In a recent article in "Colorlines: News For Action" entitled Â“The Long Racial History of the Tea PartyÂ’s Deficit Trojan Horse,Â” the author states the same old arguments about how Tea Party racism along with Conservatives and Republicans have fought long and hard to keep African-Americans down. It is difficult to understand the reasoning behind the authorÂ’s jump from Confederates to the Tea Party.
First, looking at history, it was the Republican Party who fought for Civil Rights and it was the Democratic Party that fought tooth and nail against it. The author also uses the Tea Party racism argument saying that because they believe in States Rights, they want this country to go back to the days of slavery; this is not true. When the Tea Party Movement refers to Â“States RightsÂ” they refer to limiting the federal government to what is allowed in the Constitution, all else should be controlled by the states. Civil Rights is a Federal Law.
But the biggest flaw in the article is when the author makes the statement:
Â“And much like their political ancestors, modern conservatism invokes the bloated government bogeyman to oppose all efforts at racial justice. By undermining the ability of the federal government to raise revenue and targeting what remains of Lyndon JohnsonÂ’s Great SocietyÂ” Â– Colorlines
This raises the question, if LBJÂ’s Great Society was working so well, why in the next paragraph does the author point out that
Â“A quarter of all African Americans live in poverty today, compared to 14 percent of Americans overall and 9 percent of whites. African Americans account for nearly a quarter of those receiving food assistance. More than a quarter of African Americans get health care through Medicaid. The typical black family has a dime for every dollar of wealth held by the typical white family.Â” Â– Colorlines
This shows that the increased spending on entitlement programs has had the complete opposite effect of what was intended. The government throws more money at the problem and yet blacks are still poor, still uneducated and unemployed. Could this have anything to do with the fact there is no incentive for them to work? These programs have done nothing but destroy the structure of the African-American family. No longer do they feel the need to keep families together, in fact it can be argued that government entitlement programs encourage families to break apart.
How can the black community complain about the lack of racial equality and social justice when all they need to do is look to the highest office in the land to see it being held by the first black President, Barack Obama, it has ever had? Whether one agrees with the President or not, this if nothing else should prove to any child, black, white, brown or yellow that anyone in the United States who works hard and strives to be the best, can truly become anything they want.