Taleeb Starkes, author of Black Lies Matter: Why Lies Matter to the Race Grievance Industry, listed what he considers the five most important issues facing black Americans today.
You won’t be surprised to know what’s not on the list: racism.
Starke said this about the victim mentality, which is #5:
“Nothing holds someone back more than seeing himself as victim,” Starkes said. “Why? Because a victim is not responsible for his situation. Everything is someone else’s fault. And the victim sees little chance of improving his life. How can he get ahead if someone is holding him back? All this makes the victim unhappy, frustrated, and angry. This is how too many blacks see themselves — as victims. So much so that their victim status becomes their primary identity and their ruling ideology. I call it victimology. Unfortunately, many black churches preach this victimology. Many black parents pass it on to their children, inner-city schools teach it to their students, and the black media reinforce it. Meanwhile, the NAACP and other black grievance groups fundraise on it.”
Lack of diversity is next. That is, diversity of opinion. Blacks who don’t blame whites for their problems are labeled as sell-outs, Uncle Toms, or race traitors.
“The honest race dialogue in debate that first has to happen is not between blacks and whites, but between blacks and blacks. We demand diversity from others but need to practice it ourselves.”
Urban terrorism comes in at #3. Starkes talks about inconvenient statistics about the high rate of crime (offenders and victims) among a group that accounts for only 13 percent of the population.
Female-headed households, which Starkes said contributes to urban terrorism, and blacks’ unquestioning allegiance to progressive policies, are #2 and #1.