Friday, January 31, 2014
Shoot the Messenger but Only Wound Him, Please
That "Duck Dynasty" dude is obviously an idiot (not to mention, a homophobe) but what the fellow said about African-Americans wasn't entirely inaccurate. Yes, blacks have far more rights than they did in the '40s and '50s (especially down in his neck of the woods) and their poverty rate has been cut in half (a trend-line that started well before the Welfare State and then veritably halted with it) but other indicators such as the illegitimacy rate (which has essentially quadrupled), the incarceration rate (which has more than quadrupled), and the quality of education (back in the '40s and '50s inner-city schools in places such as Harlem, which produced a Thomas Sowell, and Philadelphia, which produced a Walter E. Williams, gave their students a quality education and there weren't any coppers patrolling the halls back then, either). Maybe instead of categorically rejecting everything that a person outside of our comfort zone has to say so automatically, we ought to take at least a minute or two to digest it first.