Economist asks whether policies of white liberals will protect blacks from crime

Economist Walter Williams
Economist Walter Williams

Famous black economist Thomas Sowell helped me to form my views on economics in so many areas. But there’s another black economist who is very famous. My Dad sent me an article by Walter Williams where he looks at crime statistics and race. This is something that affects my family, because we aren’t white. When it comes to crime, which policies work to protect us?

Here is the column, which was published on Daily Wire:

Let’s… turn to a recent article by Heather Mac Donald, who is a senior fellow at the New York-based Manhattan Institute. She is a contributing editor of City Journal, and a New York Times bestselling author. Her most recent article, “A Platform of Urban Decline,” which appeared in Manhattan Institute’s publication Eye On The News, addresses race and crime. She reveals government statistics you’ve never read before.

According to leftist rhetoric, whites pose a severe, if not mortal, threat to blacks. Mac Donald says that may have once been true, but it is no longer so today. To make her case, she uses the latest Bureau of Justice Statistics 2018 survey of criminal victimization. Mac Donald writes: “According to the study, there were 593,598 interracial violent victimizations (excluding homicide) between blacks and whites last year, including white-on-black and black-on-white attacks. Blacks committed 537,204 of those interracial felonies, or 90 percent, and whites committed 56,394 of them, or less than 10 percent. That ratio is becoming more skewed, despite the Democratic claim of Trump-inspired white violence. In 2012-13, blacks committed 85 percent of all interracial victimizations between blacks and whites; whites committed 15 percent. From 2015 to 2018, the total number of white victims and the incidence of white victimization have grown as well.”

There are other stark figures not talked about often. According to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting for 2018, of the homicide victims for whom race was known, 53.3% were black, 43.8% were white and 2.8% were of other races. In cases where the race of the offender was known, 54.9% were black, 42.4% were white, and 2.7% were of other races.

So, what are the policies proposed to protect blacks from being the victims of crime? Well, there are three.

  1. white liberals want to encourage black women to raise fatherless children by normalizing sex before marriage, and paying black women to have children outside of marriage.
  2. white liberals want to confiscate the weapons that law-abiding blacks use to defend themselves from criminals.
  3. white liberals want to deny blacks school choice, trapping them into failing schools so that they can’t get out of dangerous neighborhoods by rising in education, career and finance.

In another column from Townhall, Williams quotes Malcolm X, who had a low opinion of these policies:

Malcolm X said: “The worst enemy that the Negro have is this white man that runs around here drooling at the mouth professing to love Negros and calling himself a liberal, and it is following these white liberals that has perpetuated problems that Negros have. If the Negro wasn’t taken, tricked or deceived by the white liberal, then Negros would get together and solve our own problems. I only cite these things to show you that in America, the history of the white liberal has been nothing but a series of trickery designed to make Negros think that the white liberal was going to solve our problems. Our problems will never be solved by the white man.”

I think that blacks will do much better than they are now when they stop listening to the “compassion” of white liberals, and start looking at how they do living and working in a time of Republican policies. We have record low black unemployment now. It’s a curious sort of racism that believes in blacks to forge their own destinies, earning and choosing their way to success.

But some problems are not fixable with policies.

Williams notes:

The most devastating problems that black people face today have absolutely nothing to do with our history of slavery and discrimination. Chief among them is the breakdown of the black family, wherein 75 percent of blacks are born to single, often young, mothers. In some cities and neighborhoods, the percentage of out-of-wedlock births is over 80. Actually, “breakdown” is the wrong term; the black family doesn’t form in the first place. This is entirely new among blacks.

According to the 1938 Encyclopaedia of the Social Sciences, that year only 11 percent of black children were born to unwed mothers. As late as 1950, female-headed households constituted only 18 percent of the black population. Today it’s close to 70 percent. In much earlier times, during the late 1800s, there were only slight differences between the black family structure and those of other ethnic groups. In New York City in 1925, 85 percent of kin-related black households were two-parent households. Welfare has encouraged young women to have children out of wedlock. The social stigma once associated with unwed pregnancy is all but gone.

You can’t blame “the legacy of slavery” for the breakdown of the black family, because the black family was working great long after slavery was abolished.

So let me say something about myself and my marriage plan.

Because of my skin color, it would be natural for me to look to start a family with a black woman. According to marriage statistics, marriages where both spouses are the same color tend to succeed. But because of my Christian faith, I have to be a virgin myself, and I have to look for a virgin as a bride. But this standard is dead in the black community. Recreational sex with hot bad boys the rule, instead of choosing men who commit before sex. According to research, abstaining from sex before marriage is the best way to ensure that any children that are conceived in the marriage will grow up in a stable relationship with a father (me) in the home.

Unfortunately, white liberals don’t support me in these behaviors and plans. And black women agree with white liberals. They vote overwhelmingly for anti-marriage policies like promoting recreational sex in the schools, abortion, single mother welfare, no-fault divorce, redefining marriage to remove the requirement for complementary genders, etc.

According to exit polls, 98% of black women vote Democrat. They don’t do this by flipping a coin – they believe in Democrat policies. No marriage-minded man is going to be interested in entering a lifelong commitment with someone who supports anti-marriage policies.

12 thoughts on “Economist asks whether policies of white liberals will protect blacks from crime”

  1. I do not believe that welfare is the root cause of problems in the black community, because welfare is available to all races. However, it certainly has been instrumental in making certain attitudes and lifestyles somewhat more viable than they otherwise would be. There has been a similar growth of broken homes and fatherless parenthood in all races (with similarly bad outcomes for the children), but there are extenuating factors that seem to make it much more prevalent in the black community. I believe those factors are quite diverse, yet all have been introduced, encouraged, or excused by progressives. Latent racism can be admitted as a factor, but I believe it is very far down the list of significant causes. If that were not so, then in days past when racism was legal and normative we should expect to have seen even more of the problems suffered by the modern black community. Regarding welfare, the difference between the races may simply be that one has been more encouraged to avail themselves of it as a sort of entitlement or reparation, i.e., it is more socially respectable.

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  2. Watch Suffer No Fools and read more Williams and Sowell. Welfare us the root cause of problems for ALL skin colors in all countries. Welfare makes the government the father. Single parent homes result in less success in general for those children. Then watch Free To Choose and How Should We Then Live. 20 hours and you are ready to live free.

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    1. I would grant that welfare has had an impact on all races, but I don’t believe that…
      1) it is the only or even primary cause of the breakdown of the family. Things like the availability of abortion, the normalization of casual sex, radical feminism, equating love with chemistry/feelings, the “bad boy” syndrome (that WK likes to lament), and the changing attitudes toward marriage in general are certainly factors.
      2) the black community is suffering the consequences to a much higher degree than other communities, so there must be other factors involved in their case.

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  3. 98%, that’s some serious social conformity. I knew blacks voted between 90% and 95% Democrats but that means men are about 10% different the women.
    One thing I don’t understand is the fornication. In general, women are more religious it seems, and there are strong vein of Christian acknowledgment in black culture(Aint Esther in Sanford and Son 50 years ago). So, if they can self-enforce a 98% voting uniformity, and they are mostly posing as Christians, where does recreational sex come in? Let’s say 60% of blacks are going to church, that should leave a decent number of virgins as potential mates. Let’s say 35% of whites go to church weekly, and 90% fornicate, that still leaves a few, and I went out with a Christian black virgin probably, about 20 years ago. The more I write, the more I see how difficult it is for you from a numbers viewpoint. What I still can’t shake is how bold so many Christian black women are and how crowded the churches are. Something doesn’t add up with the showy religiosity and lack of virgins (and number of black abortions and out-of-wedlock births).

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    1. Because black churches and black parents generally don’t take the Bible seriously. They are more wedded to their tribal identity (skin color) and the Bible is definitely on the back burner. I’ve seen this myself with black female co-workers who taught Bible study. I asked one guy why he was voting for Obama since Obama supports infanticide. He said oh it won’t make much difference to that issue. Obama appointed two supreme court judges, both pro abortion. In my experience, many really don’t think about their faith and it’s so frustrating.

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  4. Thank you for a reply, but sad to say, I am still confused. We are talking about fornication! Unbelievers know it’s a sin, so churchgoers must also, even if they don’t read the bible regularly. How is it overlooked or justified?
    In some white Christian circles, a shotgun wedding is still expected if one joins a woman prior to marriage.

    What the heck is a bible study leader reading if it’s not the bible?

    By the way, a black coworker, a bible reading believer, whom I prayed with weekly for a few years, said the same thing to me and abortion and voting for Obama. Still cheeses me off.

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  5. Look at the role models in the black community. Rappers, thugs, sketchy professional athletes, equally sketchy politicians and social justice preaching clergy, female singers and celebrities who promote promiscuity, abortion, and single motherhood like some badge of honor. Add to this the preponderance of matriarchal black families, and black women with seething animus for black men (maybe somewhat deserved). Then look at Dr. Ben Carson, Candice Owens, Clarence Thomas, and Herman Cain. All called “uncle Toms” and excoriated in the media, and marginalized by the black community.

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