The most provocative question Mr. Blow posits in his article is "Are people of color simply choosing to live in high-poverty, high-crime neighborhoods, or have these residential patterns been imposed by generations of discriminatory housing and employment practices...?" I should like to proffer an answer to Mr. Blow: yes and no. Yes, people choose to live how and where they live. And no, they are not coerced into doing so by discrimination – at least not by white discrimination.
The phrase "African-American" was invented by Jesse Jackson as an attempt to create the perception of the integration of black society into American society. Most blacks view the appellation with disdain. And why? Because they don't want to integrate into American society.
And why would they prefer to shun white American society? There are a number of reasons. First of all, Demagogues like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson and Louis Farrakhan are continuously telling them that white American society is their enemy. Consequently, they are self-isolated by their own xenophobia in black ghettos where they have little opportunity to interact with whites. And then of curse, there's what Star Parker called "Uncle Sam's Plantation," which makes it economically advantageous for them to avoid involvement in the working world of white America.
Racial segregation is a choice. But it is a choice that has been made by the black community, not the white community. Whites stand ready to accept the Montel Williamses and the Kevin Jacksons and the Larry Elders and the Bill Cosbys and any other blacks who choose to join our society. But we reserve our right to reject the O. J. Simpsons and the Al Sharptons and the Louis Farrakhans and the Erick Holders who stand outside white society and throw rocks at it. And those survival- based preferences do not make us racists.
White is not a synonym for racist. The flap over white police officers patrolling in black neighborhoods is premised on the false presumption that all whites are black-hating racists. They are not. I'm white, and I'm here to tell you that I am not a racist and I don't hate blacks.
It is true, of course, that I would never vote for Barack Obama. But not because he's black. Because he's a Communist. Not because he's queer, but because he's a Muslim. Communism and Islam have in common the core incentive of the destruction of America, and to elect a leader of America who adheres to either of those philosophies would be suicidal. Obama adheres to both. The fact that he is half-black is incidental.
I would, however, vote emphatically for Allen West for President – or even for Ben Carson or Thomas Sowell, although I think that Condoleezza Rice would be a better choice. If that sounds racist to you, I would question your understanding of the word.
"Ever notice when a white guy kills a black guy its white people's fault, but when a black guy shoots a black guy it's the NRA's fault?" – J. R.Salzman