If Black Lives Matter Why do Blacks Treat Themselves and Each Other so Badly?

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This is from Patriot UpDate.

Black lives only matter when they involve a thug with a lengthy criminal record gets killed by a white police officer.

I find the “Black-Lives-Matter” movement confusing and even a little hard to take. We now have demonstrators showing up at any event where they might garner free publicity carrying signs and wearing t-shirts which read “Black Lives Matter.” The obvious implication of the signs and t-shirts is that black lives don’t matter. Thus the demonstrators are forced to take to the streets to protest this outrage. The problem with the presumption behind the “Black-Lives-Matter” movement is that it seems that black lives do matter to everyone except blacks.

Dr. Ben Carson was asked for his thoughts concerning “Black Lives Matter” as he strolled through the streets of Harlem recently. I suspect his response was not what the audience gathered there wanted to hear. His response is summarized succinctly by the title of this column: “If black lives matter why do blacks treat themselves and each other so badly?” Carson turned the question around on the individual who asked it and gave a pointed lecture on personal responsibility and the destructiveness of government dependence.

I thought Carson’s lecture to that crowd in Harlem was the perfect antidote to those who carry signs and wear t-shirts displaying the message that “Black Lives Matter” but do nothing to demonstrate the fact. Consequently, I would like to ask the leaders of this movement several questions:

  • If black lives matter, why are so many young black men killed every day in America by other young black men? The “Black-Lives-Matter” movement grew out of several instances in which police officers shot and killed young black men in circumstances some black leaders found questionable (e.g. Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri). But the hard truth is that in cities such as Chicago, New York, Detroit, and Baltimore to name just a few, young black men kill more black people in a week than all of the police officers in America kill in a year. Further, whereas the majority of instances in which police officers kill black men can be classified as justifiable homicide, when young black men kill each other the incident typically amounts to murder. Can the BLM demonstrators really claim that black lives matter to black people when black-on-black murder is the leading cause of death for young black men?
  • If black lives matter, why are so many black babies aborted every year? Since 1973 more than 13 million black babies have been aborted. On average, 1,876 black babies are aborted every day in America. Black women are five times more likely to have an abortion than white women. Take away abortion and the black community in America would now number more than 52 million people instead of the current 36 million. This incredible loss of human resources represents more than just a self-inflicted wound, it is genocide by choice. It amounts to blacks killing blacks. When black women choose of their own free will to abort 1,876 black babies every day, can the BLM demonstrators continue to pretend that black lives matter to black people?
  • If black lives matter, why do so many black men father children and then abandon them? The overwhelming majority (72 percent) of black children are born to unmarried mothers. Consider what is widely known about young people who grow up without a father: a) 63 percent of youth suicide victims are from fatherless families, b) 90 percent of all homeless children and runaways are from fatherless families, c) 85 percent of children who display behavioral disorders are from fatherless families, and d) 80 percent of rapists with anger problems are from fatherless families. With these facts widely known, how can BLM demonstrators claim that black lives matter to black people?

Other questions concerning crime, dropout rates, and drug use could also be asked, but the point has been sufficiently made. The Black-Lives-Matter movement is misguided and even hypocritical. Those who carry the signs and wear the t-shirts have no credibility because they are aiming their anger at the wrong people. If they are angry because they believe black lives do not matter, they need only look in the mirror to see why this is the case. If BLM demonstrators want to protest, let them carry their signs in front of abortion clinics that kill black babies every day in epidemic numbers. Let them march through inner-city ghettos where young black men from rival gangs shoot each other down with regularity. Let them take their demonstrations to those irresponsible cowards who father babies and then abandon them. Do these things and maybe black live s will begin to matter as much to other blacks as they do to the rest of us.


Harlem Then and Now

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This is by Thomas Sowell in Town Hall.

Mr.Sowell points out how cultural rot has destroyed Harlem.

Harlem used to be the hot spot for entertaining and dining.

But sadly has fallen victim to liberalism and the you own me mentality.

Books about the history of Harlem have long fascinated me — my favorite being “When Harlem Was in Vogue” by David Levering Lewis. However, a more recent book, titled simply “Harlem” by Jonathan Gill, presents a more comprehensive history — going all the way back to the time when the Dutch were the first settlers of New York, and named that area for the city of Haarlem in the Netherlands.

Most of us today think of Harlem as a black community, but it was not that for most of its 400-year history. John James Audubon, famed for his studies of birds, was among the many people who at various times organized efforts to keep blacks from moving into Harlem — efforts that, in the long run, met with what might be called very limited success.

Among the many well-known people who were not black who were born in Harlem were Groucho Marx, Milton Berle, Arthur Miller and Bennett Cerf.

Like other communities, Harlem held many very different kinds of people at the same time, both before and after it became predominantly black.

There was an Italian community in East Harlem, but it was not just an undifferentiated Italian community. People from Genoa lived clustered together, as did people from Naples, Sicily and other parts of Italy. Jews from Germany lived separately from Jews who originated in Eastern Europe, who in turn lived in separate enclaves of people from different parts of Eastern Europe.

Harlem had the highest crime rate in New York before blacks moved there, and a photograph in this book, taken a hundred years ago, showed the worst housing conditions I have ever seen in Harlem. In some of the poorer Italian neighborhoods in East Harlem, people went barefoot in the summer and lived on one meal a day, consisting of thin soup.

There were also more upscale areas of Harlem, and different classes of people sorted themselves out, both when Harlem was white and after it became black. During the early era of black Harlem, as author Jonathan Gill notes: “Observant subway riders could see the porters and domestics get off at West 125th Street, the clerks and secretaries depart at West 135th Street, and the doctors and lawyers leave at West 145th Street.”

By the time I was growing up on West 145th Street in the 1940s, its inhabitants were by no means limited to doctors and lawyers, or even clerks and secretaries. But the pattern of internal self-sorting continued. With the later breakdown of racial barriers in housing, many of the black middle class and those aspiring to be middle class moved completely out of ghettoes like Harlem. It became a much worse place, for that and other reasons.

Complaints that the old neighborhood is going downhill have been made by people of all races. Even though that may be true, it can be misleading when the people who lived in those neighborhoods have moved up economically, and now have more upscale housing in more genteel neighborhoods. Meanwhile, the newcomers in their old neighborhoods may likewise be living in better housing than they had before. People moving up often means neighborhoods moving down.

Nevertheless, it is painful for me to realize that youngsters growing up in the same places in Harlem where I grew up more than 60 years ago have far less chance of rising economically, educationally or otherwise.

Harlem youngsters today undoubtedly have more material things than I had in my day. I was 23 years old, and living in Washington, before I had a television set, given to me by my sister when she bought a new television set for herself.

But what I got growing up in Harlem was an education that equipped me to go on to leading colleges and universities, long before there was affirmative action. That is what youngsters growing up in Harlem today are very unlikely to get — and affirmative action in college admissions is no substitute, if you come in unequipped to make the opportunity pay off.

People didn’t live in fear of drive-by shootings, in the Harlem of my day, if only because we had nothing to drive by in. Old photographs of Harlem show ample parking space on the streets. It was not an idyllic community, by any stretch of the imagination, but it had values that mattered in our daily lives, and common decency was in fact common. No material things can substitute for that.


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