Star Parker

Looking over the program for the coming festivities in Washington to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the civil rights march on Washington, and Dr. King’s famous August 28, 1963 “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 compared to 1963.

The bad news?

Fifty years is a long time, and the progress that has been achieved is not nearly what it should be or could have been.

Unfortunately, the program of the “50th Anniversary March on Washington”, posted on the event website, shows that the liberals who control the event have little interest in serious thought about why there have been failures, and, 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 only white Americans, 84 percent approve of black-white marriage today, compared to just 17 percent in 1969.

Yet, despite many blacks today living the American dream, that institutional racism is no longer legal in America, and that acceptance of black Americans as every bit as human and normal as white Americans is in much better shape today than 50 years ago, the overall picture of black America is not good.

According to the Census Bureau, median black household net worth 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.

Compared to all median household income by ethnicity – white, Hispanic, Asian, black – black median household income is the lowest.

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.


Star Parker

Star Parker is founder and president of CURE, the Center for Urban Renewal and Education, a 501c3 think tank which explores and promotes market based public policy to fight poverty, as well as author of the newly revised Uncle Sam's Plantation: How Big Government Enslaves America's Poor and What We Can do About It.