It Doesn't Make Sense
For the life of me, I cannot understand why so many blacks cleave to victimology like a baby to its mother’s breast.
My syndicated article from yesterday was titled “Understanding The Bitter Black Mindset.” As if on cue, a person whose user name represents him to be a minister of some sort, even though he claims to work at a community college, opined the usual complaints, e.g., disparities and institutional racism. He used as evidence of same the disparities of blacks pursuant to a decent living wage, equal education, and affordable housing. Honest to goodness, it’s as if the first words from the womb for many blacks are “institutional racism.” But I get ahead of myself.
Exactly how does the person I reference presume to have a decent living wage, equal education, and affordable housing (as defined by him)? Without waiting for his answer, we know exactly how he proposes these things — do it by government intervention and government fiat.
But how would that work? Does the person believe the government should step in to demand a higher mandatory minimum wage? Would that mandatory minimum wage be for blacks only?
In his book “Economics In One Lesson,” author Henry Hazlitt writes: “You cannot make a man worth a given amount by making it illegal for anyone to offer him anything less. You merely deprive him of the right to earn the amount that his abilities and situation would permit him to earn, while you deprive the community even of the moderate services he is capable of rendering. In brief, for a low wage you substitute unemployment. You do harm all around, with no comparable compensation.” (Chapter XIX; Minimum Wage Laws; Pg 135, ppg 2)
But that simple truth is lost on those who think they should have it because they’re black. Even more egregious is that those of this mindset omit the idea of doing the requisite things that lead to better paying jobs. And going to college majoring in pan-Africanism or black studies is not conducive to getting a good paying or even a better paying job. Namely, because even if jobs exist in those fields, they are extremely limited.
The idea to decide what one wants to do and to get the necessary skills to perform same seems alien to those of his mindset. The idea to take advantage of free public schools, free libraries, and, not to mention to invest in the tried and true path to self-improvement, i.e., to study hard, again seems to be lost on this individual.
There is no right to have affordable housing, but there is the right to work hard, to save, and to take the necessary steps to improve oneself over a period of time.
The fact that there exist disparities between blacks and everyone else is not the fault of everyone else. And I submit that mandatory affordable housing does exist — it’s called public housing.
The idea that many blacks subscribe to, namely, that it is unfair for others to have it better than they, is morally opprobrious and an affront to modernity on any level discussed. The ridiculousness of what is argued for should be apparent to all.
That said, improvement by government fiat and government handout has been tried since Johnson’s Great Society initiatives, and the only things, they have accomplished are complaint and black women leading the nation in food stamps and abortions.
This person would be better off demanding self-discipline, hard work, and proper, personal financial management. I’m not saying that hardships and unexpected downturns do not come into peoples’ lives. They are the reality of life. But to blame others as responsible for your not taking advantage of the opportunities available to all, is ludicrous.
If people applied the work ethic to education that is applied to playing a sport — that the statistics show you will never make a living from — juxtaposed to investing heavily in an education is not the wisest of investments. However, if a person’s intentions are to complain and demand that the government be responsive to them — we witness their outcome.
About the Author
Mychal S. Massie is an ordained minister who spent 13 years in full-time Christian Ministry. Today he serves as founder and Chairman of the Racial Policy Center (RPC), a think tank he officially founded in September 2015. RPC advocates for a colorblind society. He was founder and president of the non-profit “In His Name Ministries.” He is the former National Chairman of a conservative Capitol Hill think tank; and a former member of the think tank National Center for Public Policy Research. Read entire bio here