On Monday, black conservative commentator Crystal Wright penned a column in The Guardian where she criticized President Obama's "My Brother's Keeper" plan he announced last week as part of an effort to lower crime in the black American community.
Wright immediately scolded Obama's plan as "offensive" for holding black Americans to a lower standard than white Americans, enshrining a further sense of entitlement. She writes:
Sadly, the message to minorities – and blacks in particular – is that we blacks can’t be expected to take individual responsibility for our lives like our white counterparts ... so the government has to do it for us. Blacks should find Obama’s assumptions more than disturbing. Young black men wouldn’t be wrong to find My Brother’s Keeper downright offensive.
She then goes on to say that Obama needs to focus more on the fall of the black family:
Everyone should realize that the first black president is not holding blacks accountable to the same standards as whites when it comes to parenting.
And parenting is the real problem here – not the often repeated media narrative of The Troubled Black Teenager upon which society inflicts so many ills , but the long overlooked and systemic problem of the broken black family.
The president knows the grim facts. 'If you’re African American, there’s about a one in two chance you grow up without a father in your house – one in two,' he said in his announcement. 'We know that boys who grow up without a father are more likely to be poor, more likely to under perform in school.'
What Obama conveniently left out of his narrow narrative is the root cause of the problems facing not just young black men but the American black family today: 72% of all black babies are born out of wedlock. Think about that: it’s an anomaly for black children to be born to parents who are married.
She later cites the alarming crime statistics in the black community, like blacks making up 50% of homicide victims while being only 13% of the population and the the fact 72% of black babies are born out of wedlock, which a 2010 study linked to higher crime rates.
Wright closes with the writings of famed black conservative writer Shelby Steele, who stated in his book of essays, "A Dream Deferred," that government involvement in the black community has destroyed the ability of black Americans to forge their own destiny, thus inevitably leading them toward feeling “entitled to irresponsibility.”
Crystal Wright is not the only black conservative to offer a critical response to "My Brother's Keeper." Last week Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson, founder of The Brotherhood Organization of a New Destiny, told the Washington Times "Barack Obama’s just going to offer more government, and that’s not what black Americans need."