As Black History Month comes to a close, I’d like to examine the positive contributions of Black Americans.
To do this, we must look at the exceptional in their group. When we look at the averages and overall negative impact on our economy, culture and personal safety, it’s easy to dismiss them all as a drag on our great country. If we focus on normal, hardworking, moral, Christian and law-abiding White and Asian citizens, we see that they would be objectively far better off if every Black left our shores tomorrow (After Black History month, of course). Every crime and economic study shows this. The impact on our culture has been glorification of drugs and violence and lack of social trust in our society.
But let us not dwell on the obvious problem Blacks and their deficiencies create for innocent Whites, but the contributions that exceptional members of that race have provided us. This, of course has nothing to do with “musicians” and sports figures. They are simply pawns used by the Chosen People to extract money from us. Something the Chosen are quite good at.
We will list those who actually have the intellectual capacity and self-awareness to point at their own people as the problem, and not blame it on our culture’s favorite boogeyman: White supremacists. After all, guess what group leads in committing the most hate crimes, per capita? Yeah, not Whites.
Larry Elder is a polemicist and provocateur who hosts a nationally syndicated, self-titled radio program. Elder is also a registered Republican and one of the few black conservatives with a major platform. While Elder often engages through a more aggressive and confrontational style of debate, the points he makes are worth heavy consideration. I’d recommend a read of his 2009 book, What’s Race Got to Do with It? Why It’s Time to Stop the Stupidest Argument in America.
Pleas for Black Americans to rise above the tethers of racism have been stated and echoed by many an author, politician, and pundit, but few have done so as eloquently and thoroughly as has Dr. Shelby Steele. Dr. Steele has written several books focused on race relations and the culture of victimization surrounding black America, but my personal favorite is White Guilt: How Blacks and Whites Together Destroyed the Promise of the Civil Rights Era. This book is more relevant today than when it was written in 2006, especially with the rise and reemergence of mainstream black activism. Steele emphasizes how we must be cognizant of our past mistakes to avoid repeating them with future policies.
Writers such as Coleman Hughes, Jason Riley, Carol Swain, Armond White, Star Parker, and Michelle Bernard always challenge us to think beyond the normative, but the best in this category is, by far, Dr. Thomas Sowell. Reading Thomas Sowell has always forced us to think critically about the narrative that the left and mainstream media considers as the one and only truth about race (it’s always White people’s fault, and they must always pay).
Dr. Sowell’s plainspoken and often brutally honest nature has a way of exposing your ignorance on a subject while at the same time educating you in a way that doesn’t make you feel inept. I happen to be a big fan of Dr. Sowell and enjoy listening to his ideas and opinion.
Finally, I’d like to end this post with one of the top intellectuals in the nation. He happens to be a Black man. Nevertheless, I have read many of his writings from his time on the Supreme Court, and there is simply no one who understands the role of the Judiciary better. It’s not even close.
Clarence Thomas is an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. He was nominated by President George H. W. Bush and confirmed by the United States Senate to succeed Thurgood Marshall, and is the second Black to serve on the Court. Since 2018, Thomas has served as the senior associate justice, the longest-serving member of the Court, with a tenure of 29 years, 128 days as of February 28, 2021.
Supreme Court experts describe Thomas's jurisprudence as textualist, stressing the original meaning of the United States Constitution and statutes. He is also, along with fellow justice Neil Gorsuch, an advocate of natural law. Many writers view Thomas as the Court's most conservative member. He is also known for having gone over a decade without asking a question during oral arguments.
Thomas describes his life chronologically in My Grandfather's Son. The early parts of the book are dominated by the impact his grandfather had on him, while sections describing his adulthood up to his Supreme Court appointment focus on overcoming personal demons without describing too much about his career. Following his confirmation to the Court, Thomas centers his writing on professional, ideological and judicial issues. The themes of race and self-reliance run throughout, and many issues are framed through one or both of those lenses. Great book.