Political Rope-A-Dope

Walter Williams, Townhall, March 21, 2012

It’s not unreasonable to ask how valuable the variously labeled liberal, Democratic or progressive agenda has been to black Americans and whether blacks should proceed in political lock step with this agenda.

According to an American Community Survey, by the U.S. Census Bureau, the top 10 poorest cities with populations more than 250,000 are Detroit, with 33 percent of its residents below the poverty line; Buffalo, N.Y., 30 percent; Cincinnati, 28 percent; Cleveland, 27 percent; Miami, 27 percent; St. Louis, 27 percent; El Paso, Texas, 26 percent; Milwaukee, 26 percent; Philadelphia, 25 percent; and Newark, N.J., 24 percent.

The most common characteristic of these cities is that for decades, all of them have been run by Democratic and presumably liberal administrations. Some of them—such as Detroit, Buffalo, Newark and Philadelphia—haven’t elected a Republican mayor for more than a half-century. What’s more is that, in some cases for decades, the mayors of six of these high-poverty cities have been black Americans. You say, “What’s the point, Williams?” Let’s be clear about it. I’m not stating a causal relationship between poverty and Democratic and/or black political control over a city. What I am saying is that if one is strategizing on how to help poor people, he wants to leave off his list of objectives Democratic and black political control of cities. According to Albert Einstein (attributed), the definition of insanity is “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

Crime is one of the results of the liberal agenda. Blacks are 13 percent of the population but are more than 50 percent of murder victims. About 95 percent of black homicide victims had a black person as their murderer. Blacks are not only the major victims of murder but also suffer high victimization rates of all categories of serious violent crime. Most often, another black is the perpetrator. During the 1960s, academic liberals and hustling politicians told us that to deal with crime, we had to deal with its “root causes,” poverty and discrimination. My colleague Thomas Sowell has pointed out that in 1960, the total number of murders in the United States was lower than in 1950, 1940 and 1930, even though our population had grown and two new states had been added. The liberal agenda, coupled with courts granting criminals new rights, later caused the murder rate to double, and the rates of other violent crimes also began to skyrocket.


Democratic and black politicians are beholden to and serve the interests of the powerful vested interest groups, such as labor unions, teachers unions and assorted liberals, not the ordinary people who voted them into office. Otherwise, they wouldn’t begin to allow the rampant crime and nearly systematic destruction of learning opportunities for generations of black children by governmental schools.

None of this is to say that blacks should vote Republican. It is to say that political power doesn’t necessarily translate into economic power and well-being for the ordinary citizen.

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  • Dr. Williams needs a crash course in correlation and causation.  Left wing political ideology, poverty, crime and bad schools are the symptoms, blacks are the cause.

    And this is someone who once positively cited Jared Taylor, the NCF and The Color of Crime while he was a guest host on Rush Limbaugh, the only time they have been mentioned on Rush’s show that I know of.

    • sbuffalonative

      Left wing political ideology, poverty, crime and bad schools are the symptoms, blacks are the cause.

      As someone from Buffalo, I have to disagree.

      Liberalism is the disease and blacks are opportunistic, for lack of a better word, parasites. 

      As liberalism metastasizes, it drives out white conservatives. That’s what has been going on in Buffalo for the last 50 years. As liberalism grows, blacks become proportionately stronger and they demand more liberal programs. More white conservatives leave (even thoughs who swear they’re really liberals but in their gut they know they have to leave to save themselves and their families) and black power increases.

      Liberalism is the cancer and blacks in power are the end stage resulting in a protractive death.   

  • IstvanIN

    Liberalism led to the notion that we are all equal as well as forced integration and the taking away from whites civil liberities.  Once we lost control blacks reverted back to nature and that was the end of America.

  •  Nonsense. “Liberalism” in America takes money from Whites and gives it to the blacks and browns. America isn’t even close to being considered very liberal or socialist when compared to many European nations. Those nations have a fraction of the crime of America because they have a fraction of the blacks and browns.

    A large welfare state doesn’t work when you have 20 million illegal alien felon invader leeches and 50 million blacks. It doesn’t work. You can’t do what a 95 percent White country with 20 million people does when you are 320 million people, 130 million of which are not White. It doesn’t work.

    Even in America you can see that crime is pretty much a race issue. Portland is spectacularly liberal, as is San Francisco, and yet they have a fraction of the crime that Detroit has. It is because they have a fraction of the welfare leech blacks that Detroit has.

  • JohnEngelman

    Most large cities in the United States have Democratic administrations. One would not know it from reading this column, but overall crime rate in the United States has declined since 1980.  The rate of violent crime has declined since 1991.

    • It declined because the price of crack went  steadily down over the last 20years and black abortions went up 20 years ago.

    • You also wouldn’t know it from reading this article, but America has some of the harshest laws and longest jail sentences. America also has the highest per capita prison population in the world. With 100 million blacks and “Latinos” it doesn’t have a choice.America has to be a surveillance 24/7 Draconian police state just to keep from the black and brown menace from destroying it. Well, destroying it faster.

      I personally think that figures lie and liars figure and that no crime data in this country is truly trustworthy. The powers that be have a multi-trillion per year vested interest in suppressing the true scale and horror of non-White crime in this country.

      • America has to be a surveillance 24/7 Draconian police state just to keep from the black and brown menace from destroying it

        And more than that.  Watch the graphic version, it’s more fun:


        I personally think that figures lie and liars figure and that no crime data in this country is truly trustworthy.

        Like I wrote here in another story earlier today, if I’m involved in a crime incident and have to defend myself either with a non-lethal weapon or by brandishing my pistol, and the perp runs off and I’m not physically hurt to require medical attention, I’m not calling the cops, so as not to make a tempest in a teapot, a la the Trayvon the Skittles Man affair.  That makes me wonder how many attempted armed robberies and assaults aren’t being reported and therefore not being recorded on the official books because others are engaging in the same strategy I am.

  • Pauldrimmer

    Blacks love poverty. Its the gateway to an easy life of govt. Handouts. Any black who exhibits the spirit of self improvement is regarded with suspicion, unless he’s a mouth for the cause. Blacks who vote Republican are viciously ostracized like a Muslim who becomes a christian. Education is scorned as a white man’s game. This spirit of take & scorn is the real heart of the Democrats.

  • “blacks are superior interior linemen in the NFL because they are mentally quicker.” 
    Did Sowell really say that?  Blacks are good linemen but for the opposite reason.  They are more aggressive (higher testosterone) and plunge ahead WITHOUT thinking.  Raw aggression and lack of hesitation are desireable qualities in the trenches.