“There are no white folks running Detroit” is a line from the video “Chicago Activists Unchained, Destroy Black Leadership.” A number of Blacks are beginning to see how the Democrat Party has made their social, economic, and educational condition worse. The irony of it all is that the realization has come with the first black man serving as president.
E.W. Jackson writes:
“For more than 50 years, the black community has been the wholly owned subsidiary of the Democratic Party. That may be changing. In spite of the overwhelmingly liberal voting patterns of black voters, they are an essentially conservative community. Americans of African descent are more pro-life and pro-family than the average white voter and as conservative on social issues as any white evangelical.”
Last week I was driving through an area that has a high black population. The political yard signs were for Democrat candidates. So what has the Democrat Party done for Blacks except to make them the footstool of the party?
“The Democratic Party’s line is that black Americans need their ‘help’ to get by in a racist world. Here’s an alternate theory: Buying into the Democratic Party’s philosophy and accepting ‘help has been one of the biggest reasons that black Americans lag behind white Americans. Black males are 6 times as likely to be in prison as white males and black Americans make up 49% of the homicide victims in America. 71.6% of all black Americans are born out of wedlock and black Americans are almost twice as likely to drop out of high school as white Americans, both of which help explain why the black poverty rate is almost 2 1/2 times the white poverty rate.”
The Democrat Party has created a plantation system for its Black voters by making promises to “help” them. It’s a degrading form of paternalism where poverty is high, the black family is in shambles, men are emasculated, and unemployment keeps generations loyal to a party that does not want them to succeed.
Wealth transfer subsidies have led to the immobility of the poor, the breakup of the family, and dependence on government programs.
Poor people on government subsidies find it difficult to break free because to get a job will mean a loss of benefits and the payment of more taxes. I spoke with a man who owns several businesses. He tells me that many of the people who work for him only work a certain number of hours per week because if they work one more hour, they’ll lose their benefits.
It’s hard to escape from the liberal plantation. You’re given enough for food and shelter and any increase in incentive to leave is costly.
Star Parker, once trapped in the welfare cycle, writes:
“Thirty-five years of Great Society social engineering have forced the disadvantaged to live under the control of the federal government. Politicians control their housing, food supply, schooling, wages, and transportation. A centralized government makes decisions about their childcare, healthcare, and retirement.”1
So what does it make someone who votes for dependency (a black house slave) and those who accept their condition of dependence? The answer is obvious: a slave where there are no guns, dogs, or laws to keep you a slave.
The Democrats believe blacks are children that need to be coddled and made excuses for. Too many blacks have been conditioned to believe that they can’t do anything until the “Daddy State” steps in to help them. The Paternalistic State is supported by many Black leaders who have gotten rich off the troubles of others.
Booker T. Washington (1856–1915) had their kind in mind more than a century ago:
“There is another class of colored people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs — partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs.
“I am afraid that there is a certain class of race-problem solvers who don’t want the patient to get well, because as long as the disease holds out they have not only an easy means of making a living, but also an easy medium through which to make themselves prominent before the public.”
If the patient gets well, an entire industry of victimhood will die. This would be the best thing for the black community. Until blacks throw off the shroud of victimhood, they will be at the mercy of “doctors” who treat a cancer that does not exist but that they are paying for with their very lives and the lives of their children.
This is the election for blacks to break free from the liberal plantation. They may never get another chance.
This isn’t to say that the Republican Party is the savior of Blacks. The Republicans often have been just as guilty in treating Blacks like political commodities. Politics will not save anybody. Self-government and the foundational principles of liberty in a God-centered world are the keys that will open the doors to prosperity.
- Star Parker, Uncle Sam’s Plantation: How Big Government Enslaves America’s Poor and What We Can Do About It (Nashville: WND Books, 2003), 72. [↩]