I’ve written about this so many times that I’m legitimately sick of it and nearly out of words, and yet every time I see one of these athletes use their platform to insist that all black people are victims and all white people are why, I can’t not respond.
The short version: Kyle Korver, who plays for the Utah Jazz, wrote an article wherein he laments his white privilege and insists that he must hold me (and all other white people) accountable for the disparity that black people endure. And of course, despite lamenting disparity that black people endure, he says nothing — not a single word — about the disproportionate instances of broken homes among Americans who happen to be black.
So I’m going to make this as simple as possible so even reckless morons like Korver can understand, and if you want read more I’ll include some of my previous links at the end.
Here we go…
Nothing causes disparity in America more than broken homes. And that’s true not just empirically, but logically and obviously as well. When it comes to raising kids, generally speaking, two are better than one. (And while that’s not a very controversial thing to say, go say it to your liberal friends and they’ll call you a racist for even suggesting it. Yes. Really. Go try it.)
Now consider, in America:
17% of Asians grow up in broken homes.
29% of whites grow up in broken homes.
53% of Hispanics grow up in broken homes.
72% of blacks grow up in broken homes.
You can’t scream “RACISM!” at 10AM because black kids have it so much harder growing up, and then scream “RACISM!” again at 2PM because black adults have so much more exposure to and in the legal system. Those black adults were once those black kids. And that’s what disparity and lack of resources (persistent byproducts of broken homes) among kids so often results in: fewer opportunities and more problems as adults. It’s why we lament the disparity so many endure as kids.
Are broken homes to blame every time? Of course not. There are plenty of great kids who come from single parent homes, and plenty of terrible kids who come from 2 parent homes. But generally speaking, two are better than one when it comes to raising a child who will grow up with the time, energy, resources, example and love of both parents. And that time, energy, love, example, etc are what a young person takes with them into adulthood. And it gives them confidence and, perhaps most importantly, hope. It instills a healthy sense of accountability to one’s self and in turn one’s family, community, etc. (And it’s why I called this website Love Breeds Accountability.)
This isn’t a ding on single dads and moms out there. I have no idea what your personal situations are and, for the purposes of this bigger conversation, I don’t care. This is simply a heartfelt request that, as a society when looking at racial disparity, we stop saying it’s racist to state the obvious: The most blatantly obvious source of disparity for Americans who happen to be black is that 72% of them grow up in broken homes. And if we can’t say that out loud without being called racist then we might as well hang it up and stop trying. There would be nothing left to realistically fight for. The people who irresponsibly and inexplicably ignore broken homes will have won. And that just means both problems — racism and racial disparity — will continue getting worse.
THEY MAKE RACISM WORSE
…because they’re out there actually celebrating the idea that all black people are victims, and all white people are the reason why. Can you imagine what that does to a young person’s mind? It’s no wonder white supremacy is on the rise, and race relations in general are just getting worse. Consider: I was born in 1977 and taught to judge people by character, not color. Today, 42 years later, your children are being told that is racist — and that they must focus like a laser on skin color at all times. Moreover, if they’re brown, your kids are told that they’re perpetually aggrieved and won’t be able to get a fair shot in life. And if your kids are white, they’re told they’re the reason why and should thus knock themselves down a few pegs and learn to pity their black and brown peers. And this astonishingly racist and regressive discussion is one that’s actually celebrated in classrooms all across America today.
THEY MAKE RACIAL DISPARITY WORSE
…because they uniformly, 100% just outright ignore the root of the problem: broken homes. Imagine if firefighters showed up with a bunch of old, wooden furniture that they kept throwing on the flames while hoping to put the fire out. You just pictured what people like Kyle Korver, LeBron James, Colin Kaepernick, the entire Democrat party, most of academia and virtually all of Hollywood do all day, every day, with respect to racial disparity in America because they’re too afraid to address the underlying issue of broken homes.
Is there racism? Of course, and there always be. And it cuts all ways, across all races. Thankfully it’s entirely marginalized to the fringes where it belongs, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be diligent in fighting it when/if we see it.
The bigger question: Is there a ubiquitous racism that still permeates more than half a century since passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964?
I don’t know. But I’m highly skeptical of that because as long as 72% of black kids grow up in broken homes, and 19% of Asian kids do, and Americans who happen to be Asian kick everyone’s butt in America while Americans who happen to be black trail in almost every metric — I’m gonna suggest we at least talk about the idea that maybe instead of screaming “RACISM!” and exacerbating fires that we should be extinguishing, we might instead consider the possibility that all those broken homes have something to do with the disparity — and if we start talking about that a little bit, there might be fewer of them in the future.
And thus, less racial disparity.
That’s what I’d like to see.
In 2019, racism and bigotry are clearly more about pity than hatred. By ignoring broken homes and instead just scapegoating “all white people,” liberals like Korver are creating a cast system where all black and brown people will always be victims, and all white people will always “enjoy” implied supremacy. They’re ginning up racism where none existed before, and in doing so making both racism and racial disparity worse. And it’s all because they’re too afraid to even suggest that intact families are a good thing for children. Why are they too afraid to suggest it? Because they think it might be viewed as an attack on black people. It’s not. It has nothing to do with race. The only reason Americans who happen to be black disproportionately endure broken homes, is because “helpful” liberals like Kyle Korver have spent decades telling them everything is always someone else’s fault. That’s the bigotry we need to tamp down in 2019. It’s about pity, not hatred.
I don’t think focusing on skin color is a good thing. And I definitely don’t think pitying and/or scorning people based on skin color is good. So I’m not going to do either of those things no matter how much Democrats, the mainstream media, Hollywood and academia tell me I’m supposed to. Why? Because I’m not a bigot. And only bigots judge people, themselves or others, based on color.
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