As a former Web associate used to say…”Buckdance!”
The Uncle Tom show on the Wall Street Journal.
…But that is not how he has governed. As president, he has repeatedly—and often prematurely—taken sides in local police matters involving black suspects.
He has supported college-admissions policies that favor black applicants over their white and Asian peers. He has dispatched his attorney general to accuse advocates of voter ID laws of trying to disenfranchise blacks and Hispanics. He has pressured wealthy suburbs to change zoning laws and build low-income housing so that he can shoehorn minorities into neighborhoods where they otherwise can’t afford to live. He has leaned on local school districts to discipline students differently based on their race and ethnicity rather than solely on their misbehavior. He has appeared before activists at the NAACP to denounce the criminal-justice system as racially skewed.
When Mr. Obama first ran for president, he went to such lengths to distance himself from professional agitators such as Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson that “Saturday Night Live” ran a cartoon parody that featured then-Sen. Obama sending Messrs. Sharpton and Jackson off to places like Botswana and Paraguay so that they couldn’t interfere with the campaign.
These days, Mr. Obama has the reverend on speed dial. Mr. Sharpton is a frequent White House visitor and the president’s point man on civil-rights issues. Given that the president is keeping company with someone who monetizes racial conflict for a living, is it any wonder that so many people believe race relations have regressed?…
The Black Lives Matter movement may be built on a falsehood—that cops shooting blacks is somehow a bigger problem than blacks shooting each other—but the falsehood will be indulged by politicians like Mr. Obama because the last thing Democrats want is for black people to stop seeing themselves as helpless victims of systemic racism.
“A central problem—perhaps the central problem—in improving the relationship between white and black Americans is the difference in racial crime rates,” observed the late political scientist James Q. Wilson. “The high black crime rate cannot be wished away by talk of racism, overarresting, excessive punishment, or whites having allegedly drugged or armed blacks.”
Let’s get into a couple of things here. FIrst – who is James Q. WIlson?
Wilson basically is the guy who brought us two totally discredited theories with severely adverse impact on America.
His most significant legacy, however, lies in the impact of his scholarship and journalism on the contemporary structures of social control in the United States. His 1975 book Thinking About Crime provides academic justification for a massive increase in imprisonment in the United States that began in the late 1970s and has yet fully to run its course. (The United States incarcerates at five times the rate of Britain, the leading jailer in Europe.)
Wilson was largely responsible for the US becoming a carceral state. If black folks were incarcerated more frequently – it was because of their lower moral standards, resulting in high crime rates in Wilson’s view.
Wilson developed the right wing’s crime mythology. Here is his framework for the “welfare mother” who he considered “Criminal”, and the single parenthood to crime meme. According to former conservative star Glen Loury, there was a close association with racists, not only in the financing of AEI, Hoover, and Manhattan institute for which he worked, but in groupthink and material –
Indeed, my appreciation of “Gentleman Jim” dates back nearly three decades, to 1983, when he came to my humble Afro-American Studies office at Harvard, practically hat in hand, with a draft chapter on “race and crime” for an as-yet-unpublished book, Crime and Human Nature. He was writing it with Richard Herrnstein, who would go on to write The Bell Curve (1994) with Charles Murray. Wilson asked for my unsparing critique, which I provided. It impressed me that, when the book appeared two years later, he and Herrnstein had taken my criticisms seriously.
That last association ended for me in 1995, when I publicly resigned my position after AEI fellows wrote two incendiary and what seemed to me borderline racist books—The Bell Curve and The End of Racism (1995), by Dinesh D’Souza. In those years, and partly in response to those two books, I began my long march out of the right wing of American intellectual life. And, in so doing, I slowly came to the view—which I continue to hold—that some of Wilson’s labors have done enormous damage to the quality of American democracy.
The man Hoover Institute is named after, President Herbert Hoover, created the “Lilly White Policy” to drive black from the Republican Party and recruit southern whites. Much of the material of these 3 on this topic, like that of Murray and D’Souza is based on fake, or faulty figures. By ignoring violent crimes which are commited by whites at 3-7 times that of black or Hispanics, and actually reversing the statistics on rape – Wilson, Hernstrom, and D’Souza were able to construct a racial (racist in Loury’s view) strawman, which continues to be central to conservative belief today.
Wilson’s second major influence was in the creation of “Broken WIndows Policing” first introduced in conjunction with George L. Kelling in an article in the Atlantic Monthly in 1982. I don’t believe there is any question anymore about the impact of that one.
Lastly, Wilson’s theory of the “Welfare Mother”.
The reason I picked on Wilson (and not only because he is referenced) is to point out specifically whose loins Uncle Jason is paying lip service to.
You Betcha – Come on down and get your “Lawn Jockey of the Week Award”, Jason!