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-- Race and the 2010 elections - 11/08/10
-- Black-on-white attackers get probation - 2/3/07
-- Why blacks are still oppressed - 2/3/07

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 Race and the 2010 elections

11/8/2010    By Star Parker

Will the NAACP be celebrating the arrival of two new black faces to the U.S. House of Representatives?

Don’t hold your breath. They certainly will not. These two new black congressmen are Republicans.

There’s a powerful message here that should and must be digested.

We have arrived in post-racial America but establishment blacks – lodged in the political left – refuse to accept it and are doing all they can to get black citizens to refuse to accept it.

The sobering reality is that the black political establishment doesn’t want Dr. King’s dream. They don’t want an America where people are judged by the content of their character. They want an America that is Democrat and left wing and this is what they promote today under the banner of civil rights.

The campaign by the NAACP and leading black journalists – all liberals – to paint the Tea Party movement, the push back against government growth and intrusiveness over the last two years, as motivated by racism is shameful.

Shortly before the elections, the NAACP produced a tome called “Tea Party Nationalism,” alleging racist connections to the Tea Party movement.

The day before the elections, Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson wrote a column suggesting that the Tea Party movement was a well funded racist pushback against President Obama which started the day of his inauguration.

Tim Scott and Allen West, our new black Republican congressmen, are both aggressive and unapologetic voices for everything the Tea Party movement stands for.

They were just elected in districts that are overwhelmingly white. Both also defeated white Republican opponents in their primaries.

Scott’s district is Republican. But West’s is not.

Florida’s 22nd district that just elected West voted for Barack Obama in 2008, John Kerry in 2004, and Al Gore in 2000.

I guess these white Democrats and Independents didn’t get the racism memo.

The political tsunami, washing in a wave of new Republicans to Washington, was caused by a major shift in the vote of political independents, overwhelmingly white, and who largely voted for Barack Obama in 2008.

Who turned on the light after the presidential election that caused these white voters to discover that the man they voted for, to their horror according to the NAACP and Eugene Robinson, is black?

Follow the Gallup presidential approval poll over the last year and a half and you get a graphic picture of the changing political landscape that produced the electoral results we just witnessed.

In February 2009, Barack Obama’s approval rating, 65%, exceeded his disapproval, 21%, by 44 points.

By August 2009, 6 months after passage of the stimulus bill, the bailouts of banks and General Motors, and well into President Obama’s marketing campaign for his health care initiative, that gap shrunk to seven points – 50% approve, 43% disapprove.

In January 2010, voters of Massachusetts elected a Republican, Scott Brown, in a special election to replace long term Democrat legend Ted Kennedy. Brown campaigned against the health care bill, which Ted Kennedy had called “the cause of my life.”

President Obama went to Massachusetts to campaign for Brown’s opponent Martha Coakley.

By the end of January, Obama’s approval margin was gone. 47% approve, 47% disapprove.

Obama refused to get the message and joined with Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi to use procedural gymnastics to pass a far reaching health care bill that the American people didn’t want.

End of story.

Tim Scott and Allen West won their races. But there were 14 blacks total running as Republicans in congressional races around the country, including me.

We hate racism because it denies that what is in a person’s mind and heart has nothing to do with the color of their skin.

Almost everyone in America today, Thank God, appreciates this truth.

When will the left wing black establishment wake up to it?

Star Parker
Star Parker is founder and president of CURE, the Center for Urban Renewal and Education, a 501c3 think thank which explores and promotes market based public policy to fight poverty, as well as author of the newly revised Uncle Sam's Plantation: How Big Government Enslaves America's Poor and What We Can do About It.

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 Why blacks are still oppressed

February 3, 2007    By Star parker

Dr. Carter G. Woodson established the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History in 1915. Woodson, a black scholar, wanted to bring the black man into the history of the United States.

Eleven years later, in 1926, he launched Negro History Week to raise awareness of the contributions of blacks. Carter picked February for Negro History Week because of the birthdays of Frederick Douglas and Abraham Lincoln.
Scholars and philosophers have long examined the question of history, what it is and why we study it.  Probably the most widely quoted observation is that of philosopher George Santayana: "Those that do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it."

What are the lessons of the past that we might be thinking about today?  Black history has particular importance because of the unique black experience in America. That is, a history in which we began as slaves.  A slave has no history because he has no control over his life. Every day is the same. A slave's past, present and future are determined by someone else.
So black entry into American history might be understood as a chapter in the end of black oppression. It is a history of human beings, gaining responsibility for their own lives, and how they chose and choose to exercise that responsibility.  Black History Month is generally not a time for thought and introspection. It's used more as a time to celebrate black achievement.

But I think it's also worthwhile to sober up and take a serious look at things. Celebration is great, and there has been a lot of progress and achievement. But prodigious problems remain, and we ought to try to understand so we can overcome. 

If we understand oppression as interference in an individual's ability to exercise control of and responsibility for his or her own life, then I see oppression defining three distinct chapters in black American history.  The first was slavery. The second Jim Crow. And the third, the growth and flourishing of the welfare state.

In the first two chapters, the oppression was initiated from the outside. In chapter three, the welfare state, blacks voluntarily relinquished control and turned responsibility of their own lives over to others.  We're still in chapter three today, and blacks should be aware of it.  The path to freedom has two steps. First, removal of external barriers.  Second, assumption of personal responsibility for one's life.

Racial consciousness remains, of course, ubiquitous in America. Race sells, so the media relentlessly keeps it alive. And race means power, so politicians keep it alive.  But race is not a barrier for black achievement today. 
The threat to the black present and the black future is the collapse of real values. The welfare state constituted and constitutes the mindset of materialism and the mindset that life is a social engineering problem. It's this mindset that stands today between blacks and their own freedom.

I see articles celebrating the new black middle class.  And, in fact, it is true that three quarters of black America are doing fine economically.   But, regardless of today's incomes and the number of blacks owning their own homes and driving nice cars, what is the future of a community where family life is in such bad shape?
Only 29 percent of black households are headed by married couples. Seventy percent of black woman live with no spouse. Seventy percent of black children are born with no father present. Almost 300,000 black women each year destroy their own unborn children.

Many black women are doing well as professionals. I know many.  And they live alone and have no children.  The collapse of black family life converges with the beginning of chapter three of black oppression: the widespread adoption of the idea that government plays a role in one's personal life.

It concerns me that blacks still aren't getting the message. The Democratic Party is celebrating its new power and interpreting their victory as a victory for old school liberal ideas about government power. And 90 percent of blacks vote for these folks.  Black history month is now just one celebration among many. Our calendars and our public spaces are increasingly filled with recognition of one group or another.  Blacks, Hispanics, women, gays.

But time and space are limited. As we fill our time and places with these celebrations, pushed off the calendar and our public spaces are Christmas, in its true sense, and the Ten Commandments.
Maybe this Black History Month we should be giving more thought to what really drives evil, what really makes us human and what really makes us free.

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 Black-on-white attackers get probation, house arrest

February 3, 2007    © 2007

Mob severely beat 3 women on Halloween – judge picks 'least restrictive disposition'

In a decision that shocked both sides – and left the prosecutor in tears – a Los Angeles County judge yesterday released four black teens to their parents to serve 60 days of house arrest for the severe beating of three young white women on Halloween night.

The attack on Laura Schneider, 21, Michelle Smith, 19, and Loren Hyman, 19, which occurred in in the Bixby Knolls section of Long Beach, was carried out by a large group of black teens – as many as 30, according to reports. The upscale neighborhood is known for lavish Halloween displays and has long attracted crowds.  Ten teens were charged in the attack. All maintained their innocence throughout the trial. Juvenile Court Judge Gibson Lee found nine of them guilty last month.

"Perhaps the only thing worse than suffering 13 facial fractures was seeing my friend Laura lying on the ground lifeless," Hyman told the court earlier this week, as victim-impact statements were offered before sentencing.

Schneider suffered a concussion after being struck by a skateboard when someone yelled out a racial slur.  Hyman, who was scheduled to have 4 1/2-hour facial reconstruction surgery yesterday, sustained multiple fractures in her nose and around her eye.  "I hope they're still in jail when our injuries are finally healed," Schneider said.  Both asked for "the harshest punishment possible" for the nine minors, saying they had done nothing to provoke the beatings and have been scared to leave their homes ever since.

But the sentences for the first four of the defendants issued yesterday were far from harsh. Instead of the nine months in probation camp Deputy Dist. Atty. Andrea Bouas had requested for three of the teens, Gibson sentenced them to probation until age 21, house arrest for 60 days and 250 hours of community service.  Bouas' jaw dropped when Lee gave the first defendant, Anthony Ross, probation, the Los Angeles Times reported, and she choked up, wiping her eyes with tissue, as the hearing continued.  Saying Anthony had been "the biggest aggressor," Bouas accused the teen, now 18, of lying about his involvement, his grades at school and having beaten Schneider "when she was already unconscious."

"If he were to be released home on probation, there would be no accountability for that action," she said. "The victims will feel like there is no justice if he walks out that door."  Anthony was convicted of three counts of assault – two with hate-crime enhancements and two with enhancements for personally inflicting great bodily harm.

Anthony's 16-year-old sister, unnamed because of her age, was the only defendant arrested with blood on her clothing. Bouas sought probation camp for the minor, but judge Lee gave her home probation as well.  Bouas, weeping in court, charged Anthony's twin sister, Antoinette, of directly causing Hyman's injury's.  "That should have some weight with the court, I would guess, but I'm not sure anymore," she said.

Despite agreeing that "it was an awful crime, terrible physical and emotional injuries," Lee said he had to "pick the least restrictive disposition" – a decision that has support among juvenile law experts.  "The whole idea is not to simply throw people into the criminal justice system," Daniel Macallair, executive director of the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice in San Francisco, told the Times. "The purpose of the juvenile justice system is not retribution; it's not even punishment. It's still rehabilitation."

Penalties are to be increased only if initial discipline doesn't work.  "A tenet of the juvenile system is to give a graduated response to the child acting out," said Cyn Yamashiro, a professor at Loyola Law School and director of its Center for Juvenile Law and Policy.

"Juvenile Court is a joke," said Barbara Schneider, mother of Laura, outside the Long Beach courthouse.  "We're just disgusted. That judge is a joke.

He's going to be recalled. People are going to be screaming about this."

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