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Dancing around the obvious…UPDATED

April 3, 2012

My husband told me of a debate on facebook between two acquaintances regarding the Trevor  Treyvon Martin situation

One side: the small town 20-something wanting to show how much he understands the plight of the urban youth

The other side: a brilliant law school grad who grew up in the mid west without much urban exposure – but a lot of study of rule of law under his belt

The little I heard about it left me thinking that in the end, they, like the members of Congress who can never let an opportunity for melodrama to pass without acting on it, weren’t really concerned with the root of the situation

It’s not that stereotypes are stereotypes for a reason

It’s not that bigotry is something only minorities can understand – ask any rural poor white their opinion of that statement

I’ve written on the statistics – Freakanomics wrote on the statistics. Here it is again:

the violence and mayhem that disproportionately afflicts the African-American community is part of a society-wide disorder…

Why do African-Americans, with 12.6 percent of the nation’s population, account for 50 percent of the murder victims? Because fatherlessness is most pervasive among blacks

…An analysis of studies of family structure published by the Institute for Marriage and Public Policy found that 90 percent of the change in the violent crime rate between 1973 and 1995 was traceable to the rise of illegitimate births. A large sample looking at students in 315 classrooms in 11 cities concluded that “The single most important variable (in ‘gang centrality’) is the family’s structure …: the greater the number of parents in the household, the lower the reported gang centrality.”

An earlier blog post I wrote showed statistics about the wealthiest members of society – something like 85% of the marriages are intact. Success breeds success – but not for the reasons we think.

Barbara Dafoe Whitehead wrote that the “relationship (between single-parent families and crime) is so strong that controlling for family configuration erases the relationship between race and crime and between low income and crime. ….”. …if Obama had a son, the boy would have married parents. 

It’s not politically correct, it’s not fashionable – it isn’t an opportunity to pantomime drama for the press like some new age vaudeville player. It’s not an opportunity to look tolerant or academically brilliant.

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  1. April 25, 2012 8:16 pm

    I wonder if that son would learn to hate white people after the manner of Obama, who had decided (as a teenager) that hating white people was appropriate. He described some cognitive dissonance between his hatred of whites and his white mother and grandparents.

    Later, with Reverend Wright, even these folks fell into the “bad guys” category, hence Obama having no desire to see his mother as she died of cancer. He seems to have gotten over this, more or less, but those years show up in odd assumptions that he makes, including in this case where he sided with the black person based on no evidence. Trayvon Martin was “his people” — he made a point of noting their similar appearance, as if Obama was not really the president of white people too.

    The same cultural elements that have driven the rise of single- (really “no-“) parent families have also produced a hatred to success, of being part of the greater US society. Obama channeled this, ultimately, into community organizing — which simply meant playing on the same feelings in others. Trayvon Martin was a part of this culture, as he made clear in his Twitter posts and through other ways. Very sad, really, and not much to do with his death … except that it may have fueled his apparent decision to attack Zimmerman rather than just talk to him.

    ===|==============/ Keith DeHavelle

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