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Barbara Kay: People thought Obama would heal America’s bitter racial divide. It’s gotten worse

Posted on 2015-03-31 16:48:41

With Barack Obama’s tenure as U.S. president grinding to its definitive end, it’s clear the chasm between the Messiah-like figure he sold himself as in 2008 and the only-too-flawed mortal we see today will not close. In no area did he arouse greater expectations than that of race relations. Obama’s inexperience and lukewarm patriotism, factors that would have sidelined any white candidate, were America’s tradeoff for the long-sought grail of white redemption for past sins. Obama’s blackness was perceived as the magically rising tide that would lift all American blacks’ boats. But little has changed for blacks during Obama’s presidency, and that little has been negative. Homicide is still the leading cause of death for young black men (with 90 per cent of the perpetrators other black young men). Blacks, 13 per cent of the population, represent 37.5 per cent of state prison populations, and contrary to popular opinion, they are mostly there for violent offences, not minor drug crimes (if everyone imprisoned on a drug charge were freed, blacks would still constitute 37 per cent of inmates — a mere 0.5 per cent drop). In spite of decades of affirmative action, blacks underachieve in school and are most at risk of dropping out. The black unemployment rate is double that of whites and has been throughout five decades of liberal policy-making. RelatedChris Rock: ‘Nicer white people’ are America’s real racial progress, not Obama becoming presidentAffirmative action ban upheld as Michigan colleges told race cannot factor in admissions Why aren’t black boats rising in spite of all the programs, preferences and money lavished upon their communities? How one answers that question is a shortcut to one’s political stance. Progressives say blacks aren’t succeeding in acceptable numbers because of historically entrenched structural racism in a white-dominated society. Conservatives, when they are bold enough to say so — and few are — agree with journalist Jason L. Riley,........

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The Black Book of the American Left: Volume 2 — The Progressives

Barbara Kay: How utterly irrational faith-based global-warming theory is In an April 30 article, “Climate change and health: Extreme heat a ‘silent’ killer, Globe and Mail reporter Karen McColl...


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Latest Column

Barbara Kay: People thought Obama would heal America’s bitter racial divide. It’s gotten worse

Posted on 2015-03-31 16:48:41

With Barack Obama’s tenure as U.S. president grinding to its definitive end, it’s clear the chasm between the Messiah-like figure he sold himself as in 2008 and the only-too-flawed mortal we see today will not close. In no area did he arouse greater expectations than that of race relations. Obama’s inexperience and lukewarm patriotism, factors that would have sidelined any white candidate, were America’s tradeoff for the long-sought grail of white redemption for past sins. Obama’s blackness was perceived as the magically rising tide that would lift all American blacks’ boats. But little has changed for blacks during Obama’s presidency, and that little has been negative. Homicide is still the leading cause of death for young black men (with 90 per cent of the perpetrators other black young men). Blacks, 13 per cent of the population, represent 37.5 per cent of state prison populations, and contrary to popular opinion, they are mostly there for violent offences, not minor drug crimes (if everyone imprisoned on a drug charge were freed, blacks would still constitute 37 per cent of inmates — a mere 0.5 per cent drop). In spite of decades of affirmative action, blacks underachieve in school and are most at risk of dropping out. The black unemployment rate is double that of whites and has been throughout five decades of liberal policy-making. RelatedChris Rock: ‘Nicer white people’ are America’s real racial progress, not Obama becoming presidentAffirmative action ban upheld as Michigan colleges told race cannot factor in admissions Why aren’t black boats rising in spite of all the programs, preferences and money lavished upon their communities? How one answers that question is a shortcut to one’s political stance. Progressives say blacks aren’t succeeding in acceptable numbers because of historically entrenched structural racism in a white-dominated society. Conservatives, when they are bold enough to say so — and few are — agree with journalist Jason L. Riley,........

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