Monday evening links - AEI
The Professor notes:
"3. “The Culture of the Smug White Liberal” is the title of a Huffington Post article by Nikki Johnson-Huston, a black female attorney and life-long Democrat who has become uncomfortable recently now that liberals have “stopped fighting for the little guy and became the party of the smug,” here’s an excerpt:
….Liberals are quick to be against school choice, while their own kids go to private or well-regarded public schools. Leaving poor black children behind in under-performing schools and providing less opportunity to improve their lives is inconsequential to keeping true to their white liberal politics. Many people are quick to espouse the political values of liberalism without having to live with the often harsh reality of those policies.
I think Ms. Johnson-Huston misunderstands what is happening. White liberals often espouse the political values of liberalism in order to subject the poor to the harsh reality of its consequences. White liberals are simply acting in a way which they can view altruistically, but which will obviously raise the drawbridge after they have attained the castle's protection. In other words, they feel better about themselves, but keep the black hoi polloi far away. The underperforming schools, and fewer opportunities ensure that the smug white liberal's children will need not compete with the poor black's children. Allowing the blacks to attain the castle might mean Buffy cannot compete with some of the black children, and to smug white liberals this would be unacceptable. They want to feel better about their actions, and themselves, not actually help.
To find people who want to help Ms. Johnson-Huston will need to look to the classical liberals/libertarians, or conservatives.