By Robert Capehert
Black Entertainment Television (BET) Founder Bob Johnson railed against black unemployment recently.
The entertainment mogul lambasted that unemployment in the Negro American community seems stuck in the dismal 14-15% range.
Considering those awful numbers, Johnson’s mood was on the edge of the brutal. Yesterday, Johnson said the American republic would “never tolerate white unemployment at 14 or 15 percent.”
Everything boils down to race with Negroes as deluded as Johnson—an uninspired Negro of enormous wealth and stupefaction. It has been said a fool and money are lucky to get together in the first place.
Johnson is one of many exceptions of that proverbial aphorism.
Be it said majorities dictate the overall direction of the country with their resources and their votes. Negro-Americans make up about 13% of the nation’s population—so policies coming out of the federal government are simply not going to be directed at such a small percentage of the population. And it must be said; those most responsible for the direction of American economic policy and its vision share Johnson’s ideological presumptions.
Johnson’s political friends in Washington, D.C. run the show, economically and socially, be it nationally or, in the case of urban centers—where much of Johnson’s audience resides—locally, too. So Johnson’s overblown rhetoric is hardly sensible.
In fairness, Johnson has slung arrows and kitchen sinks at Barack Obama going back to 2008. But the television founder’s de fide support for the Democratic Party—fully ensconced in statist leftism, which in turn attenuates local control; thus reform of failing institutions—does not leave him off the hook.
The sourness of your humble correspondents mood, deepens. This is not a race issue, but a number’s issue—between majorities and cultural loyalties. If 50% or more of the American people were stuck in an environment of 15% unemployment, radical change would be on the way.
Such fiscal realities would have defeated Barack Obama as incumbent, or any politician with similar economic policies. But Johnson and his minions supported the current economic policies of the Obama White House by opposing any alternative ones—whether Republican or classical liberal in nature.
We have a depressing reality upon our nation, and upon the black community as a whole. That is, for generations, Negro Americans have supported statist policies, which have removed control of their communities—thus accountability—and given it freely to Washington, D.C.
The consequences of such action have stifled any effort to reform failing institutions and stymied any awareness of what creates wealth and social mobility. But instead of sound reflection, something the culture of mediocrity wrecks, Negroes like Johnson continue to blame race ignoring the problem in front of them.
Government does not create wealth–something Democrats with the greed of the devil at their back—have done an able job convincing Negroes is untrue. Likewise, statism robs the ability of localised dislocations being targets for reform because a top to bottom monolithic federal government is blind to the concerns of the few. Negroes, obviously a minority, are a minority of few. In such a case, it is localism and federalism—and its attendant fidelity to classical liberal ideas about wealth and markets—which is most needed in local Negro communities sucked into impoverishment.
But Negroes continue to celebrate, in large numbers, an opposite approach to wealth and markets by the way they vote and expend what little resources they have in impoverished environs. Logically, therefore, impoverishment expands within the napalmed Negro American community without relief.
Classical liberalism, especially economically, has never been allowed to be unleashed in the black community because of said too many black American’s fidelity to progressive leftism. It would seem a tragic consideration, but one cannot help thinking until Negro Americans seek more in depth reflection of markets and people—and begin questioning past political allegiances, race will continue to be the scapegoat for black improvement and upward mobility.
Improvement is not a spell; nor a lottery ticket. Economic fortunes are linked to behaviour and chosen life-styles—all effecting economic abilities and the ability for individuals to rise. There is no question racism still exists. But it is not the cause of 15% unemployment in our communities around this once great, but ever atrophying republic.