The ploy of every political power broker is to deflect attention from real problems. We see it around the world every day as leaders of societies who live in poverty and illiteracy tell their populations that they suffer because of the Great Satan, America. If they didn't do that, they would have to allow freedom and ownership, build schools and maintain a system of law.
Last week, Jesse Jackson led of band of several hundred protesters in Washington to make claims about supposed vote-counting irregularities in Ohio. George W. Bush won Ohio by over 100,000 votes. He got 16 percent of the black vote in Ohio, 4 percent more than his take of the black vote nationwide. John Kerry knows he legitimately was defeated in 2004, which is why he conceded the election in a timely fashion.
Yet, Jackson hangs on. The politics of blame takes the heat off solving real problems. He'd rather politicize the profound social problems in the black community by claiming that Republicans steal elections rather than doing the real work of fixing black families and black schools.
The politics of deflection and blame, for which Jackson can claim significant responsibility, has rooted itself deep in black consciousness and has made our problems many times worse. John McWhorter discussed in his book "Losing the Race" the cultural resistance in black kids to education because learning and studying is "white" behavior.
This week we remember and commemorate the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. We must remember that King's message was that eternal truths and values transcend race.
Love, family, responsibility and education are values toward which every human being must aspire.
Armstrong Williams made a mistake. But the message that he received funds to promote - fixing our schools and system of education - was right.
I'm confident that the conservative message will continue to take root in the black community. It's really our only option for the future.
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