October 24, 2021

Will the Real Racists in America Raise Their Hands?

While sitting in the Delta lounge in the Atlanta airport waiting for my flight back to Washington, a white gentleman approached me and struck up a conversation.

Politics was on his mind, and seeing me, a black woman, he was sure that he had found a kindred spirit to share his hopes that Democrats will prevail in both U.S. Senate runoff races in Georgia.

I politely straightened him out, leaving him a bit in shock that he had incorrectly assumed that seeing the outside of me was sufficient information to know what is going on inside of me.

There is a word for this: stereotyping.

Is this gentleman a bad man? I don’t know.

But he is proof of the horrible success of the perception of racism industry that has been damaging our country since the 1960s. The result is today’s identity politics, diversity politics and all the politics of the left that promote the notion that what is relevant is the outside of a person, what he or she looks like, not what is going on inside the person.

With all the screaming about racism, a huge story of recent months hardly received any attention. Maybe because it doesn’t fit into the story that our left-wing media want to report about what they call racism.

Several months ago, the Census Bureau issued its annual report called “Income and Poverty in the United States: 2019.”

According to the report, real median black household income in 2019 was up 7.9% — the largest annual increase in median black household income in history. This put the increase in black household income in 2019 1.1 points higher than the 6.8% increase for the nation as a whole.

Further, for the first time ever, the percentage of high-income black households exceeded the percentage of low-income black households.

In 2019, 29.4% of black households had income of $75,000 or more, compared with 28.7% of black households that had income of $25,000 or less.

In 1967, per the Census Bureau, 9.1% of black households had income of $75,000 or more, and 44.5% of black households had income of $25,000 or less.

Contrary to what blares out daily from liberal media, African Americans are not getting a raw deal in our country. In fact, as this new data from the Census Bureau shows, African Americans are systematically getting ahead and improving their lives.

One area of enormous improvement is in education achievement, which no doubt is a major factor in the improvement in income of black households.

According to the Census Bureau, in 2019, the black high school completion rate was 98% of the national average. Back in 1980, it was about 75%.

In 2019, 29.6% of blacks ages 25 and above completed four years of college. In 1980, this stood at 11.6%.

The rejoinder from the left is yes, but black average incomes still lag behind white average incomes.

My answer is that what drives human achievement is the same for everyone. It comes from lofty goals and a sense of each individual that it is up to them, their character and hard work to achieve those goals.

Teaching black children that they are living in a racist country and that they have no chance without government intervention, without diversity politics, without receiving special treatment because of their race destroys that child’s sense of humanity, personal uniqueness and personal responsibility.

We have two competing cultures in America today. One culture says that life is, by nature, hard and that achievement comes from diligence, good character and struggle. The other culture says that life is only hard if it is unfair, and that life can be made fair and easy through politics.

The latter is the culture of the left, which damages the very individuals it pretends to help.

If we want to build a more perfect union, believe that every person is unique and that what people look like tells you nothing about who they are.

Star Parker is president of the Center for Urban Renewal and Education and host of the new weekly news talk show “Cure America with Star Parker.” To find out more about Star Parker and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at www.creators.com.

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RT (@guest_1098709)
9 months ago

Young lady, you are so correct. The black population has never had a leader that carried so much for all of us. To bad it is about to all get deleted and President Trump will have to start all over again in 2024, if he decides to go thru all the hatred again. I wouldn’t if I was him. I would back a republican that can carry out the programs he started and fix the ones again the demos destroyed. Can only hope President Trump makes thru today.

Karole Conaway (@guest_1098735)
Reply to  RT
9 months ago

Even if there should be an election in 2024, the demonrats will cheat again.

Cary Johnson (@guest_1100618)
Reply to  Karole Conaway
9 months ago

The Democrats don’t want to fix the voting problem because it doesn’t help them. Voter ID with a Photo solves the problem and absentee ballots requested by a live person so everything can be verified.

Tammy McGee (@guest_1098832)
9 months ago

I am so honored to read this!! We should all see what has been done and what we want to continue to have, a better life and a teacher our children the true meaning of the constitution and Not to forget where we came from and to build on what we can do for a better future for all people!! To hear each side and judge for ourselves with respect and honor! Not what the supreme court refuses to do and to know right for wrong and held to the highest standards for our actions!! I applaud you from the bottom of my heart we need more like you! THANK YOU 🙏🏻 🥰🇺🇸

Robert W (@guest_1098844)
9 months ago

She has that “OH SO RIGHT” and the chief race-baiter in charge caused all this dissension during his 8 years in office along with his wife, allow me to introduce the OBUMMER’S!!!!!!!

terri (@guest_1098870)
9 months ago

Whereas President Trump has been a good president for black people, black people like this lady lady have stepped up to the plate in leadership roles like only they are equipped to do. Trump could do nothing for the black community if they did not take initiative themselves, and black leadership will go a long ways toward keeping our country free and prosperous. Afterall, they can speak their truth and do not fear being called a racist, which only amuses them. Thank God.

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