What to Make of “If Newtown Shooter Killed Black Kids We Probably Wouldn’t Be Talking About Guns”

MSNBCs Toure Neblett, who is black, made the following racially charged and ignorant claim last week:

“If Adam Lanza had walked into a black public school in this mythical South Brooklyn or in the Southside of Chicago, we would probably not be having a sustained national conversation about guns.”

Most mass shootings in the United States have been committed against white people by white people. If America is so racist, why don’t we see mass shootings of black children?

We just went through the ordeal of a black former policeman from Los Angeles who went on a vindictive killing spree. Then there was John Allen Muhammad who was the 2002 Beltway sniper. He murdered at least 10 people. Blacks have been killing other blacks and few black leaders and black spokesmen like Toure Neblett say much about it.

More blacks are murdered by other blacks than whites kill blacks. Black-on-black crime is pandemic in America’s big cities with large black populations.

“A 2007 special report released by the Bureau of Justice Statistics, reveals that approximately 8,000 — and, in certain years, as many as 9,000 African Americans are murdered annually in the United States. This chilling figure is accompanied by another equally sobering fact, that 93% of these murders are in fact perpetrated by other blacks. The analysis, supported by FBI records, finds that in 2005 alone, for example, African Americans accounted for 49% of all homicide victims in the US — again, almost exclusively at the hands of other African Americans.”

Why are these statistics ignored? Why don’t we hear anything from Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, and the former slave Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee on this issue? It’s because the numbers don’t fit the liberal race-baiting narrative that demands more government money be spent on the very people who are harmed by these government programs. Without these disenfranchised, welfare-trapped voters, liberals could not get elected.

There’s one thing on which I can agree with President Obama. Absent fathers are a contributing factor to gun violence. “This is not just a gun issue,” President Obama said to a Chicago audience. “It’s also an issue of the kinds of communities that we’re building.” Chicago had 504 murders in 2012, a 16 percent increase from 2011.

And why do we have absent fathers? Of course, the fathers are responsible, but the welfare state makes it easy for fathers to walk away from their responsibilities. It doesn’t help to blame white society for what’s ailing black communities.

For decades, the idea of the “nuclear family” has been dismissed as an “oppressive ideal,” for whites and blacks. Kay S. Hymowitz writes in her must-read article “The Black Family: 40 Years Later” that was published in 2005 in the City Journal: “Fretting about single-parent families was now not only racist but also sexist, an effort to deny women their independence, their sexuality, or both.” Now we’re about to fracture the family even more by opening up the military to more women in front-line combat roles. Who’s taking care of their children?

Feminists declared that “the problem was not the crumbling of the nuclear family; it was the lack of government support for single women and the failure of business to pay women their due.” And what’s been the result of the pervasive radicalism and subsidization of the single-family home, much of it the result of government programs?

“Remember: 70 percent of black children are still born to unmarried mothers. After all that ghetto dwellers have been through, why are so many people still unwilling to call this the calamity it is? Both NOW and the National Association of Social Workers continue to see marriage as a potential source of female oppression. The Children’s Defense Fund still won’t touch the subject. Hip-hop culture glamorizes ghetto life: ‘’cause nowadays it’s like a badge of honor/to be a baby mama’ go the words to the current [2005] hit ‘Baby Mama,’ which young ghetto mothers view as their anthem. Seriously complicating the issue is the push for gay marriage, which dismissed the formula ‘children growing up with their own married parents’ as a form of discrimination. And then there is the American penchant for to-each-his-own libertarianism.”

When something is subsidized, you get more of it. We have been subsidizing the fragmented family, so we’re getting fragmented children who are destroying their own lives.

Of course, there are exceptions. Dr. Ben Carson is a good example of someone who broke with the mind-numbing statistics. But for every one success story, there are ten tragedies.

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