The Great Society.
Minority Contract Set-asides/Quotas.
Section 8 Vouchers.
The War on Poverty.
All 'transfers of wealth' schemes from the white community (taxpayers) to economically level the playing field in favor of "people of color."
And each one has failed.
|Martin Luther King's Vision: It was never about 'judging by content of color' -- it was about putting a boot on the white man's face and a black hand in their pocket|
Yet the march must continue unabated into a future where any semblance of white privilege is extirpated. [For Obama, 50 years after historic march, economic equality the path to racial justice, Washington Post, 8-17-13]:
President Obama has only occasionally used his bully pulpit to confront racial inequality in America, even if race inherently has been a backdrop of his tenure as the first black president.
He has, however, made fighting economic inequality a central goal of his presidency, delivering forceful speeches and advocating policies aimed at shrinking the income gap and increasing social mobility.
When he speaks later this month on the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, Obama will be at the confluence of efforts to reduce racial and economic divisions.
As the president addresses a crowd from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on Aug. 28, current and former advisers say, he will want to impress upon listeners how progress toward racial equality will require progress toward economic equality.
Obama, who keeps a framed program from the “March on Washington” in the Oval Office, has said he has often reminded people that the march was as much about what he called economic justice as a demonstration for civil rights.
“He wants to create opportunity and to make sure the level playing field is ready for everybody,” said Valerie Jarrett, one of Obama’s senior advisers and close friends. “If you look at poverty or unemployment, they disproportionately affect people of color. People who don’t have health insurance are disproportionately of color. There is inevitably an overlap in addressing racial equality at the same time you’re trying to create economic empowerment.”
Advisers say Obama sees his message as building on the themes of Martin Luther King Jr. and other leaders a half-century ago. He is likely to discuss the progress that has been made since 1963, they say, as well as the barriers that remain.
Many of the most overt forms of racial discrimination and bias have faded, but yawning economic gaps have persisted since 1963, and there has been essentially no narrowing of the unemployment gap between blacks and whites. The financial crisis and recession scarred minorities more than any one else.
Fifty years ago, the unemployment rate was 5 percent for whites and 10.9 percent for blacks, according to the Economic Policy Institute. Today, it is 6.6 percent for whites and 12.6 percent for blacks. Over the past 30 years, the average white family has gone from having five times as much wealth as the average black family to 61 / 2 times, according to the Urban Institute.
“If you look at 50 years after the 1960s civil rights movement, the most stubborn and persistent challenge when it comes to the nation’s racial challenge remains in the areas of economics and wealth,” said Marc Morial, president of the National Urban League.Individuals create wealth. Individuals create communities where social capital either flourishes or is driven away.
Those "stubborn and persistent challenges" Morial - the former mayor of New Orleans - laments, are merely a reflection of the type of communities black individuals create; the type of "community" that drives away both social capital and outside capital investment.
As Valerie Jarrett makes clear, all government policies must now benefit solely those "people of color," at the expense of white people and the civilization their ancestors created.
It's funny: Kent B. Germany, an assistant professor of African American studies, wrote about called New Orleans After the Promise: Poverty, Citizenship, and the Search for the Great Society. After forty plus years of Model Cities money pouring into New Orleans to eradicate racial economic inequality; after forty plus years of Great Society pouring into New Orleans for the same cause; after sixty years of public housing incubating blacks in New Orleans, well, Germany's book makes clear nothing changed for the better.
In fact, his book ends with the world seeing the dysfunctional nature of black New Orleans on their television screens in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
Billions poured into one city; in the span of two-days, a natural disaster showed the very unnatural state of the black community in New Orleans and a visual return on investment of the federal governments attempt to spread economic racial equity.
As the Washington Post article makes clear, "many of the most overt forms of racial discrimination and bias have faded, but yawning economic gaps have persisted since 1963."
It would be difficult to find one overt form of racial discrimination that prevents black economic gains. Those "yawning economic gaps" are nature's reminder that you can't legislate against her ways; you can't redistribute wealth to undo racial realities.