America in Crisis: Correcting the Narrative
Last week we wrote about the endemic dysfunction in our institutional system to draw attention to something that is becoming increasingly obvious to ever more Americans: Our country is in the grip of existential crisis. We also said that this crisis represents an opportunity for laying a foundation for better times to come. But to seize this opportunity fully, we must first understand what out trouble is about and what are the forces that have brought us to the situation we are in now.
The official narrative pushed by the Left – which includes the mainstream media, the Democrat political establishment, the education system, high-tech elites, and corporate and financial coteries – is that our crisis is due to systemic racism which is deeply and inextricably embedded in the fabric of American society.
This narrative, however, is simply not true. Nothing, in fact, could be further from the truth. Even though some people may harbor racial prejudice – including blacks themselves (read here, here and here) – American society and institutions most certainly do not discriminate against black people. Quite to the contrary, not only do black people in America genuinely enjoy all the rights and constitutional protections in the fullest sense of the term, they also have special benefits and privileges that are unavailable to the rest. We wrote previously about this here, but rather than repeating the points already made, we quote an exquisitely worded and succinct dismantling of the racism canard by the writer Fred Reed. This is what he recently wrote:
“In truth, America has made the greatest effort ever essayed by one race to uplift another. Reflect: In 1954 an entirely white Supreme Court unanimously ended segregation. Later it found the use of IQ tests by employers illegal because blacks scored poorly, then found “affirmative action,” racial discrimination against whites, legal (hardly oppression of blacks, this). An overwhelmingly white Congress passed the Civil Rights Act in 1964, the Voting Rights Act the next year. A white President sent troops to Little Rock to enforce desegregation. There has been an enormous flow of charity to blacks: Section Eight Housing, AFDC, Head Start, hiring quotas, set-asides, sharply lowered standards in police and fire departments. We now have free breakfasts for black children, then free lunches, in addition to outright welfare. In aggregate they resemble a distributed guaranteed basic income.”
Fred Reed is exactly right: Never in history has one race made a more genuine, concentrated and costly effort to uplift and help another race. White Americans not only laid down their lives in the hundreds of thousands in a war that ended slavery, they expanded trillions of dollars since the 1950s to render financial and material assistance to the black community. And as if this was not enough, they even instituted reverse discrimination against themselves in a sincere effort to help black people.
The contention that America suffers from systemic racism is a complete myth. It is propagated by the demagogues on the Left who peddle this lie for political and financial gain. It is remarkable that they have been able to get away so easily with a claim which is so obviously untrue and absurd. And the fact that so many of us roll over so easily before the shameless lie and kneel whenever asked to also defies comprehension.
Be that as it may, systemic racism – given its complete lack of existence – cannot be the explanation for America’s present crisis. But why do we, then, have the burning cities, paralyzed law enforcement and institutions that are falling apart at the seams? Since this crisis has obviously not arisen due to the reasons given by the official narrative, it must have been brought on by something else.
The great question is: What is the real cause of America’s crisis.
This we need to know, because if we let the demagogues control the narrative our society will be completely engulfed by the mayhem, chaos and confus
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