Auster on Black Contributions to Society

Lawrence Auster has responded to my claim that blacks have contributed lots to Western civilization by distinguishing between civilization and culture. It’s a distinction that I’m happy to accept.

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Blacks Have Contributed Lots to Civilization

Once aware of certain racial realities, a person (especially a Christian) must try to avoid sliding into contempt.

Lawrence Auster goes much too far in his response to learning that black leaders wanted money for the moon missions redirected to social programs:

And that is all that blacks as an organized community have to contribute to our civilization: endless complaints about white injustice to blacks, and endless demands for the wealth and goods that white people have produced, and that blacks are incapable of producing.

This is absurd. In music alone (no small thing) blacks have made many enduring contributions to civilization.

(Maybe Auster intends some distinction between individual blacks and ‘blacks as an organized community,’ but lots of music will qualify anyway—think of gospel for example).

Update for readers coming from Auster’s blog: I anticipated the distinction between culture and civilization, and I accept it. If blacks have made no contributions to civilization, then let’s remember that civilization isn’t all there is.

Further update: Auster wrote “the black blackmail and dragging down of our civilization will continue and intensify, until the civilization is ruined.” This suggested to me that blacks ruin while provide little or nothing in return. It still reads that way to me, and that’s what I was taking issue with.

“Black and Young has Become Synonymous with Crime”

And making the connection isn’t racist, says Walter Williams. Rather the connection is a problem for the black community—the primary victim of black crime.

The former Charleston, S.C., black chief of police, Reuben Greenberg, said the problem facing black America is not racial profiling. He said, “The greatest problem in the black community is the tolerance for high levels of criminality.” Former Los Angeles black police Chief Bernard Parks, defending racial profiling, said: “It’s not the fault of the police when they stop minority males or put them in jail. It’s the fault of the minority males for committing the crime. In my mind, it is not a great revelation that if officers are looking for criminal activity, they’re going to look at the kind of people who are listed on crime reports.” Are former police Chiefs Greenberg and Parks racist?

(HT: Lawrence Auster.)