African-Americans need a Great Awakening to repair their broken culture

I don’t think I’m being racist when I point to problems plaguing American blacks. According to Nate Silver:

From 2010 through 2012, the annual rate of homicide deaths among non-Hispanic white Americans was 2.5 per 100,000 persons, meaning that about one in every 40,000 white Americans is a homicide victim each year. By comparison, the rate of homicide deaths among non-Hispanic black Americans is 19.4 per 100,000 persons, or about 1 in 5,000 people per year.

Black Americans are almost eight times as likely as white ones to be homicide victims, in other words.

Take away black homicides, and America’s homicide rate is in line with Western Europe’s (at least, in line with Western Europe’s before the refugee influx). Moreover, it’s not whites or police who are killing blacks. It’s blacks who are killing blacks.

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The Great Awakening, however, was something quite different, because it remade Western European culture in ways lasting well into the early 20th century. The Great Awakening changed Westerners’ concept of what constituted moral behavior within a person and as that person related to others. Religion was no longer a Sunday thing. It was a lifestyle.

With this rejiggered morality, the Great Awakening paved the way for abolition, the end of child labor, the 40 hour work week, and even women’s suffrage. Nor was this merely a period of mass religious hysteria. Instead, it was a catalyst for a sharp turn to humanism, not just among the thinkers, but at all levels of society.

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Based upon the above premises, I’ve concluded to my own satisfaction that whites cannot save blacks; that pulling down offensive statutes cannot save blacks; that castigating everyone in the world as the “root cause” of black suffering (even if we accept this as true for argument’s sake) cannot save blacks; that politicians cannot save blacks; and that Democrats cannot save blacks (and, indeed, will continue to inflict practical and spiritual damage on them). Only blacks can save blacks.

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