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“.