The Eisenhower Foundation released a poverty study to show how well the anti-poverty policies of the Johnson administration worked. According to TEF, we still have a lot of work to do to eliminate poverty, inequality, racial justice, and crime.
I think that most people would agree with this. I think that most Americans believe that this country still has too many people living in poverty, and that minorities make up a higher percentage of people living in poverty.
But The Heritage Foundation, putting their two cents in found that blaming the victim explains inequality:
Robert Rector, senior research fellow on poverty and family issues at the Heritage Foundation, says the Eisenhower Foundation may claim to be nonpartisan, but in fact comprises a small group of "extreme left-wingers."
According to Rector, the report completely ignores the three major causes of poverty. "One is that 69 percent of black children are born out of wedlock and those children are raised without a father in the home," he says. "The second is lower levels of work and more welfare receipt; if you're on welfare, [it] doesn't pay enough for you to get out of poverty. The third is low levels of actual educational attainment -- real math and verbal skills."I'll translate: The Heritage Foundation thinks that black people are poor because they all just sleep around and are too busy sucking off of welfare to get a real job or education.
Bob repeated this word for word, without even reading the study!
Let's take a look at The Heritage Foundation:
The Heritage Foundation was created by racist beer baron Joseph Coors. The Coors family has an extensive history of racism, as can be documented here. Joseph Coors hired Roger Pearson to be co-editor of The Hertiage Foundaton's Policy Review. Pearson wrote a number of racist works, including the book "Race and Civilization." The racism of THF is evidenced in their reports on racism, in which everyone of them seeks to claim that racism doesn't exist, or isn't a problem. The real problem, according to them, is that black people are lazy and dumb. Here's a quote from one of their articles:
"So blaming racism for our lack of achievement is, at best, a misplaced focus and is, at worst, what I call social insanity. Now, let me tell you what I mean by social insanity. If you believe that racism prevents you from achieving any particular goal, then inherent in that belief is the granting of the power to succeed to the partisans of racism."In other words, pretend racism doesn't exist and it'll simply go away!
But back to Bob.
Bob has knowingly quoted a racist organization that seeks to make black people look lazy and stupid. And he did it with a quote that is designed to do just that. By giving credibility to the organization through quoting such rubbish, Bob has decided to put into the minds of his white listeners that:
1) Racism isn't a problem in America.
2) Black people are in poverty because they're lazy, slutty, and dumb.
Remember this the next time Bob wants to bring up the racism of people he seeks to demonize.