We can’t solve the remnants of Black oppression with White Guilt, Socialism, or hand-outs.
In my time working locally on intractable economic development issues, nothing seemed more intractable than black poverty. In my City, its a VERY real problem and caused by cyclical generational oppression, explicit and implicit. Oppression can mean many things for communities, primarily feelings of isolation and a frustration about a lack of opportunity seem to be two of those most expressed.
There is no other policy that many voices on each side of the aisle would like to solve, other than economic growth, as issues related to Black generational oppression.
With that being said, issues related to fair treatment of Black Americans and relative prosperity for Black American households remain an intractable problem. This is disappointing because so many democratic politicians at the Federal, State, and local levels campaign on endlessly new initiatives to solve this problem. These unscrupulous politicians offer grants, “exciting” new initiatives, and whatever new policy is en vogue to support Black Americans. But they never seem to work. Black Americans, now for decades, have been left out in the cold when it comes to American prosperity.
What seems to be the problem?
We cannot place the blame squarely on Black Americans’ shoulders. Much of the racial emotional overflow right now is a result of Black Americans feeling like White Americans and American institutions are doing just that, placing the blame squarely on their shoulders. This is a rightful cause of anger within the Black community because there are many documented instances where American institutions have intentionally eroded their household wealth.
I personally place the blame on White Americans, but in a much different way than you might think. White American guilt is one of the primary sources that continues to oppress Black Americans.
White guilt is one of the biggest societal distortions that has negatively impacted the relationship between Black Americans and White Americans for centuries. The concept of White guilt is simple: all White people, regardless of time, regardless of whether their ancestors participated directly in slavery, even if their ancestors did not live in the United States at the time, regardless of ethnic heritage, look back upon slavery and the plight of the Black American community as an injustice and travesty.
Many White Americans feel a sense of guilt, shame, and remorse regardless of contextual background.
Some don’t, yet White guilt is twisted and used as a tool for manipulation by many politicians, because it is used to strip the Black American community of their own agency, institutions, and will. For example, this occurs in many local communities in a number of ways, a White politician appeals to Black Americans with a temporary handout in order to maintain their position as executive of a grantmaking organization. The White American, who is usually aligned politically with the Democratic establishment, uses White guilt to maintain systems of control over the Black American community. As Jesus said, ‘you can give a man a bowl of fish and feed him for a day, or teach him how to fish, and feed him for life.’ The White politician, using White guilt, feeds the Black American for a day, instead of empowering the Black American with his own institutions, agency, and sovereignty to create for himself, his family, and his community food for life.