Sunday, October 18, 2020

The False Narrative of Systemic Racism

 The false narrative of America  being essentially a hierarchy of privilege based on race comes out of writings by the Urban Institute.  A left leaning think tank funded largely by government grants and more recently corporate foundations, the  Institute is a leftover from the Johnson Administration. At the time of its founding  in the mid -1960s, the country was emerging from an era  when segregation and other injustices existed and the legal framework that provides African Americans the power to more fully participate in the advantages of a free society was created.  Today although remnants of past racial injustice remain, the social, economic and legal constructs have long been in place to insure that all Americans have the ability to fix any unfairness on the basis of race.  

 

But the institute among many other organizations and individuals who benefit from the racial injustice industry continue to invent convoluted narratives to support their existence.  Worse yet other groups have emerged to create over exaggerated and dangerous responses to episodes of injustice that could have been handled fairly by existing law.  


According to Urban Institute centuries  of bondage, Jim Crow, and their enduring legacies constitute a period of 400 years during which policy, practice, and violence blocked and stripped Black people of wealth accumulation.  They claim whites were able to accumulate wealth through inheritance and blacks until 1965 were prevented from doing so.   That is to say that white children today are more privileged because their parents and grandparents accumulated wealth and passed it on to them.  This is a distorted narrative designed to justify a socialistic agenda of wealth redistribution. 


In truth a large percentage of white people, asians and blacks who are economically comfortable today and whose children have prospered inherited nothing from their parents other than a value system that taught them that hard work and a decent, if not great education, would  lead to a better life.  One only has to look at Cubans whose children have prospered here who came here with nothing to escape a failing socialist state. 


Slavery and segregation were wrong and should be acknowledged as such.  As were the wrongs against native Americans and many groups of new immigrants.  But the cult of bitterness towards America should not be encouraged.  It is wrong to instead of encouraging  a love and respect for a country that has provided freedom and the ability to achieve the fullness of potential, to condemn its very foundation and the symbols of the freedom we all enjoy.  What is true is that most American children today did not inherit wealth, they inherited the freedom to pursue their dreams and advance as far as their hard work and determination could take them.  


Sadly the theory of racial injustice perpetuates any inequalities that may exist by discouraging blacks from trying to achieve by implanting the idea of hopelessness. Their narrative is that blacks can’t succeed because “systemic racism” works against them no matter how hard they work - an untruth that destroys possibilities. Instead of inspiring with the uplifting  message of freedom and hope and what that offers, the self-serving racial industry continues to discourage black Americans as victims who are in a hopeless situation. 


 Tmurtha

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