October 02, 2005

On Target

Front Page Mag.com has an interesting article called Syposium: Katrina, Race, and Silence.
A good read with dialogue like this:


The violence in New Orleans reminds us of the words of Thomas Hobbes. Life in a state of nature, he argued, is poor, nasty, brutish, and short. The fact that conditions degenerated so quickly is a sign of the spiritual poverty of a small element within the black community. The violence is especially unfortunate because, when one person commits a heinous act against another person, the entire community suffers from the resulting stigma and shame. These horrid events highlight a critical need for people to be guided by moral and ethical principles such as those found in the Ten Commandments and in the Golden Rule with its admonition to treat others the way you want them to treat you. It is a spiritual poverty as much as a material poverty that explains the desperation of many black people and their failure to fully overcome the vestiges of the past.

Many people failed to exercise commonsense at the height of the crisis. There is plenty of blame to go around. Race relations, however, are worsened by the diatribes of black leaders hurling accusations of white racism while carefully avoiding any serious condemnation of the lawbreakers. The posturing of the Mayor and some of the members of the Congressional Black Caucus were unfortunate tactical errors that make all blacks seem morally deficient. It is high time for black political and religious leaders to make black crime reduction the number one priority for the black community. It is time for black leadership to stop making excuses for inexcusable behavior like rape, murder, and looting of non-survival goods.

Posted by BillyBudd at October 2, 2005 10:49 AM | TrackBack
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