As a one-time pecan orchard manager in Central Alabama, I've extensive experience with farm labor and rural blacks.
Their poverty is appalling -- both in terms of pocketbook and spirit. There is virtually no interest in education and/or advancement. Instead, their focus is on a welfare check (or two or three) and a job of sorts that brings in a supplemental paycheck sufficient to fund Friday night.
The women are vastly more reliable than the men. And, by generation, the older generation vastly more responsible than the younger.
Lunch-time conversations among the men usually revolve around the "papers" that their women (or prospective women) have -- meaning which programs they qualify for. Aside from the grandfathers and grandmothers, virtually nobody is married.
At one time, during segregation, Montgomery had a thriving "black business district" -- a mile-or-two east of "downtown". Complete with high-rise buildings, a hotel and a full complement of retailers. There were scores, perhaps hundreds, of well-to-do black businessmen then. They are all gone now.
In their stead, perhaps, is the faculty at Alabama State -- engrossed in teaching victimology and "social justice" racism. Along with the black politicians who dominate the black counties -- characters like "Senatuh Sahnders", the Mahatma of Dallas County and the Mayor of Whitehall. All corrupt...to their very core.
In my dealings with several hundred different black people over eight years' time, I became close to perhaps a dozen -- all from the older generation, respectful of maybe a dozen more (including the County Sheriff, a fine man). And I came across exactly two (count 'em, 2!) young men who had any ambition at all to make something of themselves.
I helped one earn a scholarship to Auburn and the other to find a good job with some upward mobility. In the latter case, I had to fire him first -- to get his attention.
Indeed, it is tragic -- yea, criminal -- what fifty years of liberalism have done to the black family. They are left with a slothful dependence and a generally worse economic condition than what they experienced during Jim Crow. And are painfully devoid of community and personal pride, ambition or accomplishment.
And, if my experience means anything, it's going to be a long, slow slog before black America starts responding to a message of independence and responsibility for self. But, the very fact that you can identify "Allen West, Thomas Sowell, Herman Cain, Condoleeza Rice, Clarence Thomas, JC Watts, to name a few" means that the migration may have begun.
Republican politicians need to learn that the way to win over black audiences is not by out-pandering liberals but is, instead, concentrate on the conservative message...and what it might mean to black ambitions.
Sorry for the extended respons, got a lot off my chest...
Ann Coulter discusses that phenomenon directly within the opening chapters of her new release, Mugged: Racial Demagoguery from the Seventies to Obama.
“Sorry for the extended respons, got a lot off my chest...”
I think your response hit the nail on the head. I agree with it from my own observations.