I found this on the internet and saved it. I cannot find out who wrote it, but it is still worth reposting.
Top Ten Myths About Black People
If you haven’t read the works of Chancellor Williams of George James,
you may still be amongst the thinking Blacks who realize that
misinformation about the standing of Africans and African Americans has
been the order of the day for centuries. But if you are a dead brained ignoramus who passes on the latest piece of mythology about your own people
, you should do the race a service and either educate yourself or solder your ignorant lips shut.
Black mythology is one of our greatest challenges, because when a
people believe they are in a specific state, or doing specific things,
those beliefs and thoughts dictate their actions. One of the
most glaring problems facing African Americans is the media’s love
affair with Black America, especially Black men. They love having us on
the news, but the coverage is largely relegated to perpetual poverty,
crime and other “bad” behavior. While we are neither the dominant nor
the majority population, the negative media coverage is
disproportionately high when it comes to us. Many of our other
difficulties stem directly from the misinformation that we pass on to
each other, presenting lies and half-truths as “known facts.” But if one
of us presents factual information to challenge the lies, the ignorant
are likely to challenge right back with: “where’s your data?” That
question will be launched even if data has been presented and even
though no challenge was ever issued when the lie was accepted and passed
around. It is no secret that African Americans have an image
problem. It is also no secret that the media misrepresents African
Americans. What is ostensibly a secret is that many of the most
egregious things being said about Black people are being perpetuated by
Black people. In another Black Top Ten list, I’d like to dispel some of those myths. Accordingly, these are the top ten things that Black people should stop saying about Black people: The Top Ten Black Myths 1 There are more Black men in prison than in college.
False. The misleading “evidence” comes from studies such as the one
conducted periodically by the Justice Policy Institute (JPI), a
Washington-based research group. JPI found that there were 791,600
Black men in jail or prison and “only” 603,032 of them in colleges or
universities. They presented the findings as “evidence” of more Black
men in prison than in college. As late as 2004, the US Census reported
that there were 864,000 Black men in college. The numbers that people
(including the JPI) quote are ALL of the Black men in prison, versus
ONLY the free young Black men of college age, which spans the late teens
to the early twenties. And yet, the myth is still a myth. Any of us can
do the math: Out of the 40 million-plus African Americans that the 2008
Census found, less than one million are in jail or prison. The reality
is that while there are too many of us in prison and more of us in there
than others, there are NOT more of us on the inside than on the
outside. 2 Black people, particularly Black men are lazy. False. How can a people who built this nation and did it for free suddenly become the laziest people in the nation?
According to the US Census Bureau, 68.1% of all Black men and 62.3% of
Black women over the age of 16 are in the civilian labor force, compared
to 73% of White men and 59.9% of White women. With racial
discrimination and other challenges, more of us are still working than
sitting at home. While the Blacks have a higher percentage of
poverty that Whites in America, the majority of Black people are NOT
poor. Of the 40 million-plus Blacks in this nation, 8.1 million have
incomes below the poverty line. Now, what we do with our money is another story… 3 Black people abuse the Welfare system and are swelling it beyond capacity.
False. First, the actual number of Black families on Welfare has been
decreasing since the early 1970’s, when 46% of the recipients were
Black. By the end of the 20th century, that number was down to 39%, as
compared to 38% Whites who were non-Hispanic. If the comparison were
strictly based on race without ethnic identification, Whites clearly
outnumber Blacks on the Welfare rolls. In addition, 40% of the
families on Welfare have only one child, while the number having five or
more is only 4%. And, by the last decade of the 20th century, Welfare
accounted for just over 2% of the Federal Budget, while defense
accounted for 24%. Benefit programs for predominantly White farmers and big businesses far outweigh the Welfare program. Who is abusing welfare? 4. Most Black men are married to White women.
False. According to the most recent Census statistics, more than 90%
of all Black men who are married are married to Black women.
Please stop lying about what you see (which isn’t data—you could be
looking at co-workers) and stop using celebrities to cast an indictment
on an entire group. 5. Affirmative Action unfairly provides opportunities for Blacks.
False. First, Affirmative Action is inappropriately used to define
Black preferential treatment and “quotas” but it was actually designed
to benefit a number of groups who have been discriminated against,
creating parity in the workplace. Since the 1970’s, Affirmative Action
has benefited White women more than any other group. Secondly, no one
who perpetuates this myth ever talks about other types of Affirmative
Action, which benefit other races. For example, the Japanese
descendants in America, who were each rewarded $20,000 in 1988 as
reparations for internment during WWII, or the legacy programs which
benefit people such as the dimwit son of a Bush who screwed up the world
economy while in the white house. 6 Let’s kill two ignorant
rumors with the pursuit of truth: Poor Blacks would be better off if
they stopped using drugs and took better care of their communities; and,
Blacks need to stop pushing drugs to their own people. False.
This one always confuses me, because Blacks can’t even distribute their
own movies or music, yet still get blamed for importing and distributing
ILLEGAL drugs. If a Black man can’t drive down the street without
being racially profiled and stopped, what makes anyone think that he
could fly a planeload of drugs into the nation and distribute them from
state to state and city to city? The drug dealers in the ‘hood make a
lot of money, but nowhere near the cash generated by the true drug lords
who import it and distribute it to inner cities across the nation.
But for the record, according to a study by the Sentencing Project, the
number of Blacks in prison for drug-related crimes fell by 21.6 % from
1999 to 2005, while the number of Whites in prison for drug-related
crimes increased by 42 % during the same time period. 7 Blacks suffer from Black on Black crime.
True, but misleading. Whites also suffer from White on White crime.
Many crimes, including murder, rape and robbery, are crimes of location,
not color. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, 85% of
African Americans report another Black person as the perpetrator of the
crime and 80% of White murders were committed by other Whites. However,
when race does play a role in crime, the victims of violent crimes are
more likely to be Black, while the perpetrators, are more likely to be
White. 8 Blacks commit more crimes than Whites. False.
Neo-Conservative Whites and self-hating Blacks notwithstanding, the
reality of racism in the justice system has to be understood in order to
get into the reasons for the high number of Blacks in prison.
In an assessment of the impact of crime on minority communities, the
National Minority Advisory Council on Criminal Justice concluded that
“America is a classic example of heavy-handed use of state and private
power to control minorities and suppress their continuing opposition to
the hegemony of White racist ideology.” Further, according to
“The Real War on Crime,” a report by the National Criminal Justice
Commission, “African-American arrest rates for drugs during the height
of the ‘drug war’ in 1989 were five times higher than arrest rates for
Whites even though Whites and African-Americans were using drugs at the
same rate.” Finally, according to the Federal Judicial Center,
the average sentences for African Americans for weapons and drug charges
have been 49% longer than for Whites who had been convicted of the same
crimes. The simple truth is, more of “us” may be in court, but more of “them” are actually committing crimes. 9 Women outnumbering men in college is a Black phenomenon.
False. According to the US Department of Education, male undergraduates
account for 44 percent of student population, while female
undergraduates account for 56 percent. This is not race specific. 10 Black people are incapable of sustaining businesses in their own communities.
False. We had great success before integration. In fact, by 1900, the
number of African-American businesses nationally, totaled 40,000,
including the Greenfield Bus Body Company, which manufactured
automobiles, and a hotel in New York City valued at $75,000. By 1908, we
had 55 privately owned banks. By 1912, there were two millionaires,
Madam C.J. Walker (hair care) and R. R. Church (real estate).
By 1923, Tulsa, Oklahoma was home to The Black Wall Street, an African
American community of 11,000. Which featured nine hotels, nineteen
restaurants and thirty-one grocery stores and meat markets, ten medical