Fox News contributor Jason Riley criticized the Liberal emphasis on past crimes of white Americans instead of the progress of black Americans, calling their desire a “racial catharsis” for an approach that shows no evidence of. facilitate upward mobility for the latter.
In one The Wall Street Journal Tuesday Column, Riley argued that the political left was more interested in the suffering of blacks than in the achievements of blacks, and that the murder of black Americans in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1921 mattered much less than the level of crime seen today in within the black community.
“Right understood, they demonstrate how racial progress has been made in this country in a relatively short time. Yet for progressives and their friends in the media, the events are also an opportunity to lobby for racial preferences and bigger government, ”Riley wrote. events such as the Tulsa murders and the 1965 beating of civil rights protesters in Selma, Alabama.
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“The aim is to link today’s racial disparities with the wrongs of the past and to minimize or ignore the much larger role contemporary black behavior plays in social inequality,” he continued.
Ahead of President Biden’s trip to Tulsa on Tuesday, his administration announced several initiatives to tackle the inequalities facing minority communities, including billions of dollars for minority-owned small businesses and tax credits for promote investment in affordable housing.
“Putting aside the questionable legality of race-based government aid, it should be noted that 100 years ago black residents of Tulsa did not wait for the federal government to come to their rescue,” he said. Riley writes in response to Biden’s proposals. “In the two decades since the riots, homes and churches were rebuilt and black-owned businesses once again entrenched the community. “
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“The political left is much more interested in the suffering of black people than in the accomplishment of black people, but black history goes beyond victimization at the hands of whites. achieved despite this victimization, “he continued.
Riley explained that “black people accomplished a lot” at the turn of the 20th century, before the welfare state “came to the rescue”. He added that incomes rose and poverty fell as education gaps narrowed and blacks entered skilled professions faster than the post-civil rights era. He added that black residents of Tulsa a century ago would be “shocked to learn” that there are more intraracial crimes than white racist criminals affecting African Americans in 2021.
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“The Biden administration would much rather discuss the criminal behavior of whites in Tulsa 100 years ago than the behavior of black criminals in Chicago, Baltimore or St. Louis today,” Riley wrote. “The Liberals are focusing on this story of black suffering rather than success because it helps Democrats get elected and activists fundraise. “
Riley argued that America’s “racist past” should not be forgotten or wrapped up, nor should it be used as a blanket explanation for current disparities.
“The left’s focus on past white behavior, while ignoring current black behavior, could offer catharsis to some people, and it could help groups like the NAACP or Black Lives Matter to remain relevant,” a- he writes. “But where is the evidence that such an approach facilitates the upward mobility of blacks?”