FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 12, 2023
CONTACT: Tracey Miller, 202-660-1628, Tracey.Miller@theacru.org
MEDIA AVAILABILITY: Former Congressman LTC Allen West, Executive Director, ACRU
Who Are the Real Racists?
The Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations
Naples, FL — “My ideological mentor, Booker T. Washington, embraced a philosophy of economic empowerment through education, entrepreneurship, and self-reliance, regardless of the circumstances facing Blacks. Indeed, that is the message of individual empowerment that reflects the ideal of America being a land of opportunity. It is not an “exception” it is a fundamental principle of this country, and this is why so many seek our shores,” states ACRU Executive Director Allen West in his most recent TownHall OpEd.
Commenting on the recent appearance of Senator Tim Scott on ABC’s The View, West observed the soft bigotry of the left, “Sonny Hostin evidenced her belief in economic enslavement, perpetual victimhood, and the equality of outcomes as a means of rectifying said conditions. It is undoubtedly the ideology of what we know as the “talented tenth” of Black intellectual elites, a view perpetuated by WEB DuBois, a man unlike Booker T. Washington, who was never a slave.”
We must begin to have a severe and truthful discussion about the left’s rhetoric of “systemic racism” because the facts speak for themselves.
West continues, “I would like to know Ms. Hostin’s view on Republicans in the North Carolina State House and Senate passing educational freedom and school choice legislation . . . Yet, the Democrat Governor, Roy Cooper, implemented a “state of emergency” as his response. We have a Democrat Governor who does not believe in equal access for our children to have a quality education, which opens the doors to more significant opportunity. This comes at a time when, nationally, we can go from urban center to urban center, controlled by progressive socialists, and find that young Black children are underperforming in math and reading. Then again, leftists have claimed that math is racist. Talk about the soft bigotry of low expectations; instead of better educating kids in math, just declare that it is racist and sees skin color.”
“Since 1973, 50 years, there have been over 20 million Black babies murdered in the womb by dismemberment, a genocide championed by an organization called Planned Parenthood. This organization was founded by an actual white supremacist, a racist, who referred to Blacks as “undesirables” and “human weeds,” Margaret Sanger. Does Ms. Hostin see this intentional murdering of Black babies in the womb as an exception . . . or the progressive socialist left’s rule? Since the summer of 2020, there have been over 330 little Black and brown children gunned down, killed as a result of gang violence. They were not killed by white supremacists but rather by Black violence. Is that the exception or the rule, Ms. Hostin?
“Why is it that the Black community seems stuck at 13 percent of the US population? The Black community is killing itself off; incarceration rates are 3-4 times greater than our percent of the population. The traditional nuclear Black family, the cornerstone of our community, has been decimated. Is that the exception or the rule, Ms. Hostin?”
West concludes, “Sonny Hostin and the left’s soft bigotry of low expectations is a clear and present danger not just for the Black community but for all Americans. The leftist vision of collective victimization, masked as social justice over individual triumph and achievement, is deadly cancer. It prevents us from reaching our full potential, from the ability to Live Free.”
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