36% of Black Americans support whom?
By Mark Alexander
When the great Stanford economist Thomas Sowell was still writing his syndicated column, he would occasionally submit "Random Thoughts on the Passing Scene." In one such offering on the prevalence of racism, as a black American he observed, "Racism is not dead, but it is on life support — kept alive by politicians, race hustlers and people who get a sense of superiority by denouncing others as 'racist.'"
That quote came to mind last week as I was surveying the passing scene and realized that the week marked the 55th anniversary of Martin Luther King's remarkable "I Have a Dream" speech on the Washington Mall.
King declared: "I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: 'We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.' ... I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. ... And if America is to be a great nation this must become true."
Surveying the rest of the passing scene, I came across a stunning presidential approval report: While an NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey found that Donald Trump's approval numbers are holding steady after last week's pile on, what really caught my attention was one standout in Rasmussen's highly regarded Presidential Approval Tracking Poll. Trump's approval rating among black Americans is now 36%, almost twice what it was a year ago. Now, I don't expect this trend will show up as dramatically in the midterm elections, but it is clear that more black voters are recognizing that Democrats turned King's dream into a nightmare.
Trump's standing is, in large measure, because of the impact of his administration's economic policies, which have had a major impact on minority job and income growth. For generations, the Democrat Party has successfully subordinated its black American constituencies to its political will by convincing them they are victims and dependents, and thus, has kept them enslaved on government welfare plantations that have proven to be a miserable failure.
But that's changing, much to the consternation of the Democratic National Committee, which must constantly juggle its support for an ever-growing list of "political identity groups." Having shifted its focus toward a "new breed of Democrats," those promoting "Democratic socialism," the DNC announced this week that it would also be more visibly pandering to its gender dysphoric constituents, modifying its charter to account for "all genders." Of course, everywhere but in the DNC's altered reality, there are only two genders.
This is just the latest revision of the Democrats' systematic "divide and conquer" playbook, as they foment "Trump Derangement Syndrome" among their increasingly unhinged adherents with an ever-increasing tenor of hate-filled rhetoric. They do so, however, at peril of moving the nation from uncivil discourse to civil war.
In stark contrast to Obama's focus on race, Martin Luther King dreamed that his children would "live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character." More than a half-century later, long after the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the enactment of Lyndon Johnson's so-called "Great Society" programs, Democrats are still focusing on "color" rather than "character."
Obama was elected both because of his unspoken promise to assuage liberal "white guilt" and because of his "color" rhetoric: "A deep distrust exists in communities of color. ... There are still problems and communities of color aren't just making these problems up. ... Frustrations have deep roots in many communities of color. Too many individuals, particularly young people of color, do not feel as if they are being treated fairly."
The propagation of this insidious race-bait charade was apparent long before MLK's generation.
In 1901, Booker T. Washington, founder of the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama, wrote the following in Up From Slavery:
As for those who maintain that line, Washington wrote in My Larger Education:
A few months before the Civil Rights march in Washington, Dr. King wrote of those who foment hatred:
King concluded his "Dream" speech as follows:
Fortunately, there is increasing evidence that black Americans are awakening to the Democrats' generational charade — that Demos have betrayed MLK's grand vision. That shift is due to the ever-more apparent fact that Democrats and their Leftmedia talkingheads don't think black lives matter beyond the voting booth.
I share King's dream.
Mark Alexander is the executive editor of the Patriot Post.