by STAR PARKER August 28, 2013
Looking over the program for the festivities commemorating the 50th anniversary of the civil rights March on Washington, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s famous "I Have a Dream" speech, it's hard to not feel sober about the whole thing.
I say sober because there is good news and bad news.
What's the good news?
There has been monumental progress in the quality of life, on average, that black Americans lead today.
The bad news?
Fifty years is a long time, and the progress is not nearly what it should be or could have been.
Unfortunately, the program for the "50th Anniversary March on Washington," posted on the website of that name, shows that liberals who control the event have little interest in serious thought about why there have been failures. Needless to say, the event is devoid of a single black conservative spokesperson.
Few would have dreamed in 1963 that within 50 years a black man would be president of the United States -- let alone twice elected.
We've got black millionaires, even a couple black billionaires.
The inherent stigma of race has changed dramatically.
According to a recent Gallup poll, 87 percent of Americans approve of marriage between blacks and whites, compared to only 4 percent who approved in 1959. Among white Americans, 84 percent approve of black-white marriage today, compared to just 17 percent in 1969.
Institutional racism is no longer legal in America, and acceptance of black Americans as every bit as human and normal as white Americans is in much better shape today than 50 years ago. But the overall picture of black America is not good.
According to the Census Bureau, the median net worth of black households in 2010 was $4,955 compared to a median white household net worth of $110,000.
Median black household income in 2011 was $32,229 compared to median white household income of $52,214.
Comparing median household income by ethnicity -- white, Hispanic, Asian, black -- it's lowest for blacks.
Black liberals want us to believe that huge economic disparities persist today between black Americans and the rest of the nation because of racism and continuing civil rights injustices.
Fifty years ago, blacks faced major institutional barriers to living in America as free, normal citizens. As result of the civil rights movement and passage of the Civil Rights Act in 1964, barriers that allowed differential treatment under the law and permitted institutional racism were dismantled.
Of course, there are still individuals with us who carry racial prejudice in their hearts.
But to suggest, as liberals do, that institutionalized racial injustice explains today's disparities in educational and economic achievement between black and white America is to assure that disparities will continue and that the real problems will never be addressed.
The "50th Anniversary March on Washington" does our nation a disservice by going beyond just commemorating a great achievement and suggesting that disappointing progress is because that achievement was incomplete. Organizers suggest that blacks lag behind today because many "continue to suffer civil and economic injustices."
Not true. Black Americans are today free.
It may be fun to come to Washington to remember and celebrate.
But the answers for blacks today are not in Washington. They are in black homes, black schools, black hearts and black minds.
We need today a Personal Responsibility Movement. If it had gotten started in 1964 with the Civil Rights Act's passage, blacks would be in far better shape today. Instead, too many turned to government for programs.
It's why increasing numbers of black Americans are now looking to a conservative agenda that honesty examines and looks to fix what is broken in black communities and correctly identifies these as mostly moral rather than political challenges.
Star Parker is a nationally syndicated columnist through the Scripps Howard News Service, author of Uncle Sam's Plantation: How Big Government Enslaves America's Poor and What We Can Do About It , and president of CURE, Coalition on Urban Renewal and Education (www.urbancure.org). She can be reached at parker(at)urbancure.org.
Star Parker is a pretty darn good writer. She is black, she is educated, she speaks English clearly and correctly, she obviously had parents who cared about her, and THIS is how the black community USED TO BE.
She is also cute and looks about 17. But she must be a lot older because she writes with wisdom.
Actually, Star Parker used to be a typical Liberal Democrat unmarried welfare mom. But after her conversion to Christianity, she gives God credit for changing her heart into the very conservative, Christian that she is today. She worked and paid her own way through college and she also credits Christ for switching her from a militant pro-abortion activist to a strictly pro-life advocate.
I think that she is a fine roll model for all American women of all colors and backgrounds.
What is wrong with this picture? Several things: Dr King was NOT a liberal; a white KKK democrap murdered him, just like the coward KKK member that shot Medger Evers in the back as he was getting out of his car; why is the illegal alien that pretends to be our president giving a speech that I think is a total dishonor to Dr. Kings' memory?, why are the people, no matter their outer color, taught the truth about the democrats, the KKK, the Jim Crow laws, the Emancipation Proclamation, and the liberal retards fake promises? This si not the first article I read from Star Parker. She should get the Pulitzer prize, not the numb-nut in the White House! Semper Fi! Gunny Lakin
I admire Star Parker for her clear thinking and courage to speak out. I always like to hear her when she is a "talking head" on the news. Thanks for posting her insightful comments. We need a Personal Responsibility Movement for all of society, not just for blacks.