© 2016 Jim Spence - When we were growing up, the generational gap on race was wide. I remember the civil rights movement of the 1960’s. Though I can’t say I fully understood it back then, I knew that there were some deep-seated prejudices in the white community towards blacks that needed to become taboo. They have.
Most baby boomers are proud our generation was on the forefront of ending the dividing of people along color lines. Still, things were different in the 1960's. Most black kids I grew up with lived in two parent homes. However, just as the influence of racism was coming to an end, the trend of two parent homes in the black community changed. It happened at the exact same time the federal government, under socialist Lyndon Johnson, decided to "fight poverty" by subsidizing single parent homes. LBJ did not fight poverty, he encouraged it.
These days most black kids grow up in single parent homes. It is a direct result of government providing real incentives for young women to have babies out of wedlock. The poverty rate among married whites is the same as it is for married blacks. It is too bad that so many young black mothers are not married. They take the government bait, get hooked on it, and languish in poverty the rest of their lives.
In the 1960’s and early 70’s the vast majority of whites in the baby boom generation bent over BACKWARDS to make sure that any black we encountered in any walk of life knew that their skin color made no difference to us. We taught our kids these same fair-minded values and our grown children embrace these values today. As we aged, we figured that with the next generation prepared well, racism in the white community would pretty much disappear. We were right. It has pretty much disappeared. Of course you can never completely eliminate racism….but it is pretty much a thing of the past.
What isn’t gone is how cynical Democrats are in doing everything they can to stir racial divisions in America at every turn. Many high profile blacks like Mr. Obama, the Congressional Black Caucus, and entertainers like Spike Lee take every opportunity to stoke the tiny embers of racism that remain under rocks, and pretend those dying embers are national infernos. The result of promoting a false narrative has been a catastrophe. There has been an incredible rise in racism among blacks. Thanks to Mr. Obama and his devotees, Democrats have facilitated a huge increase in antagonism towards non-socialist whites that grows more alarming with every passing day.
While Democrats conjure up images of “white privilege,” in states like Illinois, it is actually illegal for the government to hire our firm to manage public funds…..because we are white men.
The dream of a color blind society has become a nightmare. Despite the truth about what the baby boom generation did to eradicate racism, it is a matter of routine for every Democratic candidate to accuse all Republicans of being racists. Racist accusations have become the modern version of the Spanish Inquisition. Race-baiting is now the primary tool of Democrats to hang on to 90% of the black vote. Within no other ethnic group in America, do anywhere near 90% of the people vote the same way. This suggests not only that stoking racial paranoia has worked, but that Democrats need racial paranoia in the black community just to survive.
There are many blacks who cringe at the facts regarding the horrific practice of race-baiting. Brilliant men and women like Thomas Sowell, Star Parker, and Walter Williams, along with hundreds of others have vehemently protested the way Democrats con the black community and preach a message that somehow the system is rigged against them….based on skin color. Sadly, the voices of these blacks, people who should become more influential as time passes, are stifled instead. Rarely are any of these profoundly intelligent and insightful men and women given forums at NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, NPR, or in the nation’s leading newspapers. Instead the “news” outlets choose to infer that a handful of race-baiting pimps like Al Sharpton speak for the entire black community. And accordingly, the big lies of the race pimps spread like cancer. Blacks are led to believe that somehow they have unique “issues” that are substantially different than all other Americans. The truth is, if the media did not provide a forum for pimps to fan the fears of racial paranoia, what you would find is there is no difference in what blacks and all other Americans care about. We all care about our families and our ability to support them.
Once upon a time, when I was young, I had a dream. The dream was that people would someday be judged by the content of their character, instead of the color of their skin. It was the dream of most Americans and personified by Martin Luther King Jr. That dream actually came true. But these days Democrats deny the reality of that dream being fulfilled. It is a national disgrace that they will go so far as to accuse people who fought against racism of being racist, simply to stoke the fires of division and secure the black vote.
The realization of one of our nation’s greatest dreams has been high jacked. These days dividing our country instead of uniting it is the goal of the Democrats. You can expect Hillary Clinton to use the race card again this year in an effort to get blacks to hate the GOP nominee. And she will do so more fervently than ever. It is pathetic how she will behave. Reprehensible in every way.