Parker: Welcome to 'The State of Black America'


I am so pleased and proud that the first annual edition of “The State of Black America,” published by my organization, the Center for Urban Renewal and Education, in conjunction with the Claremont Institute, has just been released.

CURE was founded to provide a platform for an alternative vision of what “black America” is about and what the real challenges are for black citizens.

Heretofore, the left has dominated the discussion concerning black Americans to such an extent that many Americans of all backgrounds believe that the view from the left captures the entirety of who black Americans are and what ideas and policies will best serve them.

Too few understand and appreciate that even the term “black America” is no more an accurate depiction of the realities of individual black Americans than the term “white America” captures the realities of individual white Americans.

The politicization of race, and the formal incorporation of racial and ethnic labels in American government and law, is itself a victory for the left.

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Reducing any human being to a racial and ethnic label, even under the guise of helping, results in a treatment of a disease amounting to the continuation of the disease itself.

Now, with the publication of CURE’s first annual edition of “The State of Black America,” conservatives push back and move to recapture the high ground in the policy discussion regarding black Americans, who they are and what they need.

This collection of essays and analyses, compiled and edited by Dr. William B. Allen, professor emeritus of political philosophy at Michigan State University and emeritus dean of James Madison College at MSU, starts with ideas and moves on to data that strike at the heart of left-wing conventional wisdom about black Americans and their role in and relation to our nation’s history.

There are few of any political orientation who do not agree that racial problems continue to plague us. Where left and right part company is in defining what those problems are and how best to address them.

Has the left failed black Americans?

Most fundamentally, the difference of opinion is over whether our nation is a vessel in need of repair, or whether the vessel itself is irreparably flawed and needs to be replaced.

In CURE’s “The State of Black America,” leading scholars from academia and policy institutes take on these hard questions and examine with rigor the struggles of a nation founded on the ideal of freedom, from the Civil War to the welfare state and today’s attacks on our culture and police.

Annual surveys from organizations on the left, like the National Urban League’s “State of Black America,” seek more government in every area of the lives of black Americans.

As conservatives, we see the secret and success of America in its founding as a free nation under God and see the ongoing task as perfecting this ideal rather than departing from it.

Fix our national institutions to conform to our ideals of freedom, and appreciate that eternal truths — the responsibility of every individual for his personal choices and the sanctity of life, family and property — transcend race and ethnicity.

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This is the important bottom line of CURE’s first annual “The State of Black America.” Get the full story and details; it is recommended reading.


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