Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

[What] White do-gooders did for black America
The Sunday Times (UK) ^ | 9/11/05 | John McWhorter

Posted on 09/10/2005 8:35:29 PM PDT by saquin

As it quickly became clear that there was a certain demographic skew among the people stranded in New Orleans, journalists began intoning that Hurricane Katrina had stripped bare the continuing racial inequity in America.

The extent to which this was hidden is unclear, actually. An awareness that a tragic disproportion of black Americans are poor has been a hallmark of civic awareness among educated Americans for 40 years now.

The problem is less a lack of awareness than a lack of understanding. The publicly sanctioned take is that “white supremacy” is why 80% of New Orleans’s poor people are black. The civics lesson, we are to think, is that the civil rights revolution left a job undone in an America still hostile to black advancement.

In fact, white America does remain morally culpable — but because white leftists in the late 1960s, in the name of enlightenment and benevolence, encouraged the worst in human nature among blacks and even fostered it in legislation. The hordes of poor blacks stuck in the Superdome last week wound up there not because the White Man barred them from doing better, but because certain tragically influential White Men destroyed the fragile but lasting survival skills poor black communities had maintained since the end of slavery.

Few thinking people regret the flower children’s opposition to the Vietnam war, sexism and racial discrimination. But these advances also spelt the demise of old standards of responsibility. Taught that criminality and violence must be judged in proportion to the extent to which poverty and discrimination have coloured one’s existence, the enlightened white person saw black violence as “understandable”.

This meant a largely theatrical black separatist ideology, drastically short on constructive aims, had a public sanction that it had never had before. Hating whitey for its own sake now had an ear among the influential and quickly became the word on the street.

There was a new sense that the disadvantages of being black gave one a pass on civility — or even achievement: this was when black teens started teasing black nerds for “acting white”.

Behaviour that most of a black community would have condemned as counterproductive started to seem normal. Through the late 1960s blacks burnt down their own neighbourhoods as gestures of being “fed up”. But blacks had been “fed up” for centuries: why were these the first riots initiated by blacks rather than white thugs — when the economy was flush and employment opportunities were opening up as never before? Because the culture had changed, in ways that hindered too many blacks from taking advantage of the civil rights revolution. Meanwhile, the most grievous result of the new consensus was black American history’s most under-reported event, the expansion of welfare. Until now, welfare had been a pittance intended for widows, unavailable as long as the father of one’s children was able-bodied and accounted for, and granted for as little time as possible.

In 1966, however, a group of white academics in New York developed a plan to bring as many people onto the welfare rolls as possible. Across the country, poor blacks especially were taught to apply for living on the dole even when they had been working for a living, and by 1970 there were 169% more people on welfare nationwide than in 1960.

This was the first time that whites or blacks had taught black people not to work as a form of civil rights. Politicians and bureaucrats jumped on the new opportunity for political patronage and votes, and welfare quickly became a programme that essentially paid young women to have children.

Only in 1996 was welfare limited to five years and focused on training for work. But by then generations of poor blacks had grown up in neighbourhoods where there was no requirement that fathers support their children. Few grew up watching their primary parent work for a living. Most people paid nominal subsidies as rent and were thus less inclined to treat their living spaces well.

The multigenerational welfare family with grandmothers in their forties became typical: young women had babies in their teens because there was no reason not to with welfare waiting to pick up the tab.

This is the hell that most of the people in the Superdome either lived in or knew at close hand, and none of them could help being stamped by it. Welfare reform was only nine years ago. The women now past the five-year cap are mostly struggling in dead-end jobs. This is better than living on the dole. But these women are weighed down by too many kids created under the old regime to have the time or energy to get the education to get beyond where they are. Poor black neighbourhoods are not what they were at the height of the crack epidemic in the 1980s, but they are still a crying shame.

The poor black America that welfare expansion created in 1966 is still with us. Poor young blacks have never known anything else. People as old as 50 have only vague memories of life before it. For 30 years this was a world within a world, as is made clear from how often the Katrina refugees mention it is the first time they have ever left New Orleans.

What Katrina stripped bare, then, was not white supremacy, but that culture matters — even if what created the culture was misguided white benevolence. Social scientists neglect that before the 1960s poor blacks knew plenty of economic downturns and plenty more racism.

But before the 1960s the kinds of behaviour so common among the blacks stranded in the Superdome, possibly including multiple rapes, was a fringe phenomenon. Only after the 1960s did it become a community norm.

Wise people tell us that poor blacks in New Orleans went to rack and ruin when low-skill industrial jobs left the city centre, a common argument about cities nationwide. But in cities like Indianapolis where the factories largely stayed close, the same degradation began — starting in the late 1960s.

Wise people tell us that housing projects destroyed poor black communities by concentrating too many poor people in one place. But in city after city, these projects were peaceful places until welfare recipients were allowed to move in in large numbers.

All indications are that the reform of welfare in 1996 is bearing fruit in terms of income and the life conditions of children. Hopefully, legions of poor black people who return to New Orleans will take advantage of the job opportunities that rebuilding a city will offer. But what we should all remember from Katrina is a tragic close-up of a group of people staggering after, first, a hideous natural disaster but, ultimately, an equally hideous sociological disaster of 40 years ago.


TOPICS: Editorial; News/Current Events; US: Louisiana
KEYWORDS: dependency; johnmcwhorter; katrina; mcwhorter; poverty; welfare; welfarestate
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-100101-121 next last
I altered the title by adding "what" at the beginning because the title as it appears on the site reads simply "White do-gooders did for black America" and, um, it seems to me something's missing there, grammatically. :-P
1 posted on 09/10/2005 8:35:32 PM PDT by saquin
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: saquin

Bump, as I'm speechless.


2 posted on 09/10/2005 8:39:01 PM PDT by Yellow Rose of Texas (Freeper amom will be reporting live from BRLA)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: saquin

Interesting article though. Forward it to Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton.


3 posted on 09/10/2005 8:39:24 PM PDT by Kurt_D
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: saquin

McWhorter is an outspoken black conservative.


4 posted on 09/10/2005 8:41:47 PM PDT by white trash redneck (Everything I needed to know about Islam I learned on 9-11-01.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: saquin

I don't think it was intended in the title but "did for" is a regionalism for "finished off."


5 posted on 09/10/2005 8:42:29 PM PDT by ThanhPhero (di hanh huong den La Vang)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: saquin
Good post. It sadly neglects to mention the predators that followed.... the Jacksons and Sharptons, etc, and their culpability.
6 posted on 09/10/2005 8:42:36 PM PDT by LesbianThespianGymnasticMidget (If con is the opposite of pro, is Congress the opposite of progress?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: saquin

Spot on. But will they heed this sage review?


7 posted on 09/10/2005 8:44:08 PM PDT by Mad_Tom_Rackham (Hate yourself? Hate everybody else, too? You'll be at home with the Democrats!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: saquin
The problem is less a lack of awareness than a lack of understanding.

If I understand correctly, blacks continue to vote for the same political party that keeps them trapped in a system designed to keep them poor and dependent

8 posted on 09/10/2005 8:45:51 PM PDT by airborne
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]


9 posted on 09/10/2005 8:46:23 PM PDT by Aetius
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: saquin
Leave it to the Brits to explain it better than anyone in OUR MSM. Excellent article. Should be mandatory reading.

Did anyone see the black guy on Fox this morning who was spewing F this and F that and complaining that his Red Cross debit card had run out and he needed money 'man'.. etc. So FOX says: What do you think is fair, what do you want? Answer: Everyone should be given $20,000 each... this is nothing by a F'n slave ship, that's all they want to do with blacks is put them on a slave ship -- at that they stopped the interview and appologized to the audience.

I'm going to donate to the pet recovery agencies as a result of that interview, and to where I can get money to the children of Katrina -- in Mississippi or Alabama.

10 posted on 09/10/2005 8:47:08 PM PDT by Arizona Carolyn
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: airborne

AllI have to say is "The Bell Curve"


11 posted on 09/10/2005 8:48:01 PM PDT by stubernx98 (cranky, but reasonable)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: white trash redneck

Whew, glad to hear that. If not he'd be strung up.

The guy got it right. As another poster mentioned, he forgot the race baiting ambulance chasers Jackson, Sharpton et al. Too bad.


12 posted on 09/10/2005 8:48:46 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (US socialist liberalism would be dead without the help of politicians who claim to be conservative.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: saquin
The Feds became the daddy, folks at the super dome were helpless, waiting for their daddy. Local and state governments did not mater, it was only daddy who could help.
13 posted on 09/10/2005 8:49:03 PM PDT by Mark was here (How can they be called "Homeless" if their home is a field?.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: white trash redneck
McWhorter is an outspoken black conservative.

And well-spoken to boot.

14 posted on 09/10/2005 8:51:25 PM PDT by Socratic (Liberal's motto: Capio ergo sum.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: saquin

Read later.


15 posted on 09/10/2005 8:51:33 PM PDT by OldBlondBabe
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: saquin

The "counter-culture" made its greatest inroads among poor blacks and among rich white trust fund babies like Ted Kennedy (or those who could marry an inheritance like John Kerry). Why work for a living when you can whine about "the man" and "injustice".....?


16 posted on 09/10/2005 8:51:36 PM PDT by Enchante (Don't put up with Michael Moore-on's slanders anymore!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Arizona Carolyn

McWhorter's not a Brit but it sure was good of the Sunday Times (UK) to publish this. McWhorter is an American black, one of the smartest commentators around of any race, and the fact that he happens to be black means he is ignored and disdained by those who should listen, the leftist race-hustlers like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton.

Here's something on McWhorter's outstanding career:




http://www.manhattan-institute.org/html/mcwhorter.htm

John H, McWhorter, Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute, earned his PhD in linguistics from Stanford University in 1993 and became Associate Professor of Linguistics at UC Berkeley after teaching at Cornell University. His academic specialty is language change and language contact. He writes and comments extensively on race, ethnicity and cultural issues.

McWhorter is the author of The Power of Babel: A Natural History of Language, on how the world’s languages arise, change, and mix, and Doing Our Own Thing: The Degradation of Language and Music in America and Why We Should, Like, Care. He has also written a book on dialects and Black English, The Word on the Street. The most recent of his two books on Creoles was The Missing Spanish Creoles; Defining Creole will appear in 2005

Beyond his work in linguistics, McWhorter is the author of Losing the Race and an anthology of race writings, Authentically Black. He has written on race and cultural issues for The New Republic, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The National Review, The Los Angeles Times, The American Enterprise, City Journal, and The New York Times.

He has appeared on Dateline NBC, Politically Incorrect, Talk of the Nation, Today, Good Morning, America, The Jim Lehrer Newshour, and Fresh Air, and does regular commentaries for All Things Considered.

City Journal Articles

How Hip-Hop Holds Blacks Back, Summer 2003
Who Should Get into College?, Spring 2003
Job Loss Didn’t Make the Underclass, Autumn 2002
Going to the Doggs, Autumn 2002
Why Blacks Don’t Need Leaders, Summer 2002
The Mau-Mauing at Harvard, Spring 2002
The Reparations Racket, 29 March 2002
The Campus Diversity Fraud, Winter 2002
Racism Forever, Winter 2002
Toward a Usable Black History, Summer 2001
Why Blacks Should Give Bush a Chance, Spring 2001
What’s Holding Blacks Back?, Winter 2001


17 posted on 09/10/2005 8:56:21 PM PDT by Enchante (Don't put up with Michael Moore-on's slanders anymore!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: Arizona Carolyn
Leave it to the Brits to explain it better than anyone in OUR MSM. Excellent article. Should be mandatory reading.

McWhorter is an American -- a black American. He is a professor of linguistics at Berkeley, as I recall.

But, you are correct, there is no way that this would be published in the American MSM.

18 posted on 09/10/2005 8:58:44 PM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: IGNORANCE ON PARADE)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: saquin

I thought all the thinking Brits left on the same boat as Christopher Hitchens.


19 posted on 09/10/2005 8:58:56 PM PDT by Old Professer (Some infinitives deserve to be split.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: saquin
I have noticed that there appear to be very few deaths in New Orleans, (thanks to GOD and self preservation) as those "poor black folks" got themselves out of the flood and to high water.

Parents saved their children first, children, their elderly parents, caregivers, the handicapped and infirm before they saved themselves. All human traits. This disaster proved that folks are just that, folks. We are all the same under the skin when disaster strikes.
20 posted on 09/10/2005 8:59:04 PM PDT by Yellow Rose of Texas (Freeper amom will be reporting live from BRLA)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Enchante

Is he the man who was on O'Reilly last week opposite the loon from the Amsterdam News? He was refreshingly candid.


21 posted on 09/10/2005 8:59:13 PM PDT by Arizona Carolyn
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: Arizona Carolyn
Leave it to the Brits

Well, they may have published it, but up until recently McWhorter taught at Berkeley, and lived either there or Oakland. He's not on the Linguistics Dept. website anymore, so don't know where he's gone, but....he's a 'Murrican...

22 posted on 09/10/2005 8:59:46 PM PDT by Regulator
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: saquin

good article. what he says in charts and graphs:
http://www.neoperspectives.com/summary.htm


23 posted on 09/10/2005 9:01:03 PM PDT by traviskicks (http://www.neoperspectives.com/janicerogersbrown.htm)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: okie01

I guess I should ammend that to leave it to the Britts to PUBLISH the truth... I doubt we'll read it in the Slimes.


24 posted on 09/10/2005 9:02:01 PM PDT by Arizona Carolyn
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]

To: saquin

Excellent post. I resigned from the Department of Public Welfare in Baltimore in 1965 because it was clear to me that welfare did not overcome poverty, it created dependency. I still have that letter of resignation.
Welfare was the political establishment's reaction to the civil rights movement of the 50's. It dragged its black constituency back from the brink of freedom into the cesspool of the government dole.
It is vitally important to remember that Civil Rights legislation was passed over the objections of the Democrat party. Johnson's War on Poverty was a war against the political and economic independence of the black community. It institutionalized poverty and reinforced the ghettos.
My only quarrel with the article is that it does not acknowledge that the white do-gooders were no such thing. They were political hacks who did not want the status quo to change.


25 posted on 09/10/2005 9:02:12 PM PDT by Louis Foxwell (THIS IS WAR AND I MEAN TO WIN IT.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: saquin
Hasd I changed it grammatically, it would have read:

White do-gooders did in black America

26 posted on 09/10/2005 9:02:39 PM PDT by Old Professer (Some infinitives deserve to be split.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: saquin
Socialism and abortion has destroyed the Black culture!

Pray for W and Our Freedom Fighters

27 posted on 09/10/2005 9:03:09 PM PDT by bray (Pray for the Freedom of the Iraqis from Islam)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Regulator

Teaching at Berkely and living and Oakland he saw what he writes about first hand. It exists in every large inner City in the Nation.


28 posted on 09/10/2005 9:03:31 PM PDT by Arizona Carolyn
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 22 | View Replies]

To: saquin; fastattacksailor; swordfish71; broadsword; Nesher; Fred Nerks; jan in Colorado; ariamne; ...
Great post, Saquin, thanks.

Tell it like it REALLY is ((((PING))))!

29 posted on 09/10/2005 9:04:14 PM PDT by Former Dodger ( "Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." --Einstein)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: saquin

There is nothing that keeps the poor blacks in NO.


30 posted on 09/10/2005 9:04:36 PM PDT by cynicom
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: saquin
(What Lefty-Rat)do-gooders did for black America"

There better.

31 posted on 09/10/2005 9:05:17 PM PDT by Deetes (God Bless the Troops and their Families)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Amos the Prophet

What welfare did in the inner cities is what government welfare states did to the indians in the 1800's. "We" never seem to learn from history.


32 posted on 09/10/2005 9:05:41 PM PDT by Arizona Carolyn
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 25 | View Replies]

To: LesbianThespianGymnasticMidget

Jackson and his ilk have been the race baiters and everyone cowered in their wake because they didn't want to become headline news. The MSM helped make Jackson a megalomaniac and he can't live without the limelight so he takes any opening he can just to present himself. I'd be interested to know how many blacks Jackson has helped from his OWN pocket.


33 posted on 09/10/2005 9:06:26 PM PDT by tiki
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: Arizona Carolyn
"Leave it to the Brits to explain it better than anyone in OUR MSM."

John McWhorter is a black American who was a professor at Cal.
34 posted on 09/10/2005 9:06:41 PM PDT by Archidamus (We are wise because we are not so highly educated as to look down on our laws and customs)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: saquin

This author gets it right. Brings to mind New York Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan and his 1964 prognistications.


35 posted on 09/10/2005 9:07:42 PM PDT by Texas Songwriter (E)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: stubernx98

It explains it all.


36 posted on 09/10/2005 9:08:15 PM PDT by Archidamus (We are wise because we are not so highly educated as to look down on our laws and customs)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: saquin

bookmark for later


37 posted on 09/10/2005 9:10:01 PM PDT by Desert_Girl (A scar is what happens when the world is made flesh)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: stubernx98

"The Bell Curve" has nothing to do with this. Something changed in the 1960s that made black culture worse than it had been in the previous hundred years. I agree with the author that what changed was the introduction of unearned welfare entitlements.


38 posted on 09/10/2005 9:10:11 PM PDT by AZLiberty (Binary: The Power of Two)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: saquin

Wow - this guy's asking for trouble from his brothers.


39 posted on 09/10/2005 9:10:28 PM PDT by Chi-townChief
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Yellow Rose of Texas

"those "poor black folks" got themselves out of the flood and to high water."

I suppose you meant "to high ground".


40 posted on 09/10/2005 9:10:43 PM PDT by Archidamus (We are wise because we are not so highly educated as to look down on our laws and customs)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 20 | View Replies]

To: Yellow Rose of Texas

"This disaster proved that folks are just that, folks."

True, although some folks loot more than other folks.


41 posted on 09/10/2005 9:12:14 PM PDT by Archidamus (We are wise because we are not so highly educated as to look down on our laws and customs)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 20 | View Replies]

To: saquin
Sen Daniel Patrick Moinihan wrotre a book about the phenomenon back in the 60s.
The other liberals ignored it then and will ignore it now, because it manufactures a steady stream of democratic voters.
When ethnic groups move up the socioeconomic ladder, they start voting republican.

SO9

42 posted on 09/10/2005 9:13:20 PM PDT by Servant of the 9 (Those Poor Poor Rubber Cows)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: saquin

Notice that McWhorter avoids mentioning LBJ and the Democrat congress that kicked off the "War on Poverty?" What's wrong with telling the historical truth of the matter?


43 posted on 09/10/2005 9:14:31 PM PDT by Misterioso
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: tiki
"I'd be interested to know how many blacks Jackson has helped from his OWN pocket."

The Reverend Jackson paid off his knocked up mistress, didn't he?
44 posted on 09/10/2005 9:15:52 PM PDT by Archidamus (We are wise because we are not so highly educated as to look down on our laws and customs)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 33 | View Replies]

To: saquin

"This was the first time that whites or blacks had taught black people not to work as a form of civil rights. Politicians and bureaucrats jumped on the new opportunity for political patronage and votes, and welfare quickly became a programme that essentially paid young women to have children."

This is an excellent summation of Democratic Party policy toward the urban poor in this country. Oh, and let's not forget the university liberals, who still believe that current welfare is not enough.


45 posted on 09/10/2005 9:15:56 PM PDT by clearlight
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: saquin
Here is one of the best summaries I have ever read of what the Democrat Party did to the traditional black American family:

"Meanwhile, the most grievous result of the new consensus was black American history’s most under-reported event, the expansion of welfare. Until now, welfare had been a pittance intended for widows, unavailable as long as the father of one’s children was able-bodied and accounted for, and granted for as little time as possible.

"In 1966, however, a group of white academics in New York developed a plan to bring as many people onto the welfare rolls as possible. Across the country, poor blacks especially were taught to apply for living on the dole even when they had been working for a living, and by 1970 there were 169% more people on welfare nationwide than in 1960.

"This was the first time that whites or blacks had taught black people not to work as a form of civil rights. Politicians and bureaucrats jumped on the new opportunity for political patronage and votes, and welfare quickly became a programme that essentially paid young women to have children.

"Only in 1996 was welfare limited to five years and focused on training for work. But by then generations of poor blacks had grown up in neighbourhoods where there was no requirement that fathers support their children. Few grew up watching their primary parent work for a living. Most people paid nominal subsidies as rent and were thus less inclined to treat their living spaces well.

"The multigenerational welfare family with grandmothers in their forties became typical: young women had babies in their teens because there was no reason not to with welfare waiting to pick up the tab.

Bookmarked.

46 posted on 09/10/2005 9:17:05 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Mrs Mark
first thought....the people in the Superdome were more diverse than what the MSM wants you to believe.....there was a large contingent of Vietnamese, and there were some whites, although not many....

for sure, some were more well off than others, and just thought the Superdome was going to be "safe"......

about generations living off the dole......that is exactly what Appalachia is like....young grandmas on dissability as well as their children and as well as their grand children.....why work when you can hunt and fish and screw around all day and get freebies from the govt.....

this is all why WORK MUST BE REWARED not belittled....

I look at my taxes....then I think of people even with one child out of wedlock getting those big bucks back from the Feds with the earned income credit.....they get more money back then they paid in....

then again, maybe we taxpayers are the stupid foolish ones.....

47 posted on 09/10/2005 9:17:09 PM PDT by cherry
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: airborne
"If I understand correctly, blacks continue to vote for the same political party that keeps them trapped in a system designed to keep them poor and dependent"

Correct! I my opinion, that's because they have become "Democratic Dependents". They are dependent on the very party that has kept them in poverty, turned it's head when lawlessness prevailed, and encouraged the stagnant life some Blacks lead.

Make no mistake.. there are many who have chosen to rise above all the hype and BS that has been drummed into their heads. Bravo for them! Hopefully, NO will be a turning point and not a regress for the black community.

As my grandpa used to say, "If a person can walk, they can work".

Nana
48 posted on 09/10/2005 9:26:31 PM PDT by Texas Termite (Please pray for Texas Cowboy & Simcha7)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: Texas Termite
As my grandpa used to say, "If a person can walk, they can work". M

Heck, I'm in a wheelchair and work (at home).

49 posted on 09/10/2005 9:30:37 PM PDT by airborne
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 48 | View Replies]

To: Lancey Howard
look at SS dissability payments...I can't count how many people my age are on that yet travel, play, buy, gamble, and all in all, have no discernable reason NOT to work...

why work?.....why bother?....

50 posted on 09/10/2005 9:30:49 PM PDT by cherry
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 46 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-100101-121 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson