September 05, 2005

Race, or Nurture?

"I am beginning to believe that black people, no matter where in the world they are, are cursed with a genetic predisposition to steal, murder, and create mayhem."
Leighton Levy

I disagree with Mr. Levy, although I can see how he may get that impression as an outsider looking in. I would posit that it is not race that is the determining factor, but the attitude; an attitude engendered by generations of people that have existed on the government largesse provided in a misguided attempt to provide an equality of outcome not merited by an inequality of effort. An attitude that government is there to provide for their every need or want.

The largess doesn't provide true equality of outcome, a fact most obvious to the recipiants, but it's just enough to provide for an artificial civility as long as the level is sufficient to exist fairly well without much effort, with the threat of loss of that largesse if you don't toe the government line. So what happens when government breaks down? You see the anarchy that prevails in New Orleans.

The news is all focused on New Orleans, but the fact is that there are areas that have been even harder hit by Hurricane Katrina, and the people in those areas aren't rioting/looting/robbing on anywhere near the scale we've seen in the city.
They are too busy trying to survive, and helping their neighbors to survive, to be out scouting for a new plasma screen tv.
Many of these people are just as poor and just as Black, the difference is, they have a sense of individual worth, not governmental dependence.

Posted by Delftsman3 at September 5, 2005 05:49 PM | TrackBack

This is the logial consequence of affirmative action.

Posted by: Walter E. Wallis at September 6, 2005 12:55 AM
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