The book and movie "The Help" was a shocker to a lot of people. So was Rick Santorum's remark about needing to get Blacks true help -- "jobs" instead of "welfare." But he was telling the truth.
When I was a young kid in the 1950s in Alabama, I distinctly remember getting on a bus and the bus driver announcing "Colored to the rear." If you needed a restroom, there were always three from which to choose: "Male," "Female," and "Colored."
It didn't seem odd at the time that there were "white" and "colored" water fountains or that the city auditorium had a separate entrance to the balcony where the "colored" would sit. All the public schools were totally segregated.
In the 1950s and 1960s it was painful for many Americans, especially those in the deep south, to finally come to grips with a cold hard fact: White citizens had sinfully captured some 600,000 Africans from their homes and families on the African continent, brought them to America and sold them as slaves.
To rid our guilt we've even resorted to reverse discrimination against whites through affirmative action and quotas in Governments, businesses and higher education--all to give the black American an advantage so they could "catch up."
* Black women are 5 times more likely to get an abortion than white women.
Blacks are 10% of the U.S. civilian work force but hold:
25% of the jobs at U.S. Treasury,
25% at the Veterans,
31% at the State Department,
37% at the Department of Education,
38% at the Housing and Urban Development,
42% at the Equal Opportunity Commission,
44% at Fannie Mae,
50% at Freddie Mac,
55% at the Government Printing Office and
82% at the Court Services/Offender Agency.
The average government employee earns $123,000 per year, compared to $61,000 in the private sector. This poses a huge future economic impact to the black community when the government is forced to cut back. "When," not "if."
Making a bad situation worse, the visible black leadership in America (the Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, etc.) continue to push for more of the poorly thought-through government programs that have created these problems in the first place.
On the spiritual side, it is estimated that well over 80% of black churches don't specifically teach the Bible as God's inerrant and infallible word.
With Bible exposition lacking, and social sermons the norm, few blacks in America are armored with Biblical truths-which is their only hope out of their ever-encompassing mire.
The bottom line is that Blacks, as a community, are looking to the U.S. Government to solve their problems when they should be looking to God.
Who says this? Jesse Peterson at the Steeling the Mind Bible Conference presentation "How Black Leadership Exploits Black America." It's an eye-opening presentation showing how black leadership in America isn't doing any favors for black America.
Peterson, once himself a victim of America's "help," is one of the few blacks to both state the uncomfortable truths about blacks in America and boldly speak forth the answer--repentance and turning to Jesus Christ.
Refreshingly, Peterson sees the Light. We pray his Biblically sound message sheds the True Light on others the black community.
Thomas Sowell, "Black Rednecks and White Liberals," (Encounter Books: New York, NY, 2005), pp. 34-35.
Jesse Lee Peterson, Steeling the Mind Denver, 2011
Bill Perkins is the founder and Executive Director of Compass International, Inc.
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