Chicagoland: Africa in America
Context: Below are excerpts from an editorial by Black conservative/libertarian Walter Williams. — Dissident Millennial
by Walter Williams
During the weekend of Aug. 4-5 (and the preceding Friday night), 12 Chicagoans were shot dead, and 62 others were shot and wounded, the Chicago Tribune reported. Before last week’s mayhem, 1,718 Chicagoans had been shot since the beginning of the year, and 306 had been murdered. Adding to this tragedy is the fact that Chicago’s clearance rate is less than 15 percent. That means that in more than 85 percent of Chicago’s homicides, no suspect is charged. Chicago is by no means unique in this lawlessness. Detroit, Baltimore, Philadelphia, St. Louis and some other major cities share high rates of homicides. It’s not just shootings and homicides that negatively impact the overwhelmingly law-abiding black residents of these cities [Ed. note: overwhelmingly law abiding?!]. In addition, there are sky-high rates of burglaries, rapes and property destruction. The schools are notoriously bad. City budgets face shortfalls. Residents deal with deteriorating city services. All of this causes mass exoduses from these cities by their most capable people. . .
More money from taxpayers could not fix the problems of these communities. Over the past 50 years, more than $16 trillion [!] has been spent on poverty programs. The majority of those programs have simply made poverty more comfortable by giving poor people more food, health care, housing, etc. What’s needed most is to get poor people to change their behavior. Chief among the modifications is reducing female-headed households. Female-headed households produce most of our prison inmates, the highest crime rates and disproportionate numbers of high school dropouts and suicides. These devastating factors are far beyond the capacity of Washington to fix.
The only people who can fix these problems are black people themselves. Black athletes could be far more productive by going to schools and community centers to encourage constructive behavior and shaming self-destructive behavior. Support should be given to police to stop criminals from preying on communities. Nongovernmental local groups should be encouraged to play greater roles.
It’s a challenge, but keep in mind that black people had the intestinal fortitude to lead the world’s greatest civil rights movement through some very dark days from 1865 to 1965. I believe that we’re up to the challenge.
[Ed. note: I doubt that. The only thing that could bring these African “communities” up to nominally first-world standards is the re-establishment of White supremacy/colonialism, which I do not support. We forswear the so-called “White Man’s Burden”. See William Pierce’s “America and the Third World”.]
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Source: The Times Examiner