The Race card industry: May it fade into oblivion!

So-called Civil Rights leaders are justifying their existence by exploiting an industry: the Race card industry. Photo: AP

WASHINGTON, July 22, 2013 – The Reverend Jesse Jackson is doing his part in keeping the delta in race American race relations deep and wide. Those confused about Rev. Jackson’s motives need not remain baffled: Racial division, strife and agitation is an industry.

The payoff requires a healthy and burgeoning commerce in this regard.

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Roll the clock back a decade ago, and you will find that the pages from the playbook are strikingly similar. In a 2003 interview with Business Week, Rev. Jackson pulled out the mother of all trump cards: The RACE card. Examining some of Rev. Jackson’s statements and assertions, one can see how closely they lined up with reality (Note: All of Rev. Jackson’s statements will be complete, unedited sentences as reported by Business Week):

Before placing Rev. Jackson’s statements under scrutiny, consider the opening question by BusinessWeek’s Chicago Correspondent Roger O. Crockett. He sets the stage by making a presumptive softball statement that played right into the hands of the Rainbow Coalition/P.U.S.H. president: “Blacks have made a lot of progress over the past decade, but compared to whites, black progress isn’t so impressive. Why is it important to look at the gains in relation to whites?

Mr. Crockett failed to qualify his statement that “blacks have made a lot of progress over the past decade…” with any facts to support his comparative analysis. He then goes on to assert that (compared to whites) “…black progress isn’t so impressive.”

With that, let’s look at two of Rev. Jackson’s most provocative interview statements:

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1. “The promise to give the black man equal standing lasted from 1863 to 1896. The Supreme Court then was the architect of Jim Crowe. Dr. [Martin Luther] King’s speech should never be referred to as the dream speech — it was the broken-promise speech. He stood with Lincoln behind him who promised emancipation. Here we stand 100 years later in savage inequality. The promissory note has bounced, marked insufficient funds, 40 years after [King’s speech].”

While it is true that black emancipation lasted from the Emancipation Proclamation (1863 to 1896), back then, anti-discrimination legislation was championed by the Republican party, with black legislators in their ranks (none were Democrat).

 It is also true that Jim Crow laws were handed down by a predominantly Democrat Supreme Court.

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Dr. King’s speech was one of the most riveting and memorable of all time. It is unconscionable for Rev. Jackson to make such a statement which besmirches its historicity and relevance. Interestingly, this year, August 2013, will mark the half-century (50th) anniversary of Dr. King’s speech.

2. “We’re focusing on the dream and not the broken promise. Even though there has been some rising of boats in the last few years, [blacks] still remain without equal protection under the law. That’s why there’s race profiling in insurance, housing, and mortgage lending. [African Americans were denied mortgage loans 2.31 times more frequently than whites in 2001, according to the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, up from 2.07 times more frequently in 2000, and from 2.02 times in 1996.] In the ghetto, the very tax laws leave blacks less able to gain economic assistance in the system.”

Yes, Rev. Jackson:  Some of us choose to focus on Dr. King’s dream. But you make it sound like a bad thing. No broken promises existed in 2003, and neither do they exist in 2013.

But the rhetoric from Rev. Jackson played right into the arguments made during G.W. Bush’s first term.

The Bush Administration, seeing the potentially disastrous effects of the government forcing lenders to issue loans to consumers who were financially unable to repay, sought to tighten regulations on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. But through the efforts of ACORN, and the Democrat-led U.S. Congress (with Democrat majorities in both chambers) effectively headed-off any effort of the Bush Administration to stop the reckless and irresponsible lending practices that eventually led to our financial meltdown in 2008.

\Yet, back in 2003, Rev. Jackson’s voice was among the many Liberal OBJECTIONS to limit extending credit to those who had a reasonable amount of financial solvency.

Rev. Jackson, you are also incorrect to assert that blacks remain without equal protection under the law. The above cited statistics are misleading because they are presented to give the impression that blacks were discriminated against on the basis of race. The truth is: those that did not get the loan (regardless of race or ethnicity) were discriminated against on the basis of insufficient income and/or poor credit rating.

Those statistics are indicative of the fact that per capita income for black families is lower than that for white families. A better breakdown of those statistics would exist had you examined WHY blacks have a lower per capita household income.

We are on the threshold of the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s “I have a dream” speech (August 28, 1963). But despite sweeping Civil Rights legislation in Congress (which garnered strong Republican support in the face of vehement opposition by many Democrats) in 1964, much work remained to bridge the financial and socioeconomic divide between black and white America.

The 1965 race riots in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles forced America to look into the serious rift in its domestic race relations. California Governor Pat Brown, determined to get to the root of the problem, appointed former CIA Director John McCone to investigate the cause, effect and remedy related to the Watts riots. After many weeks of investigation, the group (known as the McCone Commission) released their report.

The McCone Commission report was vilified by many in the elite Washington establishment. But history has borne out the fact that the action items identified in that 1965 report were spot-on.

Among its many recommendations are:

a. Employment: The most serious immediate problem that faces the Negro in our community is employment - securing and holding a job that provides him an opportunity for livelihood, a chance to earn the means to support himself and his family, a dignity, and a reason to feel that he is a member of our community in a true and a very real sense.

Unemployment and the consequent idleness are at the root of many of ‘the problems we discuss in this report.” (Note: The report emphasized the need for true employment; not EBT cards and/or unemployment checks).

b. Job Skills Training:Two essential elements seem to be missing. The first is “attitudinal training” to help the candidate develop the necessary motivation, certain basic principles of conduct, and essential communication skills, all of which are necessary for success in the training course and for the employment to follow. The second is counseling, a service necessary if use is to be made of the particular skills, interest and attitudes of the candidate.”

c. Education:Essentially, the reading and writing level of students in the disadvantaged areas is far too low for them either to advance in school or to function effectively in society. The frequent direct consequences of illiteracy are delinquency, welfare problems, unemployment, poverty, and political and social isolation. A sharp reduction in class size, together with provision for special supporting services and materials, would offer teachers a more professionally rewarding assignment and would be likely to attract dedicated teachers to seek positions in schools in disadvantaged areas.

The Commission’s study as well as experience elsewhere support this conclusion. In summary, it appears that inequalities exist with respect to incidence of double sessions, cafeterias, libraries, and course offerings for academically talented students. These differences can and should be eliminated. However, the Commission does not feel that these inequalities or the differences in teacher experience or status fully explain the lower achievement of students in disadvantaged areas.”

d. Law Enforcement Community Relations. We offer the following recommendations:

1) The Board of Police Commissioners should be strengthened.

2) Investigations of all citizen complaints should be conducted by an independent Inspector General under the authority of the Chief of Police in the implementation of procedures established by the Board of Police Commissioners.

3) The Police Department should institute expanded community relations programs.

4) The Sheriffs Department should effectuate these recommendations to the extent that they are applicable to it.

e. Social Programs: “…programs must be accompanied with a recognition that a truly successful welfare program must, wherever feasible, create an initiative and an incentive on the part of the recipients to become independent of state assistance. Otherwise, the welfare program promotes an attitude of hopelessness and permanent dependence.”

Here we are today, nearly a half century and trillions of dollars (via Lyndon Johnon’s Great Society, and other social experiments) after the McCone Commission report, and the rate of poverty, delinquency and despair has never been HIGHER in the inner cities across America. It is also worth noting that the overwhelming majority of beleaguered and impoverished urban centers have been under Democrat control since the mid 1960’s.

So-called Civil Rights leaders are justifying their existence by exploiting an industry: the Race card industry. With very few exceptions, those who followed the template outlined by the McCone Commission in 1965 have been lifted out of the jaws of poverty and despair.

If you sift through the ashes of so-called Civil Rights leaders who publicly decry the plight of urban America, you will find that they may have talked about necessary actions, but by and large they have not been facilitators to put into action those proven helps (similar to the McCone Commission recommendations) that have universally emancipated and liberated individuals.

If a solution is not applied, the conditions will perpetuate successive generations of victims. Thus, in 2013, we have the results of nearly fifty years of inaction within largely Democrat-controlled urban centers, and the industry of victimization has flourished.

Shining the light of truth and empirical facts on dark and desolate misinformation is the best way to put the race hustler and race baiting industry out of business. 

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Bill was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, in the neighborhood known as the Lower Ninth Ward.  His U.S. Navy career spanned from August 1974 through December 2001, during which he had a decorated and distinguished span of honorable service.  His profession and specialty was Earth Science (Meteorology, Oceanography and Geodesy).  After retiring from active duty on January 1, 2002, he entered the private sector as an Independent Insurance Agent (AFLAC) and garnered recognition as a top performer as a new member. Shortly thereafter he earned his B.S. degree in Business Management, and later earned his MBA degree.  He has also earned Information Technology (IT) Certification from Wake Technical Community College (May 2013).  Bill worked for the Department of Veterans Affairs at the Milwaukee VA Pension Center (2002 –2005), processing hundreds of benefits claims for veterans and their family members.  Bill subsequently relocated and served on the staff of a local church in Pensacola, FL (May – Dec 2005), and then accepted a business opportunity as a Generalist with a major Management Consulting Firm (2006 – 2008).  Bill now owns a private Management Consulting company based in Wake Forest, NC.  He and his family relocated to North Carolina after his wife, Wendy, accepted a job offer in there.  He once ran for Chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party (June 2009).  He has also twice run for U.S Congress (NC-13th Congressional district), winning the GOP nomination in the 2010 Primary, and losing in the GOP Primary in 2012.  He is an author and a Community Chaplain.  Bill and his wife have resided in Wake Forest, NC since October 2008.  Bill has a son and four daughters.

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