By Ed Brodow:
President Trump has attempted to focus attention on the plight of our inner cities. When he used Baltimore as a glaring example (“Baltimore is a living hell”), Trump was accused of racism.
Trump criticized Rep. Elijah Cummings while casting the Baltimore-area district he represents as "dangerous" and "filthy." Sen. Elizabeth Warren, in a vain attempt at virtue signaling, led the charge from the Left. "Elijah Cummings fights for what is just in this country," she said. "To be attacked by a president issuing racist tweets is beyond insulting, it is disgusting. Donald Trump is a racist who makes ever more outrageous, racist remarks,” Warren continued. “We need to call out white supremacy for what it is—domestic terrorism.”
Bob Woodson, an African-American who founded the Woodson Institute in 1981 to help residents of low-income neighborhoods address the problems of their communities, disagreed with Warren’s assessment. In an interview on the July 31 segment of Tucker Carlson Tonight, Woodson eloquently described the problem. Here is what he said:
“As a veteran of the civil rights movement, I find [Warren’s] comments insulting, condescending, and patronizing. It also acts as a barrier for the exploration of real solutions that exist for places like Baltimore and low-income blacks. The biggest problem in black America today isn’t between whites and blacks—it’s internal. Elizabeth Warren and people who continue to emphasize the external enemy are preaching a false solution. Black America’s destiny has never been determined by what white people do or do not do. It deflects attention away from the real problems.”
As explained by Colin Flaherty in Don’t Make the Black Kids Angry, racism is the current excuse being offered by the Democratic Party for the problems afflicting black America. “The ultimate excuse: White racism is everywhere. White racism is permanent. White racism explains everything.” The Left, says author Ben Shapiro, wants to portray America as “an incurable mass of bigoted whites.” Fortunately, the R word no longer holds the kind of opprobrium that it did in the 1960s. The accusation of racism has been tossed around so carelessly that it no longer packs a punch. “Yesterday’s race-baiters were brutal white bullies,” says Shapiro. “Today’s are left-wingers invoking fictional white racism to achieve their goals.”
If racism is not the answer, where does the solution lie? Woodson hit the nail on the head:
“The urban communities where you have the highest crime, the most drug-infested, have been run by liberal Democrats for the last 50 years. The real problem is the kind of betrayal by the leaders of these cities. They can avoid confronting those issues because they use race as a shield. White people could all go to Europe tomorrow and the conditions of the inner cities would not change. If racism were the pervasive problem then why are all blacks not suffering equally? There are three zip codes in Prince Georges County where the median income for black families is $170,000. They are three times richer than most whites.”
The signal accomplishment of the civil rights movement was the manifestation of Dr. King’s vision of a society where people are judged by the content of their character rather than the color of their skin. People gave their lives to make this happen. Sadly, the Left’s campaign for diversity is destroying everything that was accomplished on the streets of Selma. When the Left advocates diversity, they want people to be judged by their skin color. Character becomes irrelevant as the Left divides Americans into competing groups based on color and ethnicity. Out of this perversion of Dr. King’s dream, we are plagued with arbitrary accusations of racism.
The president is not a racist for trying to solve the problems of our decaying cities. He is doing his job. “It’s time to stop this preoccupation with race,” said Bob Woodson, “and come together to address the problems of low-income people of all races because answers exist. We can’t do it as long as we stay stuck on the race grievance issue.”
The Democrats have no substantive platform. All they have is their insistence that Trump is a racist. I’m sick and tired of it. Aren’t you?
Ed Brodow is a political commentator, negotiation expert, and author of seven books including his latest, Tyranny of the Minority: How the Left is Destroying America.