ARMSTRONG WILLIAMS COMMENTARY: Our White Brothers

The conservative Republican commentator argues that while media and think tanks in the United States of America focus on social challenges facing blacks, they ignore those facing whites and thus leads many blacks to feel inferior and many whites to feel superior: “Mainstream media focuses so much attention on the prevalence of these problems in the black community that an outsider would think that segments of white America does not wrestle with the same issues in their homes and communities. Nevertheless, the truth is that American Whites wrestle with these issues and various others that are not prevalent in the black or brown communities. While the vices are largely ignored, stigmatized blacks are further alienated in a society that they have longed to find a place in. The constant negative coverage leads many to devalue their own self worth and lose interest in trying to achieve the American dream. According to the federal Center for Disease Control, white males are 4 times more likely than their black male classmates to be a regular cocaine user. White high school seniors are three times more likely to have used heroin, three times more likely to have smoked pot in the past years, seven times more likely to have used cocaine, and nine times more likely to have used LSD. The recent meth drugs cannot be found in the nation’s urban centers but its suburbs. The story is the same with illegal use of prescription drugs. According to the Justice Department, drug users tend to buy from same-race dealers, meaning most white users buy from white dealers. That’s right, white dealers. Ask yourself how many times you have turned on the evening news and saw a story on white drug dealers and users? Now think back to that occasion when you did see such a story and think about the adjectives used to describe the offenders. Were the same adjectives used to describe black drug offenders? Of course not! Whites caught engaging in illegal activity are often described as being ‘confused’ and ‘misguided’, as if such behavior was unexpected because of the hue of their skin. Blacks accused of the same crime are described as ‘hardened criminals’, ‘hoodlums’ and ‘gangsters’.

He continues his commentary: “The ‘down low brothers’ has been a major topic of discussion lately. Instead of framing this behavior as a problem within American society, the media focuses on the race of these individuals. However, when the media uncovers the hidden world of pedophiles on shows such as Dateline NBC’s ‘To Catch a Predator’, they never speak in terms of race, although more than ninety percent of the offenders are white males. Likewise, when a black student kills another black student its described as a black on black crime but such racial terminology is never used when a white students shoots ten of his white classmates. The media’s double standard further feeds Blacks feeling inferior and Whites feeling superior. If not addressed soon, such complexes could tear this nation apart at the seams. It’s time for us to focus on the behavior of our fellow citizens and not their race.”