Paved With Good Intentions: The Failure of Race Relations in Contemporary America
a book by Jared Taylor
(our site's book review)
The Amazon blurb says that A conservative look at racial tension in America traces racism to the notion that white racism has caused the disadvantages of blacks and criticizes government programs—including affirmative action—based on that idea for isolating blacks. Reprint.
Taylor's book tells us that "From 1983 to 1988, the homicide rate for young black men increased by two thirds, while the rate for young white men scarcely budged. Black men between ages fifteen and twenty-four are now nearly nine times as likely to kill each other as are whites of the same ages, and homicide has become the leading cause of death for all black men between ages fifteen and forty-four. . . . there is one central doctrine on which they all depend: Whites are responsible for the problems blacks face. Black crime, black poverty, black illegitimacy, black difficulties of all kinds can be traced to a heritage of slavery and to inveterate white racism. In other words, it is the malevolence of whites that causes blacks to fail. . . . This kind of thinking denies that blacks should be expected to take responsibility for their own actions. More subtly, it suggests that they cannot do so.
When whites make excuses for the failures of blacks—excuses they would scorn for themselves or for their own children—they treat blacks as inferiors, whether they mean to or not. Tentatively and hesitantly, a few people have begun to recognize the limits of conventional thinking. . . . Often, where racism has not been found, it has been necessary to invent it. . . . The concluding chapters of this book seek to understand the connection between welfare and the disappearance of the obstacles—moral, social, and financial—that once prevented Americans from bearing children they could not support. . . . there is fierce peer pressure on blacks NOT to do well. Those who study hard are taunted for 'acting white.'" (Source: PAVED WITH GOOD INTENTIONS, the Christian Identity Forum)
The obsessive do-gooder impulse to blame whites for black failures is an insult to both races—this impulse has wrecked black culture, showing that the road to hell is paved with good intentions
The author offers an amazing 1976 poll result: 76% of blacks polled believed that our government owes every citizen a home, a job, and leisure. Blacks face fierce peer pressure to NOT do well academically. The kids who study hard are taunted for "acting white." Then later, when they attend a university, blacks who get A's in such things as physics or calculus may be seen as "traitors."
The author says that there will never be successful school reform until there is successful parent reform. Slums send their kids to school but these kids are already basket cases so they cannot learn and don't even try, especially black ones since their peers have them convinced education and learning and low-paying jobs are uncool and for suckers only. See Teachers Say Unnurtured Kids Aren't Ready for School—We Say Unnurtured People Aren't Ready for Survival.
Kid too insecure for school due to sparse nurturing at home
The underclass of America will not behave in even minimally responsible ways unless they are paid to do so. This is not because of racism or underfunding of programs or lack of policing or latchkey kids. It's because the liberals—in trying to help blacks get equality, fairness, jobs, and houses—created programs with built-in perverse incentives but that had wonderful INTENTIONS. As soon as it was seen that things were getting worse, the programs should have been dumped.
But neither bureaucrats not liberals think that way. So they took the mistakes they were making and doubled them, then added new programs. Things went downhill even faster. Instead of blaming their programs, they turned around and blamed racism. Everyone looked around, blinking, wondering who they meant, since they didn't see anyone being racists. But once a bleeding-heart liberal gets a cause in her sights, she's like a dog with a bone. Blacks doing poorly on the liberals' programs weren't the blacks' fault or the liberals. It was the evil whites being racist. Everyone looked around, blinking, wondering "what evil whites are you seeing? We don't see it."
But once a bleeding-heart liberal gets a cause in her sights, she's like a dog with a bone. Blacks doing poorly on the liberals' programs weren't the blacks' fault or the liberals. It was the evil whites being racist
The doubters never did get an answer, since there were no people being racist and holding down blacks in the underclass. But liberals were happy to have their evil villians, the racist whites, just be generally racist, without supplying evidence. Since the whole hypothesis was BS anyway, they were glad to be let off the hook for supplying evidence. The liberals needed no more "proof" of racism than the fact that proportionally more blacks than whites ended up behind bars, and that whites in suburb 1 were succeeding while blacks in an equivalent suburb 2 were failing. These things prove nothing, but to liberals it was an open and shut case: Evil whites were holding down the underclass via racism!
The liberals needed no more 'proof' of racism than the fact that proportionally more blacks than whites ended up behind bars, and that whites in suburb 1 were succeeding while blacks in an equivalent suburb 2 were failing
So as the liberals heaped more free money on the blacks and the blacks failed even worse, liberals invented the political correctness insanity. It included new history for the U.S. where the Founders themselves were evil males to be shunned and disparaged. In a fit of self-righteous fervor liberals decided to rewrite history and rewrite the Bill of Rights. EVERYONE was to be forced to believe that WHITES ARE VICTIMIZERS AND BLACKS ARE VICTIMS in spite of these wild ass theories having no proof except the deep fervor in the emotions of the bleeding heart liberals—apparently, this was the new standard of evidence, very similar to the failed social engineering from the failed social programs who used intentions as their only standard of anything, forgetting there was such a thing as results analysis, science, testing, etc.
The liberals twisted the arms of the media until they went along with all this insanity. Then the liberals started forcing colleges to teach everyone to believe that WHITES ARE VICTIMIZERS AND BLACKS ARE VICTIMS, including teachers and students. Any teacher who said anything un-PC or who was unwilling to play ball (i.e., sell their souls) was fired. Any student who said anything un-PC was "re-educated" (brainwashed with various mind control methods) until he caved in and accepted the political correctness religion, and if he still questioned PC scripture, he was expelled.
The liberals twisted the arms of the media until they went along with all this 'whites are racists' insanity. Then the liberals started forcing colleges to teach everyone to believe that WHITES ARE VICTIMIZERS AND BLACKS ARE VICTIMS, including teachers and students
The liberals put together goon squads of thugs like Antifa who would threaten or harrass or physically attack anyone who was saying un-PC things. So conservatives were no longer welcome to speak on campus and if they tried, they were threatened or harrassed or physically attacked. The way the liberals rewrote the Bill of Rights is simple: If you spew the PC party line and stick to PC scripture, you had rights. If you had conservative or non-PC ideas, you had no rights and you could expect to be assaulted, doxxed, trolled, vandalized, and be fired and your career and life ruined by radical liberal activists.
In a democracy????????!!!!!!! Yes—this was liberals' new definition of democracy and if you dislike the way the liberals rewrote the Bill of Rights, you can exercise your freedoms. Freedoms to move to another country or get your head straight and have a miraculous conversion, see the light, and repent to the PC police, promising to write WHITES ARE VICTIMIZERS AND BLACKS ARE VICTIMS 10,000 times and begin preaching the PC gospel. The PC choir is nothing if not forgiving!
The liberals put together goon squads of thugs like Antifa who would threaten or harrass or physically attack anyone who was saying un-PC things. So conservatives were no longer welcome to speak on campus and if they tried, they were threatened or harrassed or physically attacked
Here is Taylor's idea about how our society is set up: We all pay for millions of complete strangers to have children they can't support. Those welfare mothers have as many babies as they like. Nobody stops her. Even if she has been an abusive mother to the ones she already has. In most states her welfare payments increase as she increases the size of her family. Talk about perverse incentives! And only 30 cents of each dollar your taxes pays for welfare actual goes to recipients—administration salaries and bureaucrats' salaries get the rest. You see why liberals never want to stop their programs? Their bureaucrat buddies make out like bandits!
Liberals' programs have ruined our underclass citizens by using money to substitute for restraint, morals, planning, and industriousness—hence: the welfare queen
You can see that the liberals' programs have ruined our underclass citizens by using money to substitute for restraint, morals, planning, and industriousness. Why? Because they are Democrats, the party responsible for the civil war, the Jim Crow laws, the KKK, and tens of thousands of black deaths from the 1860s to the 1970s, as well as black disenfranchisement during that time. Liberals are working off a ton of guilt for mistreatment of blacks.
But they're dragging us into their penitence, like it or not. And we say: NOT! And here is what we suggest: give up the PC insanity. Let's just all treat each other respectfully and no one act racist. And cease using the colleges as indoctrination centers for their poisonous dogma. Let them go back to being learning centers where our young can have whatever thoughts and opinions they want, and we teach them to be openminded, thoughtful, compassionate, and respectful to other points of view. Currently, the students are dogmatic, closed-minded, biased bigots full of anti-white racism when they leave school. Is that REALLY what we want? And let's let the media go back to being neutral and unbiased, with all news stations representing all points of view in real discussions. CNN and Fox News are merely opposite sides of a fake news coin. So much for objective reporting!
The author laments that job preferences for blacks are a civil right, but job preferences for whites are racism. This concept itself is pure racism. "Black pride" is healthy and necessary, but "white pride" is bigotry. This concept itself is pure racism. Standardized tests work for other races, but they are biased against blacks. This concept itself is pure racism. All-black interest groups must be established to fight the racism within every American organization. This concept itself is pure racism. Blacks should patronize black-owned stores and vote for black candidates. This concept itself is pure racism. Blacks feel closer to Africans than to white Americans. This concept itself is pure racism. Black students must have black teachers or they will not learn properly. This concept itself is pure racism. All these concepts are the politically correct racism found in the media's and university's conventional wisdom and in politically correct scripture.
Blacks feel closer to Africans than to white Americans
De Tocqueville feared that white America's relations with freed slaves would be the greatest social crisis the United States would face. And he was right. Many great Americans—including Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, John Marshall, Henry Clay, and Daniel Webster—did not believe that black people and white people could live peaceably in the same society.
"Arguing that white racism is more an excuse for black failure than an explanation . . . notes that blacks commit far more interracial violent crimes than whites do; he criticizes 'race-norming' in employment tests; and he dissects studies concluding that police are more likely to shoot blacks . . . Asian achievements prove that American racism is not so great an obstacle to success . . . the problem of the underclass is mainly a moral one" (Source: Paved with Good Intentions: The Failure of Race Relations in Contemporary America, Publishers Weekly)
How can blacks be expected to believe in ability and hard work when society rewards them for being black instead, and teaches them that whites are victimizing them?
"Blacks, he believes, have been done a grave disservice by liberal apologists who meekly accept the idea that whites are responsible for blacks' problems. At its most powerful, Taylor's presentation is filled with example after example of the paternalism, condescension, and hypocrisy fostered by affirmative action in education and employment and by black double-standards in spouting antiwhite rhetoric while decrying white racism . . . in blasting the media for inflaming tensions with its coverage of the Howard Beach, Beasonhurst, and Rodney King incidents, the author dwells on circumstances that seem to extenuate white misconduct . . . Finally, Taylor supports mandatory use of Norplant contraceptives by welfare mothers" (Source: PAVED WITH GOOD INTENTIONS: The Failure of Race Relations in Contemporary America, KIRKUS REVIEW)
Taylor has been described as a white nationalist, white supremacist, and racist by civil rights groups, news media, academics studying racism in the US, and others. Taylor has "strenuously rejected" being called a racist, and maintains that he is instead a "racialist who believes in race-realism." He has also said he is not a white supremacist, describing himself as a "white advocate", and contends that his views on nationality and race are "moderate, commonsensical, and fully consistent with the views of most of the great statesmen and presidents of America's past". Taylor has often been described in media reports as associated with the alt-right.
Liberals want to flush the Founders down the crapper, forgetting that if the Founders hadn't done what they did, Liberals would be living either in an authoritarian dictatorship controlled by Hitler's descendants or by the King of England's descendants
We feel that race-realism is a realistic portrayal of reality and political correctness is a warped, naive, erroneous portrayal of reality. We find that Taylor is realistic, not racist. We find that the white=victimizer black=victim portrayal of reality indoctrinated by colleges and the mainstream media is racist and foolish. Conventional wisdom (CW) is anything but wise—it is racist foolishness, and so is the rewriting of history and the destruction of statues currently happening. Paved With Good Intentions: The Failure of Race Relations in Contemporary America is a courageous book that looks the truth in the eye. Not for leftist, brainwashed believers in CW fairy tales who've decided all whites are evil villians and they're so ashamed of living in this country that they want to rewrite its history and flush the Founders down the crapper, forgetting that if the Founders hadn't done what they did, they'd be living either in an authoritarian dictatorship controlled by Hitler's descendants or by the King of England's descendants.