By Greg Campbell
Al Sharpton, the inflammatory leader of the black community, recently discussed his disdain for Republicans, who he blamed for inflicting high unemployment rates in the black community because they have the audacity to try and cut government programs that don’t work.
On his show on Friday, Sharpton stated,
“One of the reason that I think people do not understand why unemployment has gone down and in some cases black unemployment and Latino’s has remained stagnant is over the last thirty two months, Dr. Hutchinson, they’ve increased jobs and found jobs unemployment has gone down in the private sector. What has not gone down is in the public sector and blacks in particular are disproportionately in the public sector. One of the reasons those jobs have gone down, or have remained down is- One, the Republicans are cutting a lot of the agencies, where we are the employees are government jobs, government employed and a lot of those jobs go through governors and mayors who are also have had cutbacks. So what we’ve got to do and we addressed that to the President is take on these governors and mayors as well as the private sector on why the private sector is getting all these contracts and bailouts and not hiring and correcting the disproportionate amount of their employment does not touch our community and have the President and them support us in that.”
I’ve just about had it with “identity politics.” Simultaneously, we are told that we need to see less division in America; that we need to pull together. However, leaders of the “black community,” leaders of the “Hispanic community,” and multiple other communities are all-too-eager to address the problems that affect those that identify with their ethnic or cultural background.
Furthermore, if we applied this same rhetoric to the “white community,” it would be racist to admittedly seek to remedy problems directly facing white people.
America needs a strong private sector. Private enterprise is what creates long-term jobs, not government. Sharpton should be interested in the economic recovery of ALL of America, not only the economic recovery of the black community.
We need to put a stop to identity politics, where people advocate purely out of ethnic self-interest.