Far from this information being new, black conservatives for years have discussed this very topic only to be labeled traitors and Uncle Tom’s for doing so, often by white liberals. Shelby Steele, George Schuyler, Marc Lamont Hill, and many others have been outright dismissed or smeared in their attempts to get the message out that (white) liberal social policies and the welfare state are hurting blacks for more than helping. To allude to the anti-discernment, infantilizing policies of the Great Society, subsidized housing (which are often ghettos), affirmative action, welfare, etc, as potentially making things worse for minorities is to be a heretic and worse… ungrateful for all “they” have done for us.
At our local bookstore, Burgess Owens, books were shelved in the Fascism section. Yup, a black questioning communism and public assistance is apparently a straight up fascist. Is it any wonder that blacks trying to make something of themselves and encouraging others to do the same is barely heard? Look at a recent example when sports commentator Sage Steele pointed out that a protest over immigration at an airport was actually blocking immigrants from getting home. She lost her job, had her life threatened, and was called often (again mostly by white liberals) traitor. How can blacks be a part of a good conversation about self-sufficiency and public policy if any and every thing said that doesn’t tow the leftist line is traitorous?
Living in Portland where white ladies can’t have a burrito cart and celebrating Black History month entails seeing a movie where blacks are depicted in animal costumes (including gorillas and men barking like dogs – I mean, hello!) I can attest to the liberal racism that drips with condescension here. The number of times I’ve talked with white liberals here where they have pointed out my skin color and wanted my perspective ONLY from that POV is astounding. Only when I speak with people of color or moderates or conservatives are my views not required to be race-based. Sure it seems the West Coast is less racist, but I’d take a bigot who was honest off the bat to the insidious smug liberalism that serves to keep blacks/minorities who think for themselves in line.
Yes things are worse for blacks and one too many have believed in the salvation of modern (Marxist) liberalism to their own and their communities detriment. If blacks want to truly be “woke” they will have to stop toeing democrat party lines and look to those blacks brave enough to say “do for yourself, think for yourself, and stop letting pandering be a substitute for actual justice.” Black empowerment doesn’t come from a handout based on pity and white guilt. It comes from questioning those who seek to keep us in ghettos, on welfare, and full of grievances towards so-called conservative white oppressors. We need to stop being the socialist-tinged guard dogs that certain liberals want us to be to serve their agendas. We need to get busy opening businesses, raising healthy kids, and most importantly, living our own lives.