Yes we can be friends with white people
This article is in response to the New York Times Op-Ed Can My Children Be Friends With White People. It’s written by law professor Ekow N. Yankah and is currently one of the top op-eds in the New York Times. I read this article and of course the title is meant for shock value and in the article itself he says not all white people are bad blah blah blah. I am a gay black conservative/libertarian who voted for Donald Trump so my perspective is unique to this topic.
Same old divisive leftist diatribe
He talks about a friend is someone that is not only friendly but truly cares about your well being. I couldn’t agree more. A friend is someone that not only talks the talk but walks the walk with you which brings me to my point about the left. They do a good job (admittedly better than conservatives) at humoring Blacks into thinking that they are on their side, especially during election season, but their policies not only do little to nothing for Blacks but actually hurt us.
Case in point 1: Chicago & Illinois
Chicago is a democratic city in the solidly democratic state of Illinois. Conservatives have no voice in Chicago and little in Illinois. Let’s see how Blacks are doing in Chicago. Well, not only does Chicago have the highest Black youth unemployment with 50% neither working nor in school the entire state of Illinois it has the lowest black employment rate in the country according to the conservative Illinoispolicy.org
This has lead to Chicago being one of the murder capitals of America. Frankly despite all of our talk about police brutality (some of it valid) I’d be more scared walking down the streets in the south side of Chicago than I would in redneck country or around any police headquarters. This is course makes perfect sense everyone knows when you have young men–of any race–with nothing productive to do that means trouble. Frankly from what I’ve seen most black people aren’t worried about being friends with white people they’re more scared of other black people!
Let me take this moment to make it clear to my readers that yes black people want to work! It’s just that labor unions and liberals have driven away a lot of the jobs that were traditionally done by Blacks particularly Black men. The research is clear and profound:
… for each 10 percent increase in the federal or state minimum wage employment for young Black males decreased 6.5 percent. By contrast, after the same wage boost, employment for white and Hispanic males fell respectively just 2.5 percent and 1.2 percent.-Young Black Men Are the First to Go with Minimum Wage Hike
Case in point 2: Texas vs California
Texas is often presented as the poster child of the right and California of the left. Both states are doing well macroeconimcally but if we dig just a little bit deeper we can see a clear victor on which state is best for the majority of its people. Look at the map above. In California 54% of Black people have some form of work while in Texas it’s 60%. That’s not just a snap shot in time either. Employment for Black Texans is increasing at a steady rate and Blacks getting richer. Compare that to their brothers and sisters in California
Now lets look at everyone else
You see income growth for everyone has grown the most in the two largest red states according to the conservative Heritage Foundation. So much for the leftiest diatribe of conservatives voting against their own interests. To put it more bluntly according to the Sacramento Bee “California exports its poor to Texas”
There was really nothing left for me in California,” said Kundurazieff, who also writes a blog about his cats. “The cost of living was high. The rent was high. The job market was debatable.” Friends in Texas suggested he relocate. He now works at a Walmart in Houston, making a little north of $10 an hour. He works 40 hours a week, riding his bike about 7 miles to work many days. He does not pay state income tax. His rent is just over $500, with utilities.
He’s not exaggerating either. California unequivocally has the nation’s highest poverty rate. According to the center left Politico
We have the highest poverty rate in the nation — higher than New Mexico, higher than any of the southern states, Louisiana, Alabama, higher than Idaho.-Politico
Case in point 3: Camden New Jersey
The liberal solution to everything is throw more money at it and bigger government. Does that work though? New Jersey spends on average $20,385 per student to educate their students. Statewide, per-pupil costs ranged from a high of $60,129 in one small district, to $10,181 for a Jersey City charter school with 310 students. If the liberal formula of more money=better outcomes then New Jersey students should be darn near the top in academic performance. Well I think you know where this is going. In Camden New Jersey nearly half of all students graduate on appeal meaning they failed to meet the state’s basic standards to get a high school diploma according to the liberal NPR News.
While not a slam dunk vouchers and charter schools have proven to be a better option than traditional government run schools. So much so even the liberal Brookings Institute had to admit that:
Harvard, University of Wisconsin and Brookings studied programs in New York City, the District of Columbia and Dayton. African American children did much better on test scores having had advantage of a voucher program.
Can we be friends with white people or should we be friends with liberals?
The left loves to focus on questions of race and gender as those are divisive. Conservatives did the same thing with same sex marriage in the early 2000’s but both of these are the wrong questions. Which side is doing better for the most people? If we look at Blacks, economic freedom tends to benefit blacks the most. Instead of asking if we can be friends with white people what the professor should be asking is ‘Should Blacks be friends with liberals?’ Based on his criteria of actually caring about our well being it seems to be liberals care in their rhetoric but not in their policies. The tide of economic freedom raises all boats while big government only benefits a select few; mostly government employees and their labor union bosses.
I can’t help but remember my mother used to always tell me:
Talk is cheap