Leftists are idiots. Let’s get that out of the way right from the start. And the absolute worst kind of leftist idiot is the coddled, self-absorbed, presumptuous, narcissistic, elitist leftist idiot with a God complex and delusions of adequacy.
…But enough about our president. (ba-dum tss!)
The metastasizing #BlackLivesMatter movement represents some of the very worst that leftist idiocy has to offer. Entitled from birth, these preening participation-trophy protesters actually believe they only need to demand something in order to get it. No need to work for it; no effort is required. They deserve what they demand, because they’re just that special.
The funniest thing about these #BlackLivesMatter knuckleheads is that they don’t even recognize the irony of their demands. They rail against about “institutional racism” while at the same time demanding more and more. Because it’s not racism if it favors them, right?
For the sake of discussion, here’s the textbook definition of the term:
Institutional racism is a pattern of social institutions—such as governmental organizations, schools, banks, and courts of law—giving negative treatment to a group of people based on their race. Institutional racism leads to inequality; sociologists use the concept to explain why some people face unequal treatment or occupy unequal statuses.
Note that the definition never mentions the color of a person’s skin or whether that person is in the majority or the minority. If one group is excluded from a benefit or service provided to another group because of race, that’s institutional racism. We’ll find out soon enough whether the Supreme Court agrees with that or not.
With that context, let’s look at the “demands” of the Black Liberation Collective, the group of radicals who are leading much of the current protests on college campi around the country.
They’re not asking much, are they? Let’s take their demands one by one.
1. WE DEMAND at the minimum, Black students and Black faculty to be reflected by the national percentage of Black folk in the country
Okay, guys. Thirteen percent of students and faculty—that’s a great target. There are lots of things you can do to make this happen. Let’s consider a few, shall we?
You could DEMAND that members of your own community only procreate within the bonds of marriage (same-sex or different-sex, we don’t judge). According to the National Bureau of Economic Research, the single best predictor regarding whether a child will live in poverty is the number of single-parent households in his or her community. Socioeconomic factors can have a huge impact on success at all levels of education, so lifting Black people out of poverty and achieving academic success will absolutely require the Black community to dramatically lower its illegitimacy rate, which currently stands at around 75 percent.
You could DEMAND that Black families put increased emphasis on the importance of standard English. If a person’s native dialect happens to be African American Vernacular English (AAVE), it’s critical that Standard English skills be acquired if the person aspires to career success. In a study by Carlson and McHenry, “Effect of Accent and Dialect on Employability,” dialect turned out to be a much more important factor in making hiring decisions than race. “When the speaker’s perceived accent or dialect was minimal, perceived ethnicity did not affect employability. However, all speakers with maximally perceived accents or dialects were given a lower employability rating.” And by the way, this isn’t racism—it’s linguistics.
You could DEMAND that Black culture begin to glorify scholarship instead of thuggishness. Multiple studies have shown that high school grades are the best predictor to college success. Any culture that emphasizes anything else over academic success at this critical time is predisposing its members to failure in college. This is not an issue of poor vs. rich. It’s an issue of a culture that specifically de-emphasizes academic achievement (See the book, Black American Students in An Affluent Suburb: A Study of Academic Disengagement, by Nigerian-American UC Berkeley professor John U. Ogbu.)
You could DEMAND that Black people across the country stop equating academic achievement with “acting White.” Alternatively, you could DEMAND that Black people stop using “acting White” as a pejorative.
I guarantee that, if Black individuals and Black families made a concerted effort to achieve the demands above, they would see the number of Black college students and faculty members skyrocket over the coming decades. This is an achievable goal. You can do it!
Oh wait … I forgot that you’re self-absorbed, presumptuous, narcissistic, elitist, coddled leftist idiots. Instead of putting in the effort to achieve achievable goals, you’d prefer that colleges and universities simply chuck out some of the White students and faculty members in favor of Black students and faculty members who are not qualified or prepared to attend or teach collage, and have not earned the right to be there.
That’s called institutional racism, remember? And isn’t that what you’re supposedly fighting against?
2. WE DEMAND free tuition for Black and indigenous students
Now any idiot knows that there’s no such thing as “free,” so let’s just assume for argument’s sake that leftist idiots understand this as well. Any product or service (even education) needs to be paid for … by somebody. So when you say “free,” we have to assume you actually mean “paid for by somebody other than us.”
If you’re asking for the tuition of Black and indigenous students to be paid for by the public, it just doesn’t make economic sense. Simply put, Black students are a bad investment.
According to an article published in the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education (yeah, there are actually “separate but equal” academic publications), in public universities, 60.2 percent of White students finish their bachelor’s degrees within six years of schooling, while just 39.7 percent of Black students manage to complete their degrees in the same time. The rates at private institutions were 68.1 percent for Whites and 44.5 percent for Blacks.
Why should taxpayers be responsible for subsidizing the under-performing students? A much better investment would be to pay the tuition of White students, since they’re much more likely to actually finish school and earn a degree. Of course, that would be institutionalized racism (see the definition above). But so would paying the tuition of Black and indigenous students.
Have you thought about scholarship programs? You know … like the United Negro College Fund (which is only available to Black students)? Since any idiot knows that there are more scholarships available to Black and indigenous students than to White students, I can only assume that you leftist idiots know this too. Here’s why:
- While it’s not acceptable to discriminate against Black and indigenous students in academia, it is still acceptable to discriminate in favor of them.
- Because of this, there are exactly zero scholarships available just to White students, while there are plenty of scholarships reserved just for Black and indigenous students.
- The non-discriminating scholarships are available to all (Black, White and otherwise). The discriminating scholarships are available just to special minority groups.
- Therefore, deserving minority students have access to much more scholarship funding than White students.
Of course, the distribution of those scholarships may be inequal, because scholarships are generally tied to success or need.
But wait … I forgot that you’re self-absorbed, presumptuous, narcissistic, elitist, coddled leftist idiots. You think that your status as a favored minority entitles you to extra help, extra money, and extra helpings of pie. And, under our current academic system, you’re absolutely right. But you’re not happy with all of the measures that have been put in place to give you an increased chance of success. You want it all to be free … but just for you!
Wikipedia defines “institutional racism” as “the collective failure of an organization to provide an appropriate and professional service to people because of their colour, culture or ethnic origin.” Just a reminder: I know you really really believe you deserve it, but if you made college free for just Black and indigenous people while requiring White students to pay their own way, that would be the very definition of institutional racism. And isn’t that what we’re supposed to be fighting against?
Check your Black privilege, people. Take a few minutes out of your busy schedule of protests and die-ins to think about it. There’s always a possibility that you’ll see beyond your biases and actually understand. No matter how loudly you scream that the “system” is biased against you, most Americans understand that it’s actually skewed in your favor.
3. WE DEMAND a divestment from prisons and an investment in communities
I think it’s pretty safe to say that as soon as people stop committing crimes, we’ll have lots more money to spend on education. According to a recent study, the states of Michigan, Oregon, Arizona, Vermont, Colorado, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Delaware, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut all spend more on prisons and jails than on public colleges and universities. Since the economic downturn in 2008, state governments have cut budgets for higher education about 20 percent. At the same time, budgets for jails and prisons have gone up.
Everyone knows that it costs more to support an inmate for a year in a New Jersey state prison ($44,000) than it does to send a student to Princeton, University ($37,000, not including beer and pizza). We also know that Black people—and especially young Black males—are over-represented in our country’s prisons and jails and under-represented in our universities. According to a 2010 study by Pew, Black men were more than five times more likely than White men to be in prison or jail. We also know why.
In the United States, non-Hispanic Whites make up 77.4 percent of the population, but commit only 42.92 percent of the violent crime. In contrast, Blacks make up 13.2 percent of the population, but commit 22.4 percent of all violent crime. I may be a racist (I’m White, after all) but the statistics aren’t. They’re just a reflection of reality.
Here’s an even more eye-opening statistic. Non-Hispanic Whites make up only about 39 percent of the prison population. In contrast, Blacks account for about 40 percent of all incarcerated prisoners. What this suggests is that the crime rate in general as well as the disparity in crime rates between Blacks and Whites would be even greater if there weren’t so many Black criminals locked away in our nation’s penal institutions. Again—not racism, reality.
All Americans would prefer to divert money from prisons and jails to colleges and universities. We can do this as soon as people stop committing crimes. Of course, this has been happening. Crime (and especially violent crime) is at historical lows. But we’ve had to incarcerate people at historical highs in order to achieve those historical lows.
Americans of all races want to reduce crime within their own communities. Since Black people commit crimes at rates much higher than their representation in the community, there is an even greater burden on the Black community to find ways to reduce crime without increasing incarceration. Get right on that, won’t you?
Oh dang it … I keep forgetting that you’re self-absorbed, presumptuous, narcissistic, elitist, coddled leftist idiots. You think you can just demand that the government empty our prisons, let out the criminals and everything will be hunky-dory. Yes, it’s difficult for those of us living in the real world to believe anybody can actually think this way, but it’s true:
“So, in Chicago, police receive 40 percent of our city’s budget to remain operational. That is completely unheard of, and unacceptable. One of our major demands is that police be defunded and that that money used to fund police beused to fund black futures, and be used to fund our communities and things that we need.”
Seriously—how does the interviewer keep a straight face when listening to this idiocy?
Okay, okay, we understand. You’re young and idealistic and angry, full of piss and vinegar, and you want to change the world. You’re able to protest safely because you’re protected by a huge police force. Policing in your city costs more than it should—mostly because the people in your community commit crime at rates much higher than most.
And your solution is … get rid of the cops. Brilliant!
Isn’t it cute that this idiot thinks that 100 percent of the city’s police budget should go to funding “black futures”? You know what’s the biggest threat to “black futures” in Chicago? Black people.
According to the Chicago Police Department’s 2011 Murder Analysis Report, in a city where a third of the residents are Black, 71 percent of all murders are committed by Black criminals. In addition, 75 percent of all murder victims are Black. Interestingly, 77 percent of murder victims have a prior arrest history. So Black criminals are killing Black criminals in Chicago, and somehow, taking the police off the street is going to make this better?
Speaking on behalf of those of us who live in the real world and not on a university campus, you should know that most Americans don’t think it’s a good idea to increase institutional racism, give away more free stuff and stop locking up people who commit crimes just to prove some academic point.
There are definitely some changes to be made in our society. Yes, American still has a ways to go regarding race relations—especially after nearly seven years of a race-baiting president who’s come down on the wrong side in every issue regarding race. But you have to understand that things will get better a lot quicker if you DEMAND that the necessary changes start at home, in your own communities. That may sound racist to you, but it’s just the truth.