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What Black Americans Need Is to Build Wealth. All the Democrats Offer Are Handouts


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I've seen firsthand how Democrats have neglected the needs and interests of the Black community. For decades, they've proclaimed themselves to be champions of the Black community while implementing policies that perpetuate the cycle of poverty, deny us the opportunities we need to succeed, and leave our neighborhoods at the mercy of criminals.

The solution to economic inequality, for instance, cannot possibly be more government handouts. We know this because that approach has been tried over and over, at the state, local, and federal levels, and we haven't made any real progress toward solving the problem.

Instead of stimulus checks, food stamps, or more public housing, we need policies that make it easier for Black and brown Americans to start and grow businesses and become homeowners.

One thing that makes it difficult to start a successful small business in many Black communities is the pervasiveness of crime—both violent crime and property crime. Unfortunately, most Democrat politicians today are fixated on policies that make life easier for criminals, such as eliminating pre-trial detention and reducing sentences for serious crimes.

No wonder Black voters, who live in the communities that suffer the worst consequences from soft-on-crime policies, are questioning their loyalty to the Democratic Party.

The same goes for education. Safe, high-quality schools are essential for any community to thrive, but far too many Black students are trapped in failing neighborhood schools without access to adequate instructional materials. The situation continues to deteriorate as talented teachers flee those schools to escape crime and a lack of institutional support.

Unfortunately, instead of championing solutions to these problems, most Democrat politicians reflexively side with their allies and donors in the teachers' unions, allowing Black students to fall further and further behind.

he Democrats are aware of the problem, but they aren't willing to listen to the actual concerns of Black Americans. Instead, they're pouring their energy into political theatrics...........

https://www.newsweek.com/what-black-americans-need-build-wealth-all-democrats-offer-are-handouts-opinion-1774467

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In the 1960s the Democratic Party changed its strategy for dealing with African Americans. Thanks to earlier Republican initiatives on civil rights, blatant racial oppression was no longer a viable political option. The Democratic Party decided instead to be more subtle and get them as dependent on government as possible. As LBJ put it, "I'll have those N voting Democratic for the next 200 years."

 

He hit the nail. However, there needs to be a come to Jesus moment. Fatherless homes is a huge factor in all he said.

A quick search shows that not one MSM outlet is interested in articles about fatherless homes and how it affects the child; poverty, crime, education etc. etc. etc.

Before "The Great Society", about 20% of black children were born to a single mother. Now, its close to 70%. But anyone who mentions that will be "cancelled".

 

Our failing inner city schools have also steadily deteriorated since “The Great Society” while, not coincidentally, Democrats gained 100% control.

This is due to a Faustian exchange of teacher union donations for iron-clad teacher job security regardless of competence.

The proven solutions are school choice and charters. This is favored by the majority of Blacks plus virtually all other demographics except white Democrats and public school teachers.

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6 hours ago, AUFAN78 said:

The same goes for education. Safe, high-quality schools are essential for any community to thrive, but far too many Black students are trapped in failing neighborhood schools without access to adequate instructional materials. The situation continues to deteriorate as talented teachers flee those schools to escape crime and a lack of institutional support.

That's part of the issue. The other, more difficult, part to fix is the drop out rate. Many high school students will drop out and go to work because they believe they need to help out the family to put food on the table and a roof over their head. What they dont realize is that dropping out only continues the poverty cycle.

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6 hours ago, AUFAN78 said:

I've seen firsthand how Democrats have neglected the needs and interests of the Black community. For decades, they've proclaimed themselves to be champions of the Black community while implementing policies that perpetuate the cycle of poverty, deny us the opportunities we need to succeed, and leave our neighborhoods at the mercy of criminals.

The solution to economic inequality, for instance, cannot possibly be more government handouts. We know this because that approach has been tried over and over, at the state, local, and federal levels, and we haven't made any real progress toward solving the problem.

Instead of stimulus checks, food stamps, or more public housing, we need policies that make it easier for Black and brown Americans to start and grow businesses and become homeowners.

One thing that makes it difficult to start a successful small business in many Black communities is the pervasiveness of crime—both violent crime and property crime. Unfortunately, most Democrat politicians today are fixated on policies that make life easier for criminals, such as eliminating pre-trial detention and reducing sentences for serious crimes.

No wonder Black voters, who live in the communities that suffer the worst consequences from soft-on-crime policies, are questioning their loyalty to the Democratic Party.

The same goes for education. Safe, high-quality schools are essential for any community to thrive, but far too many Black students are trapped in failing neighborhood schools without access to adequate instructional materials. The situation continues to deteriorate as talented teachers flee those schools to escape crime and a lack of institutional support.

Unfortunately, instead of championing solutions to these problems, most Democrat politicians reflexively side with their allies and donors in the teachers' unions, allowing Black students to fall further and further behind.

he Democrats are aware of the problem, but they aren't willing to listen to the actual concerns of Black Americans. Instead, they're pouring their energy into political theatrics...........

https://www.newsweek.com/what-black-americans-need-build-wealth-all-democrats-offer-are-handouts-opinion-1774467

The biggest challenge to starting your own business is lack of health coverage. Republicans have great plans for that.

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The problem is not partisan politics.  Another utterly stupid opinion piece.

The problem is,,, programs designed to assist the poor have become windfalls for the wealthy.  Too much privatization. 

The programs are designed to fail, designed to reinforce the patronage system.

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10 hours ago, TexasTiger said:

The biggest challenge to starting your own business is lack of health coverage. Republicans have great plans for that.

not just that but starting businesses also takes money, opportunity, and favorable lending conditions. 

The black population doesn't have the level of built up generational wealth that others do. Don't have favorable economic conditions for good credit ratings to borrow money and additionally Banks are/have been known for decreasing credit availability and loans to Black neighborhoods. 

 

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18 minutes ago, CoffeeTiger said:

not just that but starting businesses also takes money, opportunity, and favorable lending conditions. 

The black population doesn't have the level of built up generational wealth that others do. Don't have favorable economic conditions for good credit ratings to borrow money and additionally Banks are/have been known for decreasing credit availability and loans to Black neighborhoods. 

 

And Republicans have never cared about any of those things.

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Well, I think it was Winston Churchill who said "Americans can always be trusted to do the right thing, after trying everything else."

Unfortunately, I fear the essential problem is racism more so than policy.  It's a vicious "Catch 22"

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4 hours ago, homersapien said:

Well, I think it was Winston Churchill who said "Americans can always be trusted to do the right thing, after trying everything else."

Unfortunately, I fear the essential problem is racism more so than policy.  It's a vicious "Catch 22"

 

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And, no visible tattoos or piercings.

Just now, PUB78 said:

 

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14 minutes ago, PUB78 said:

 

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That's weird. You're weird. 

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21 hours ago, arein0 said:

That's part of the the problem. The other, more difficult, part to fix is the drop out rate. Many high school students will drop out and go to work because they believe they need to help out the family to put food on the table and a roof over their head. What they dont realize is that dropping out only continues the poverty cycle.

Education is a root cause. Let's not "whitewash" it.

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9 hours ago, CoffeeTiger said:

not just that but starting businesses also takes money, opportunity, and favorable lending conditions. 

The black population doesn't have the level of built up generational wealth that others do. Don't have favorable economic conditions for good credit ratings to borrow money and additionally Banks are/have been known for decreasing credit availability and loans to Black neighborhoods. 

 

A good education provides opportunity, money and favorable lending conditions. The OP's take on education is spot on.

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21 minutes ago, AUFAN78 said:

Education is a root cause. Let's not "whitewash" it.

I believe education is a big issue. But you are showing an incomplete picture. I have seen inner city students turn down athletic and/or academic scholarships because they knew if they left they were throwing the rest of their family on the street.

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13 minutes ago, arein0 said:

I believe education is a big issue. But you are showing an incomplete picture. I have seen inner city students turn down athletic and/or academic scholarships because they knew if they left they were throwing the rest of their family on the street.

Hard to blame a student from dropping out when most of their graduating piers read and write at 5th grade level. Fix the education system and incentives reveal themselves. And BTW, not uncommon at all for high schoolers to work after school. 

Back to education, we have to hold teachers, teacher unions and admin accountable.

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2 hours ago, AUDub said:

That's weird. You're weird. 

You have White Liberal Guilt.

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1 hour ago, AUFAN78 said:

Hard to blame a student from dropping out when most of their graduating piers read and write at 5th grade level. Fix the education system and incentives reveal themselves. And BTW, not uncommon at all for high schoolers to work after school. 

Back to education, we have to hold teachers, teacher unions and admin accountable.

Look you can have the best teachers in the world at the inner city schools, and it wont change the drop out rate. You can continue to keep your head in the sand, but the districts the opinion piece was talking about has a major drop out problem to go to work.

Yes, in the middle and upper class, it is common for high schoolers to go to work after class. In the lower class, they have to drop out to work to help support the family.

Let's do a little exercise that I've personally seen, and we will see what you choose: 

You are in high school, your parents are living paycheck to paycheck, have no savings, and work multiple jobs, that doesnt recieve benefits (insurance etc). One of your parents gets injured not on the job and can no longer work for an extended  period of time. Because of this, the family doesn't make enough to pay for rent. You determine that you are able to get a couple of jobs to cover the expenses, but in doing so would have to drop out of school. You are fully aware that school is your way out. Do you continue going to school and put your family homeless? Or do you choose to push your education on hold to keep your family "stable"? 

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16 hours ago, AUDub said:

That's weird. You're weird. 

Apparently he approves of white supremacy. 

Being white is likely the only accomplishment he can chalk up for himself. ;)

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13 hours ago, PUB78 said:

You have White Liberal Guilt.

See what I mean? 

He's so good with it, he's willing to double down.  :no:

 

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Also, if you really want better teachers, you should be looking for ways to pay them more. Right now, the only people that are getting into teaching are where it is there calling. With the cost of education as high as it is, and the teachers wages as low as they are, financially, it doesnt make sense to go the teaching route.

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8 minutes ago, arein0 said:

Also, if you really want better teachers, you should be looking for ways to pay them more. Right now, the only people that are getting into teaching are where it is there calling. With the cost of education as high as it is, and the teachers wages as low as they are, financially, it doesnt make sense to go the teaching route.

Not if your goal is to break the teachers' union and, more importantly, destroy public education.

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On 1/19/2023 at 10:57 PM, arein0 said:

Look you can have the best teachers in the world at the inner city schools, and it wont change the drop out rate. You can continue to keep your head in the sand, but the districts the opinion piece was talking about has a major drop out problem to go to work.

Yes, in the middle and upper class, it is common for high schoolers to go to work after class. In the lower class, they have to drop out to work to help support the family.

Let's do a little exercise that I've personally seen, and we will see what you choose: 

You are in high school, your parents are living paycheck to paycheck, have no savings, and work multiple jobs, that doesnt recieve benefits (insurance etc). One of your parents gets injured not on the job and can no longer work for an extended  period of time. Because of this, the family doesn't make enough to pay for rent. You determine that you are able to get a couple of jobs to cover the expenses, but in doing so would have to drop out of school. You are fully aware that school is your way out. Do you continue going to school and put your family homeless? Or do you choose to push your education on hold to keep your family "stable"? 

We don't have the best teachers in the world at inner city schools. We have to hold them and the associated admin accountable. 

Better education puts far less parents in the situation you describe. 

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23 hours ago, arein0 said:

Also, if you really want better teachers, you should be looking for ways to pay them more. Right now, the only people that are getting into teaching are where it is there calling. With the cost of education as high as it is, and the teachers wages as low as they are, financially, it doesnt make sense to go the teaching route.

100% agree with better pay. 

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1 hour ago, AUFAN78 said:

Better education puts far less parents in the situation you describe. 

Explain 

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