October 1, 2020

BLM Suppresses the Truth About Poverty

As so much despair has gripped our nation during this difficult time, I decided to go into our nation’s most distressed communities with a message of hope and truth.

I have been working on policy issues dealing with race and poverty through my organization, UrbanCURE, for 25 years.

We purchased billboard space in hard-hit cities across the nation and posted a short, time-tested message that strikes at the heart of what drives poverty.

The billboards show a picture of a young black man or young black woman and say: “Tired of Poverty? Finish school. Take any job. Get married. Save and invest. Give back to your neighborhood.”

The billboard then refers to Provers 10:4, which says, “A slack hand causes poverty, but the hand of the diligent makes rich.”

This is a message delivered with care and love. It’s a message I know is true.

It is so true that it produced an immediate reaction from Black Lives Matter, which contacted the billboard company, Clear Channel Outdoor, demanding that the billboards be taken down.

Claims from Black Lives Matter — laced, of course, with profanity — that our message is racist, inaccurate and self-hating are a crude distortion of reality.

I know the accuracy of our message from my experience in life. A was once a young woman with disdain for the “establishment,” living off welfare and going nowhere.

Then two Christian businessmen straightened me out. Their message and guidance saved my life.

Aside from my personal experience and my daily learning as a Christian, I also know the truth of this message from years of policy work that has been going on in Washington.

The impact of the “success sequence” on poverty is well documented.

Brookings Institution scholars Ron Haskins and Isabell Sawhill published their findings in their book, “Creating an Opportunity Society,” in which they report that those who follow three steps — finish high school, get a full-time job and get married before having children — face a 2% chance of being poor.

Brad Wilcox and Wendy Wang of the American Enterprise Institute followed on this work, showing that among millennials — ages 28-35 — there was a 53% incidence of poverty among those who did not follow these steps and a 3% incidence among those who did.

But regardless of whether or not you want to believe me or agree with me, what about freedom of expression?

What about the inherent importance of keeping dialogue open and free in our nation, with a goal of reaching truth? How can shutting down communication serve anyone’s interests?

Shutting down dialogue, shutting down free and open exchange of ideas, is exactly what Black Lives Matter wants. It said as much in a Facebook post to the billboard vendor that read, “At the end of the day, messaging and narrative control is priceless.”

Unfortunately, Clear Channel Outdoor responded to the intimidation of Black Lives Matter and took down CURE’s billboards, saying, “We strive to respect a wide variety of viewpoints on diversity and racial sensitivity.”

But can shutting down a powerful and truthful message because Black Lives Matter doesn’t like it reflect respect for “a wide variety of viewpoints”?

The nation’s shock after the terrible murder of George Floyd at the hands of a policeman was justifiable. But the pushback unfortunately put wind in the sails of Black Lives Matter.

The question is: What does America, and what do black Americans, need? What will fix our problems?

For sure, suppression of free expression will make no one better off.

These are communities that need truth, that need love, that need empowerment.

This is the message we are delivering at UrbanCURE.

I hope Clear Channel Outdoor has a change of heart and is not intimidated by Black Lives Matter to breach contract and not publicize UrbanCURE’s message on its billboards.

Star Parker is president of the Center for Urban Renewal and Education and author of the new book “Necessary Noise: How Donald Trump Inflames the Culture War and Why This is Good News for America.” Readers can respond to Star’s column by emailing [email protected]

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9 Responses

  1. Doesn’t clear channel outdoor understand the First Amendment?? Perhaps they would understand it a bit better if they had an official complaint filed against them.

  2. BLM is no longer a group supporting black lives, they could give a rat’s what the plight of blacks is! It has been highjacked by Soro’s minions and should be labelled as the terrorist group they are!
    It must be made evident to the blacks that they are not responsible for the horrid behavior of this group and that we all know they are better than this!
    I am old white woman, I respect my neighbors who are black and pray they can say the same for me and all of us who ACTUALLY CARE about their plight..

  3. Being intimidated by a very small faction of ignorant, belligerant, militants is not the way to work this out. Unfortunately, our previous president believed just the opposite. Surely by now most intelligent beings would have worked out that political correctness doesn’t work. Just look at Pelosi and company. Rude to the point of stupidity.

      1. President Trump has every right to be angry after all the criminal attacks on him from the Criminal violent left and the FAKE IMPEACHMENT!

    1. Don’t worry, after Trump gets reelected things will be much different. BLM, ANTIFA, and all the leftists and foreign influences involved in organizing and financing these terrorist groups will be investigated and warrants for their arrests will be issued. many of the TRAITORS involved in Spygate/Operation Crossfire Hurricane will be arrested and jailed too. There will be law and order in this Country. After November, America will have a new beginning where the Rule Of Law and the Constitution reigns supreme.

  4. »»The billboard then refers to Provers 10:4, which says, “A slack hand causes poverty, but the hand of the diligent makes rich.” «« this part of the message should have been rejected & omitted in the first place. It doesn’t help anyone to resort to a fictious being dwelling somewhere, supposedly in “Heaven”.

    Why not translate this into plain English for those who do not believe in the teachings of Christianity? The jist of the message is cetainly true, and sometimes it’s just the wording that repels people who would otherwise learn from it.

    1. That bible quote had very little to do with BLM rejecting that sign. Of course Marxists, Socialists, and Communists don’t believe in God but there are other more powerful reasons why BLM is against the sign.

  5. BLM does not like that sign because they are totally against the Traditional Family so they don’t want to hear about women getting married before they have children. They are also against Blacks taking responsibility for their life and getting a job. BLM is only after reparations that will never come. BLM should be blaming their Black Ancestors in Africa for selling their family into slavery. America didn’t invent Slavery. Slavery was around for many thousands of years Before America was ever discovered. What about the MILLIONS OF BLACK SLAVES worked to death and murdered by the Egyptians used to drag huge stones to build the Pyramids? No mention ever about that! During and before the Civil War, there were plenty of FREE BLACKS that owned and sold slaves. America doesn’t owe Blacks ANYTHING! If anyone thinks that America is a horrible Racist Country, they need to leave and find someplace else they think is better. Nobody is stopping anybody from leaving. America will be much better off without you.

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