Williams takes no prisoners in his no-holds-barred attack on black culture. He asks rhetorically - Where is the civil rights groundswell on behalf of stronger marriages that will allow more children to grow up in two-parent families and have a better chance of staying out of poverty? Where are the marches demanding good
schools for those children -- and the strong cultural reinforcement for high academic achievement (instead of the charge that minority students who get good grades are "acting white")? Where are the exhortations for children to reject the self-defeating stereotypes that reduce black people to violent, oversexed "gangstas," minstrel show comedians and mindless athletes?
In his most recent WaPo article, appropriately entitled Banish The Bling, Williams extolls the virtues of self reliance and personal responsibility--
|With 50 percent of Hispanic children and nearly 70 percent of black children born to single women today these young people too often come from fractured families where there is little time for parenting. Their search for identity and a sense of direction is undermined by a twisted popular culture that focuses on the "bling-bling" of fast money associated with famous basketball players, rap artists, drug dealers and the idea that women are at their best when flaunting their sexuality and having babies|
Williams is highly critical of the current culture of corruption, crime, violence and materialism that infests the black community, and with good reason - anyone with any common sense can see that there are major issues in the black community: rampant drug and alcohol use, crime, violence and illegitimacy.
Referencing Bill Cosby's invectives during the 50th Anniversary of Brown vs. The Board of Education, Williams writes, "Cosby asked the chilling question: 'What good is Brown' and all the victories of the civil rights era if nobody wants them? A generation after those major civil rights victories, black America is experiencing alarming dropout rates, shocking numbers of children born to single mothers and a frightening acceptance of criminal behavior that has too many black people filling up the jails. Where is the focus on taking advantage of new opportunities to advance and to close the racial gap in educational and economic achievement?"
Juan Williams can say all this because he's black. Eventhough his comments have unleashed a firestorm of commentary, it is nothing compared to if a white person had made the same observations. A white commentator would be pillaried and accused of racism.
But this is all part of the problem.
Because of political correctness run amok and concomitant racial hypersensitivities, we find ourselves in a position where we can't identify a problem because simply trying to discuss it causes liberals and special interest groups to decry the discussion as inherently racist. How can we go forward without the courage to look into these issues?
The biggest shame about our current miasma of political correctness is that the only group open to outright criticism are whites. If you're a white person, you can be stereotyped and criticized with impunity.
The liberals' Great Society fiasco has done a great disservice to our country. By funneling money from the federal government to 'disenfranchised' minority groups, the mechanism for victimhood receives a continuous injection of lubricant that keeps the machinery of irresponsibility running in high gear. While the panderers of political correctness continue to rail and whine, their victimhood agendas continue to pay dividends - in graft, corruption and misery. The current posterchild for this paradigm is the Katrina Disaster.
When the hurricane hit, Mayor Nagin - a talentless clown who has the leadership skills of a jackass - hid. Then when he came in contact with federal authorities, he had an almost hysterical breakdown. He and his corrupt cronies from Lousiana, who had, by the way, 50 years of reports, conferences and newspaper warnings that a class 4 or greater hurricane would devastate the region; decided to do nothing but line their pockets and continue the status quo.
Now, of course, it is the fault of the Federal government, the Bush administration and FEMA for all the destruction. Black leadership has said that the disaster was caused by racism, Kanye West said that "Bush hates black people," and with Bush getting guilt tripped into it - he secured 400 Billion dollars to the hurricane ravaged areas.
Black people weren't disproportionately vicimtized in the Big Easy? No. In "The Great Deluge", by Douglas Brinkley, he writes that senior citizens were the worst sufferers.
No one ever said that being courageous would be easy. It is time that courageous people like Bill Cosby, Shelby Steele and Juan Williams got applauded and praised for having the intelligence, wherewithal and backbone to say what "dare not be spoken."