Later, though the Democrats lost the war, they endevoured to maintain control and superiority over the freed slaves through Jim Crow laws. (see HERE and HERE and HERE), and by sponsoring the KKK. (see HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE)
Even as late as the 1960's, during the height of racial unrest in the epicenters of the Democrat South and North, proportionately less Democrats than Republicans voted for the Republican sponsored Civil Rights Act.(see HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE)
Things are different now, right? Well, as the saying goes, "The more things change, the more they stay the same" (see HERE)--which means: "Turbulent changes do not affect reality on a deeper level other than to cement the status quo." (see HERE)
Ironically, liberal race-baiters today are conflating their past with that of their opponents:
Surprisingly, though, and eerily reminiscent of Stockholm Syndrome, descendants of slavery have long bound themselves almost exclusively to the party of slavery and Jim Crow and "Bull" Connor. (see HERE and HERE and HERE) In 1964, when 80% of blacks voted Democrat, Malcolm X said this to members of his own race regarding the Democrat Party: 'You put them first, and they put you last. 'Cause you're a chump. A political chump! ... Any time you throw your weight behind a political party that controls two-thirds of the government, and that party can't keep the promise that it made to you during election time, and you are dumb enough to walk around continuing to identify yourself with that party -- you're not only a chump but you're a traitor to your race." (see HERE)
Today, around 96% of Blacks vote Democrat (ibid.), which raises the relevant question of " Why"--the answer to which I believe informs the topic of this blog on racial politics as a partial impetus behind Leftist LUNC's (Law of Negative Unintended Consequences).
According to a recent article in TheBlaze, which sought answers to the "Why" question by interviewing Black attendees at a recent Democrat convention: "Overall, those consulted for this article view government involvement in a favorable light and believe Uncle Sam is a positive force for good. Speaking to this idea in greater detail was syndicated columnist and author Jonah Goldberg, who posited that even when Black Americans identified themselves primarily as Republican, they were still about 'big government'....He told TheBlaze that because the government had always stepped in to help Blacks out of dire situations — from the days of Reconstruction to when Eisenhower sent troops to Little Rock, Arkansas, to quell a protest against the integration of a school — the Black community has come to rely on its presence heavily."
This is instructive because it not only touches on the points made in my articles on Costly Government as well as the Politics of Compassion and the Politics of Victimization, but it also demonstrates a remarkable lack of awareness of the invidious nature of government dependence.
Like people from other races, many blacks have been captivated by the allure of liberal public assistance, thinking that it will bring them socio-economic salvation and lift them out of their dire straits, while in reality, as Malcolm X intimated, the promises are not kept and the results are too often quite the contrary--the circumstances for Blacks tend not to improve, and even in some ways worsen, but they also end up with the added disadvantage of bondage--on a number of levels (economic, emotional, psychological, etc.)
Whether intended or not, even though the civil war freed Blacks from Democratic slavery of one sort, in modern times Blacks have been enslaved of another sort by Democrats The cotton plantations of the old Democrat South have been replaced by the political plantations of the new Democrat North East.
This dynamic of political subjugation is explained very well by a young conservative black man (see HERE)
See also HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE.
Stephan Molyneux astutely points out, among many useful things on race, how making excuses for bad behavior by Blacks, and setting the bar lower for them to supposedly compensate for past wrongs, not only robs them of competitive incentive, but it inadvertently reaffirms the stereotypes of comparative ineptness.
Another explanation is proffered in this video entitled: "How the Elite Stay in Power.
Thomas Sowell says Liberalism is worse for African-Americans than slavery:
See also: HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE
Black author, Jason Riley talks about his book, "Please Stop Helping: How Liberals Make It Harder for Blacks to Succeed:
See also and HERE, and HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE
In short, the masses have been kept in bondage not only through dependency, but also persistent divisiveness, chaos, and civil strife that seemingly requires elite saviors to unite and establish order and peace.
Accordingly, Blacks have been kept on the political plantation by the liberal establishment stoking the fires of racial tension (see below). For one,there is the volatile and disruptive Black Lives Matter movement, which is an organization enabling some people to act out under the pretense of caring, and deflect attention away from far more serious and embarrassing concerns, and make-believe they are "playing" society, when in reality they are being played by the white man, George Soros, who is pulling their strings to enrich himself and his hedge fund. (see HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE) In short, they are "useful Idiots" (as Marx would call them) or "chumps" 9as Malcolm X would say), who are being manipulated by the politics of race.
As expected, Leftist LUNCs continue to occur because the perception that liberals really care about minorities is merely an illusion used to ensconce liberal elites in power. If liberals truly cared about minorities, and if liberal programs actually worked, then race relations, social ills, and economic struggles in minority communities would have gotten better rather than degraded since the 1960's, particularly under a liberal black presidency. (see HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE),
Sadly, the fact that things haven't' improved for Blacks, isn't paid much mind by the Left, except as an opportunity to shift blame, and leverage the worsened conditions to keep or get more votes that will result in further worsening of minority conditions. And, so the LUNC-ish cycle repeats without rinsing.
Lest we think this cycle may not have been intentional, as I indicated in my Leftist LUNC on the Treyvon Martin controversy:, the once noble and compassionate civil rights movement ultimately morphed into the now spiteful and self-serving uncivil wrong movement. Where once the Left courageously marched against racial injustice and gallantly advocated for basic rights for all mankind and healthy racial sensitivity, in recent times they have mobilized the media, celebrates, and even governmental entities, into fomenting racial strife, vigilante-like injustice, bullying, and racial hyper-sensitivity. (for at recent example, see HERE) The entities that were charged with fighting racism of old, have sadly become, even in the minds of some blacks, the modern face of racism (see HERE)--though the Left think otherwise (see HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE).
[update 08/30/15: Several noted Civil Rights activist from the 60's express somewhat the same sentiments above regarding the current "Black Lives Matter" movement and the racial strife in Fergeson and Baltimore--see HERE and HERE. And, the media hasn't helped--see HERE]
[Update 09/07/2015: Here is a video of a Black Marine and a Black police chief decry the overly hostile BlackLivesMatter movement--see HERE ]
Noted talk show host, Dennis Prager, argues that African Americans are to blame for racial discord in the U.S. (see HERE), and he denies that the U.S. is generally racist (see HERE), and is like the least racist country in the world 9see HERE).
And, it hasn't been just the rich, white, male establishment that were in the mob cross-hairs. The civil wrong movement has also maligned and smeared a growing number of black conservatives. (See HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE)
As best I can tell, this diametric about-face in racial advocacy came about when certain liberals and leaders of the civil rights movement shifted their focus from helping and serving others to helping and serving themselves--not unlike the corruptible forces of power and selfishness I describe in the Politics of Compassion. The grand agenda became a self-aggrandizing agenda.
Consequently, race-baiting and racial politics and playing the race card have been leveraged to create a proliferating racial industrial complex--a very lucrative enterprise, which, in partnership with the government, has mastered the art of political manipulation, racial ploys and demagoguery, cult of victimhood, and shake-downs. (See HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE) Most notably, there is the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, the National Action Network, and the NAACP. Ann Coulter does a great job of chronicling the uncivil wrong movement in her book, "Mugged: Racial Demagoguery from the Seventies to Obama."
Please don't get me wrong. I believe it was very good that we Americans have attended to significant acts of racism even in modern times. It is just that racial politics has gotten so out of control and hyper-senative that even such benign things as peanut butter and jelly sandwiches hve been considered as racist. That is just plane silly. (See HERE)
The worst part of the exploitative left-turn towards race-mongering, besides the Leftist LUNCS of dividing rather than uniting the country, impugning the character of innocent people, giving the civil rights movement a bad name, and illegitimately lining the pockets of racial hucksters, is that the selfish and racist bullying and liberal racial agenda's have ultimately caused considerable harm to minorities, particularly black communities. Not only are limited resources being diverted from struggling inner cities and absorbed by and for the enrichment of a few black leaders and publicity hounds, but the media and public interest and governmental policies are too often focused on sensational cases of alleged racism (oft manufactured), rather than on solving serious social problems, like black-on-black violence, disproportionate levels of crime, teen and out-of-wedlock pregnancies, abortions, the jobless rate, poverty, etc. (See HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE)
The good news is that there is a growing number of blacks and black leaders who really care about their communities and who are serious about solving their own problems. For example, there is the Black American Leadership Alliance and Project 21.
Hopefully, they will prevail and once again restore the civil rights movement to its former glory.
Until then, expect the persistence of Leftist LUNCs caused by liberal racial politics.
On the flip side:
[Update 08/30/15: DNC to Approve Resolution Supporting Racist 'Black Lives Matter' Movement]
[Update 09/07/2015: the politics of race is played in illegal immigration issue, see HERE]
See also HERE