Worst Column of the Week?

Stuart Taylor makes a bid with an utterly inane column. He writes:

Yes, a shamefully large percentage of black children do not get good educations. But that is not because of residual white racism. Indeed, some of the nation's worst -- and most lavishly funded -- schools are run by black-dominated local governments. Nor is "white privilege," to borrow the jargon of race-obsessed professors, a major obstacle to black success today.

Obama’s soaring success should tell black children everywhere that they, too, can succeed, and they do not need handouts or reparations. It should tell those white Americans who still don’t get it that people with African blood can and regularly do achieve at the highest levels.

It should not take an Obama presidency to drive home these lessons. But the myth of continuing African-American victimhood still has the power to wilt the hopes and aspirations of more children every day.

One reason for the power of the myth is that, for many, it represents an understandable inference from the fact that America remains racially stratified, with disproportionate numbers of blacks at the bottom in terms of education, wealth, and income. The inference is mistaken. Even if all traces of white racism were to vanish, racial stratification would persist until more poor African-American children get enlightened parenting and good educations.

Got that? America is racially stratefied because poor black people are bad parents and black kids get bad educations. The bad parenting and bad education is not the result of racism or white privilege (obviously!), but rather the result of black people spending too much time sulking about slavery, wallowing in their own victimhood. If Barack Obama is elected president, he will show every black child in America that there is no such thing as racism and instead of spending all their waking hours being bad parents and whining about slavery, they should go out and achieve, achieve, achieve!

One thing that was really amazing about Hurriance Katrina was the way it brought all these very, very old-school (a polite euphemism) racial attiudes front and center. I’d fooled myself into thinking they’d been largely banished from elite white opinion, but nope. Well, apparently the candidacy of Obama is playing the same role, giving a lot of really ignorant white folks ample opportunity to say some awesomely foolish things.

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