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Excellent Black American Role Models Are Being Erased From History

Rod Thomson

There is a tragedy of historical and philosophical ignorance that is benefitting a tiny handful of people at the expense and well-being of the vast majority of black Americans.

This tragedy is the ongoing, purposeful scrubbing from the education system the history of successful, self-reliant black Americans before the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s, and the reason for their success and that of large numbers of other blacks.

The leading black American at the turn of the 20th century was Booker T. Washington, whose approach was the virtual opposite of today’s grievance-focused approach that looks to government for personal progress. Washington, born into slavery, thought the black man’s best hope lay in personal responsibility, education, entrepreneurship, business and family. And indeed, there were great economic gains arising from that until the 1970s.

The result of this erasure of Washington and others (such as Frederick Douglass) is that black Americans have ever more intently looked to government, ironically still run largely by the dominant race of white Americans, for their future success. This means too many black Americans’ reliance ultimately rests on the largesse of white people, the total opposite of what was being promoted successfully for 60 years after the Civil War.

The Civil Rights Movement was an imperative for black Americans and the strength of all of America, crushing the last poisons of fully institutionalized racism (at least until hiring quotas, affirmative action and intersectionality began reintroducing the poison.) But if it had been married to the earlier teachings of Washington the result almost assuredly would have been a dynamic, black community in full competition with white and Asian Americans.

Washington was born into slavery in 1856, but grew from emancipation to be an American educator, author, orator, advisor to multiple presidents of the United States and for a quarter century until his death in 1915 was the dominant leader in the American black community.

He was a forceful proponent of black-owned businesses and a founder of the National Negro Business League. Based at the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama as lynchings in the South peaked in 1895, Washington delivered his “Atlanta compromise” speech. He called for black progress through education and entrepreneurship, rather than trying to challenge directly the Jim Crow segregation and the disenfranchisement of black voters in the South. (Although he quietly helped those who were fighting the Jim Crow laws.) He felt blacks best situation would be had by being self-reliant.

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Washington mobilized and led a broad, nationwide coalition of the growing middle-class of blacks, church leaders who were not so much political as Christian, and white philanthropists and politicians who supported his vision. His goal was the long-term, foundational building of the black community’s economic strength and pride through self-help and schooling. In this way, black Americans would not be reliant on the government or the largesse of white people. And their economic strength would naturally integrate them into the American capitalistic culture.

This was precisely what was happening and can be seen in the economic growth among black Americans that erupted in the immediate aftermath of civil rights laws dismantling legal discrimination. This short era was while the concept of self-help was still dominant — before the welfare culture took hold.

According to an in-depth study by the University of Indiana:

“For both African–American men and women, the greatest improvement in labour income relative to their White counterparts occurred in the 1960s and 1970s (Donohue 2007, pp. 1424–25). In the 1960s, African-American men and women of all age groups enjoyed positive growth relative to their White counterparts, with the men enjoying growth rates ranging from 6.5 percent to 21.8 percent, and the women enjoying growth rates ranging from 23.5 percent to 38.7 percent.”

These high growth numbers are actually above the rate of income growth for whites during the same period, meaning that the gap was being closed. Black Americans made their biggest strides in closing the economic gap with white Americans at a time when the self-reliant ethos of Booker T. Washington and others was still somewhat intact, and discrimination laws had been eliminated.

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Unfortunately, going forward, the black labor participation rate that was 90 percent in 1970, plummeted to 77 percent by 2010. The white rate went from 95 percent to 91 percent in the same time period. Of course, this was the same time period in which the Great Society took hold.

There are many other data points showing that blacks were closing the gap on whites at a quick pace economically until the welfare state took hold most deeply among black Americans. Then progress not just slowed, but stopped and in some ways went backward. We see more black people in public, successful positions now but that is because of both opportunities and certain advantages that have been created for black Americans tend to accrue to those that already “have,” compared to those who “have not.”

Classic result of state-driven social policies.

Washington understood much of what was happening in his time and what could happen if black Americans took the path that was ultimately taken. His words both lift and inspire — not just black Americans, but all Americans — just as Martin Luther King’s do.

Here are some of his fascinating and worthy insights. (Language is time-stamped. If you are offended, avoid all history and pretend it didn’t exist. But you probably have not read this far if you are of that nature.) You see how Washington consistently looks at the individual, at the character of the man as MLK pointed to, not any outside forces. He is actually far more in the traditional American mode than any of today’s progressives of any race.

“I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.”

“Character, not circumstances, makes the man.”

“Of all forms of slavery there is none that is so harmful and degrading as that form of slavery which tempts one human being to hate another by reason of his race or color. One man cannot hold another man down in the ditch without remaining down in the ditch with him.”

“There are two ways of exerting one’s strength: one is pushing down, the other is pulling up.”

“Men may make laws to hinder and fetter the ballot, but men cannot make laws that will bind or retard the growth of manhood. We went into slavery a piece of property; we came out American citizens. We went into slavery pagans; we came out Christians. We went into slavery without a language; we came out speaking the proud Anglo-Saxon tongue. We went into slavery with slave chains clanking about our wrists; we came out with the American ballot in our hands.”

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And these two, that could with little imagination, attach to some current so-called “civil rights” leaders afflicting the county and American blacks:

“There is another class of coloured people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs — partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs.”

“I am afraid that there is a certain class of race-problem solvers who don’t want the patient to get well, because as long as the disease holds out they have not only an easy means of making a living, but also an easy medium through which to make themselves prominent before the public.”

It’s truly a tragedy that Washington’s legacy has been erased, that so few students learn of him today, and that we have turned our back on the wisdom of his life and insights.

Rod Thomson is an author, TV talking head and former journalist, and is Founder of The Revolutionary Act. Rod is co-host of Right Talk America With Julio and Rod on the Salem Radio Network.


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Racist Poison Is Being Injected Into Journalism Students

Rod Thomson

While we were working as a nation to cleanse the American body of the poison of racism against blacks — a long, painful endeavor that was finally finding considerable success in the latter half of the 20th century — a different poison was being introduced into the body: racism against whites. Full out, white people are inherently, genetically evil racism.

That statement may have sounded extreme a few years ago. No more. It is mainstreaming now right under our noses and, like so many damaging ideas of recent years, it is flowering among the leftists that oppress our nation’s college campuses.

And few schools on our college campuses are as open to radicalism as the schools of mass communication, which still churn out journalists by the tens of thousands under faculty imprinted groupthink.

So it was no surprise that the University of California’s USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism recently displayed a large banner entitled “Dismantle Whiteness and Misogyny.” Make no mistake. This is supported by the faculty radicals — radicals by normal American standards, but not by university standards.

Communications Professor Alison Trope told The College Fix that the mural’s wildly racist content is designed to spark a dialogue — a favorite euphemism of the left for attacking those who disagree — as though there has been no dialogue on the topic in this country.

Further, Trope, who teaches the next generation of journalists, said: “To that end, the signage is meant to offer grounding of terms and ideas.”

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Grounding. So for Trope and the rest, the grounding for this idea is not the high ideals that all people are created in the image of God, and all people have inalienable rights granted by God which cannot be destroyed by man. No, the “grounding” is that whiteness is a blot on America and whites by dint of being white institutionalized organizing principles of racial oppression.

Further, it is supported by journo students, too.

Here’s an example. Students told the Daily Trojan that the mural should have been in a much more visible part of campus. “It wasn’t disruptive enough in my environment,” senior communication major Claire Porter told the paper. She’ll be fairly and objectively reporting your news next year.

The artists, When Women Disrupt, who did the mural do these all over the country. This is from the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism Facebook page:

When Women Disrupt (WWD) is an art collective, who in collaboration with students from the USC Annenberg class “Women: Designing Media for Social Change,” presented their pieces, led workshops and became part of a larger conversation about race, intersectionality and misogyny. Other keywords and topics discussed the subjectivity of “whiteness,” a term discussed among WWD –– which refers to an organizing principle that shapes institutions, policies and social relations.

One of the lasting highlights was a body of art work they created in dialogue with students which is featured on the walls of the entrance of the east lobby of the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. The intent was to spark conversation and dialogue – and encourage reflection and critical thinking.

The work was sponsored by the Institute for Diversity and Empowerment (IDEA) and USC Visions and Voices.

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They pretty clearly state that whiteness is an organizing principle shaping life — for white people. If they mean the tribalism that is easy to fall into for many groups of people, including but not limited to race, then sure. But they don’t. They mean white people, specifically. This is openly racist. Here is more from a flyer the group hands out:

“WWD’s intention is to provoke greater discussion and thinking about the institutionalized and everyday systems of power and representation that reinforce racism, patriarchy, and inequality.”

Remember, on the Facebook page they posit that whiteness “refers to an organizing principle that shapes institutions” and then on their flyer they talk about “institutionalized” racism. This is not hard. Whiteness, inherent obviously among white people, institutionalizes racism. The fact that such institutions are not named — except sometimes “the police,” but then never with specificity beyond an individual incident, which by definition is not institutional — and no evidence is offered, does not stop the continued repetition of this falsity as truth.

The clear meaning is that white people are genetically racist. This actually aligns with what Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan has been saying for decades — that white people are “devils.” He is one of the worst people in terms of spewing hatred while continually being given a platform among the left, including the Congressional Black Caucus, not to mention, Facebook and Youtube.

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The artists that are part of When Women Disrupt portray their clearly racist work around the country and are comfortable on college campuses. Are they just extremists? Less all the time. They have been featured in such major media publications as New York Times, Huffington Post, CNN, NPR, New York Magazine, MSNBC, Time magazine, Fast Company and more. That’s a lot of mostly glowing coverage.

It’s not really surprising that these people and their overt racism would be welcome not just on college campuses, but in schools of journalism. Because journalists are increasingly leftist activists. They are being trained to be just that as they exit with their degrees and head to newspapers, networks and online media sites nationwide. They imbibe, absorb and promulgate this racist poison. It’s hard to see how that changes since they are birthed into the system this way. They equate all of this leftist racism with good journalism.

This is unbelievably dangerous territory, and definitively explains the attraction for too many to the return to tribalism that animates the alt right. There was no alt right to speak of 10 to 15 years ago. They are a reactionary grouping. And if they fade, others more dangerous will rise in this environment.

Because racism inevitably begets more racism. It is a vicious, bloody, hateful cycle that we were breaking in this country, and that the left is re-inserting.

Rod Thomson is an author, TV talking head and former journalist, and is Founder of The Revolutionary Act. Rod is co-host of Right Talk America With Julio and Rod on the Salem Radio Network.


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New York Times Buries Surprise Study Results To Stoke Racism

Rod Thomson

A hallmark of the modern Democratic Party and Progressive Left in America is keeping racial tensions high. Whether affirmative action reverse discrimination — which is just discrimination — or college quotas or disparate impacts of any variety, the Left sees and lives through a prism of race either for social justice purposes or for cultural power purposes or electoral purposes.

The goal of racial harmony most certainly does not fit anywhere in the spectrum.

A recent New York Times article demonstrates this dynamic perfectly, and adds to the overflowing pot of evidence that most traditional media organizations can simply not be trusted to report honestly on race, along with the pantheon of other political and cultural issues.

In a story under the headline, “Extensive Data Shows Punishing Reach of Racism for Black Boys,” the Times gives a factually gerrymandered take on a study that actually showed much bigger issues and, by the way, included data debunking the disparity-as-racism mantra.

But no political agenda is to be sidetracked with facts. Therefore the Times reported that young black men trail young white men brought up in similar socio-economic circumstances because America is still a widely racist country:

“Black boys raised in America, even in the wealthiest families and living in some of the most well-to-do neighborhoods, still earn less in adulthood than white boys with similar backgrounds, according to a sweeping new study that traced the lives of millions of children. White boys who grow up rich are likely to remain that way. Black boys raised at the top, however, are more likely to become poor than to stay wealthy in their own adult households...Gaps persisted even when black and white boys grew up in families with the same income, similar family structures, similar education levels and even similar levels of accumulated wealth.”

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For progressives, and that is who writes for the Times, the conclusion is systemic racism. Actually, it was the conclusion before the study, as the Times publishes this sort of bad reporting all the time to fit their agenda. Because while that single data point certainly suggests racism as a possibility (as long as we never consider personal behavior as having consequences) it ignores more data that is counterfactual to its conclusion.

Here’s where: The actual study says this disparity does not apply to black women who are brought up in similar socio-economic circumstances as white women.

From the study: “No such income gap exists between black and white women raised in similar households…black women earn slightly more than white women conditional on parent income.”

Further counterfactual: “Black women have higher college attendance rates than white men, conditional on parental income.”

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Well that’s a whole lot of data totally undermining the racism part. If black women do slightly better than white women in similar upbringings, according to this study, and white men do better than black men in similar upbringings, it seems the one thing that is clear is that race is not the disparity driver. Perhaps sexism? But if so, it is reverse sexism from what the intersectionalists say, where a woman is more aggrieved than a man. This study also undermines that thesis.

This turns it all on its head and completely undermines the idea of the “punishing reach of racism” trumpeted in the Times’ headline. But the Times, pursuing an agenda, not journalism, just takes the single data point to try to demonstrate systemic racism. It never asks or pursues the more likely possibility that young black men are making different choices than young white men, young white women and young black women. And here is a big reason for that: If it were the case, en masse, it would suggest a cultural deficiency. And in the age of punishing political correctness, such honest questions cannot be asked.

And so the Times deeply downplays that data on black women flourishing, focusing on the disparity of black men not flourishing. They quote Ibram Kendi, a professor and director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University. “…for whatever reason, we’re unwilling to stare racism in the face.”

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Real journalists would note that Professor Kendi has an inherent bias here. He’s the director of nothing if there is no serious racism in America. The Times loses a major progressive agenda issue if there is no serious racism in America. The Democratic Party loses a powerful electoral weapon if there is no serious racism in America.

All of them have an incentive to keep stoking the fires that America is a deeply racist country. And they do so, to the profound detriment of the country.

Rod Thomson is an author, TV talking head and former journalist, and is Founder of The Revolutionary Act. Rod is co-host of Right Talk America With Julio and Rod on the Salem Radio Network.


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The Racism Of Chuck Schumer And Democrats On Full Display

Rod Thomson

Democrats aren’t even pretending on race anymore. And the following example shows as much as any other why they cannot be the majority party again as long as they pursue such a racist agenda.

The race card has long been a keystone of Democratic electoral strategy. Divide by race. Label the other side racist. Claim they will protect minorities from the evil majority in the racist other party. And most recently, President Trump is definitely, definitely a racist and also a white supremacist.

But the real evidence of racism is on the Democratic side.

The recent opposition to President Trump’s judicial nominee Marvin Quattlebaum for a vacancy on the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina is solely based on skin color. Quattlebaum is white and Obama had nominated two blacks to replace the former white judge on the court.

Rallying all the disingenuity at his disposal, Schumer said:

“The nomination of Marvin Quattlebaum speaks to the overall lack of diversity in President Trump’s selections for the federal judiciary…Quattlebaum replaces not one, but two scuttled Obama nominees who were African American.”

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One of those voluntarily withdrew from consideration when it was discovered that she reduced bail for accused criminals who then went out and committed murder. Twice. The other nominee was late in the Obama presidency and was not voted on. No one doubts that Obama was appointing those based on their skin color. For Schumer, that’s all right as long as they are black. Because…votes.

Schumer went on: “As of February 14, 83 percent of President Trump’s confirmed nominees were male, 92 percent were white. That represents the lowest share of non-white candidates in three decades…It’s long past time that the judiciary starts looking a lot more like the America it represents. Having a diversity of views and experiences on the federal bench is necessary for the equal administration of justice.”

“I’ll be voting no on the Quattlebaum nomination.”

Schumer mustered no other opposition based on Quattlebaum’s legal expertise, experience or qualifications. The entire opposition was because Quattlebaum is white. That’s called racism.

All that should matter in a judge is that he or she is qualified and will rule based on the law. Using race as the determining factor is begging for judges and judicial rulings that are not based on law, but based on skin color. And that is more than dangerous. If it is the color of the judge’s skin and not the law that matters, then why should judges rule based on the law, and not in accordance with their skin color? If they are appointed to be a judge based on skin color, then why shouldn’t they judge based on skin color?

But in this, he is completely in line with the Democratic Party. An honest media would be calling out this bald stoking of racial tensions for political gain. But we don’t have an honest traditional media. We do have the Daily Caller and other alternative media outlets that are reporting these types of things.

Actually, the traditional media may well report the racial disparities that Schumer mentioned, because its primary goal today is to discredit the Trump presidency, help Democrats in the midterm elections and defeat Trump in 2020 if they cannot get him removed before then.

But there are actually good reasons for the apparent discrepancy. Like all Presidents, Trump is appointing judges in line with his legal thinking. Finding black jurists who are originalists in the form of Justice Clarence Thomas is not easy. Their numbers are just tiny.

Paul Mirengoff at Powerline Blog did some basic math:

“Blacks make up about 4.5 percent of all lawyers in America. But because black admission to law school has increased in recent years, they are a smaller proportion of lawyers in the age group from which the federal judiciary is drawn.

Trump has nominated 87 federal judges. One is black. Based on black representation among lawyers in the reasonably eligible age group, we would expect Trump to have nominated around three blacks. The shortfall (two judges) is insignificant.”

So Schumer and a majority of other Democrats who voted against Quattlebaum are saying that he was the wrong skin color. There’s no real expectation of a contextual, reasonable discussion. It’s all division. All politics. All get Trump.

Rod Thomson is an author, TV talking head and former journalist, and is Founder of The Revolutionary Act. Rod is co-host of Right Talk America With Julio and Rod on the Salem Radio Network.


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