Well, the Philadelphia metro area awakened this morning to the news that our neighbor across the Delaware River–the tropical city of Camden, New Jersey–has been named the Most Dangerous City in America.
For the third time in five years.
That’s right, folks, in 2003, 2004 and 2008, Camden has had the dubious honor, this time around boasting 2,300 violent crimes for every 10,000 residents. Now, I try my level best to spend as little time in Camden as I can–the same can be said for the other cities which rounded out the top five, those being St. Louis, Oakland, Detroit and Flint–but it’s not as though Philadelphia is the second coming of Mayberry.
In truth, time and time again we see the same cities at the higher reaches of lists like “Most Dangerous” and “Most Impoverished,” cities like Philadelphia, like Cleveland, Detroit, Baltimore, New Orleans, Newark, Oakland and Washington, DC. And the giant elephant in the room–or, in these cases, the elephant not in the room–that nobody wants to acknowledge is that these metropolitan areas have historically and nearly without interruption been run by liberal Democrats.
It’s the bigger government and higher taxes and increased regulatory burdens which are driving out business and industry, eliminating jobs, and destroying these cities. It’s the blame-shifting, combined with the economic turmoil, that is causing a crime rate higher than the national average. And yet, when those of us on the political right stand up against those growth- and progress-stifling tenets of liberalism, we’re the ones who are labeled “racist.”
Over at American Thinker today is a contribution by Kevin Jackson, author of The Big Black Lie (BUY IT!!), purveyor of The Black Sphere, and frequent guest on Glenn Beck’s Fox News Channel program. The title is Obama the Racist, and given today’s news from Camden and the overall economic slide we’re seeing across America, the timing and topic could not have been more apropos.
I spoke with Kevin on Friday as he was traveling out west for some appearances at various tea parties. He apprised me of the piece which had originally been scheduled for Saturday, and gave be a brief synopsis. But rather than share my recollection of the conversation, perhaps it would be better to read Kevin’s words themselves. [NOTE: I have Kevin's permission to reproduce the article in full here and have not heard back from the folks at American Thinker.]
Obama the Racist?
By Kevin Jackson
The question was recently posed to me, “Do you think Obama is a racist?” I answered, “Obama is the best kind of racist to whites, but the worst kind of racist to blacks.” My questioner was perplexed.
I began by explaining that Obama’s racism against whites is upfront, in-your-face racism, which he discussed in his book Dreams from My Father:
I ceased to advertise my mother’s race at the age of 12 or 13, when I began to suspect that by doing so I was ingratiating myself to whites.
I found a solace in nursing a pervasive sense of grievance and animosity against my mother’s race.
Obama learned this racist ideology during his formative years from his mentor, Frank Marshall Davis, a self-admitted communist and sexual deviant, and most certainly a racist — the kind that blacks say cannot exist.
As Robin of Berkeley suggested in an article in American Thinker, “Davis blamed racism and capitalism for all of the problems in society and instructed young Barry, ‘Don’t fully trust white people,’ and ‘Black people have a reason to hate.’”
In Obama’s defense, his book was written prior to his emergence onto the scene in 2004. Perhaps he had formulated new ideas on whites, and had stopped “nursing that pervasive sense of grievance and animosity against [my] mother’s race”? Or not.
After the tutelage of Davis, Obama’s next-biggest “non-influence,” as it were, came in his twenty-plus-year association with Reverend Jeremiah Wright. Obama sold his racism to whites during his presidential campaign, saying that he didn’t really listen to the hate-speech wrongfully labeled “sermons” at his so-called church. This was a “church” that practiced Cone’s Black Liberation Theology — a “theology” in which if the word “black” were replaced with “white,” the “church” would have undoubtedly been considered a haven for the Aryan Brotherhood. The Acton Institute reports:
The echoes of Cone’s theology bleed through the now infamous, anti-Hillary excerpt by Rev. Wright. Clinton is among the oppressing class (“rich white people”) and is incapable of understanding oppression (“ain’t never been called a n-gg-r”) but Jesus knows what it was like because he was “a poor black man” oppressed by “rich white people.” While Black Liberation Theology is not mainstream in most black churches, many pastors in Wright’s generation are burdened by Cone’s categories which laid the foundation for many to embrace Marxism and a distorted self-image of the perpetual “victim.”
Obama claimed that he didn’t pay attention to Wright’s rants. As Obama said, “I missed a lot of Sundays.” Liberal whites gave him yet another pass.
Post-election Obama continued to flaunt his racism in the face of whites by loading his team with black racists. His first appointment was a noted Black Nationalist, Van Jones, to the post of Green Jobs Czar. Appointing a Black Nationalist to this position by Obama would be like Bill Clinton appointing a Klansman to a similar position. At least with the latter appointment, the Left might have feigned outrage.
John Bracey sketches his interpretation of Black Nationalism: [Published circa 1969.]
First, Black America exists in a state of colonial subordination to White America. Black America is a colony. It is and has always been subjected to political, economic, social, and cultural exploitation by White America. These circumstances define Black America’s “underdevelopment” as a nation. Political decisions are made by whites outside the black community; no black bourgeoisie with any meaningful economic power has been allowed to develop, and the major vehicles for cultural expression such as schools, radio, television, and the printed media are under white control.
One would think that with BET and The WB, and the all-black radio stations that you can find in any major city, that there is no longer a need for Black Nationalists like Van Jones, or even a Black Nationalist movement in general. However, no sooner was Van Jones appointed than we were treated to the racist stylings of Mark Lloyd, his most famous quip being, “…white people need to relinquish their power to others.” Others being “non-whites.”
As for Obama’s racism against blacks, you don’t have to be a genius to understand it. However, it is easier to understand if you are not a product of government schools. Obama’s racism against blacks is much more subtle, though exponentially more insidious.
Obama actually believes he helps blacks through his policies, when in fact the outcome devastates them. A good example is education.
Blacks recognize almost universally that education is the key to escaping the cycle of poverty and other ills plaguing the black community.
Obama’s first racist act as president was to remove the voucher program that Bush had established in D.C., a program that Democrats vote against overwhelmingly. This program was producing proven positive results, but it was eliminated — and black children in D.C. were relegated to socialized schools in crime and drug-infested neighborhoods. Simply put, why give black children the choice to opt out of the indoctrination?
Here is how one Liberal organization interpreted Obama’s actions:
Obama and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan have expressed their clear opposition to voucher subsidies for religious and other private schools and their support for a strong public school system. This is a sharp contrast to the Bush administration, which lobbied relentlessly for vouchers, imposed a voucher scheme on the District of Columbia and even held a last-minute conference to push for a government bail-out of financially troubled inner-city Catholic schools.
Obama thinks so highly of the public schools in D.C. (and Chicago) that he put his children in private school.
There are many other examples of these train-wreck policies of Liberals, and particularly with this administration — an administration that had poor blacks believing that Obama was Santa Claus. As with most policies implemented by Liberals, the real trickle-down impact ends up costing blacks more, making them that much more dependent on the government … the endgame orchestrated by then-Senator and racist Democrat Lyndon Baines Johnson, when he commented in 1957:
These Negroes, they’re getting pretty uppity these days and that’s a problem for us since they’ve got something now they never had before, the political pull to back up their uppityness. Now we’ve got to do something about this, we’ve got to give them a little something, just enough to quiet them down, not enough to make a difference. For if we don’t move at all, then their allies will line up against us and there’ll be no way of stopping them, we’ll lose the filibuster and there’ll be no way of putting a brake on all sorts of wild legislation. It’ll be Reconstruction all over again.
The first black president’s policies marginalize blacks. It is the cruelest sort of racism, as it robs blacks of hope instead of inspiring it. Blacks were left with the hope that Obama would redistribute money from creators of wealth to those who would gladly take something for nothing.
The president, voted for by overwhelming numbers of blacks and guilty whites, has likely been the most destructive force in racial politics since his fellow racist Democrat Bull Connor. And what Obama seeks for blacks — socialism, or the leveling of the playing field — has not benefited blacks anywhere on the planet.
On blacks’ ancestral continent, there is not one country that provides a beacon of hope. Africa is where one would think Obama could prove that his policies would work for blacks. Yet in Africa today, there are wars and rumors of wars. The outcome depends only on the “cide” you are on … infanticide, homicide, fratricide, or genocide. Dictators are pillaging the countries they should be serving, and the African people have nothing to show for it but abject poverty and oppression.
In Euro-socialist countries with representative black populations like France, Sweden, and others with representative black populations, there are no black leaders now or emerging. The fact is that the place where black people thrive best is the United States of America. America boasts more multi-millionaire black athletes, entertainers, business moguls, and so on than any country in the world — all due to capitalism.
Here’s the wrap:
Is Obama a racist? Of course he is! But as I say about racists, most just need to see what the other side is like. Obama knows conservatism only anecdotally, as he has never had a conservative friend. He understands only one side — the racist radical side. This is why sanity appears to be radical to him, why patriots are persecuted and achievers neutered.
A true conservative would never befriend a person like Obama. Obama needs to be surrounded by sycophants and suckups, or radical leaders he can admire. My hope is that Obama will actually get to know a few conservatives, black and white. Then maybe, just maybe, he will understand how he is both the best and worst kind of racist.
So, how do we fix it? Well, when it comes to this president, the fix is already in. Barack Obama is Barack Obama, forged solid like a [dull] sword from years and years of blame-shifting, Marxism, and feigned victimhood. He’s the man who chose Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor because she looked like a Hispanic reflection of himself, a minority who came from an unconventional childhood, obsessed with identity politics and all too happy to place the nebulous needs of “social justice” ahead of the basic requirements of the Constitution and the rule of law. Barack Obama is Barack Obama. And there is no saving Barack Obama from himself.
But we can save the United States of America from Barack Obama. And it will be ordinary people like you and like me, and it will be black conservatives like Kevin Jackson, who can wake up Americans black and white to the tenets of conservatism and the advantages of a laissez-faire approach to governance.
It will not be easy. It will not be quick. And it will come in little steps — talking to different people in church groups and in the checkout line in the supermarket, extending an invitation to a tea party rally or low-key Sunday dinner to a co-worker, and reprogramming our children while getting more involved in what they’re learning each day in school.
New York City, at one point, was considered the Most Dangerous City in America. For the most part, they turned it around. And while the Big Apple faces a number of other hurdles in the near future, it still stands as a success story that no city, no area is too far gone to bring back from the brink. I believe we can do the same for America.