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    And by the way....the author is a person of color



    President Biden traveled to Tulsa, Okla., Tuesday to mark the 100th anniversary of a race riot that destroyed a prosperous black community and is estimated to have left hundreds of people dead. The trip recalls President Obama’s 2015 trip to Selma, Ala., where police had beaten and tear-gassed peaceful civil-rights protesters 50 years earlier.

    These historical milestones are certainly worthy of commemoration. Properly understood, they demonstrate how much racial progress has been made in this country in a relatively short time. Yet for progressives and their friends in the media, the events are also an opportunity to push for racial preferences and bigger government. The goal is to link today’s racial disparities to past wrongs and to play down or ignore the far more significant role that contemporary black behavior plays in social inequality.

    When a National Public Radio reporter asked George Patrick Evans, Selma’s mayor, how events of 50 years ago fit into the “current conversation about race relations,” he balked at the question. “I’m not sure how it fits,” Mr. Evans, who is black, replied. “We have a lot more crime going on in 2015 all over this country than we had in 1965. Segregation existed but we didn’t have the crime.” Asked about the city’s high black unemployment rate, he still refused to racialize the issue: “Well, from the standpoint of jobs, we have lots of jobs. It’s just that a lot of people do not have the skill level to man these jobs. And that’s the biggest problem we have.”

    In the run-up to Mr. Biden’s Tuesday address, the White House announced several new initiatives to “combat housing discrimination” and increase the amount of federal contracting with minority-owned small businesses. Putting aside the dubious legality of race-based government assistance, it’s worth noting that the black residents of Tulsa 100 years ago didn’t wait around for the federal government to come to their rescue. Within two decades of the riots, homes and churches had been rebuilt, and black-owned businesses again anchored the community.


    The political left is much more interested in black suffering than in black accomplishment, but black history is about more than victimization at the hands of whites. It’s also about what blacks have achieved notwithstanding that victimization. And in the first half of the 20th century, long before an expanded welfare state supposedly came to the rescue, blacks accomplished quite a lot. Incomes rose, poverty fell dramatically, and education gaps narrowed. Blacks entered the skilled professions—medicine, law, accounting, engineering, social work—at faster rates in the years preceding the 1960s civil-rights legislation than they did in the years afterward. Among racial and ethnic groups rising from similar circumstances, historians have described the rapidity of these gains as unprecedented.


    Black Tulsa residents of a century ago would also be shocked to learn that it is no longer racist white vigilantes but black criminals who pose the bigger threat to safety in black communities. Liberals blame today’s disproportionately high black criminality on the “legacy” of slavery and Jim Crow. But violent crime among blacks declined in the 1940s, then dropped even further in the 1950s, while remaining relatively stable among whites. In other words, blacks living during Jim Crow segregation, and much closer to the era of slavery, experienced significantly lower rates of violent crime and incarceration both in absolute terms and relative to whites.

    The Biden administration would much rather discuss white criminal behavior in Tulsa 100 years ago than black criminal behavior in Chicago, Baltimore or St. Louis today. Likewise in his Selma address, Mr. Obama invoked high-profile police shootings, “unfair sentencing” and “voter suppression,” giving the impression that little had changed in the past 50 years, his own election and re-election notwithstanding. Liberals focus on this history of black suffering rather than success because it helps Democrats get elected and activists raise money. What’s less clear is how any of this helps the black underclass improve its situation.

    This country’s racist past should never be forgotten or sugarcoated, but neither should it be used as a blanket explanation for present disparities. History teaches us that the progress of blacks and other minorities in the U.S. is not conditioned on racial tolerance. Asian-Americans are one of any number of groups that have faced racism and mob violence. One of the largest mass lynchings in U.S. history targeted Chinese immigrants in Los Angeles, and Japanese-Americans were put in internment camps during World War II. Today, both groups outperform whites academically and economically and have for decades.

    The left’s focus on the past behavior of whites, while ignoring the present behavior of blacks, might offer some people catharsis, and it might help groups like the NAACP or Black Lives Matter stay relevant. But where is the evidence that such an approach facilitates black upward mobility?





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    this is a jazz fest forum. copy and paste your Parler feed somewhere else.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by jfly View Post
      this is a jazz fest forum. copy and paste your Parler feed somewhere else.
      Well actually it's "Jazz and Heritage" and the heritage is just as important as the jazz. The festival is there to highlight and represent and honor all of the collective cultures. It's America.

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      • #4
        Did you write this crap or cut and paste it from some dopey far right site? This is not worth a second of anyone's time and does not belong on this site.

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          Wall Street Journal

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          • #6
            I don't read any of 20/20's political BS. It's like the Good Humor Man preaching about the health benefits of Ice Cream.....

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            • #7
              Originally posted by jjazznj View Post
              Did you write this crap or cut and paste it from some dopey far right site? This is not worth a second of anyone's time and does not belong on this site.
              And frankly I am a bit surprised at your inflamed and reactionary reply jjazznj for two reasons. First because the article written by a black man reflects very positively upon the black culture and it's history and success despite all of the obstacles placed in their path. Sort of a "we can succeed no matter what" mentality. It also dovetails perfectly with an article in the Times-Picayune just two days ago. Others here do not subscribe to that paper but I do and I believe that you also read it. The article focused on all of the improvements and forward steps that New Orleans as a city had recently accomplished but stated that a major inhibitor was crime in general both violent and non-violent and within that context was a substantial number of repeat offenders, in particular young black males that were becoming career recidivists. The city government was calling for increased enforcement combined with meaningful sentences.
              This is not "far right" stuff. It's not even ideological. It's just city leaders trying to improve the quality of life for every citizen. Race is not the issue.

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              • #8
                OK WSJ opinion page is interesting and has some great contributors. But if thats "heritage" then what isn't "heritage". I just finished washing my car = "heritage"? Admit it you just wanted to stir a political pot and fair enough but don't make an argument that an opinion piece = "heritage". and maybe better to stir that pot on another site?

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by 20/20 View Post

                  And frankly I am a bit surprised at your inflamed and reactionary reply jjazznj for two reasons. First because the article written by a black man reflects very positively upon the black culture and it's history and success despite all of the obstacles placed in their path. Sort of a "we can succeed no matter what" mentality. It also dovetails perfectly with an article in the Times-Picayune just two days ago. Others here do not subscribe to that paper but I do and I believe that you also read it. The article focused on all of the improvements and forward steps that New Orleans as a city had recently accomplished but stated that a major inhibitor was crime in general both violent and non-violent and within that context was a substantial number of repeat offenders, in particular young black males that were becoming career recidivists. The city government was calling for increased enforcement combined with meaningful sentences.
                  This is not "far right" stuff. It's not even ideological. It's just city leaders trying to improve the quality of life for every citizen. Race is not the issue.
                  It doesn't belong here and you know it. "The left’s focus on" or "The political left is" or "The Biden administration would much rather" is not ideological? Take that crap someplace else.

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                  • #10
                    Don’t worry, it will all be better when the Orange Crusader is reinstalled in August.

                    Bobulinksi!

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by jfly View Post
                      OK WSJ opinion page is interesting and has some great contributors. But if thats "heritage" then what isn't "heritage".
                      I think that we can all agree that when it comes to the Heritage and Culture of New Orleans, there are a select handful of musical titans that have rightfully become synonymous with the Crescent City, legends who will forever be a part of the unique history of New Orleans, creative luminaries like Louis Armstrong, Mahalia Jackson, Art Neville and Alice Cooper.

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