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Degrading Expectations

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, race, racism, low expectations, condescension, Stuyvesant High, quota, affirmative action

Expect racism to come from the Right . . . we are told by the Left.

On Wednesday, I considered the sad case of New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, pushing racial resentment in a black church, asking for an “amen” after telling the parishioners that there was something very wrong with Asian students dominating that most meritocratic of institutions, Stuyvesant High.

Giving up on meritocracy is quite bracing, as is de Blasio’s lack of commitment to the culture of individual achievement.

His assumption? Black and Hispanic Americans just cannot compete on merit alone.

They don’t need to work harder, and we mustn’t expect them to. They needn’t change their values or encourage their children to be more academically ambitious. What’s the point in troubling to emulate successful cultures, like that of many Asians (many of them quite poor) who have been advancing so effectively? For de Blasio there’s no hope for blacks and Hispanics.

Except through him.

Note the two pillars of de Blasio’s vision:

  1. racial determinism, where individuals cannot hope to succeed outside the stereotyped behavior of their racial background, their skin color and physical features determining their performance,
  2. except when Government steps in to save them (this is statist messianism).

And yes, by “government” he really means “de Blasio” — or “progressivise politics.”

The first assumption has been called “the soft bigotry of low expectations.”

The second is idolatry of the State and overbearing pride in one’s own ideological tribe.

You individuals have no chance to succeed, the idea runs, but We, the Progressives, will save you. Vote for us!

How insufferable.

This is Common Sense. I’m Paul Jacob.


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  1. Karen H says:

    New York City is died in the wool Dems. But usually, the elected mayor is not leftist. I can only construe that the citizens didn’t know his real policies.

    He frightens me. The cops hate him. And I imagine he feels like an authority on African Americans since his wife is black and his children are bi-racial. What other reason would a white elected official pontificate from a pulpit in such a thoughtless manner?! Vote him out!

  2. Lynn Atherton Bloxham says:

    If I were black I would be so full of hate for police and  I am very white .  The number of good cops, especially toward blak people is  dwindling the number of abused people of every color is growing. We have a growing problem. Wm Grigg )RIP black arthor and resesrcher warned the animosity would escalate. He also warned it would become Blue againstp all 

  3. JdL says:

    Well said, Mr. J. This tendency for would-be “leaders” to encourage people to think of themselves as oppressed victims and to wallow forever in that victimhood rather than lifting a finger to rise out of it (what?? and lose my identity??), is toxic in the extreme, and should be ridiculed in the strongest possible terms.

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