I recently received a press release from a group proposing a “57-point plan for removing barriers that block blacks from empowerment and for ensuring they have their chance of attaining the American dream.”

Listen to me. Blacks do not need a 57-point plan to attain the American dream. They need to start behaving responsibly. They need to get an education. They need to stop having babies before they can afford a pizza.

They need to understand that using skin-color affirmative action programs to get into a college/university they are not academically qualified to attend is a formula for failure. Statistics show that the majority of skin-color affirmative action students flunk out or drop out. Thanks in large part to favorable grading practices, many who do graduate are shortchanged by being in a learning environment for which they weren’t prepared to be competitive participants. There is also the importance of graduating with a degree in a marketable degree program.

This plan is nothing more than a conservative group using Democratic tactics to manipulate black voters. There may be many blacks that underachieve, but no 57-point plan is going to rectify that.

Mollycoddling blacks and continuing the message that they cannot attain without the help of opportunistic whites to teach them right from wrong is insulting. Tangential to that is the sage observation by the late Daniel Patrick Moynihan, who said: “The social alienation among the black lower class is matched and probably enhanced, by a virulent form of anti-white feeling among portions of the large and prospering black middle class. It would be difficult to overstate the degree to which young well educated blacks detest white America.” (January 1970 letter to President Nixon)

I don’t believe that today’s Republican groups are any more altruistic than progressive Democrats when it comes to their idea that blacks need a great white father to bring them into the 21st century. I believe that groups from both sides of the aisle see the monetary, political and psychological advantage of “saving the po’ colored folks” from themselves.

Frederick Douglass said: “Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have the exact measure of the injustice and wrong which will be imposed on them.” Nothing dissuades me that isn’t the round edge that encircles the middle of the coin that occupies Democrats on one side and Republicans on the other.

The most offensive and egregious part(s) of the group’s plan is their dependence upon the so-called “black church.” This is wrong because it proposes an ecclesiastically programmatic emphasis juxtaposed to a Christ-centered approach, which Scripture tells us is the only true way to change a person and a people God will accept.

The Bible does not recognize skin color, nor is God a respecter of persons. Ergo, advocating the use of color-coded pastors as the secularly controlled magistrates of behavioral modification dooms this plan from the beginning. This recipe is no different than Margaret Sanger’s idea of using black clergy to persuade the black street folks to conform.

This is nothing more than a continuation of the cultural divide based upon skin color, which began with Vladimir Lenin and W.E.B. du Bois and continues today. It is not the job of white people to save blacks. Personally, I find it both elitist and arrogant to suggest same. Who saved white people? And before that question is answered, isn’t the mindset that blacks need special dispensation for leading responsible lives, but white people do not, just a tad bit bigoted?

Blacks need two things to change the abysmal negative trends associated with them. They need to stop being a crayon color and start being simply Americans. As my business cards read: “Black is a color not a race.” They also need the very same thing every breathing American needs, and that is a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

Investing in ways that continue to use skin color as a divide is a convenient tool. If this camarilla of marplots wants to advocate the involvement of the church, let them advocate the church preach the Bible.

The church should never accept the decorative trappings of being a tax-exempt nonprofit, because in doing so it subjugates itself to the government, to politicians and Erebusic domestic agitators who can dictate what the church says, does and/or becomes involved in.

I submit that it’s not blacks who need the church and help of church leaders; I submit it’s America in toto that needs the church as it is addressed in letters of the Apostles Paul and Peter.

Let these Capitol Hill groups find another way to curry favor and benefit financially. It’s time to stop using blacks who eagerly jump at the first opportunity to be portrayed as “a black Moses” leading others into Canaan.

I grow sick of the operose idea that blacks are akin to feral children who are still living back in the Reconstruction period.

Blacks are part and parcel of the fabric of America, not some compartmentalized crayon color subgroup. Its time they realized that fact and started acting like it.

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