. pure unalloyed racism
That is probably due to either your ignorance of what really goes on in the ghetto or a strong left wing bias.
View almost any TV News program in a major city. Do you find that the men and women in the ghetto who are being interviewed find fault with their group?
And, when I speak with the black professionals and college professors I also know, some of whom grew up in such blighted neighborhoods, it is clear that the problems are quite complex, as are the possible solutions. Things should only be as overly simplified as you and Hawkeye are trying to make them out to be, but they aren't, because real life just isn't like that.
Africans have the highest educational attainment rates of any immigrant group in the United States, with higher levels of completion than the stereotyped Asian American model minority.Estimates indicate that a significant percentage of black students at elite universities are African or the children of African immigrants, a notable example of this is Barack Obama.
Harvard University, for example, has estimated that two-thirds of their black population is not traditional Afro Americans. This is true for other universities such as Brown, Yale, Princeton, Penn, Columbia, Duke and Berkeley. As a result, the benefits of affirmative action are not efficiently serving traditional multi-generational black Americans who are descendants of American slaves.
In an analysis of Census Bureau data by the Journal of Blacks in higher education, African immigrants to the United States were found more likely to be college educated than any other immigrant group. African immigrants to the U.S. are also more highly educated than any other native-born ethnic group including white Americans. Some 48.9 percent of all African immigrants hold a college diploma. This is slightly more than the percentage of Asian immigrants to the U.S., nearly double the rate of native-born white Americans, and nearly four times the rate of native-born African Americans.
In 1997, 19.4 percent of all adult African immigrants in the United States held a graduate degree, compared to 8.1 percent of adult white Americans and 3.8 percent of adult black Americans in the United States, respectively.This information suggests that America has an equally large achievement gap between whites and African/Asian immigrants as it does between white and black Americans.
Of the African-born population in the United States age 25 and older, 86.4% reported having a high school degree or higher, compared with 78. 9% of Asian-born immigrants and 76.5% of European-born immigrants, respectively. These figures contrast with 61.8% percent of the total foreign-born population.Immigrants groups in general tend to have higher high school graduation rates than the native-born general American population.
A higher level of education for African immigrants in the United States has not produced a comparable level of income. Despite lower levels of education, Asian immigrants to the U.S. had a median household income that was 37 percent higher than the household income of African immigrants. African immigrants with a far higher rate of college education earned relatively on par with lower-educated European immigrants. Despite the fact that African immigrants were nearly twice as likely as white Americans to hold a college degree, the median household income of African immigrants was 36 percent below the median household income of white Americans. These income statistics may reflect a continuing degree of employment discrimination against people with black skin
So, Hawkeye, your comparison of Korean immigrants to blacks really explains nothing. You are comparing relatively new immigrants to some blacks, who are presumably the descendent's of slaves, and who have had quite a different legacy and history in this country, who live in impoverished neighborhoods and who have become part of an entrenched under-class. There is no reasonable comparison here.
They had three things the blacks don't have, the willingness to work hard, they have kept their families strong, and they make sure that their kids take advantage of every education opportunity available. Until the Asians got far enough ahead to get out they where in the very same horrible schools that the blacks are, however unlike the blacks, the Asian kids did not let that stop them....they learned outside of school if they had to. The blacks need to stop complaining, look around at those who do it better than they do, and learn something. None of the key ingredients of success are being kepted from them.
ipso facto a conspiracy against the blacks has been perpetrated.
I heard teenyboone (one of our outspoken black members) say that Bill Clinton had an active campaign in bringing drugs in from foreign countries and trafficking them directly into black neighborhoods. Presumably to keep them killing each other and addicted to drugs.
But soon, all that will be forgotten -- just as the same kind of despair goes unremembered in similar neighborhoods in Atlanta, Detroit, Baltimore, Philadelphia and every other major American city. Entrenched black poverty, with all its causes and implications, barely makes a ripple in the public debate these days.
One major reason, perhaps the major reason, is that crime rates have fallen sharply over the past two decades throughout the country. In 1990 there were 472 homicides in Washington; last year there were just 143, and this year's murder rate is on track to be even lower. The sight of a group of black teenagers downtown doesn't automatically provoke fear in others the way it once did, which is a good thing. But it's not good that people who live in more affluent neighborhoods, or in the suburbs, now seem to believe they don't have to notice those teenagers at all. People look right through them.
Perhaps having our first African American president will help to inspire some positive change in these peoples' lives--giving people hope can be a powerful motivating force
The violent crime that remains has largely been corralled into the impoverished neighborhoods where both perpetrators and victims live. Governments, nonprofits, churches and other institutions do what they can, but their efforts do not begin to approach the scale of the problem. What's needed is massive intervention on every front. It would be a great accomplishment, for example, to really fix the schools. But what good are state-of-the-art facilities and qualified, motivated teachers when the students arrive having been damaged by dysfunctional families and a toxic peer-group culture -- and when there are no jobs waiting for them when they leave?
Notice, he says what's needed is, "is massive intervention on every front."