Column: Liberal arrogance and what must be done
In a recent column in the Post Independent, another columnist asserted that she became liberal by listening. Undoubtedly this came from listening to liberal professors, liberal media and other liberal students. The inference was that conservatives were not as tolerant as liberals.
Were liberals listening when Rutgers rescinded an invitation to arguably the most accomplished woman of our century who happens to be African-American, Condoleezza Rice? Or when Virginia Tech refused to allow the African-American author Jason Riley to speak because of his conservative views? When Lt. Gen. Karl Eikenberry was not allowed by members of the Northwestern faculty to take an offered position there because of his views? There are many more examples of liberals rejecting those who do not reflect their own views, especially African-Americans.
Was she listening when Black Lives Matter chanted “Pigs in a blanket, fry them like bacon”? I view the Black Lives Matter movement as racist in its hatred of whites as the neo-Nazis and skinheads are in their hatred of blacks. Neither has any tolerance for those who do not support their views or have a different color of skin.
I believe that intellectual racism is worse than blatant discrimination. The idea that one must fit a particular thought pattern due to the color of one’s skin is appalling. Thought police at their worst. At one time universities were centers for learning with vigorous debates of both sides of an issue. Unfortunately they have in many cases become propaganda mills of liberal thought.
Both sides of the political spectrum have small-minded bigots. I don’t believe that most Americans are racists. However if we are to solve the problems caused by racism, we must admit our prejudices. Anyone reading my column will know that I am very prejudiced against Islamists. I detest the manner in which they treat women, homosexuals and anyone who is not of their particular brand of Islam. Most of us have prejudices. We need to recognize them and be aware of how it affects our treatment of others.
The mass media and the Obama administration push the agenda of victimization of blacks by the police, disregarding the facts. A recent Harvard study conducted by professor Roland G. Fryer concluded, “On the most extreme use of force — officer-involved shootings — we find no racial differences in either the raw data or when contextual factors are taken into account.” Professor Fryer is African-American.
While recent studies show that race relations have deteriorated under the Obama administration, in general conditions have vastly improved over the past 50 years. Discrimination due to color would be rare in housing, restaurants or schools. More African-Americans have college education and have found opportunities in business.
Unfortunately conditions in the ghettos of our major cities have not improved. Chicago, Watts, Baltimore, D.C. and Detroit are examples of this urban decay. According to the Chicago Tribune, there have been 2,110 shooting victims in Chicago since January 1. Most of those victims were black.
According to one government study, 72 percent of black babies are born out of wedlock. In many cases the father will not be involved in raising the children. In any situation raising a child as a single parent is a challenge. In the ghetto it is extremely difficult.
In South Florida, my wife worked as a volunteer guardian ad litem in the worst neighborhoods. While social workers and lawyers argued, she tried to do what was best for the children. Unfortunately, all too often the children were placed with relatives who had little capacity for caring for them.
In order to improve conditions in these neighborhoods, we must admit what the problems are. We need to have a goal of making the neighborhoods safe to live in above all else.
The police brutality mantra of the mass media and this administration must be changed. Effective policing is absolutely necessary. Otherwise the apparent anarchy that exists in these cities will grow and fester throughout the country. The president, black leaders, Democrats and Republicans need to speak with one voice by supporting the police and pushing for law and order. We cannot accept the black-on-black murder rates in these areas. Gun control is not the answer. Enforcing the law is.
Second, we need to commit resources to the schools in these areas. Putting resources in before law and order is established would be a waste. First law and order. Once effective policing is in place then we do need to invest in schools including trade schools. There should be policing of and penalties for truancy and misbehavior in the schools.
Third, once physical security is established, tax incentives and financing could be made available to encourage businesses to establish in these areas. Again, this will not work if law and order is not first established. Singing “All we need is love” won’t work.
Roland McLean, an Aspen Glen resident, is a University of Colorado graduate, Navy veteran and retiree after more than 30 years in international construction. His column appears on the fourth Thursday of each month. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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