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The Similar and Divergent Paths of Blacks and Jews in America

retire05 Wrote: Apr 29, 2013 11:55 AM
Mr. Williams, while I enjoyed your article, I think you are a bit off the mark. Yes, black Americans voted for Obama in numbers greater than ever before in a national election (percentage wise) but if they did that for no other reason than the color of Obama's skin, knowing Obama is just as much white as he is black, is that not also racism, just as voting AGAINST someone due to the color of their skin, and for no other reason, is expressing racism? How far has that come from Dr. King's belief in the "content of character" philosophy? Instead, I think we must look at the sea change that happened within the black segment of our society when it comes to voting patterns. When Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclaimation,
Theadventuresofpurpleman Wrote: Apr 29, 2013 10:13 PM
"Yes, black Americans voted for Obama in numbers greater than ever before in a national election (percentage wise) but if they did that for no other reason than the color of Obama's skin, knowing Obama is just as much white as he is black, is that not also racism, just as voting AGAINST someone due to the color of their skin, and for no other reason, is expressing racism? "

There has only been ONE black president and you people are trying to say Blacks are racist because they voted for Obama? So what was the blacks when they voted for all those WHITE presidents through out history? And was the whites also racist for voting ALL white all these years?
retire05 Wrote: Apr 29, 2013 11:59 AM
blacks represented 20% of our entire population and they voted almost exclusively Republican, i.e. newly elected black Representatives, notable figures like Frederick Douglas, et al. What changed? The simple answer is Woodrow Wilson and FDR. Wilson resegregated the military, FDR initiated voting requirements for blacks in order for them to gain jobs during the Depression when blacks were fleeing the rural environments for jobs in the city. "You want a job?" said the FDR administration to the blacks; "Then sign on this dotted line, or make your mark, to register as a Democrat."
retire05 Wrote: Apr 29, 2013 12:03 PM
Then came Dr. King, with his vision of a color blind society, and demand for respect for blacks based on the content of their character. Blacks in the '60's were more religious, had stronger family ties and were harder working than any segment of our society. When King was murdered, so was his dream, and the substitute offered by the race-baiting poverty pimps lining their own wallets destroyed the black family. LBJ just helped that destruction along, knowing that the CRA would secure the black vote, to quote LBJ., "for decades."

Now blacks destroy themselves with fatherless families and abortion clinics. The black population is half what it was in 1860. And if anyone, Dr. Carson, Bill Cosby, Thomas Sowell, Walter Williams, dare speak
retire05 Wrote: Apr 29, 2013 12:06 PM
the truth, they are labeled "Uncle Toms" by those who have made tony incomes with keeping the grievance industry alive.

This needs to change. If you want a clean neighborhood, it starts with your own front steps.
Theadventuresofpurpleman Wrote: Apr 29, 2013 10:23 PM
Then you must know about BLACK WALL STREET!

The best description of Black Wallstreet, or Little Africa as it was also known, would be to liken it to a mini-Beverly Hills. It was the golden door of the Black community during the early 1900s, and it proved that African Americans had successful infrastructure. That's what Black Wallstreet was about.

The dollar circulated 36 to 1000 times, sometimes taking a year for currency to leave the community. Now a dollar leaves the Black community in 15 minutes. As far as resources, there were Ph.D's residing in Little Africa, Black attorneys and doctors. One doctor was Dr. Berry who also owned the bus system. His average income was $500 a day, a hefty pocket of change in 1910. During that...
Theadventuresofpurpleman Wrote: Apr 29, 2013 10:24 PM
It was a very fascinating community. The area encompassed over 600 businesses and 36 square blocks with a population of 15,000 African Americans.