It has become very bad form to blame the victim. Being a victim may give you complete immunity from criticism, especially if you belong to an officially sanctioned victim class. Any attempt to delve into how the victim may have contributed to, or encouraged an act of victimization is often resisted with violent protestations of “sexism,” or “racism,” or other hurtful accusations intended to silence politically incorrect views.
Ayn Rand described this kind of attack as a logical fallacy:
…the Argument from Intimidation does not consist of introducing moral judgment into intellectual issues, but of substituting moral judgment for intellectual argument. –The Virtue of Selfishness, 143, Ayn Rand
According to Rand there is only one antidote:
How does one resist that Argument? There is only one weapon against it: moral certainty. –The Virtue of Selfishness, 143, Ayn Rand
If one is going to pull back the covers and look clearly at these issues one must have a strong conviction that truth matters more than political correctness.
One should never excuse the abuser. The fact that a victim allowed or facilitated the abuse should not be grounds to let the abuser off the hook. In the past a rapist might get off because a woman dressed seductively or did not shout “No!” at the first advance. Muslim scholars still defend this view and more often than not believe a woman is guilty of seduction because she is a woman.The civilized West has progressed beyond this.
Nevertheless victims often do contribute to their own victimization. Sometimes the victim unconsciously seeks to be victimized. Women may stay in an abusive relationship despite ample opportunity to leave, and even when they manage to leave they may immediately find an equally abusive partner to replace the one they left behind. The only partner that is attractive to them may be someone who is capable of abusing them. This is a common pattern that is well known in the field of psychiatry.
The essential premise presented here is that many blacks in America have contributed to and participated in their own victimization starting as far back as the Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal and this greatly accelerated in the 1960s with Lyndon Johnson and the Civil Rights Act. They have, like the abused woman, returned to the Democratic Party – their serial abuser – over and over again despite clear evidence that the relationship was a sick and abusive one.
Today on average blacks vote for Democratic candidates at levels at or above 90%. How did blacks abandon the Party of Lincoln and come to embrace the party of the KKK? That is a head scratcher for sure.
Some say that blacks shifted to the Democratic Party after Democratic President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Others blame Richard Nixon and his Southern Strategy that in reality was an attempt to give white Southerners an alternative to the blatant and vicious racism of the Democratic Party in the South. But the shift started a lot farther back than that. Blacks voted 71% for FDR in 1936 and except for 1956, and the reelection of Dwight D. Eisenhower, the trend has hardly ever reversed. [Factcheck, Blacks and the Democratic Party]
The real problem is that too many blacks have come to see Big Government as their savior. That took hold in the Great Depression and has become a major factor in how many blacks have seen politics ever since. Blacks collectively have been able to ignore or dismiss the most egregious racism of the Democratic Party; the party of the KKK, Jim Crow, and institutional segregation just so long as the Democrats grew government and came to promise them a larger share in it in exchange for their votes.
Many younger blacks today even believe that it was Republicans wearing those white sheets and burning crosses in the front yards of their grandparents and great grandparents. In the black community the Democrats won the argument a long time ago. The Democrats will keep winning the argument in the black community as long as blacks are wedded to the belief that government will somehow save them.
For this reason Conservatives should not try to craft a political strategy that requires the support or approval of Democratic blacks. There is no reason to even to pretend to care for the concerns of Democratic blacks looking for more entitlements. There is however a lot to be gained by telling everyone else who might be susceptible to reason that we won’t pander to big government programs that breed dependency.
On the other hand everything possible should be done to welcome blacks who support Conservative, small government principles. Contrary to popular media enflamed perception, Conservative and Tea Party types have welcomed like minded blacks into the fold with open arms.
Conservatives need to clearly identify who they can win with, and whom they cannot. Then they need to put 100% of their assets and effort into the battle of winning those who are not yet addicted to the crack cocaine of government dependency, and by that we are not only speaking of blacks, but the myriad of people and corporations who depend on government and not themselves.
The lesson should be obvious. Conservatives are not supposed to be about taking from some to give “benefits” or special favors to some at the cost of others. In any case Conservatives (or Libertarians for that matter) can’t out-promise the Democrats. The Democrats have a patent on stealing from some to buy the votes of others.
Something has gone very wrong for the black community in America. Dr. Walter E. Williams spoke very powerfully when he wrote:
Disgustingly, black politicians, civil rights leaders, liberals and the president are talking nonsense about “having a conversation about race.” That’s beyond useless. Tell me how a conversation with white people is going to stop black predators from preying on blacks. How is such a conversation going to eliminate the 75 percent illegitimacy rate? What will such a conversation do about the breakdown of the black family (though “breakdown” is not the correct word, as the family doesn’t form in the first place)? Only black people can solve our problems. –Black Self Sabotage, July 31, 2013, Walter E. Williams
As much as we may sympathize with the plight of many blacks caught in poverty, we can’t help them by competing with Democrats. Remember they have the patent on buying votes with other people’s money. If there is any chance whatsoever, we have to appeal to those who want to free people from poverty and dependency, not those who wish to institutionalize dependency for political power.