by Betsy McCaughey | March 2, 2016 12:02 am
Hillary Clinton is sweeping the Democratic primaries across the South by capturing nearly all the black votes — a staggering 86 percent in South Carolina. She’s doing it with poisonous lies designed to stoke racial resentment. Clinton routinely tells blacks they are the victims of “systemic racism” and scolds whites for not demonstrating more “humility.” She falsely claims that discrimination is causing higher poverty rates and incarceration rates in the black community. There isn’t a shred of evidence to back up her claims. Even so, she gets a pass from the media.
Let’s separate facts from Clinton’s racially inflammatory fictions: On the campaign trail, she complains that “race still plays a significant role in determining who gets ahead in America and who gets left behind,” noting black families have “just a tiny fraction” of the wealth of white families.
Yes, there’s a wealth gap. Clinton blames it on racism instead of honestly confronting the self-destructive choices young blacks are encouraged to make by a welfare system that subsidizes girls having babies before they finish their education or marry. A troubling 72 percent of black children are born to single mothers. That’s not a vestige of slavery, as some liberals argue. In 1950, before widespread welfare, the figure was only 18 percent.
“It is well known that people who finish high school, hold a job, and do not have children until they are 21 and have a steady partner are almost never poor,” says black Columbia professor John McWhorter.
Clinton rages against a supposed “school-to-prison pipeline,” blaming “racist” schools that disproportionately suspend black students, “racist” police who target blacks, and “racist” judges who mete out longer sentences to blacks than whites for the same offenses.
Again, Clinton’s got the facts wrong. Evidence of a school to prison pipeline is “laughably weak,” says Manhattan Institute scholar Heather Mac Donald. While it’s true black students are suspended at twice the rate of Hispanics and whites, few reports mention that this could be the consequence of inadequate parenting or the failure to stress school achievement at home. It’s ridiculous to suggest racist educators are to blame. Teaching is among the most liberal of professions.
At schools, Clinton proposes ending suspensions, and keeping disruptive students in the classroom while they get counseling. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio tried that, arguing that the victims of this misguided policy are kids who want to learn — especially poor kids who can’t escape an unruly school.
Hillary Clinton apologizes for having said “super-predators” to describe teens maiming and murdering without remorse. But there’s no denying the problem — and it has a racial component. The homicide rate among black males ages 14 to 17 is nearly 10 times higher than for whites and Hispanics of that age.
As for prison, Clinton tells black audiences it’s time to fix the “crisis of mass incarceration” of black men. But neither Clinton nor anyone else has produced evidence that blacks are given longer sentences than others for the same offenses. Nor is enforcement of drug laws to blame. In federal prisons, drug offenders are 48 percent Hispanic, 22 percent white and 27 percent black. Most incarcerated blacks are in state prisons doing time for violent crimes and repeated theft.
For seven years, Barack Obama has played the race card. It has rubbed raw the feelings between blacks and whites. A Hillary Clinton presidency will make it worse. She pledges to enshrine racial preferences for job employment and college admissions — never mind fairness or the impact on whites and Asians applying to schools and looking for work.
Obama dignified race hustler Al Sharpton with roles at White House events. Now Clinton, too, is seeking Sharpton’s advice. She ought to repudiate him as the David Duke of her party.
Clinton’s electoral strategy is to win big with minority voters. Unsurprisingly, she’s trying to duplicate Obama’s successful campaigns in 2008 and 2012 — when he lost among whites but was carried to victory with overwhelming black support. This time, the nation needs a president who embraces all Americans and tells them the truth, even about race.
Betsy McCaughey is a senior fellow at the London Center for Policy Research and author of “Government by Choice: Inventing the United States Constitution.”
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