When black members of the tea-party movement this week rejected unfounded accusations of racism at a news conference in Washington, a provocative comment was made by one activist that is worthy of further exploration.
“Democrats have re-enslaved America,” said Kevin Jackson, president of the Black Conservative Coalition. He said tea-party activists, if successful, would reduce the size of government and set in motion another Emancipation Proclamation, the document that President Abraham Lincoln signed that effectively ended slavery.
“This time, even the white folks get freed,” said Jackson.
That statement about reinstating slavery may just sound like hyperbole. But there’s more to it than meets the eye.
The evidence has never been more compelling that Democrats and “progressives” and leftists have not done anything positive for blacks since some of them supported the Voting Rights Act of 1964. (It’s necessary to point out that only some Democrats supported this bill. Many opposed it. Republicans voted in bigger percentages for the legislation.)
That’s not to say Democrats, “progressives” and leftists haven’t attempted to curry political favor with blacks since then. But I have been racking my brain to try to come up with even one policy they have promoted that has actually been beneficial for blacks or other minorities in the last 46 years.
Can you think of any?
Let’s take a look at a few of the possibilities:
- Some would say affirmative action has been a positive step for blacks. I would disagree. I believe it has hurt blacks, making their hirings, promotions, acceptances and contracts suspect as the result of official policies of racial preferences rather than merit-based decisions. It has also empowered blacks’ new “masters” in government to make decisions about their fate rather than employers, school officials and corporations.
- Some would say that welfare-style redistribution schemes have represented a positive step for blacks. I would disagree. In fact, they have been terribly destructive and contributed to the creation of greater government dependency for minorities and less self-reliance and personal responsibility.
- Some would suggest that exposure of racism by these forces has contributed to a decline of this insidious force in our society. I would disagree. In fact, the pendulum has swung so far toward reckless and irresponsible accusations of racism at every turn that the very charge is losing its power and meaning.
Do you see what I mean?
I could continue, but each time I come up with a racial policy for which Democrats, “progressives” and leftists congratulate themselves, they turn out to be more self-serving policies than initiatives that resulted in actual benefit to minorities.
So maybe there is something to Kevin Jackson. Maybe he’s right. Maybe Democrats really have re-enslaved blacks.
In fact, I don’t even think it’s a “maybe.” It’s not a question of “if” they have, it’s more a question of “why.”
Was it intentional? Or were the motivations good but only the methods bad?
Personally, I think many rank-and-file Democrats, “progressives” and leftists actually have good intentions. But I can’t accept that the leaders still do – not after so many decades of experience.
To believe that is to believe they are all stupid, incapable of recognizing that results don’t match intentions.
In many ways today the black community is less functional than it was during the worst days of the Jim Crow era. Back then, the family structure – the very building block of community – was still intact. Today, the white family is disintegrating the way the black family did following the manipulations of paternalistic government policies.
In effect, it seems, the Democrats, “progressives” and leftists are trying to put whites in bondage to them and government the way they re-enslaved blacks.
And that’s what makes the other statement by Kevin Jackson so prophetic: “This time, even the white folks get freed,” he said.
Wouldn’t it be nice?