LBJ will go down in history tainted by the legacy of Vietnam. But he also enjoys the reputation as, if not ‘the man that freed the blacks’ at least as the President that brought them in from the cold. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 ‘changed the face of America. It opened all public accommodations — hotels, restaurants, swimming pools — to all Americans regardless of race, color, religion or national origin. The bill also ended legal discrimination in employment on the basis of race or sex, and established the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to enforce the law.’
Indeed it did. And LBJ gained further kudos in that he did this knowing, as he admitted to an aide when signing the bill, that "we [the Democratic Party] have lost the South for a generation". In fact they lost it for much more than that. But maybe his heroic self-sacrifice was worth it for all it has done for the down-trodden blacks? Well no, actually. In fact LBJ and the CRA have been an unmitigated disaster for blacks, despite many superficial advances. And for the country at large they have caused insidious, deadly and probably irrecoverable damage.
Nearly fifty years after the negro project was signed into law we have the following: “The median wealth of white households is twenty times that of their black counterparts. Moreover, from 2005 to 2009, black wealth declined by 53 percent—in 2009, the typical black household had just $5,677 in wealth. African-American wealth was wiped out by the Great Recession, making it a tremendously destructive event for economic mobility among black families …”
But it’s much, much worse than that. Essentially, and I don’t think I’m overstating the case, black society has been destroyed. In the fifties, although blacks were still struggling for equal opportunities and were on the low end of the economic ladder, the black family was for the most part strong and stable. Two parent families were the rule, not the exception. The vast majority of black fathers worked. Families attended church together and did not comprise a majority of the prison population.
But the GS created the ‘Welfarist’ and of all those who fell victim to the welfare mentality, none suffered more than the black communities. Why would that be? Because, in my view, it fed into all the dormant black male pathologies which probably derived from ancestral social organizational modes in Africa. The new dispensation meant that if an unwed woman became pregnant, moved out of the home of her parents, did not name or know who the father was, then Big Daddy in Washington would provide for all her essential needs. Ergo she no longer needed a husband or the support of her family. In fact, the more children she had out of wedlock, the more money she would receive from the government.
For black males this was Nirvana. They could father as many children as they wanted, from multiple women, without ever having to accept the responsibility of fatherhood. In fact many women rejected marriage in favour of a boyfriend who could slip in the back door and not jeopardize her government check. In this dysfunctional culture why would education be important? Why seek an education only to have to compete for a good job in the market place when they could just hang around the neighbourhood and have all of life's amenities? Did not the NAACP and race hustlers like Jesse Jackson tell them that it was not their fault? That they were just the innocent victims of white racism?
Listen now to the Rev. Jesse Lee Patterson who admittedly is reviled in the black ‘community’ as an Uncle Tom. (I got this over at Occidental Dissent).
‘Having never known Jim Crow America, I am often amazed at just how much more civilized that world was from what I can see of it that has survived. Some of the nicest, kindest people that I know in this world are blacks who were born and raised back then. They are much older and more seriously Christian than their grandchildren. Some own businesses out in the middle of nowhere.
Clearly, black people aren’t living up to their full potential. All you have to do to see this is drive out into the countryside and talk to the elderly blacks who live there. You will find that the blacks who live in these areas share few of the negative characteristics of their relatives in the projects. They will wave at you when you drive pass them on the road, assist you when you have a roadside emergency, treat you with kindness and respect instead of hostility and contempt.
It is almost like they act like White people. Most seem to own their own land. They use less vulgarity. They dress nicer. They are different in many other ways too. You will find that they have much better relations with their White neighbors. Some have vegetable gardens and livestock like we do and sell White people steak and seafood.’
Now consider the modern black ‘community’ half a century after the CRA. Here’s Rev. Peterson again: ‘There was a time in this country when blacks weren’t raping 100 White women a year in Alabama, when most of them were married, when black children had fathers, when they weren’t on drugs or welfare, when they weren’t packing the prisons, and when they didn’t name their children stupid names or celebrate fake holidays like Kwanzaa.’
He then goes on to pose, and answer, the following questions:
(1)Was it really so bad to have black neighborhoods?
(2) Were the anti-miscegenation laws really so bad?
(3) Were the black schools and colleges really so bad?
(4) Were things like segregated water fountains and restrooms really such a big deal?
(5) Was segregation itself really so bad?
You can read his detailed responses over at OD, but in effect his answer to each question is ‘no’. And, even allowing for my bias, I find he makes a compelling case.
But the problems of blacks go much deeper. Despite, or maybe because of, all the Affirmative Action, the ridiculous Black Studies and Black History Months, and the endless misrepresentation of blacks in the media, blacks are arguably more embittered and destructively anti-White today than they ever have been. As Fred Reed put it: ‘These ‘hoods are utterly black, with whipcord young males leaning against lamp posts and eyeing cops with hostility. The people in them have no identity other than black. They aren’t African and aren’t American. They don’t read and many can’t. The schools are just holding cages. They’ve got nothing and they’re going nowhere and they know it. The great white beyond out there, with its computers and universities and those rich white people with their jobs and books and understanding of mysterious things like international politics—they have no access to these.’
Even ostensible black ‘success’ is tainted. The much-touted black middle class is a fragile and false creation of government jobs and/or Affirmative Action. Not having achieved their positions on merit they will be the first to fall when the really tough economic times hit in due course. In fact it’s happening already. The moral of the story: political victories and economic progress are not necessarily correlated. As blacks have become Governors, Attorneys General and even President, black society has been destroyed. And it’s getting worse as dysgenic forces come into play, genetically altering them by encouraging the black underclass to reproduce at a higher rate. A kind of rapid reverse evolution. And it will continue as long as the social services industry ‘professionals’ and race hucksters like Sharpton and Jackson need this heaving impoverished underclass to maintain their own privileged lifestyles.
Truly the road to hell is paved with good intentions. Assuming of course that LBJ did in fact have good intentions. You know, it’s been said that he saw Detroit as the model for his Great Society.
Well, if nothing else he got that right.