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The State of Black America

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I am so pleased and proud that the first annual edition of the “State of Black America” (Encounter Books), published by my organization, CURE, 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 of our citizens of color.

Heretofore, the left has dominated the discussion concerning Black Americans. The left has dominated the discussion to such an extent that too many Americans of all backgrounds believe that the view from the left captures all chapter and verse 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 of the left.

Reducing any human being to a racial and ethnic label, even under the guise of helping, results in the treatment of a disease amounting to a 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, resident scholar at CURE, professor emeritus of political philosophy at Michigan State University and emeritus dean of James Madison College at Michigan State University, 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 problems of race continue to plague us.

Where left and right part company is defining what those problems are and how best to address them.

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

And left and right part company on the question about the extent to which the vessel, the nation, is even relevant and whether today the issues lie with individuals taking responsibility for their own lives.

In CURE’s “State of Black America,” leading scholars from academia and policy institutes take on these hard questions regarding our nation’s history and examine with rigor the struggles from a nation founded on the ideals of freedom that permitted slavery to the Civil War and the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments to the Constitution — dealing with equal protection and forbidding of slavery — to the welfare state and today’s attacks on our culture and policing.

The annual surveys from organizations of 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 the answer to what will improve their lives.

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 their personal choices and the sanctity of life, family and property — transcend race and ethnicity.

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

Star Parker is president of the Center for Urban Renewal and Education and host of the weekly television show “Cure America with Star Parker.”


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23 days ago

67% of Prisoners in US jails are Black
55% of ALL crime done in the US is done by Blacks They make up around 13% of US population
65% of all the abortions done since Roe vs Wade are Black aborted babies
We have a severe Black the US not a gun problem

1 month ago

… Obama’s OFA and his BLM movement are a bunch of free-spending grifters, looking for the first excuse to play the race card, loot and burn down our small businesses, shoplift for de facto reparations, using George Floyd to consolidate political power, procure preferential treatment in our courts for fringe ANTIFA democrats and repeat African American felons –

1 month ago
Reply to  barbi

The African-American community is a hostile, deeply troubled a counter-culture, prone to graft and violence. These are not nice people. Bling-bling-bling, social responsibility pretty far down their totem pole, things are so bad in the African-American demographic, not even they can stand living in their own neighborhoods. The first thing they do moving into ours, trash the place out –

1 month ago
Reply to  barbi

Why not play the race card? What have they got to lose? Car accident, compressor on the refrigerator blows? Oh, yes-yes-yes, another brazen display of white supremacy; systemic racism! Quick! Hit the Al Sharpton button on the speed dial! Whitie had something to do with this!

1 month ago
Reply to  barbi

The Obamas squeeze George Floyd, for every ounce of blood they can wring. Nothing the Obama’s admire more, than gang-bangers, and lifelong repeat felons.

1 month ago

AMAC, why wouldn’t you share where to purchase the book – you know the left i.e. google isn’t going to make it easy to find.

Jenna Picascio
1 month ago
Reply to  gina

You can find the link under “The State of Black America” in the first paragraph

Last edited 1 month ago by Jenna Picascio
1 month ago

Is the book on Amazon? Would love to read it. Guess I’ll have to look for it.

Jenna Picascio
1 month ago
Reply to  ShellzNCheez

There is a link to find the book in the first paragraph

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