The problem of solutions to the black problem that aim too high

In today’s post, “Why Baltimore is in such bad shape,” David J. argues that the low average IQ of black (and white) Baltimorians is the reason for that city’s intractable problems. In response, Irv P. tells about the time he told an intelligent black New York City school principal that her innovations, no matter how well thought out, could not work, because the school population simply lacked the talent to profit from them.

In response to the same post, James N. has had an epiphany about the black problem, or rather about the current stage of the black problem that was engendered by the Civil Rights movement and the end of legal discrimination against blacks.

(I was about to write, “the end of legal discrimination,” period, but then remembered that there is no such thing, because for the last 47 years we have had ever-increasing legal discrimination against whites. So the correct way to characterize the achievement of the Civil Rights movement is: “the end of legal discrimination against blacks [and other favored minority groups].” And, in fact, this description is perfectly in keeping with Brown v. Board of Education, since, as I have often pointed out, but far too few people understand, the principle of Brown was not equal treatment for all citizens, but the elimination of any social practice that could be seen as putting down blacks.)

Posted by Lawrence Auster at May 24, 2012 11:38 AM | Send

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