by Burt Prelutsky | Los Angeles

Because white Americans are so terrified of being called racists, they rarely marshal a defense.  Instead, they tend to stammer and stutter, muttering “Am not” under their breath, mimicking an angry child who has been called a baby by an older sibling.

For instance, the astronomical drop-out rates among Latino students is generally blamed on whites.  Because nothing negative must ever be laid at the feet of minority groups, a sensitive, politically correct white majority must always hold itself accountable for their failings. Well, not all white people, of course.  As a rule, white liberals are always prepared to link arms with Hispanic race hustlers to blame conservatives.

Here in Los Angeles, a 10-year study found that 30% of students who were placed in bilingual classes in early primary grades were still in the program when they entered high school, which greatly increased their chances of bailing out before they graduated.

As if that’s not depressing enough, over half of those students were born in the United States!

America, as people are fond of saying, is a land of immigrants.  We, or at least our ancestors, came from all over the world.  But I dare you to come up with a group of immigrants from Asia, Europe or Africa, whose children aren’t speaking English within a year of arriving on our shores.  But here are all these native-born Americans who, even after several years in school, can only speak Spanish.  And that’s the fault of gringos?  I don’t think so.

This brings us to America’s black population.  Slavery was evil, we all agree.  In spite of the fact that it was commonplace in most places on earth in the old days, and is still practiced in Africa these days, doesn’t give America a pass.  America, after all, isn’t just another country, even if Barack Obama doesn’t seem to think it’s anything special.

In the aftermath of slavery, we still had segregation and Jim Crow laws in several states.  However, in 1960, in spite of that, the illegitimacy rate among blacks was just 19%.  What’s more, between 1890 and 1940, blacks had a higher marriage rate than whites.  If you go back to1925, 85% of black children were raised in two-parent families.

Today, the illegitimacy rate is 70% overall, and over 90% in America’s inner cities.  Two-parent homes are the rare exception.  In overwhelming numbers, black men have abdicated their responsibilities to black women and children, and yet they continue to demand respect and take umbrage when it’s not forthcoming.

In 2007, blacks represented roughly 13% of the population, but constituted 43% of all murder victims.  And in 93% of those cases, they were killed by their fellow blacks.

President Lyndon Johnson took a lot of bows in 1964 for getting the Civil Rights Act through Congress, even though just a few years earlier, Senator Lyndon Johnson had not only voted against the bill that repealed the poll tax, but even voted against the anti-lynching bill.

When you see what’s happened to the black community over the past 46 years, it might be argued that LBJ did far less actual damage to decent black families as a bigoted senator than he did as a liberal president.

Yet another tragic irony is that LBJ is a large part of the reason that, year in and year out, 90% of blacks will leave the plantation just long enough to vote for the party of Strom Thurmond, James Eastland, Herman Talmadge, Orville Faubus, George Wallace, Bull Connor and Robert Byrd. CRO

copyright 2010 Burt Prelutsky

Television scriptwriter, former humor columnist for the L.A. Times and a movie critic for Los Angeles magazine.

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