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Week of: February 4, 2001

Enslaved by Their Victim Mentality

by F.R. Duplantier

"Illustrious black elites are going for the gold, the ultimate prize -- this time in the form of 'reparations.'"

"What are black youth to make of the adults around them who insist that their life chances are 'limited' due to the enslavement of their ancestors, the segregation of their ancestors, and the mistreatment of their ancestors?" demands Elizabeth Wright, editor of Issues & Views ( "Should they assume that all the black men and women who have lived since those troublesome times were powerless to construct productive lives beyond those past ordeals?" she asks. "Should they assume that they too are just as powerless to move beyond this past adversity, unless and until bundles of money, this time in the form of official 'reparations' for the labor of those ancestors, are delivered to them?"

Wright recalls how, "in the years much closer to slavery than we now live, blacks founded and ran their own towns, owned and prospered on millions of dollars worth of land, formed so many successful businesses that it necessitated formation of the National Negro Business League, directed their own schools and colleges -- all of this long before the 1950s. Yet now," she notes, "according to the custodians of the race, the 'residue' of the slave experience pierces so deeply into the psyches and immediate lives of blacks that only more monetary resources from whites can heal the wounds and finally eliminate what these worthies are calling the 'lingering negative effects' of slavery. Could it be," Wright asks, "that the injuries done to blacks that are lingering the longest are those caused by a perverse poverty industry that sprung up on the backs of the poor since the 1960s and is crafted and run primarily by black elites?"

Wright wonders if "the black masses are forever doomed to be the milk cow of cunning elites." She charts the continuing degradation of the civil rights movement "from the usurpation of a principled leadership by rogues to the redirection of black energies away from indigenous economic development, to a welfare system and poverty programs that undermined the authority of black men on their own home ground, to an affirmative action system that thrives on the notion of black inferiority -- and now on to 'reparations.' One scam after another teaches young blacks that they must forever look to whites for resources and solutions."

Wright rejects "the inventive fabrications of reparations advocates," insisting that "there is neither a straight nor curved line from slavery to the present plight of the poor. This lie must be disseminated, however, in order to justify the current demand for reparations," she confides. "It was the state's corrupting social programs, driven by its promise of a guaranteed living, that helped to foster the births of thousands of illegitimate children to immature young people -- a guarantee of perpetual poverty," Wright charges. "Without the economic incentives designed by liberal elites and sanctioned by black leaders," she contends, "there is little likelihood that the black family would have deteriorated to the degree that it did, and this decline certainly was not a residual effect of slavery."


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