction

If you’re in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday swing by the Heritage Foundation for a discussion about what people really need to focus on: morality. I’ve blogged time and again that immorality, not racism or any other “ism,” is the most pressing problem in “inner cities” and urban areas.

Drug and excessive alcohol use, criminality, illegitimacy, government dependency, refusal to work — unless people are willing to give up these destructive things, there is little point in talking about economics, or entrepreneurship, or raising the academic bar. When destructive factors disproportionately affect a racial group, that group must be honest about what’s going on and individuals must consciously make an effort to change and reverse the generational pattern.

That’s what I think, anyway. Nothing else seems to be working, so at this point, my ideas are just as valid as anyone else’s.

Panelists for Moral Reconstruction: A Model for Urban Transformation Conference include John McWhorter (latest op-ed, Ending Victim-Like Thinking — also see these must-reads: Mainstreaming Men and Defined by defiance) and Ward Connerly. Location: 214 Massachusetts Ave NE. Date: July 26. Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The blurb:

Our nation’s Gulf Coast Region continues to face serious and ongoing problems in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. This Town Hall style Conference will focus on solutions to these vexing policy issues. Transformation of the human spirit, however, is a key ingredient, because the destruction of this spirit is at the heart of the great breakdown witnessed during and following in the wake of these natural disasters. Our conference will seek to outline options and identify solutions that could serve as a model for rebuilding, not only the Gulf Coast, but also for transforming America’s inner cities and urban areas.

Hope to see you there.

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Individuality

I found an “old” essay written by Shelby Steele, author of recently released White Guilt. The main topic is individuality. I thought you might enjoy it. An excerpt:

Not long ago C-SPAN carried a Harvard debate on affirmative action between conservative reformer Ward Connerly and liberal law professor Christopher Edley. During the Q and A a black undergraduate rose from a snickering clump of black students to challenge Mr. Connerly, who had argued that the time for racial preferences was past. Once standing, this young man smiled unctuously, as if victory were so assured that he must already offer consolation. But his own pose seemed to distract him, and soon he was sinking into incoherence. There was impatience in the room, but it was suppressed. Black students play a role in campus debates like this and they are indulged.

Here is a brief litany of obvious truths that have been resisted in the public discourse of black America over the last thirty years: a group is no stronger than its individuals; when individuals transform themselves they transform the group; the freer the individual, the stronger the group; social responsibility begins in individual responsibility. Add to this an indisputable fact that has also been unmentionable: that American greatness has a lot to do with a culturally ingrained individualism, with the respect and freedom historically granted individuals to pursue their happiness–this despite many egregious lapses and an outright commitment to the oppression of black individuals for centuries. And there is one last obvious but unassimilated fact: ethnic groups that have asked a lot from their individuals have done exceptionally well in America even while enduring discrimination.

Now consider what this Harvard student is called upon by his racial identity to argue in the year 2002. All that is creative and imaginative in him must be rallied to argue the essential weakness of his own people. Only their weakness justifies the racial preferences they receive decades after any trace of anti-black racism in college admissions. The young man must not show faith in the power of his people to overcome against any odds; he must show faith in their inability to overcome without help. As Mr. Connerly points to far less racism and far more freedom and opportunity for blacks, the young man must find a way, against all the mounting facts, to argue that black Americans simply cannot compete without preferences. If his own forebears seized freedom in a long and arduous struggle for civil rights, he must argue that his own generation is unable to compete on paper-and-pencil standardized tests.

Emphases added.

Update: A libertarian on individual rights and the Duke rape case:

The Duke case presents, in a microcosm, a clear picture of life in a future United States in which the Politically Correct world of the college campus becomes the legal standard for everyone. That is a world in which all events are viewed through an extremely abstract prism in which there are only “group” or “collective” rights, and where all individual rights are destroyed. Ultimately, it is the world of the Soviet Union and Josef Stalin’s “Show Trials” of the 1930s, in which we saw this whole thing in full flower.

The Duke case is an outrage on many fronts, but I argue here that the real battleground is abstract, but also very real, and that is where individual rights go against the zeitgeist of “collective rights” that are all the rage among our intellectual and political classes.