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5 Reasons Black Men Havent Advanced Over The Last 40 Years.
Thy Black Man ^ | July 21, 2014 | Dr. Boyce Watkins

Posted on 07/27/2014 8:24:26 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

According to a recent study conducted at The University of Chicago, African American males haven’t advanced in American society one bit since 1971. The researchers used a variety of socio-economic indicators to arrive at their conclusions, and their work has credibility, since U. Chicago is among the world’s leaders in both Sociological and Economic research.

The year 1971 is meaningful to me, since that was the year I was born. When I think about the fact that it’s our job as men to carry the torch and improve upon the achievements of the previous generation, these results seem to imply that we might have failed. Men my age, like the rapper Jay-Z, would rather disrespect strong predecessors like Harry Belafonte and Jim Brown rather than learn from their courage. We are fragmented, distracted, materialistic, and ultimately weak. We are not men….we are just a bunch of “niggaz in Paris.”

Not all black men are struggling, as Janks Morton, creator of the film “Hoodwinked” might explain. There are millions of black men doing amazing things, taking care of their children, building wealth, educating themselves, standing up for their communities and becoming empowered members of society. But there is also a counter narrative in which black men are left behind and being beaten into the ground by a society that hates them. Even worse is that we’ve been taught to hate ourselves, thus making us complicit in our own oppression.

This list is not exhaustive, but here are a few reasons that black men, as a collective, have not advanced over the last 40 years, and why we may not advance over the next 40 if we don’t get ourselves together right now:

1) America has never acknowledged its demons: I spent many years hearing about how Hitler committed countless atrocities against the Jews. But what’s rarely shared is that the atrocities that American leaders have committed against black men and women have been equally devasting and lasted for a much longer period of time. Nearly every international governing body, when observing the extensive human rights violations continuously being committed against African Americans, plainly states that American officials are both lying and in serious denial of what they have done to the black man, woman and child over the last 400 years.

What is even more interesting is that millions of black people are in subtle agreement with this blatant disregard for our humanity. We shuck, jive and kiss the butt of any big white corporation or university willing to give us a few dollars, and then wonder why our needs are continuously tossed to the back of the bus. Many of us don’t support black businesses. We don’t trust one another and some of us don’t even believe our most powerful celebrities have any obligation to anyone other than themselves. The oppression won’t end unless we stop accepting it.

2) We’re still committed to economic servitude: Many black families either allow their children to ignore the value of education or commit themselves to debilitating miseducation. Those of us who come from educated families are often told that your job is to get a good education and make sure you are well-behaved so that a friendly white man will give you a job. Then, when the MBA, PhD, or MD finds himself in the unemployment line, he becomes so frustrated that he gives himself hypertension or ends up drinking his problems away after realizing the obvious: America doesn’t give a damn about you.

Those of us who get to keep our jobs become part of the angry black middle class: The people who work 10 times harder than the white guy down the hall, but keep getting passed over for promotions. We all seem to believe that if we “aren’t like those other negroes,” we’re going to be OK. Then, we find out that our fates are inextricably linked, whether we like it or not. That’s when a man like Henry Louis Gates gets arrested on his front porch and is astonished that a police officer would treat him that way. We are convinced that by separating ourselves from each other, we will be safe, when the opposite is actually true.

The only path to economic freedom is to consistently preach the idea of black business development and entrepreneurship. You can go work with anyone you want, but at the end of the day, your side hustle might be the difference between eating good and eating government cheese. Not everyone is cut out to run a business, I know that. However, no one should be content with getting all of their money from one source of revenue. We should stop teaching our children how to be corporate drones and help them learn how to live economically free. We should also stop giving our money right back to the corporations that are selling you a series of worthless products and doing nothing for your community.

3) We let the world convince us that we are uneducated athletic goons: I was in the grocery store overhearing two young, intelligent brothers doing a precise breakdown of Amare Stoudemire’s new contract with the New York Knicks. They were surely fans of the ESPN show, “First Take” and could have easily been commentators themselves. They talked about the Knicks’ prospects for next year, salary cap implications of a pending trade, and why Amare should probably consider playing for a team that might help him contend for a championship.

It’s OK for brothers to love sports, but why can’t we also love science in the same way? Why not break down your OWN investment portfolio and entrepreneurial possibilities instead of living vicariously through someone you’ll never meet? Why are we so obsessed with sports that we love athletics to the exclusion of nearly everything else? Why do we allow people in our communities to suck up our kids into football and basketball programs at an early age, but aren’t equally diligent in getting these young men into programs that will lead to economic prosperity?

Let’s be real: That little man is probably NEVER going to make it to the NFL or NBA, and even if he does make it without a good education, he is probably going to end up broke. Why in the world would we let our future husbands and fathers be led to slaughter?

One of the reasons that young black men are not able to keep up with the rapid educational progress of young black women is because too many of us get so caught up in a ridiculous, irrational hoop dream that we never get the chance to become something else. As prominent attorney and former Oklahoma Sooner Damario Solomon Simmons once said, “Education should NOT be your plan B. It should be your plan A.” Sports are destroying millions of young black men.

4) White-owned, corporate hip-hop presents an image of us that is inaccurate, but we eat it up like crackheads: The imagery of toxic corporate hip-hop has taken us to the point that otherwise intelligent and productive black men are reduced to nothing more than cartoon characters. There are many amazing artists in the world doing great things, but these are not the ones being sprinkled onto your child’s brain by Clear Channel and other national media outlets. Instead, they are given a daily dose of weaponized brainwashing to convince your son that his job is to “smoke weed, [expletive] b*tches, get money and shoot n*ggaz.”

The same way that Attorney Willie Gary just won a $23.6 billion dollar lawsuit against the tobacco industry for promoting destructive and unhealthy tobacco consumption, a class action lawsuit should be filed against the recording industry for convincing young black boys that it’s glamorous to be a violent, self-destructive, sexually-promiscuous super-thug. Marketing works magic when it comes to convincing people to believe things that simply are not true.

5) America wants your black butt in prison: The criminal justice system and the War on Drugs have done more harm to the black male in America than any American institution since slavery. When black men are more likely to be stopped by police, more likely to be arrested, less able to fight the charges, more likely to be falsely accused and more likely to be incarcerated, our families suffer as a result. Even worse, we are given longer prison sentences, even when we commit the same crimes and are not given an opportunity to effectively reintegrate into society once we’ve paid our debts.

American prisons are our version of concentration camps. Most of us have family members who’ve suffered irreversible trauma, physical harm or even death at the hands of either the police or the prison system. This system has turned black male children into a commodity no less profitable than pigs to a sausage factory.

Even worse is the army of cowardly black scholars, celebrities and attorneys, many of them male, who spend more time pandering to the dollar bill than speaking up about the death and destruction all around them. When a black man, Eric Garner, was recently killed by the NYPD in an illegal chokehold, I can’t think of a single prominent scholar or attorney who publicly spoke on his behalf. This is, quite honestly, pathetic.

I was the keynote speaker at the National Black Law Students Association a few years ago and found myself astonished by how many brilliant and highly capable attorneys had been fooled into believing that they had no obligation whatsoever to do anything other than relegate themselves to becoming highly-paid robots for the law firm paying them the most money. I quietly wonder when we decided that it’s OK to accept a cash payment in exchange for the chance to have a truly meaningful life. A job isn’t worthwhile just because someone is paying you to do it. If you’re not careful, you’ll end up on your death bed with a pile of money and an even bigger pile of regrets.

Like the valuable oil being sucked out of the continent of Africa, many of our most valuable resources are yanked out of the black community, all so we can support and sustain the very same institutions that have been designed to oppress us.

Until we change our mindset, we’ll be doing a study just like this one in another 40 years. People in the year 2054 will wonder why black males haven’t moved forward since their grandparents were young. This outcome is a real possibility as long as people are afraid to act outside the box to embrace a new paradigm of thought as it pertains to moving our community forward. To get a different result, we must embrace different actions. It’s time to become radical and realize that progress won’t be made until we DEMAND it.


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1 posted on 07/27/2014 8:24:27 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Black wimmin?


2 posted on 07/27/2014 8:30:56 PM PDT by sickoflibs (King Obama : 'The debate is over. The time for talk is over. Just follow my commands you serfs""')
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Haven’t.


3 posted on 07/27/2014 8:33:06 PM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson ONLINEhttp://steshaw.org/economics-in-one-lesson/)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

He’s a whiny bastard who is playing the race card for all its worth.

CC


4 posted on 07/27/2014 8:33:09 PM PDT by Celtic Conservative (tease not the dragon for thou art crunchy when roasted and taste good with ketchup)
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1) America has never acknowledged its demons: I spent many years hearing about how Hitler committed countless atrocities against the Jews. But what’s rarely shared is that the atrocities that American leaders have committed against black men and women have been equally devasting and lasted for a much longer period of time.

I stopped reading after sniffing the first whiff of victimology....

5 posted on 07/27/2014 8:33:28 PM PDT by freebilly (How about this-- we stop trying to elect the unelectable)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Too many of them are on the Down-Low. Like their mascot, Barack Bathhouse Barry.


6 posted on 07/27/2014 8:35:21 PM PDT by wetgundog (" Extremism in the Defense of Liberty is no Vice")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Blacks have a higher standard of living here than in their native Africa. However they got here and whatever they went through, the ones here are the lucky ones and they know it deep down.

They play the victim card and are happy to take handouts because they are low IQ, lazy, and it’s actually economically beneficial to them compared to the low skilled work they could get.

Now the Hispanics are booting them out of the labor they can actually do. So they are irrelevant other than as a slave voting class for Democrats.


7 posted on 07/27/2014 8:38:39 PM PDT by TigerClaws
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Indians have gone nowhere as they too decided to be part of the socialist party. Welfare destroys incentive to do better.


8 posted on 07/27/2014 8:39:12 PM PDT by minnesota_bound
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

One particular issue with many black males is not noted by the author but is amply illustrated by his article - many black males carry around a huge hostile attitude and are their own undoing as a result.

Before anyone jumps on me, I did not say “all”, I said “many”.


9 posted on 07/27/2014 8:39:20 PM PDT by Rembrandt (Part of the 51% who pay Federal taxes)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Here’s the real reason;
People like Boyce Watkins


10 posted on 07/27/2014 8:39:49 PM PDT by snappahead (if your gonna be dumb, you better be tough.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Why is it virtually impossible for some blacks to discuss race without instinctively blaming 90% of their problems on white people?
11 posted on 07/27/2014 8:40:07 PM PDT by Larry381 (In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Because The Man has been keeping them down?


12 posted on 07/27/2014 8:40:47 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: all armed conservatives)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

There are some nuggets of truth in here. Much of what he is saying is couched in passive terms. “The recording industry has worked its magic convincing young males to follow the hip-hop lifestyle” (paraphrase), but the males simply accept it and do not question it. That is victimology at its best. Dr. Watkins may have a PhD but still can’t see clearly through the PC BS.


13 posted on 07/27/2014 8:41:23 PM PDT by 17th Miss Regt
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Comments?
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I read it....hoping for something more. But it’s simply more “it’s whitey’s fault” bilge pouring forth.


14 posted on 07/27/2014 8:41:26 PM PDT by House Atreides (ANOTHER CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICAN FOR CHILDERS 2014 .... Don't reward bad GOPe behavior.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Barf Alert?


15 posted on 07/27/2014 8:41:40 PM PDT by 21twelve (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2185147/posts 2013 is 1933 REBORN)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Irony is lost on this guy. Good God. This is the most idiotic drivel on race in America I’ve ever read.


16 posted on 07/27/2014 8:42:34 PM PDT by jmacusa (Liberalism defined: When mom and dad go away for the weekend and the kids are in charge.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Stopped reading after he held up Harry Belafonte and Jim Brown as role models. Both are far left in their thinking and world view. Told me all I needed to know about the author.


17 posted on 07/27/2014 8:43:19 PM PDT by miele man
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

She understands some of the symptoms but has no clue as to the cause. Blacks from the end of WWII and through the fifties had entered a development phase of being “immigrants.” They were moving rapidly out of the then backward economically south and into the industrial north where they were getting the jobs and gaining skills, thus raising their remuneration. That came to a screeching halt with the War on Poverty and LBJ got his plantation vote for the Democrats forever and Negroes declined from then on socially as families disintegrated with Welfare and even educationally as the whole school system was redesigned to teach less and less until now it teaches essentially nothing beyond fear of guns compared to 50 years ago.


18 posted on 07/27/2014 8:43:38 PM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson ONLINEhttp://steshaw.org/economics-in-one-lesson/)
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To: freebilly
That first whiff came with the title........
19 posted on 07/27/2014 8:43:43 PM PDT by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
How about 'stop whining about the sins of the past, and work to make yourself useful - be that through education, learning good skills, and making people recognize you for your hard work and positive demeanor'.

Nah, it's easier to whine about being owed free handouts.

Newsflash: slavery has probably been around since the time of Nimrod. If you remained obsessed by things that happened in the past, you will never go forward.

20 posted on 07/27/2014 8:45:32 PM PDT by El Cid (Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

A lot of slogans, cliches and contradictions rolled into some sort of nonsense, black therapeutic ideology.


21 posted on 07/27/2014 8:46:40 PM PDT by PGR88
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Because there are lot of black so-called “leaders” that exploit them to make money.


22 posted on 07/27/2014 8:48:52 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Those of us who get to keep our jobs become part of the angry black middle class: The people who work 10 times harder than the white guy down the hall, but keep getting passed over for promotions.

I had an employee like that for a number of years (I inherited him when I was hired). He was angry that he had been passed over for my boss's boss' job years back, so he decided to never come to work (except once a year to meet with HR to update his medical/benefits options for the following year).

I was charged with trying to give him something he could work on and try to feel useful. I gave him planning projects that he could work on in Jamaica where he spent his time with his steel drum band. He never worked on anything.

He always just said "There's no way you can fire a black man in Philadelphia, so I'm going to do what I want to do".

Eventually he got old enough where we could buy him off with an early retirement package.

23 posted on 07/27/2014 8:49:54 PM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

An extremely well written article that gets down to the basics and the truth.

Unfortunately, those who need to read it the most, likely can’t, or won’t.

Humans are stubborn.


24 posted on 07/27/2014 8:50:43 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lost my tagline on Flight MH370. Sorry for the inconvenience.)
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To: tumblindice

“When we wuz comin’ up we wuz told, The Man ain’t gonna let you be nuthin’ or do nuthin”. That is what Eugene told me many years ago. He believed it, they all believed it.


25 posted on 07/27/2014 8:50:46 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

My last boss, an early 40s black guy, had me forcibly retired, against my will. I’m a late 50s white guy. Presumably retired for physical reasons. I was employed with a multinational.

I think the entire situation will level out as me march through on down the road to civilized human beings.

“Time heals all wounds.”


26 posted on 07/27/2014 8:52:28 PM PDT by theneanderthal
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"According to a recent study conducted at The University of Chicago, African American males haven’t advanced in American society one bit since 1971."

1971 was just a short time after MLK's death and it was the time when his dream began being trumped by the race card played by hustlers like Jackson, Sharpton, Waters, Jackson-Lee and others. They got rich playing their own supporters for fools and teaching jealousy and resentment instead of pride.

27 posted on 07/27/2014 8:52:29 PM PDT by Baynative (How much longer will the media be able to prop up this administration?)
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To: snappahead

Can add Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton to that list.


28 posted on 07/27/2014 8:58:08 PM PDT by SeaHawkFan
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

75% illegitimacy rate in black community - too many homes to mention without positive male influences available as kids grow up....


29 posted on 07/27/2014 8:58:41 PM PDT by Intolerant in NJ
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It sounds as if they are in need of a community organizer.


30 posted on 07/27/2014 9:00:32 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Conservatism is the political disposition of grown-ups.)
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1) America has never acknowledged its demons: I spent many years hearing about how Hitler committed countless atrocities against the Jews. But what’s rarely shared is that the atrocities that American leaders have committed against black men and women have been equally devasting and lasted for a much longer period of time.

Bloody hell! I've been hearing that nearly every day since before he was born. Maybe if it were broadcast every hour on the hour...

31 posted on 07/27/2014 9:01:10 PM PDT by Ken H
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
5 Reasons Black Men Haven't Advanced Over The Last 40 Years

Well, at least as long as they don't go back....

32 posted on 07/27/2014 9:02:53 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

White people are so terrible yet they want to live with us so badly.


33 posted on 07/27/2014 9:02:55 PM PDT by Ultima
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To: UCANSEE2

The truth?

“Nearly every international governing body, when observing the extensive human rights violations continuously being committed against African Americans, plainly states that American officials are both lying and in serious denial of what they have done to the black man, woman and child over the last 400 years.”

She names not one of the so called governing bodies. She trots out the 400 years crap. The USA has only been around for 238 years. What a load.


34 posted on 07/27/2014 9:03:13 PM PDT by Henry Hnyellar
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To: Larry381
Why is it virtually impossible for some blacks to discuss race without instinctively blaming 90% of their problems on white people?

If it's good enough for the President...

35 posted on 07/27/2014 9:07:11 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lost my tagline on Flight MH370. Sorry for the inconvenience.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
He's got some things right, but he still needs some work.

We shuck, jive and kiss the butt of any big white corporation or university willing to give us a few dollars, and then wonder why our needs are continuously tossed to the back of the bus.

Well, so does everyone else. Everyone eventually sells out just to put food on the table. It's not just you. "Take this job and Shove It" is a white song, not a black one, although you are free to identify with it.

Those of us who come from educated families are often told that your job is to get a good education and make sure you are well-behaved so that a friendly white man will give you a job. Then, when the MBA, PhD, or MD finds himself in the unemployment line, he becomes so frustrated that he gives himself hypertension or ends up drinking his problems away after realizing the obvious: America doesn’t give a damn about you.

No, it doesn't care about you. And it doesn't care about me either. I have worked is some pretty soulless places. A few years ago a colleague died of cancer. People were sad for a few hours, but after that, it was shocking how quickly people seemed to forget he was ever there. When 5:00 comes, leave work, go back to your family, and be with someone that actually does care. Always prepare yourself for getting another job if you need it. Job security is a thing of the past.

36 posted on 07/27/2014 9:08:28 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: Jeff Chandler

LOL! Comment of the day!


37 posted on 07/27/2014 9:10:29 PM PDT by MNDude
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To: Henry Hnyellar

Let me clarify.

It contains some truth, which will be ignored.

The example you listed is one of the parts I ignored.

I found it interesting that the author is admitting there is a problem. That is at least a step in the right direction.


38 posted on 07/27/2014 9:14:37 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lost my tagline on Flight MH370. Sorry for the inconvenience.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Comments? This Boyce Watkins is a shithead. Pronounced "Sha-THEED", of course, just like the name given to a black male baby several years ago.
39 posted on 07/27/2014 9:14:52 PM PDT by Captainpaintball (Immigration without assimilation is the death of a nation)
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To: Ditter

I was gonna say, what about Barry Hussein Soetero Obama?
But he’s not really a black man, is he? So much as he is a Halfrican scion of Arab slavers.
So I suppose he’s actually one of the guys they should be talking to about reparations, paid from his earnings.
My ancestors on Dad’s side bled to free black men, so they can whine to someone else about their TSSs.


40 posted on 07/27/2014 9:16:31 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: all armed conservatives)
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To: PGR88

“People in the year 2054 will wonder why black males haven’t moved forward since their grandparents were young. “

Actually, I agree with this point.


41 posted on 07/27/2014 9:17:37 PM PDT by MNDude
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To: dfwgator
Because there are lot of black so-called “leaders” that exploit them to make money.


42 posted on 07/27/2014 9:18:02 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lost my tagline on Flight MH370. Sorry for the inconvenience.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
1. Democrat Party

2. Welfare

3. U.S. Media

4. Jesse Jackson

5. Al Sharpton

43 posted on 07/27/2014 9:23:19 PM PDT by Washi
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To: UCANSEE2

They are modern day “House Negroes”.


44 posted on 07/27/2014 9:24:33 PM PDT by SeaHawkFan
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To: Celtic Conservative

Stop global whining!


45 posted on 07/27/2014 9:27:30 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: Gabz

Why? it’s the truth....the cause of said “truth” is what people debate...Sowell tackles this problem through at least two of his best books.


46 posted on 07/27/2014 9:29:08 PM PDT by Fernet Branca (i had a tagline but....)
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To: Vince Ferrer

Exactly. This is true for all people: White, Black, Asian, etc.

“The World doesn’t give a s—t about you.......So what?”


47 posted on 07/27/2014 9:31:58 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

They haven’t advanced because they have an average IQ in the low 80s, and they are lazy. Bad combination.


48 posted on 07/27/2014 9:33:33 PM PDT by Born to Conserve
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I thought he might be going somewhere with point 2 about economic servitude and go into the real crux of the matter of how the welfare state destroyed the Black Family but it just devolved into normal NPR pablum.

For a doctor he doesn’t write very well but for a tenured professor at Syracuse University I figure his writing is just about average.


49 posted on 07/27/2014 9:41:02 PM PDT by webcrosby
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To: jmacusa

[Irony is lost on this guy. Good God. This is the most idiotic drivel on race in America I’ve ever read.]

I agree totally. This idiot even has a phd even though his writing is junior high school level. Just about every sentence he wrote can be easily debunked.


50 posted on 07/27/2014 9:45:01 PM PDT by Islander2
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