This Nichol guy on the faculty at UNC-Chapel Hill is a piece of work. We’re forced to subsidize his bloated parasitic carcass year in and year out while he does little more than call us names and give us the finger. (I swear he evokes memories of Matt “In a van down by the river” Foley.)
A guy making roughly a quarter-mil a year from the taxpayers positions himself as an “expert” on poverty. It’s almost as funny as when his predecessor, THE John Edwards, tried it.
Here he is AGAIN, on our dime, calling us racists and otherwise bad people, in the pages of the dying, little-read News & Observer:
Last week, with the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s death, we saw a good deal of taking stock. Dreams and progress; drawbacks and shortcomings; steps forward, stumbles back. Little of it, unsurprisingly, focused specifically on North Carolina. So I offer, belatedly, a few words of description and challenge.
Twice as many blacks (24 percent) as whites (12 percent) in the Tar Heel State live in poverty.[…]
Nichol doesn’t offer up any sources or dates to try and buttress his bullshit. But I found some interesting stuff HERE from as recently as 2015:
Twice as many blacks living in poverty as whites? Not according to this site. As of 2015, 47% of the folks in poverty in North Carolina were white. Twenty-eight percent were black.
What do those counties have in common? They persistently vote for Democrat representation at all levels of government and wrap themselves in the cloak of statism. Housing projects, Medicaid, and food stamps are not exactly geared toward propelling their users into upward social and economic mobility.
[…] These income-based disparities are stunning but they pale in comparison to measures of wealth — the accumulation of money and assets over
time and generations.
This guy makes nearly a quarter-mil a year from the state — more than FOUR TIMES the state’s 2016 median income — for doing little more than writing op-eds and giving speeches attacking conservatives and other folks who actually work for a living. THAT is pretty stunning. (Where can the rest of us sign up for a gig like this?)
[…] Black children attend, very disproportionately, North Carolina’s highest-poverty public schools.
Again, we’ve got more white people living in poverty than black people. Forty-seven percent is bigger than 28 percent, *GENIUS.*
[…] Under the state’s A-F grading system, almost all high poverty schools receive very poor grades while almost all high wealth schools excel. A 2015 study by the University of Pennsylvania determined that black students make up 26 percent of North Carolina public school enrollment, but account for 51 percent of school suspensions.
And what percentage of those kids actually broke rules that warranted getting a suspension?
[…] In Chapel Hill-Carrboro, black students make up 13.2 percent of the student body and receive 52.7 percent of the suspensions.
For the record, there is not a lick of Republican involvement in any kind of governance in the vicinity of Chapel Hill or Carrboro.
[…]About twice as many white Tar Heels have a college degree as African-Americans.[…]
I guess we’re simply ignoring the fact that whites, overall, outnumber blacks 3-1 in the state’s general population.
The North Carolina Department of Correction reports a prison population of about 36,000. Over 56 percent of the inmates are African-American, though 21 percent of the state’s population is black. Thirty-eight percent of the prison cohort is white, though whites make up over 70 percent of the overall populace. North Carolina incarcerates 203 whites per 100,000 and 915 blacks.
AND HOW MANY of those folks were wrongly incarcerated for their crimes?
[…] Huge empirical studies of traffic stops, searches and arrests in Charlotte, Greensboro, Fayetteville and Durham found gaping and unexplainable disparities based on race.[…]
If you have an instance where a white person is seen by police beating a hooker and selling crack and is ignored by police, but a black person is immediately pounced upon and arrested for the same offenses with the same quality of evidence, you MIGHT have a point.
Does this guy really want police to base their evaluations on whether to arrest someone on the racial demographic statistics of the immediate area? That’s just — just,um, *retarded.*
So, what does Nichol’s rant all boil down to? Brace yourselves. This may come as a shock:
[…] I limit myself to five points.[…]
JUST FIVE ???? (*Damn.*)
[…] First, unless the term is to be drained of all meaning, North Carolina experiences, at present, an intense, overarching and systemic (“of or relating to the entire body of an organism”) regime of racial subordination. Black North Carolinians encounter dramatic and debilitating differences in income, poverty, employment, housing, wealth, education, health care, law enforcement practice, criminal justice outcomes and imprisonment — to name only the most obvious. The disparities have existed in potent measure every day of the state’s long history.
Second, disturbing as the systemic subordination is, it is never — or almost never — mentioned, contested or targeted for remedy in our public discourse. A silence constantly muffles its presence in our electoral campaigns and legislative assemblies. It is, apparently, thought to be as natural and unobjectionable as the humidity of summer or the rise and fall of the coastal tides.
Third, if the comparative disabilities were reversed, and North Carolina whites were faced with such diminished relative fortunes, the halls of power would wail of unbearable exigency. Imagine the relief which would be demanded, and secured, if young white males were being incarcerated at four or five times the rate of blacks. Emergency sessions would be endless.
Fourth, given the ubiquitous subordination continuously experienced by African-Americans in North Carolina, it is astonishing that the state’s dominant political party would launch, effectuate, and readily defend what constitutes a multi-faceted war upon people of color.
[…] Ignoring the challenging plight of black Tar Heels, apparently, hasn’t proved sufficient. Our legislative leaders have felt compelled to move farther — targeting black citizens as if they were dreaded adversaries.
Fifth, if past is prologue, I will soon receive a cascade of letters and messages complaining, with some vigor, that I have listed and outlined North Carolina’s yawning racial disparities. Many will express annoyance at being reminded of such realities. Imagine how annoying it must be to actually live them.