Journalist Juan Williams offers strong criticism of black civil rights leaders in today's Wall Street Journal.
While civil rights leaders have raised their voices to speak out against this one tragedy, few if any will do the same about the larger tragedy of daily carnage that is black-on-black crime in America.
Some data from the Justice Department cited by Williams:
- Blacks make up 13% of the U.S. population but were victims of 49% of all murders in 2005. 93% of these black murder victims were killed by another black.
- Less than half of black kids graduate from high school.
- 22% of all black and Hispanic students in K-12 were suspended from school at least once compared to just 5% for whites.
- 22% of all blacks live below the poverty line.
- 72% of black babies are born to unwed mothers.
- The unemployment rate for blacks is 13% compared to the national unemployment rate of 8.3%.
Williams aptly concludes:
The killing of any child is a tragedy. But where are the protests regarding the larger problems facing black America?
This is not to absolve whites of responsibility for at least some of the negative stereotyping of blacks, especially black males, in our society, but to instead hold black civil rights leaders accountable for the greater problems facing blacks.
Unfortunately, people like Walter Williams and Thomas Sowell have been making similar arguments for years, as has Bill Cosby, and they've been routinely shouted down and accused of siding with whites - acting like "Oreos" - having afterwards to defend theselves. But it's a courageous piece by Juan Williams and he should be applauded for making this case.