Black Watch Page 14
Home    Back
-- The Welfare State’s Legacy - 9/25/17
-- Black Lives Matter Must Develop a Plan to Reduce Black-on-Black Crime - 9/29/15
-- Civil Rights Leader Says KKK and Tea Party are Interchangeable - 8/27/10
-- White Hipsters in Austin What Black Mob Violence - 11/05/13
-- Social Worker Still Mourns Loss of 12-year-old - 3/12/14
-- Probe shut down because lawbreakers are of same race, party - 3/16/14

 The welfare state’s legacy

Walter Williams   Posted September 25, 2017   Lubbock Avalanch Journal

That the problems of today’s black Americans are a result of a legacy of slavery, racial discrimination and poverty has achieved an axiomatic status, thought to be self-evident and beyond question. This is what academics and the civil rights establishment have taught. But as with so much of what’s claimed by leftists, there is little evidence to support it.

The No. 1 problem among blacks is the effects stemming from a very weak family structure. Children from fatherless homes are likelier to drop out of high school, die by suicide, have behavioral disorders, join gangs, commit crimes and end up in prison. They are also likelier to live in poverty-stricken households. But is the weak black family a legacy of slavery? In 1960, just 22 percent of black children were raised in single-parent families. Fifty years later, more than 70 percent of black children were raised in single-parent families. Here’s my question: Was the increase in single-parent black families after 1960 a legacy of slavery, or might it be a legacy of the welfare state ushered in by the War on Poverty?

According to the 1938 Encyclopaedia of the Social Sciences, that year 11 percent of black children were born to unwed mothers. Today about 75 percent of black children are born to unwed mothers. Is that supposed to be a delayed response to the legacy of slavery? The bottom line is that the black family was stronger the first 100 years after slavery than during what will be the second 100 years.

At one time, almost all black families were poor, regardless of whether one or both parents were present. Today roughly 30 percent of blacks are poor. However, two-parent black families are rarely poor. Only 8 percent of black married-couple families live in poverty. Among black families in which both the husband and wife work full time, the poverty rate is under 5 percent. Poverty in black families headed by single women is 37 percent. The undeniable truth is that neither slavery nor Jim Crow nor the harshest racism has decimated the black family the way the welfare state has.

The black family structure is not the only retrogression suffered by blacks in the age of racial enlightenment. In every census from 1890 to 1954, blacks were either just as active as or more so than whites in the labor market. During that earlier period, black teen unemployment was roughly equal to or less than white teen unemployment. As early as 1900, the duration of black unemployment was 15 percent shorter than that of whites; today it’s about 30 percent longer. Would anyone suggest that during earlier periods, there was less racial discrimination? What goes a long way toward an explanation of yesteryear and today are the various labor laws and regulations promoted by liberals and their union allies that cut off the bottom rungs of the economic ladder and encourage racial discrimination.

Labor unions have a long history of discrimination against blacks. Frederick Douglass wrote about this in his 1874 essay titled “The Folly, Tyranny, and Wickedness of Labor Unions,” and Booker T. Washington did so in his 1913 essay titled “The Negro and the Labor Unions.” To the detriment of their constituents, most of today’s black politicians give unquestioning support to labor laws pushed by unions and white liberal organizations.

Then there’s education. Many black 12th-graders deal with scientific problems at the level of whites in the sixth grade. They write and do math about as well as white seventh- and eighth-graders. All of this means that an employer hiring or a college admitting the typical black high school graduate is in effect hiring or admitting an eighth-grader. Thus, one should not be surprised by the outcomes.

Walter E. Williams is a professor of economics at George Mason University. His column is distributed by Creators Syndicate, 5777 W. Century Blvd., Suite 700, Los Angeles, CA 90045. Williams will be speaking on “Are Americans liberty lovers” at Texas Tech at 6 p.m. Oct. 5 in the Allen Theater. The event is free and open to the general public. Williams also will be doing a book signing outside the theater from 5:15 to 5:45 p.m. For more information see”

 Black Lives Matter Must Develop a Plan to Reduce Black-on-Black Crime

29 Sep 2015    by Jerome Hudson    Daily Beast:

Best-selling author and Columbia University professor John McWhorter has exposed the major flaws in the Black Lives Matter movement, asserting that the group is “living in the past” and pointing out that America won’t actively engage in the group’s demands as long as they continue to ignore the fact “that black people in poor neighborhoods are in vastly more danger of being killed by young black men than by the occasional bad cop.”

“The problem is not an America blind to racism, or even an America that thinks racism is solely the n-word, cross-burnings, and housing covenants,” McWhorter wrote in The Daily Beast. “The problem is, I hate to say, a progressive ideology on race that confuses performance with action.”

If Black Lives Matter wants to effectuate positive change, McWhorter writes, it will have to “turn its lens to black-on-black homicide rates as well.”

The Losing the Race author cites some recent statistics: “in Chicago almost 80 percent of the people killed have been black. In Baltimore the figure is 216 black people versus 11 white, in Philadelphia 200 black people versus 44 white. Most by other black people.”

McWhorter also calls out liberal New York Times writer Charles Blow and Slate’s Jamelle Bouie for their willingness to focus primarily on the “Darren Wilsons and Michael Slagers as black America’s supposed biggest problem regardless of actual homicide statistics.”

These men are members of what McWhorter calls “a certain intelligentsia” of black liberals who attack anyone who asks, “why do so many more black guys kill each other, numerically and proportionally?”

McWhorter also points out the sheer impotence of Black Lives Matter, as a so-called “civil rights” group:

How did we get to the point, after all, when a Hillary Clinton would have to tell the people who say they speak for black America that they must translate their grievances into a plan for political action? The contrast between the efforts of Dr. King and the Southern Christian Leadership conference and that scene a few weeks ago was chilling. The SCLC had to convince the white establishment to do things; Hillary Clinton had to remind BLM’s representatives that their job was to suggest some things to do, as the activist hectored her about what was or wasn’t in her “heart” about policies her husband supported before people now having sex were even born.

“A movement cannot make a real difference in 2015 by pretending that it’s still 1965,” McWhorter writes.

Civil Rights Leader Says KKK and Tea Party Have To Be Used 'Interchangeably'

August 27, 2010

By Nicholas Ballasy, Video Reporter

( - Civil Rights Activist Rev. Dr. Walter Fauntroy criticized Glenn Beck’s “Restoring Honor” rally set for this weekend and said the Ku Klux Klan and the Tea Party have to be used “interchangeably.”

“In 2010, the ring wing conservatives of this country have declared war on that civil rights movement of the 60s that brought together a coalition of conscience of people of every race creed and color for a march on jobs and freedom,” said Dr. Fauntroy, one of the chief organizers of Dr. Martin Luther King’s March on Washington in 1963.

He continued, “In 2012, from this press conference on, we’re going to organize, beginning with the original sponsors of the march on Washington, 63, a new coalition of conscience and we’re going to take on the barbarism of war, the decadence of racism and the scourge of poverty that the Ku Klux – I meant to say that the Tea Party – you all forgive me but you have to use them interchangeably.”

Glenn Beck’s “Restoring Honor” rally will take place this Saturday – the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s March on Washington in 1963.

"This is going to be an iconic event," Beck said. "This is going to be a moment that you'll never be able to paint people as haters, racists, none of it. This is a moment, quite honestly, that I think we reclaim the civil rights movement. It has been so distorted and so turned upside down. It is an abomination."

“They [right wing conservatives] have launched a counter offensive in 2010 based on a concept of the universal principle of exclusion – exclude everybody but those whom the founding fathers recognized when this nation was founded. They have said we want to go back to the founding fathers who were flawed because they said citizenship belongs only to white men who own property,” said Dr. Fauntroy, who served as the non-voting delegate of the District of Columbia from 1971-1991.

Dr. Fauntroy’s comments were made a press conference held on Thursday sponsored by the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (RCRC) at the National Press Club where several African American leaders refused what they call the “religious right attack on reproductive health in black communities.” Georgia Right to Life and the Radiance Foundation are some of the groups behind the billboards.

“So we did a little work to figure out who in the world is behind this insanity and of course it’s the same players, the same players who have traditionally tried to re-write history, have become historical distracters and to use this weekend when we remember that great march on Washington, 1963 as a pretense to give credence to their cause and their agenda is insulting,” said Rev. Timothy McDonald, the Pastor of First Iconium Baptist Church in Atlanta, GA.

He continued, “We are moving forward and not backwards and we cannot allow people like Beck and even Alveda to turn back the clock on where America has been headed.”

D:\webfiles\Blacks\Blacks - Civil Rights Leader Says KKK and Tea Party Have To Be Used 'Interchangeably'.mht


White Hipsters in Austin What Black Mob Violence

By Colin Flaherty On November 5, 2013 In Daily Mailer, FrontPage

The white hipsters of Austin want us to know that race had nothing to do with the 200 black people who fought, destroyed property and threw rocks at police a few days before Halloween.

White people do it all the time, said Katie Friel, who writes for Culture Map in Austin. But the only time anyone calls it a riot is if it involves a large number of black people, she says. She pointed to a 2011 punk rock concert where mostly white fans tried to tear down the chain link fence. Police sprayed pepper gas. No one said that was a riot, she said.

“If Austin wants to grow into the creative, supportive, progressive community we claim to want to be, we need to stop thinking, seeing and reporting in black and white,” she said.

Which is strange because none of the local media reported what witnesses, Twitter, Facebook, night-vision videos and other Internet sources revealed: Everyone involved in the Austin mayhem was black.

The Austin Statesman was merely following the advice of a recent article in the monthly magazine of the Society of Professional Journalists. The topic was how to cover racial violence. The advice? Don’t.

The riot that was not a riot began the Saturday night before Halloween at the annual House of Torment in the parking lot of the Highland Mall. Police arrived to find 200 “unruly” teenagers roaming the area, fighting in at least five different places.

When police ordered them to break it up, they threw rocks instead. Several rioters urged fellow miscreants to preform bigger and greater acts of violence. It took every officer on duty in Austin more than two hours to bring the violence under control. Not before dispensing generous amounts of pepper spray. Four black people were arrested and charged with crimes ranging from rioting to using a fake ID.

Seven people were treated at the scene for riot-related injuries. Much of the violence took place under a grainy black and white, night-vision police video from a helicopter that monitored the violence.

Police said they did not know why so many black people were rioting. One spokesman said the rioters were “silly.”

That is a different excuse than what we heard from a similar episode of black mob violence at a recent showing of a scary movie in a suburb of Rochester. There, a police spokeswoman explained why 500 black people were fighting in and outside of a scary movie:

“They have pent up energy from being scared in the movie theater and they come out and they don’t know what to do with that energy,” said Lt. Jonna Izzo to Rochester News 8.

So they riot.

Local police did not offer up that explanation here. Perhaps because promoters of the haunted house said none of the rioters were customers of the House of Torment, where ticket prices begin at $25.

Or maybe the ticket price is what scared them. If we depend on the sketchy local media, we may never know.

The Austin Statesman and other local media dutifully neglected to report that everyone arrested and everyone involved in the mayhem was black. Many commenters to local news sites pointed that out, but most of these remarks were removed minutes after going up.

The comments blasting the censored remarks as being racist were allowed to remain.

But at least the brave hipsters at Culture Map opened it up for some straight talk. Said one reader:

Serious question: how you gonna write about this story and leave out the fact that Highland Mall has previously called police to disperse large, mostly black crowds? Were you not here during Texas Relays a few years back?

For non-Austinites, here is what he is talking about: In 2009, the Highland Mall and several other local businesses closed in advance of the Texas Relays — a state-wide track and field event at the nearby University of Texas.

The Austin Chronicle said the Texas Relays caused “flares of uptight resistance to the annual influx of thousands of mostly African-American visitors. The sparks raised questions – again – about the city’s too often less-than-progressive track record on race.”

The president of the local NAACP weighed in, accusing the mall owners of racism. And accusing the city of not living up to the standards for black people it created in the city council’s African American Quality of Life Initiative from 2005.

Others pointed to the track record of racial violence surrounding the Relays and compared it to the rolling racial violence of Freaknik in Atlanta — another annual gathering of black college students that the black mayor, black police and black city leaders ran out of town 13 years ago because of the large-scale violence, destruction and fights with police.

This mayhem at the Texas Relays and the House of Torment is part of a pattern of black mob violence documented in White Girl Bleed a Lot: The Return of Racial Violence to America and How the Media Ignore It.

One security guard told wrote about racial violence at the Highlands Mall: “I worked as a security guard last year during the relays and there were fights verbal and physical between rival schools, numerous instances of racial discrimination against whites,theft, police officers assaulted, Then someone shot off a gun in there and the police finally shut down the mall early. Why are these not mentioned or addressed by the NAACP or Austin City Council?”

Meanwhile, Richard Boland of the Peaceful Streets Project is urging anyone who feels police were too rough with the rioters to file a complaint with the NAACP or the Austin Chapter of the ACLU.

As for the mall, racial violence will soon be a thing of the past there. All the anchor tenants left long ago. One of the owners filed bankruptcy. And it was recently sold to a Austin Community College for office space and classrooms.


Don’t miss Jamie Glazov’s video interview with Colin Flaherty on the epidemic of black mob violence — and the media’s cover-up:

Freedom Center pamphlets now available on Kindle: Click here.


Article printed from FrontPage Magazine:

URL to article:

Click here to print.

Copyright © 2009 FrontPage Magazine. All rights reserved.


Social Worker Still Mourns Loss of 12-year-old

John Kass

3/12/2014 John KassNot every child can be saved.

Not every kid who grows up broken can be steered away from bad choices by caring adults toward some new life, one with a purpose.

But Valerie Groth, a veteran Chicago Public Schools social worker at New Sullivan Elementary School on the South Side, believed she had found that boy.

She just knew she could save him, because this was a boy who was determined to save himself.

So she envisioned it, the scrawny 12-year-old who bounced happy and laughing into her office, that boy from a violent South Chicago neighborhood called The Bush, the boy growing, going to college, getting a job, raising a family, getting away.

Groth isn't some rookie believing she can work miracles with every child. She's been a social worker in tough neighborhoods, helping broken children, for seven years. She has a caseload of some 900 kids.

Not all can be helped. They grow up in difficult circumstances at home and try to survive the hunger games on the street. Many don't make it. But this one could, because this boy had life in him. People liked him. More importantly, he liked himself.

And he had visions of his own about the future, with a career and a family. He even made a vision board, filling it with quotes about climbing the corporate ladder, and how all good things start with a single step. One quote said simply, "You can see clearly now."

He could see his future, and so could she.

"Ryan was just one of a kind. He just had a great spirit. He was happy-go-lucky, always smiling -- just really goofy, always trying to put a smile on everyone else's face," said Groth. "The funny thing is that he had a tough life, so he had every reason to be upset. And I never saw that."

Then she stopped talking. The petite young woman was shrinking, considering, remembering. We were sitting in an Armenian restaurant. Behind her was the window. She hardly touched her food. The afternoon sun lit her face, and her lip trembled.

She called him Ryan, the name he wanted her to use, and the name his family used. But in The Bush, the kids called him "Peanut." His given name is Niazi, but it was misspelled by the morgue when he died and misspelled later in this column when I began writing about forgotten victims. Niazi was forgotten, and misspelled.

A bullet pierced his brain on May 19, 2012, as he was running home. The shot caught him right outside his house.

His killing didn't make big news, hardly any news at all. And it didn't prompt great political speeches, and televised tears and official fists shaking in rage because there was no currency in his death for the politicians.

The NATO summit was opening. All Chicago wanted to know was: What will the mayor and police chief say? What will the protesters do?

The murder of Niazi Ryan Banks, 12, remains unsolved.

There's a cost to remembering the death of this child. But there is a cost to forgetting, too, and Groth doesn't want to forget him.

"It doesn't make anything better, but it was just disgusting to me that nothing seemed to be done about it," she said. "It was not on the news stations. And I wanted to see that. I felt like he needed that.

"He was a little kid. I felt like if it was a pretty white girl from the North Side, of course it would be all over the place.

"But just because ..." Groth started to break. "He was such a good kid. And he deserved (news coverage). It's not fair. He was a person too."

She lives in the South Loop, near where the NATO summit was held, so to avoid the congestion and protests she spent that weekend at a suburban hotel. She got the call Sunday morning. Later, she was told that she screamed.

But she had work to do, to properly bury this boy from a troubled home. There was a funeral to plan, cemeteries and churches to contact, and grief counseling for the students, many of whom are forgotten too.

"That was really, really hard for me," she said. "Your primary emotion is sadness, and then the rest of it was just like anger. Horrible anger and bitterness."

The young social worker said she didn't want this column to be all about her.

I told her it would and it wouldn't.

There are also the 900 who depend on her.

"You're hungry, you feel neglected, you witness violence, you live in a really cold house," she said of those children in tough neighborhoods. "You don't have a parent that's willing to help you with your homework or study for a test."

And there are others who bear similar scars. How many teachers have lost a child they tried to help? How many social workers, how many neighborhood volunteers?

And then there are the cops, and the paramedics who cradle children as they die, or find an infant cold in a basement. When they come home, their husbands or wives ask, "How was your day?" and they say nothing.

They're part of Chicago's forgotten too, like Groth, and like Niazi Ryan Banks, the boy with that vision board.

Many people in this town are thick with scars, and we don't notice. But if you try, as Ryan said, you can see clearly now.


Probe shut down because lawbreakers are of same race, party

Sting! Corrupt politicians all black Democrats

Published: 3/16/2014 by Colin Flaherty

The attorney general of Pennsylvania shut down an investigation of corrupt elected officials because everyone they caught – on tape – taking cash and gifts … was a black Democrat.

According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, the sting operation began with a deal: A black lobbyist (who had been accused of fraud and participated in the sting to gain favorable treatment from the authorities) offered elected officials – black and white, Democrat and Republican – cash and gifts in exchange for votes.

Over a three-year period, the lobbyist found a handful of politicians willing to take the deal.

“Sources with knowledge of the sting said the investigation made financial pitches to both Republicans and Democrats, but only Democrats accepted the payments,” said the Inquirer.

Furthermore, all the offending Democrats were black, members of the Philadelphia delegation to the state legislature.

“Four state lawmakers took money,” the newspaper reported. “State Rep. Ronald G. Waters accepted multiple payments totaling $7,650; State Rep. Vanessa Brown took $4,000; State Rep. Michelle Brownlee received $3,500; and State Rep. Louise Bishop took $1,500, said people with knowledge of the investigation.”

So far, none of the politicians have been charged with wrongdoing.

State Attorney General Kathleen Kane told the Inquirer she stopped the investigation because it was “poorly conceived, badly managed and tainted by racism.” She even argued that the sting had specifically targeted African-Americans.

Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams, however, himself a black Democrat, refuted the accusation.

“The notion that they would target anyone based on race is ridiculous,” Williams said in a statement. “I am confident they are not racist, and it is regrettable that the attorney general would casually throw around such an explosive accusation.”

In one exchange, the lobbyist – wired for sound – went to State. Rep. Vanessa Brown’s office and “handed her an envelope with $2,000, according to people who have reviewed a transcript of a tape [the lobbyist] made on that day. As Brown accepted the money, they said, she put it in her purse and said: ‘Yo, good looking and Ooowee. … Thank you twice.” After he gave Brown the money, (the lobbyist) urged her to vote against a bill that would require voters to show identification at the polls, the sources said.”

Black leaders claim voter ID laws are thinly veiled Republican attempts to suppress black voters because many black people, who vote Democrat in overwhelming numbers, don’t have valid, government-issued IDs.

In another recorded meeting in April 2011, to mark State Rep. Waters’ 61st birthday, the lobbyist gave him $1,000, and the transaction was recorded on tape, according to people who read a transcript of the conversation.

As the lobbyist handed Waters an envelope, the sources said, Ali told him: “Hey, there’s $1,000 in there, bro.”

Waters replied: “My man, happy birthday to Ron Waters.”

All involved denied accepting illegal cash and gifts or said they could not remember.

The Inquirer revealed the investigation had gathered 400 hours of audio and video recordings of the lobbyist meeting with public officials. But soon after Kane’s inauguration in 2013 as the first female and Democrat attorney general in the state’s history, she began shutting the investigation down.

Then people connected to the investigation who saw the transcripts and read the recordings started talking to the Inquirer. Many of these people left the attorney general’s office soon after Kane took office.

Kane told the Inquirer the allegations are a political and sexist and racist attack from her Republican enemies: “Nothing more than the Good Ol’ Boys club playing political games to discredit me in order to fulfill their own selfish and improper agenda.”

The story is rocketing through Philadelphia business and political circles. Some say the results of the investigation are just “business as usual.” Other criticize the past three attorney generals for working with the lobbyist, who was under investigation for $430,000 in fraud as well as other cases of violations of election law.

Said one friend of Kane to the Inquirer: “Is this a John Grisham novel?”

© Copyright 1997-2013. All Rights Reserved.

Click here to print.

To view this item online, visit




Home    Back    TOP