In front of a predominantly black crowd at the Georgia Aquarium, Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez did the unthinkable. He issued an apology to black Americans.
That’s right. The Democratic Party has finally apologized for the destructive impact their policies have had on the black community for decades. Just kidding. That didn’t happen.
Yes, Perez did say “I am sorry,” during his speech, but he was not talking about the failure of his party’s policies. He was apologizing for losing the 2016 elections. “We lost elections not only in November 2016, but we lost elections in the run-up because we stopped organizing,” he said. The DNC chairman also admitted that his party “took too many people for granted” and pledged that “it will never happen again.”
Interestingly enough, the Democrats’ loss has actually benefited the black community – especially when it comes to finding jobs. The unemployment rate for black Americans is at historic lows under the Trump administration.
Perhaps it would have been better for Perez to issue a more relevant apology – one that addresses issues that are important to black Americans. After all, the Democratic Party has plenty to be sorry about.
Where’s the Apology for Keeping Blacks in Poverty?
When the welfare state expanded in the ‘60s, it kicked started the destruction of the black family. Up until this point, most black children were born to married parents. Now, over 70% of black children are born out of wedlock.
Studies have shown that children who grow up with the involvement of both parents do better, but left-wing policies have only encouraged single motherhood. Welfare programs like food stamps and others encourage black women to raise their children alone, without involvement from the father. Indeed, if a man is present in the children’s lives, the government will revoke their benefits. In this way, they prevent blacks from achieving success.
To make matters worse, Democrats have imposed government programs that destroyed many communities. Their promotion of abortion in urban areas has killed millions of unborn black children. Their failed education policies have forced black kids to receive subpar schooling, and they oppose programs that would allow black parents to place their children in better schools. The excessive business regulations that Democrats favor impede the progress of black entrepreneurs who want to build companies to benefit their communities.
For decades, Democrats have implemented policies designed to keep blacks – and other minorities – dependent on the government. When conservative politicians propose welfare programs that include a work requirement, leftist leaders have fought tooth and nail against them. Why? Because if the Democrats want to be seen as the party that represents the poor and disaffected, they must keep people poor and disaffected.
Supporting Illegal Immigration
Illegal immigration is a serious issue for all Americans, but it has a disproportionately harmful effect on the black community. By pushing for open borders, the Democrats have encouraged a practice that makes it more difficult for blacks to find work.
The U.S. Civil Rights Commission released a report in 2010 stating that black men are “more likely to be in labor competition with immigrants.” Moreover, the flood of illegal immigrants makes it harder for blacks to progress in their careers because they have less access to entry-level positions.
According to Harvard economist George Borjas, immigration decreases the number of black American workers. He argues that when immigration increases the labor pool by 10%, wages for blacks fall 2.5%. Moreover, their employment rate decreases by 6%.
The establishment media may not want us to know it, but plenty of black Americans resent the impact of illegal immigration on their communities, especially when it comes to crime. Recently, blacks in Santa Clarita, CA, attended a city council meeting and spoke out against sanctuary cities. “The black community is most adversely affected by illegal alien activity,” one black woman said as she addressed the council.
The Democrats seem to have abandoned black Americans in favor of illegal immigrants. By pushing for more relaxed immigration enforcement policies, they have caused significant harm to the black community – and it doesn’t appear that they plan to reverse course anytime soon. Will there ever be an apology from the Democratic Party for encouraging illegal immigration?
Democrats Keep Blacks in High Crime Environments
When it comes to crime and poverty, the Democratic Party has routinely placed the blame on racist whites. Indeed, they attempt to convince black Americans that high rates of homicide in the black community is somehow the result of racists in our government. The truth is that the Democrats are the guilty party.
The most dangerous and poverty-stricken cities in the United States are run predominantly by Democratic politicians. These leaders take actions that make blacks less safe. The City of Chicago, despite having some of the strictest gun control laws, has one of the nation’s highest murder rates. Why? Because Democratic Mayor Rahm Emanuel has put obstacles in place that hinder the police.
In 2015, Chicago’s arrest rate was far lower than the national average. This means the police are not apprehending criminals at a rate that would prevent violent crime. Flawed policies are the reason why law enforcement is having a harder time doing its job in the Windy City. During his tenure, Emanuel has shut down anti-gang task forces, relocated detective bureaus from high-crime areas to low-crime areas, and imposed excessive amounts of paperwork on officers when they make an arrest.
Chicago isn’t the only city to experience high crime rates because of progressive policies. Cities like Baltimore have heightened murder rates because police are now more hesitant to question suspects and make arrests. In Seattle, officers are taking jobs in other cities because of the local government’s disdain for law enforcement. Black Americans make up about 13% of the United States population while representing over half of the nation’s homicide victims. Most of these victims are killed in cities run by the Democratic Party. Will Perez apologize for the Democrats’ failure to protect blacks?
The Left Has Much to Apologize For
On top of all of the destructive policies that the Democrats have implemented, there is the party’s insidious manipulation of black America. Instead of using the merit of their ideas to appeal to black Americans, they have enjoyed their votes by stirring up racial animosity and convincing blacks that the Republican Party is full of raging bigots. To be fair, the GOP bears some responsibility in this, as they allowed themselves to be branded in such a way. However, the left is responsible for pushing a debilitating message of victimhood to blacks and other minorities.
The left has convinced many black Americans that they can’t make it in America because they are being oppressed by racist whites. Through their propaganda, they have pushed blacks to wear victimhood as an identity and encouraged them to rely on the government to fix their problems. The reality is that the Democrats have done nothing to empower black Americans – indeed, they have only impeded true progress. Perhaps the Democrats have more to apologize for than they think.