Reasonable and logical minds are at a loss to solve the conundrum of why so many blacks in America embrace the jaundiced cosmological view they do. Here’s a good analogy: It’s one thing to have curable cancer, get the treatment needed and be healed in a short period of time – it’s another thing to have a curable cancer but knowingly insist upon the wrong treatment regimen or to seek no treatment at all. Add to this that the sick person would make it a point to complain everywhere he went that he had curable cancer and wasn’t doing anything about it, but that wasn’t his fault.
He would claim that the cancer treatment center was across town and no one was willing to help him get to there – even though the person had two operable automobiles fully fueled, and there was also public transportation stop available directly in front of his house notwithstanding.
The person also had well-meaning neighbors offer to drive him to the treatment center, wait for him and drive him back to their door for free. The well-meaning neighbors were willing to miss work to help the person. But for reasons known only to the person with the curable cancer, he rejects self-sufficiency and refuses neighborly help to obtain treatment; instead complaining that no one cares about him, and the world is cruelly prejudiced against him.
Add to this scenario that the person has family members and friends who had the same cancer but by taking advantage of the same available treatment the first person refused and made excuses for not utilizing, the family members/friends were cured. They then took precautions to safeguard their children against the cancer.
Let’s also add that persons across the country in every income and education strata experienced the same curable cancer but took the requisite steps for treatment and overcame the illness. But 50 years later, the family who had refused to take advantage of treatment was still complaining and blaming others for their illness. Compounding matters, they had spawned additional generations with the same cancer and the same adverse behavior to treatment.
I’ve just described the condition of many black Americans.
It’s not a Gordian knot that keeps so many blacks tied to the plantation of self-limitation and immiseration – it’s a pernicious form of an inculcated stenotopic mindset that constrains the person to being a prisoner of his own making.
Compounding matters are draconian marplots that have successfully advanced a supportive culture that refuses to rebuke self-limiting attitudes and bad behavior.
It cannot be overstated that many blacks are their own worst enemy. The tragedy is that outliers fanning the flames of continued self-destruction are aware of this, and they use it to their advantage.
The day must come when we cease wasting good effort after bad. We reap no benefit from treating blacks as helpless children. They are not; neither are they the wards of taxpayers, despite the best efforts of many to make that a permanent condition.
It is time to dismiss the caustic, anaphoric diatribes that “no one is helping them” and the country is prejudiced against them. It’s unpopular and unacceptable to speak truthfully about blacks, and it is political suicide to even hint at same. But therein lies the problem.
We cannot help blacks who suffer from bad attitudes, bad behavior, or claim “it’s because of slavery.” The same goes for those suffering from “the white man is out to get me” derangement syndrome” – and it’s not ipse dixit to declare same.
The lack of job opportunity, lack of public services, lack of shopping convenience, ad nauseum in urban environs, contrary to being evidence of racism, is based upon the economic qualifiers that entice businesses to neighborhoods. Businesses expect and have a right to demand more of a return on their investment than robbery, graffiti, poor if any work skills and behavior skills, poor linguistic skills, drugs, violence and theft.
There is a reason that in predominantly black urban neighborhoods business is conducted utilizing metal drawers/trays behind thick bulletproof glass. There is a reason so many blacks live behind barred windows and steel doors – it has to do with their neighbors and the people living around them.
The honest conversation we should have regarding blacks is to insist they cease making excuses, blaming others and behaving in ways that are antithetical to modernity. This conversation cannot begin as long as so many blacks have a chip on their shoulder and hatred for whites and everyone else who refuses to excuse their bad decision-making and uncontrolled violent behavior. This conversation cannot begin as long as blacks continue to call all who refuse to participate in self-destructive, self-limiting behavior Uncle Tom, sellouts, house niggers and other such predictable epithets.
If the majority of blacks are going to go through life angry and hostile toward others while denying that they have the same availability of opportunity everyone else has, there remains no benefit from discussion. There remains what the late Daniel Patrick Moynihan referenced as benign neglect.