We are trying to see whether or not black lives matter. According to the group Black Lives Matter, black lives do matter–and white people are causing immense problems because white people act as if black lives do not matter. Such, at least is the theory of Black Lives Matter.
Today we will try to see if white people are causing most of the problems that black people face.
One problem black people have is that many of them are being killed before they are even born. Walt Blackman is a black member of the Arizona House of Representatives. He wrote a Feb. 25, 2020 article for the “Arizona Capitol Times” which is entitled “Abortion: The overlooked tragedy for black Americans.” Mr. Blackman reports that black women are 14% of the child bearing population, but obtain 36% of all abortions. Another stat, from 2008, puts the white abortion rate at 11 per 1000, while the black abortion rate is 50 per 1000. So the black rate of abortion is thus 4.5 times higher than the white rate. So are black women being dragged into abortion clinics by white people, and forced to get abortions to kill black babies? Well, that’s a theory, but more likely black women are voluntarily killing black babies.
Black people have a homicide rate of 34.4 per 100,000, while white people kill at a rate of 4.5 per 100,000. Thus the black rate of murder is 7.6 times as high as the white rate. What makes this especially problematic for black people is that black people are mostly killing black people. Yes, black on white violence is not uncommon, and now and then white people commit violence against black people, but mostly black people victimize other black people. Again, it is difficult to imagine that white people are forcing black people to kill black people. But they are killing their brothers and sisters at a painfully high rate.
In fact a 2011 Penn State study indicates that when we factor in cases in which black people are afraid to testify, etc., the black murder rate may even be 11.7 times higher than the white rate. But surely 7.6 times as high is enough, and we need not argue about the difference between 11.7 and 7.6.
My brother correctly pointed out that we have a crisis in regard to fathers in this country. Here are the stats on illegitimate births: 77.3% of black births are illegitimate, 56.9% of Hispanic births are illegitimate, and 30% of white births are illegitimate.
Even 5% of any people group would be tragic, and a warning that we need to change something. But 77.3, 56.9, and 30? All these numbers are horrific, and are the sign of a dying civilization. But we are concerned today especially about black people, and clearly the black community is permitting themselves to bring forth almost all their children without two-parent families. Again, this is not being forced upon black people by white people; it is something black people do voluntarily. (Although it is quite necessary to point out that it is the white liberal welfare state which encourages all–black, Hispanic, and white–to bring forth illegitimate, fatherless children. So to at least some degree we rightly can blame Whitey for the black illegitimacy rate.)
I have been told that the black church is strong. Baloney. The black church is the root of all the problems in the black community. Black people overwhelmingly vote for leftist candidates, black people permit an horrific murder rate in their community, black people murder their unborn children at an horrific rate, black people have illegitimate children at an horrific rate. If the black church is so strong, where is the evidence? Both the white church and the black church are doing a wretched job of guiding their people to a biblical brand of Christianity. But today we are talking about black people. Are black churches forced by white people to preach and live an antinomian (anti-God’s-law) brand of Christianity? No, black churches are doing it voluntarily. Of course there may be some black churches which are really preaching and living a biblical Christianity. But they must be very few, or the behavior of the black people would reflect that better teaching.
Why are countless white liberals agreeing with Black Lives Matter that the root of black problems is white racism? Why are they winking at the violence, the looting, the burning, which black people are committing against people who had nothing whatever to do with the death of George Floyd?
There is a reasonable answer, but it is not the one white liberals understand.
There is a well-known woman soccer star, a white person, who said something which unconsciously hit the nail right on the head. (No need to name her; there are tens of thousands of similar people. She speaks for lots of people.)
She said, “I realize my silence has not contributed to addressing these issues and therefore, I am part of the problem of racism and inequality. [. . . ] I was not doing my part and I must own up to that.”
She is 100% correct: she is ‘”part of the problem.”‘ But not in the way she thinks. She is indeed part of the problem. She is part of the problem because she has jumped to blame white people for black problems.
Here’s the reality: white liberals hold black people in unconscious contempt. They do not hate black people, I think. They reserve their hatred for white Christians. But in their heart of hearts, white liberals do not believe black people can behave in a civilized manner.
And–this is crucial–white liberals want to feel righteous. We all want to feel righteous, right? Of course. But righteousness is hard, and requires that we act in ways approved by the Bible. Self-righteousness is easy. Self-righteousness is a lie. It is Satan’s version of righteousness: “even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.” (2 Corinthians 11:14)
It is easy to blame white racists for the problems of black people. It is hard to tell people painful truths. That white soccer player, and all her liberal colleagues, are indeed part of the problem. But not because they haven’t said enough about white racism. Rather they are part of the problem because they refuse to hold black people to a civilized standard. You loot and burn the property of others? You are a barbarian, and you need to grow up. White liberals won’t tell that to black people, because white liberals just want to pretend to themselves that they are righteous, and pretend that the great mass of unwashed white people are the problem.
It is of course true that white people have not always acted fairly toward black people. See last week’s comments by my thoughtful friend X, for examples. And no doubt white bigotry continues in this country. In a country of 320,000,000 people, we are not all going to act right all the time. But on the whole I think there is a very minute amount of white bigotry toward blacks. We are conscious of wrongs which have been done in the past, and we want to do better. A very high percentage of us would celebrate greatly if the black community began to succeed and flourish at a very high rate. When we see black people contribute to civilization, we are glad.
But here is some very bad news. Black people, you are mostly going to have to help yourselves. The white liberals are your enemies, although they pretend to be your friends. And those of us of a conservative and Christian bent, are not likely to be much help. Here’s why: it is very hard for us to love in a biblical manner.
On a blog post devoted to lies we tell ourselves, from Sept. 21, 2017, I concluded with lie #23.
“23/We care quite a bit about other people. No, mostly all we care about is our families and ourselves. If we cared about other people, we would treat them more politely, we would get to know other people better and would involve ourselves in their lives, we would actively seek to help or encourage people. The news is even worse than that, however. For when I say we care about our families, even then we often care for them in a very foolish manner. We might think we love our children, but do we discipline them according to biblical principles, or do we make excuses for them and enable their sin? Often we enable their sin. So, in effect, we don’t even really care about our families all that much. Oh, we are on their side and want them to be successful, but only because they come from us. We don’t love them enough to teach them how to live in a manner pleasing to God.”
Those are probably the darkest words I have ever written. But I consider them to be precisely true. We white Christians (and black and polka dot Christians as well) usually do a very poor job of loving even our own families. So how are we going to provide biblical help to black people as a whole? No, about the best you can hope for from us is that we treat each person with politeness and respect. That is about all we can offer. That is not a small thing, really, but it is not going to help you create a black community which reflects God’s standards of behavior. You are going to have to do almost everything yourself.
I feel almost powerless to help the black people of this country. I have tried to tell the truth, but almost no one will pay attention to what I write. Black people, if they read my stuff, won’t trust me–and probably should not. I’m just another white guy. I am powerless, but God is not powerless. So here is my contribution to black well-being–a prayer.
God of the Bible, in the next two years send this country 10,000 black people, men and women, young and old, who love the truth and want to help their people live in a manner which pleases you. Let those 10,000 people speak and live biblical truth. Help them to stand bravely for your truth. Help those who love you to mentor young people. In Christ’s name, amen.
Maybe that is too weak a prayer. Maybe I should have asked for 100,000 or 1,000,000. But let it stand. If you don’t like it, pray your own durn prayer.
Do black lives matter? I think they matter to God, and can matter to all of us, but be warned that we can’t even love our own families properly, so it is a long and difficult path before we can love very many people, including those of another race, in a wise manner. I think black people have responsibility and can live in a civilized manner. I think white liberals and black race hustlers are the deadly enemies of black people. I think black people are going to have to tell the truth to themselves and their fellow black citizens. I think it can happen. When it does, we will begin to see good results. All of us, black and white, will benefit. But it is going to have to start with telling the truth. One black truth-teller, with God on his side, is a mighty army.