A lot of people don't like Bill O'Reilly but he has been getting to the bottom of the race problems. I hope he keeps it going.
From “his” prospective he is addressing issues that he believes are the “cause” of the problem. I think there is agreement that many issues have worked against the black community: decline in the so-called “nuclear family”, decline in educational standards and attainment, unemployment rates, crime and (IMO) the decline of moral leadership from spiritual institutions.
Yet the truth is that ALL of those declines are not homogeneous to the black community and have impacted society in general. Many are, IMO, based on social goals and the acceptance of “alternative means of attainment” to reach those goals which can be seen largely from folks (of all ethnicities) living in poverty.
Consider the rise of “gangs” as a means to “profit” from the sale of drugs along with the rise in sex trafficking, theft of raw materials (metal scrappers) and other means of gaining the generally accepted ideals of achievement; Money, Power and Respect. Poor or not most humans want the same things, which is to live in a safe community, decent home and to have material possessions that make them happy.
While I understand the desire to make this a “black community” issue the truth is that it is a “societal” issue that impacts most poor people in America. Think of the recent television programs “Moon shiner’s” the offshoot “Tickle” and even the program “Hatfield’s and McCoy’s”. All “glamorize” folks who are / were (under the law) criminals yet they find a tacit acceptance.
Putting the blame on black family's (my edit)
The societal changes of the last fifty-years have been out of the hands of most families. While it is correct, IMO, to hold all families accountable for the behavior of the children they have along with requesting that those families behave in a lawful manner the reality is that to obtain “success” one must have a decent education.
Over my lifetime the education system has become more and more a venue to address the root needs of the student and less about “education”. While I find this to be inappropriate on a personal level the truth is how in the heck can we ask an educator to perform well if the student’s arrive at school hungry, without the proper supplies (further draining the limited resources of the school), tired because of a lack of sleep (yes, sometimes caused by poor supervision but other times caused by distressed communities where students are kept awake because of “adolescent adults” creating unsafe environments with drug sales and violence) and without proper clothing or hygiene.
Sure it would be simple to say that all of these “core needs” should be placed on the family and in some respect that is true. However to believe this, I feel, simply ignores the generations of students (now parents) that because of the diminished educational system are either unable to find work (because they lack the skills) or because our “political” structure has created and environment where it is cheaper for companies to move production off shore thereby allowing for a loss of employment opportunities.
It is a “chicken and egg” problem, IMO. What came first – the decline of the family or the decline in education that would allow people as adults to gain moderate employment? To argue either is a distinction without a difference as it does not address the underlying issue of “what do we do” to solve the problem, in my view. I am of the belief that education must be the first priority. However – we have to accept that we have left several generations of poor behind and we must decide how we will address that. Again, I do not see this as a “black community” issue but a “poverty” issue. If we want we can call it a “green issue”.
Think about this for a second, please. Someone (person, group, organization) has benefited over the years by allowing a reduction in educational attainment (notice, I did not say “standards” as the “standards” are fine but it is the across the board attainment of students and entire schools which is the problem), movement of business out of communities (both individual States and the United States as a whole) because of a variety of “financial” and “political” reasons (some valid, some not). While it is easy to be angry with the “family” for not doing the job they should just exactly when in the hell are we going to be mad at our political structure for allowing this environment to thrive?
(my edit) and squarely on the backs of guys like Al Sharpton and jesse jackson .
I get the “concern” about folks like Rev. Sharpton and Rev. Jackson but the truth is the black community is not a monolithic group so why do we treat them as such?
I believe were the underlying socio-economic issues addressed (education being key) it would diminish the so-called “power” or Rev. Sharpton, Rev. Jackson and others.
Even accusing them of profiting from it. Said they were paid thousands to speak at recent events in Wash Dc to stir up the blacks,
Sure, Rev. Sharpton, Rev. Jackson and others profit from the ability they have to speak to others. However so to does Gov. Palin, Sen. Cruz, Former Rep. West and so many others. We live in a free market system and I have no problems with anyone of them profiting from the skill they have – even if I disagree with it.
Consider that while Rev. Sharpton has been made a touchstone by Mr. O’Reily the truth is there are guys like Alex Jones, Michael Savage and others who are pretty much the same yet the “white community” is not seen as a monolithic group with a handful of unelected “leaders” whose voice must be broadcast.
Again – I honestly believe this is a “green issue” and one that will only be solved by an improvement of the educational system. This will cost us as a nation hundreds of millions of dollars and will leave generations behind that we will have to figure out the best means (using government and business) to assist them in moving forward. Even if we commit to making these changes it will take years and many of us will be dead long before the “goals” are achieved.
Or . . . I guess we could continue the path we are on which has seen a reduction in educational attainment, lack of employable skills (within much of the poor community) and movement of American business either off shore or to more “functional” communities because, well . . . THAT seems to be working so “well” for us, right?
BTW; while I don't watch the "Factor", I have read Killing Lincoln and Killing Kennedy and found both to be very good books. He is a smart guy, no question and has a very honorable degree from Harvard. No slouch at all.