It is discrimination, not racism, that we should examine for the deprivations it imposes on blacks.
starting with President Nixon and continuing to the present, the federal government established a series of racial preferences in favor of blacks aimed at correcting for the wrongs and thefts of the past. Again, these preferences were unwise and unjust—they sought to cure discrimination by practicing it.
if you look at the crime statistics, there are innumerable black assaults on whites every day and no one notices; one black delinquent like Trayvon Martin gets shot and there is a national scandal.
The reason blacks remain so far behind whites, however, has very little to do with racism. It has to do with African American cultural backwardness. Martin Luther King recognized this. In a statement that has gone largely ignored, he said, “We must not let the fact that we are victims of injustice lull us into abrogating responsibility for our own lives. We must not use our oppression as an excuse for mediocrity and laziness. . . . By improving our standards here and now, we will go a long way toward breaking down the arguments of the segregationist. . . . The Negro will only be free when he reaches down into the inner depths of his own being and signs with the pen and ink of assertive manhood his own Emancipation Proclamation.”
today Americans enjoy equality of rights under the law, and the challenge for black Americans is to compete effectively in school and in the marketplace.
Du Bois became an enthusiast of Soviet Russia—even an admirer of Stalin.
While Booker T. Washington is ignored or reviled among the mainstream of the Civil Rights leadership, there is one group that is silently following his strategy of “work, work, work.” That group is the non-white immigrants in America.
Today we can simply compare African Americans with non-white immigrants to see whether the protest strategy or the self-help strategy is better.