Stalk­ing horses

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When hunt­ing was the ma­jor source of food, hunters of­ten used stalk­ing horses as a means of sneak­ing up on their prey.

They would syn­chro­nize their steps on the side of the horse away from their prey un­til they were close enough for a good shot. A stalk­ing horse had a dou­ble ben­e­fit if the prey was an armed per­son. If the stalk­ers were dis­cov­ered, it would be the horse that took the first shot. That’s what blacks are to liberals and pro­gres­sives in their ef­forts to trans­form Amer­ica — stalk­ing horses. Let’s look at it.

I’ll just list a few pieces of the left­ist agenda that would be un­achiev­able with­out black po­lit­i­cal sup­port. Black peo­ple are the ma­jor vic­tims of the grossly rot­ten ed­u­ca­tion in our big-city schools. The av­er­age black 12th-grader can read, write and com­pute no bet­ter than a white sev­en­thor eighth-grader. Many black par­ents want bet­ter and safer schools for their chil­dren. Ac­cord­ing to a 2015 sur­vey of black par­ents, 72 per­cent “fa­vor pub­lic char­ter schools, and 70 per­cent fa­vor a sys­tem that would cre­ate vouch­ers par­ents could use to cover tu­ition for those who want to en­roll their chil­dren in a pri­vate or parochial school” . Black politi­cians and civil rights or­ga­ni­za­tions fight tooth and nail against char­ter schools and ed­u­ca­tion vouch­ers. Why? The Na­tional Ed­u­ca­tion As­so­ci­a­tion sees char­ters and vouch­ers as a threat to its ed­u­ca­tion mo­nop­oly. It is able to use black politi­cians and civil rights or­ga­ni­za­tions as stalk­ing horses in its fight to pro­tect its ed­u­ca­tion mo­nop­oly.

The Davis-Ba­con Act of 1931 was the na­tion’s first fed­er­ally man­dated min­i­mum wage law. Its ex­plicit in­tent was to dis­crim­i­nate against black con­struc­tion work­ers. Dur­ing the leg­isla­tive de­bate on the Dav­isBa­con Act, quite a few con­gress­men, along with union lead­ers, ex­pressed their racist in­ten­tions. Rep. Miles All­good, D-Ala., said: “Ref­er­ence has been made to a con­trac­tor from Alabama who went to New York with boot­leg la­bor. This is a fact. That con­trac­tor has cheap col­ored la­bor that he trans­ports, and he puts them in cab­ins, and it is la­bor of that sort that is in com­pe­ti­tion with white la­bor through­out the coun­try.” Amer­i­can Fed­er­a­tion of La­bor Pres­i­dent Wil­liam Green said, “Col­ored la­bor is be­ing sought to de­mor­al­ize wage rates.”

The Davis-Ba­con Act is still law today. Sup­port­ers do not use the 1931 racist lan­guage to sup­port it. Plus, nearly ev­ery black mem­ber of Congress sup­ports the Dav­isBa­con Act. But that does not change its racially dis­crim­i­na­tory ef­fects. In re­cent decades, the Davis-Ba­con Act has been chal­lenged, and it has pre­vailed. That would not be the case with­out unions’ po­lit­i­cal and fi­nan­cial sup­port to black mem­bers of Congress to se­cure their votes.

Crime is a ma­jor prob­lem in many black neigh­bor­hoods. In 2016, there were close to 8,000 blacks mur­dered, mostly by other blacks. In that year, 233 blacks were killed by po­lice. Which deaths re­ceive the most at­ten­tion from politi­cians, civil rights groups and white liberals and bring out marches, demon­stra­tions and po­lit­i­cal pon­tif­i­ca­tion? It’s the blacks killed by po­lice. There’s lit­tle protest against the hor­ri­ble and dan­ger­ous con­di­tions un­der which many poor and law-abid­ing black peo­ple must live. Po­lit­i­cal hus­tlers blame their con­di­tion on poverty and racism — ig­nor­ing the fact that poverty and racism were much greater yes­ter­year, when there was not nearly the same amount of chaos. Also ig­nored is the fact that the dan­ger­ous liv­ing con­di­tions wors­ened un­der a black pres­i­dent’s ad­min­is­tra­tion.

There are sev­eral rec­om­men­da­tions that I might make. The first and most im­por­tant is that black Amer­i­cans stop be­ing use­ful tools for the left­ist hate-Amer­ica agenda. As for black politi­cians and civil rights lead­ers, if they’re go­ing to sell their peo­ple down the river, they should de­mand a higher price. For ex­am­ple, if black con­gress­men vote in sup­port of the Davis-Ba­con Act, they ought to de­mand that con­struc­tion unions give 30 per­cent of the jobs to black work­ers. Fi­nally, many black prob­lems are ex­ac­er­bated by white lib­eral guilt. White liberals ought to stop feel­ing guilty so they can be more re­spect­ful in their re­la­tion­ships with black Amer­i­cans.

Wal­ter E. Wil­liams is a pro­fes­sor of eco­nom­ics at Ge­orge Ma­son Univer­sity. To find out more about Wal­ter E. Wil­liams and read fea­tures by other Cre­ators Syn­di­cate writ­ers and car­toon­ists, visit the Cre­ators Syn­di­cate web­page at www.cre­ators.com.

WAL­TER E. WIL­LIAMS SYN­DI­CATED COLUM­NIST

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