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10-5-04 It Isn’t Slavery Chaining Blacks

……Already, black immigrants are challenging native-born black students for prestigious slots in Ivy League schools. In June, according to The New York Times, several prominent black academics pointed out that about two-thirds of Harvard University's black undergraduates are black immigrants, ……



September 26, 2004


Could AJC’s Cynthia Tucker Be Moderating?


By Wendell Dawson, Editor, AVOC, Inc.


I gave up on Ms. Tucker’s leftist columns long ago.  However, she makes sense in this article.


For too long, the politically correct mantra has emphasized Rights and not Responsibility.   We are now reaping the costs.


Our society gives money and glory to the Rappers (who do not make sense to most of us) and sports figures.   Our society cannot survive with these kind of values.   Many young people, many blacks but also whites, expect to “hit the lottery”.  Hard work and application has become obsolete.


When only 1 % or so win the lottery, the others wind up feeding from the public trough.   Those who do work and apply themselves not only survive and prosper but wind up paying the bills for the ones who did not apply themselves.


It is encouraging to hear black leaders taking a stand.  Our nation cannot long continue on the path of welfare jungles:  Teens having babies; drug dealing as an industry, multiple birth and single parent homes (several children with no common father), and demanding the good life.


AVOC just hopes the new tone can reverse the trend and diminish the roles of the Jesse Jacksons of this world!


The Atlanta Journal-Constitution




September 24, 2004               OP-ED


It isn't slavery chaining blacks


Cynthia Tucker is the editorial page editor.

Call it the Cosby Consensus.

Across the country, middle-class black Americans are applauding comedian Bill Cosby's insistent campaign to draw attention to the bad habits and poor choices that limit black achievement. There has been little disagreement about his main points — that drug use, poor classroom performance and the embrace of outlaw culture have done nothing but cement the black underclass at the bottom of American society. An ethic that dismisses serious scholarship as "a white thing" has handicapped middle-class black kids, too.

In early September, Cosby spoke at a Washington forum sponsored by the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, where he criticized parents who allow their children to be "managed with a cellphone" and who don't keep up with their children's school work. According to published reports, his remarks were warmly received. After the forum, Al Sharpton credited Cosby with creating a "sea change" by speaking out publicly on a previously taboo topic

There is plenty of precedent for Cosby's plain-spokenness. Throughout the first half of the 20th century, accomplished blacks routinely policed the behavior of their less-polished brethren, urging thrift, moderation, tidiness. (Much of that conversation, however, went unnoticed by white America.)

It was only during the 1960s, when civil rights legislation was gaining traction, that the black intelligentsia clamped down on any public acknowledgement of black dysfunction. Civil rights leaders believed any admission of black failure would damage the movement. A later generation of "black power" activists denounced any black critic of black failure as a race traitor.

The shift back to an embrace of personal responsibility hasn't come a moment too soon. Because of global forces beyond the control of any politician, the jobs that created the nation's middle class are disappearing, leaving only a poorly paid service class and a highly paid professional class. Seeing the trends, many middle-class parents will be trying to ensure that their children end up among the well-paid professionals. The competition for slots in good schools and for high-paying jobs will only increase.

That portends a more fractious political and social climate. Black Americans will be less able to depend on liberal largess for a hand up. For that matter, so will less affluent whites.

(A word of caution: This column is intended only for those comfortable with nuance and complexity. This is no libertarian brief for the end of government assistance or affirmative action. Both personal responsibility and societal responsibility — a social safety net, in other words — are necessary to provide a stable and democratic civil society.)

Already, black immigrants are challenging native-born black students for prestigious slots in Ivy League schools. In June, according to The New York Times, several prominent black academics pointed out that about two-thirds of Harvard University's black undergraduates are black immigrants, children of immigrants or children of biracial marriages. Researchers studying black enrollment at several other exclusive schools, including Princeton and the University of Pennsylvania, report that about 41 percent of their black students fit the same demographic profile.

It's no great surprise that immigrants and their children do well. Regardless of national origin, immigrants tend to be resourceful strivers.

But black parents ought to note this, as well: The success of black immigrants strongly suggests that race is no great barrier to achievement. While many black activists contend that there is still a grave disadvantage in being the descendant of slaves, it is hard to see what that could be. (Note, too, that black West Indians are also the descendants of slaves.) Yes, our ancestors suffered. But the 21st century racist aims his hate at the color of our skin — not at where we came from or who our grandparents were.

Racism notwithstanding, if a black Antiguan can get high SAT scores, a black Atlantan should be able to earn them, too.