In all the incessant discussion of the pathologies of the Black Underclass and what can be done about them the most fashionable explanations now revolve around the arguments made in Charles Murray’s seminal work Losing Ground, and rightly so, as its has made one of the strongest empirical cases to date against the Welfare State. Few, however, ever mention the observable demographic destabilization and consequent wrought upon the Black “Community” by the confluence of Affirmative Action and Desegregation. The very programs designed to help the Black INDIVIDUAL has destroyed their culture.
In the New Republic article, Wax laments:
The black family was far more stable 50 years ago, when conditions for blacks were far worse than they are today. Black out-of-wedlock births started to climb and marriage rates to fall around 1960, long after slavery was abolished and just as the civil rights movement gained momentum. Perhaps a more nuanced explanation for the recent deterioration is that the legacy of slavery made the black family more vulnerable to the cultural subversions of the 1960s. But what does this tell us that is useful today? The answer is: nothing.
and she is right, noting that the “legacy of slavery” may have made the black family “more vulnerable” to the Great Disruption tells us nothing useful about today. Could it be because it’s false?
If you look at pre-Civil Rights Black communities there was certainly no lack of social ills, but there were mitigating factors that are now wholly absent. In any neighborhood there would be the Black Doctor, Lawyer, Teacher, Business Owners, Journalist, Preacher* obviously but ALSO, now almost wholly absent, Black plumbers, contractors, electricians, carpenters–all the higher G loaded professions and skilled living IN and AMONG the lower IQ population, acting as a stabilizing force and a bulwark against pathology, as a role model to those young people who would resist the criminal course, as authority figures and neighborhood dispute resolution. IQ doesn’t just entail raw intelligence, there is a suite of traits that attend it at the higher echelons, high levels of Openness, Conscientiousness, Agreeableness make the higher IQ population more self-governing and apt to be stable.
Affirmative Action had the immediate effect of identifying and isolating Higher IQ Blacks so as to more properly educate them. How could this be a problem? In Stage One it was great, all of these smart Blacks who had previously had little opportunity and were forced to be laborers or tradespeople, factory workers and other non-intellectually challenging jobs had unprecedented opportunity to move up in the world, go to college, enter a level of society previously shut to them–fabulous! Push them all through! Like Pokemons, we had to catch ‘em all–Yale or Jail, Baby. This alone would have not harmed the Black Community, but would have helped it tremendously, but what was occurring at the same time? Forced Housing Desegregation
So first we have all blacks of talent identified, sifted and sent to college–now, where will they live? Did they go back to their former “Communities”? Hell no, they were Movin’ On Up! Housing Desegregation and increased oppourtunities for Blacks caused a mass outmigration from their previously INTELLECTUALLY DIVERSE neighborhoods in an incredibly short time. These were the Salad Days of the Civil Rights era, the Cosby Show days. Everything looked rosy, and for many it was.
But wait, what about those who were LEFT in the now skimmed communities–who would attend to them? Who would be their skilled tradespeople and pillars of their communities now that the Smart Fraction was gone? No one–that’s who.