Joyanna Adams

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Nobody Remembers: Clifton R. Wharton, Jr.

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You can’t turn on the news without hearing about the violence in Ferguson. Last night, I was sitting outside in the car waiting for my husband who had gone into the local gas station to buy a lotto ticket. I had the windows open and AC/DC was blasting on the stereo. A car filled with young black men pulled up right next to me, and just stared. And I had all I could do to NOT laugh because THREE of the young skinny black boys, could hardly walk. Their pants held tight right below their butts by a belt, and their underwear showing..big combs in their hair.  Really stupid. Like women wearing short dresses and high heels in the snow when the temperature is below zero.

Still…I had to REALLY hold back that grin on my face. What if they have to run?

Watching the crazy ‘race war’ in the news, I remember the days when so many  blacks didn’t seem so …can I say,…uneducated? Dim-witted? Stupid?

Sure, we have a lot of whites like that too, but they aren’t stopping traffic in the streets.

In light of these thoughts: I’d like to post a few words from a speech given on July, 21, 1986 by Clifton R. Wharton, Jr..  A black man who had risen to great heights by becoming the first black to become Chancellor of New York University. He ran many corporations, and put some time in as Chairman of the Secretary of State.  Running the Rockefeller Foundation  gave him a lot of clout…In other words, back in his day, Clifton R. Wharton was a huge success. And he was black.

He would have been another great candidate for our first black President, had he been born a bit later— but there you go, we got Goofy.

In this speech, he ponders on WHY the blacks did not keep up with the education of the whites, and what was the real reason they were not making it in the world?

Too many blacks drop out. Of high school, and then college, he said. (So…what’s new?)

Here’s some excerpts from his speech:

From our country’s earliest colonial days, education has been the keystone to progress. Yet increasingly large numbers of American blacks appear to be indifferent, apathetic, or cynical  toward schooling and higher learning.

Have we as a people lost our faith in education? Does the wider society realize the enormous cost and burden which it will ultimately pay by failing to avert the imminent disaster?

In the year 1984, 15 blacks were awarded PhDs in engineering, 13 in business, 11 in physics, 4 in mathematics, and 3 in computer science. The rest of the degrees were mostly in social science.
black worker

He goes on to wonder why after 30 years of affirmative action things are getting worse:

Blacks (In the past) somehow managed to advance education goals even though the deck was stacked even more formidably against them.

Are persistent poverty and persistent discrimination obstacles to learning? Of course they are. Do Delinquency, broken homes, alcohol and drugs, street culture, shoddy career counseling, youth unemployment, teenage pregnancy and all the other enduring pathologies of disenfranchisement lie at the bottom of some of today’ s drop out crisis and eroding college participation rates? No doubt about it.

But are they the root of the entire problem?

Black college graduates from the 1920s , 30s, 40s, and 50s, tend to share several key psychological features: They have a strong sense of self and heritage. They are family oriented, and very often community minded. They have tremendous  drive and ambition. They know what they want to do. They know they can do it. They aren’t even much interested in all the reasons somebody tells hem why it wasn’t ever possible for a Black to do what they want to do. all they want to know is what it will take them to do it.

What makes the Asian student so superior? family

We need to strengthen the black family. We need to reassert the relevance  of self-respect and high aspiration and we have to persuade black youth that they can compete on equal terms.  We need to ask more of our own leadership.

I said it before again and again, the resources and commitment that have never railed us have always been of the black community itself.

Mr. Wharton goes onto say that the stereotype images of the black youth is their downfall. (Now MTV takes care of that.)

In other words, passing blacks them when they can’t read or write, putting them into college when they can barely add, always making an excuse for them because they are black…like accepting lower SAT test scores, and dumbing down whole tests and grades for them, only hurts them.

Disenfranchisement breeds poverty breeds bad neighborhoods, which in turn breeds crime and welfare dependency and homelessness. And you are locked into a hardcore underclass.

Above all we must ask the black leaders to tell the county that the black agenda is more than guarding black turf or constantly repeating the litany of only black issues.


Mr. Wharton has it right: Family, self-respect, hard work, things that the white people know are the true road to success…simple things, that are taught by mom and dad.

And the progressives have worked hard in destroying the family and leaving the kids to the state.

Until the blacks start figuring that out, that dropping out of school, throwing rocks at police, doing drugs, having pity parties, and not getting married, they will remain, Jesse Jackson’s money train, and Obama’s slaveocracy.

And in Ferguson, Dr. Wharton’s imminent disaster…has arrived.


March 12, 2015 - Posted by | Black History, black violence, Uncategorized |

1 Comment »

  1. Ward Connerly, too.


    Comment by snopercod | March 13, 2015 | Reply

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