Consider this: A 2007 special report released by theÂ BureauÂ of Justice Statistics, reveals that approximately 8,000 â€“ and, in certain years as many as 9,000 â€“ African- Americans are murdered annually in the United States. Ninety-three percent of these murders are perpetrated by other blacks. To put these numbers in perspective: 6,400 U.S. service men and women have been killed in Iraq and Afghanistan over the course of a decade-long war fought in those nations. During the Vietnam War, which lasted nearly 13 years, some 58,000 Americans were killed â€“ nearly 13 percent of whom were African-American...
The fact that Blacks have the power of the vote is undeniable. They have the power to control the political climate in Ferguson â€“ that is no fairytale. The question is do they have the courage to look at the man in the mirror and make that change? Do they have the heart to change their apathetic approach to voting as a perpetual tribute to Michael Brown? Do they have the brains to understand the power dynamics of voting?
It was the summer of 2011. We were visiting friends in North Carolina one weekend for a lovely wedding on the beach. Our strong-willed, opinionated and hyper-inquisitive children, a boy and two girls, were, at the time, 10, 7 and 6 respectively. My gorgeous, though Chicago-tough and Sicilian-sassy, wife and I were at lunch with the kids at a little seaside cafĂ© the following day. A late morning ocean breeze puffed through the eateryâ€™s open bay windows, filling our nostrils with that salty pong of damp sand and faint sea life, forecasting a beautiful day ahead.
It is insulting that liberals pretend to care about the poor yet fight any acknowledgment of what has failed and block efforts to move forward with what can succeed. Despite mountains of data showing the fruitlessness of secularism and government dependency, the liberal black establishment fights to hold these communities hostage to these destructive forces.
While most Americans favor the idea of a social safety net, it is a mistake to think that expanding that net to engulf most of the middle class will promote the kind of behavior that leads to greater prosperity. In fact, research demonstrates that greater dependence on government does not encourage the honest hard work necessarily for a thriving economy.
The Black Conservative Summit will hold it's Leadership Initiative in Washington DC September 25, 2014 at the Allan P. Â Kirby Center for Constitutional Studies & Citizenship. Register today at www.theBCS.net