Tying Our Own Noose

The victory of traditional marriage initiatives in California, Arizona and Florida left me once again bemused over the black community's duality on the issues. Whether it's the sanctity of human life, the societal imperative to protect traditional marriage, school choice or wealth building, the black voter supports a broad range of conservative policies but consistently and overwhelmingly elects liberal politicians who oppose them. Because of a misguided devotion to identity politics, we're voting against our own values and interests. The same black voters who went for Barack Obama by 95% nationwide on November 4th also voted in favor of traditional marriage by 70% in California and 71% in Florida. A majority of black voters in California also supported parental notification on abortion although that measure failed. Black parents have been ardent supporters of school choice for decades and black elected officials are beginning to come around. A black state senator in Louisiana sponsored a successful bill establishing a voucher program for low-income children, declaring, "We're...beginning to find out that the system doesn't work, a fact that's evident across the country. Instead of continuing to spend more money just repairing this old car, it's time to just buy a new one." Black home and business ownership are at an all-time high and we have a real prospect of building generational wealth we can pass on to our heirs.

It's not hard to understand why blacks are conservative on these issues. 70% of black children are born out of wedlock and 60% are raised in fatherless homes. These young people are much more likely to be dependent on public assistance and involved in crime. The impact on the black community is particularly tragic because both the perpetrators and victims of crime are likely to be black. 93% of blacks murdered in the U.S. are killed by other blacks, making homicide the #1 cause of death among young black males. The late Daniel Moynihan warned in 1965 that "At the heart of the deterioration of the fabric of Negro society is the deterioration of the Negro family." America's war on marriage and family is being waged at the expense of our children, and black children suffer the most.

Abortion kills a higher percentage of black babies than any other demographic group. Black women represent 13% of the population but over a third of all abortions in the United States. This is not an accident; 80% of Planned Parenthood's abortuaries are located in minority neighborhoods. Every three days, more blacks are killed by abortion than the Ku Klux Klan has killed in its entire history. As Reverend Clenard Childress, Jr. says, "The most dangerous place for an African American to be is in the womb of their African American mother." Abortion was spawned in the same immoral cesspool as slavery, eugenics and genocide and there are 25% fewer of us since 1973 because of the abortion industry's hunger for the flesh and blood of unborn black babies.

I've written previously about the generations of lost boys who because of the education bureacracy have no future. Less than half of young black males nationwide graduate from high school and those without a diploma are sentenced to lives of joblessness and despair. When black parents are given alternatives to failing public schools, the results are amazing. Test scores, graduation rates and college attendance rise dramatically, giving black children a chance for better jobs and better lives. The liberal triumvirate of elected officials, school boards and teacher's unions, however, prize self-preservation over education, condemning black children to lifelong dependency.

The black community is moving from consumption to the nascent stages of wealth building. The need is urgent; the net worth of blacks in America is only 1.2 percent of the total, a figure that hasn't changed since the end of the Civil War. Black entrepreneurs want to eliminate the death tax and reduce government paperwork because they have a disproportionate impact on their businesses. Who imposes these burdens on them? A tax-happy, paperwork-obsessed government that gets elected with their votes.

Why do we keep voting against our interests? Frankly, it's because we've been duped into believing that liberals care about us when all they truly care about is keeping power. They appeal to our racial pride and keep us obsessed over racism, victimhood and grievance when what we need is empowerment through an affirmation of life, strong families, school choice and personal wealth. Voting for liberal politicians is like tying the noose for the executioner at our own hanging. It's time for us to stop selling our pride for patronization. We are victims by choice, not circumstance.