Black culture, viewed through the filter of extremism

Following my previous post, in which a black activist urges his comrades to “Let. [Whites]. F***ing. Die.”, I thought it might be worth posting a link to Fred Reed’s misgivings about black culture.  Let me say at once that I don’t believe what he says applies to all black culture – far from it!  However, I think it does apply to a lot of extremist ‘ghetto culture’, as found in many inner cities in the USA.  In particular, I think it applies to the so-called ‘rap culture’, and to activists such as the one quoted in my previous post.

Here’s the core of Fred’s argument.

Nothing worked and nothing is going to work. There is clarity in this realization, a clarity to admitting what is actually happening. It avoids tortured reasoning to show  that the dysfunction of blacks is due to anything and everything but blacks themselves. One need not make endless excuses for endless bad behavior, for the crime and dependency, the racial attacks, and the degradation of society.

The culture of the ghetto opposes everything usually believed proper in an advanced  society: high academic standards, equality of opportunity, good English, minimal obscenity, equality under the law, low rates of crime, reasonable self-reliance, freedom of speech. Black culture, intensely racist, encourages none of these and opposes most. It is tribal, based on identity, instead of principle.

There’s more at the link.  It’s worth reading in full.

As I said earlier, I don’t believe Fred’s argument applies to a large segment of the black community;  but I’ve seen at first hand how accurate it is when discussing many inner-city ‘ghetto culture’ black neighborhoods.  I’ve worked in such communities in Philadelphia, New Orleans, Los Angeles and elsewhere.  It’s hard to call Fred wrong when one is surrounded by institutionalized helplessness.  (If you don’t believe me, see movies such as ” Get Rich or Die Tryin’ “, or “Straight Outta Compton“.



  1. Honest question: are there any large black communities currently that have a culture that advocates for industrious behaviors, thinking and planning ahead, solving problems in peaceable ways, and discouraging promiscuity while encouraging a healthy family life? I want to believe they are out there, but it seems like whenever the media brings black culture to the forefront, it usually does so in a way that would cause a rational person to equate black culture with ghetto culture. Of course, things like the article in the previous post and BLM do little to contest the point.

  2. Does Fred Reed's commentary apply to 100% of blacks? No. But it does apply to the VAST
    majority. Anyone who spent any time to speak of around black people knows that most wholeheartedly embrace the blacks are victims mindset and refuse to act civilized.
    Most truly don't believe that the law doesn't apply to them. As for manners and civility? You're better off expecting these from Bonobo chimps.

  3. The Carmichael Show in its 3rd season Wed, NBC, does a good job showing both a working class Black family and broaching topics such as bullying based on complexion. Last night, they did a bit on Black people don't read if they don't have to and the conformity enforced in the community. Jarrod Carmichael is a very funny comedian and willing to push the boundaries. Better than all the sermonizing or the ghetto portrayals, or leaping to wealthy Hollywood Black family.

    Recommended for the laughs.

  4. There is one prosperous black community in the US. It's in LA, and they have walls and gates and armed white guards. They don't let the ghetto trash in.

    The attitudes mentioned do not apply to all blacks, just as not all whites are self-loathing race traitors. As far as blacks go, it's the 80% who make the 20% look bad.

    True fact (as apposed to approved facts) – one in three black men in America is a convicted felon. The drop in crime rates in the nineties coincided with two things – the end of the cocaine wars on the streets of major cities, and the approval of 'three strikes' laws that put repeat offenders away for life. Concealed carry happened at the same time, and probably added a bit to the drop in crime, as potential victims became more dangerous.

    Blacks, as a whole, are stupid and violent. The denial of these basic facts drives most of what is wrong in America these days. We must see reality as it is, not as we would have it be.

  5. I don't believe Fred's argument applies to a large segment of the black community

    How do Fred's comments correspond with your experiences in Africa?

  6. My neighbors include Ghanaians and Somalis. It surprised me how much contempt they have for Ghetto culture – down to mothers screaming at the sons to not "look like trash". Thinking of the people as "the blacks" is as incorrect as thinking of "the whites" or "the Catholics". There's even a difference between the urban Somalis and those from rural villages. The urban tend to be better educated, less overtly religious, and have a strong work ethic; the rural have a "Allah, then family, then screw everyone else" attitude.

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