There are people across America- members of the racial grievance industry and their apathetic supporters who claim that though “some” progress has been made since Rev. King delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech, “much more” is needed.
The problem with what they claim is needed- closing the socio-economic statistical gaps between blacks and whites- isn’t the responsibility of the government. Since King inspired the nation to achieve a higher moral standard of brotherhood and biblical justice, America has rightly spent its time not only creating opportunities for those it had previously excluded, it has undertaken efforts above and beyond expectations in legislating and allowing opportunities for many Americans who’ve never experienced the kind of racial injustice their predecessors faced. What’s been done can rightly be seen as a form of recompense to absolve the country of its more immediate sin of racial segregation.
But there are many who are still unhappy. Their unhappiness regarding the lack of black progress stems from the realization that these people have erroneously conflated equality under the law with equality of outcome. Freedom affords opportunity to achieve success, but it doesn’t guarantee it.
The problem- integration isn’t the same as assimilation. Integration precedes and allows for assimilation, but it doesn’t guarantee it nor is it the same thing. When blacks were legally allowed to integrate with whites, many did. But these blacks also chose to assimilate, meaning they adopted those values and behavioral characteristics- hard work, sacrifice, delayed gratification, high academic achievement, speaking standard English, marrying before having children, embracing religion, and so on- that allowed them to ascend the socio-economic ladder and experience middle class life, also known as the American Dream.
Unfortunately there is a large segment of black America, that has yet to assimilate into the dominate culture by adopting behaviors and embracing a value system that allows them to ascend to- and experience- the middle class. These behaviors and values are derisively referred to as “acting white.” But this so-called “acting white” generally leads to success for those who adopt it, regardless of their color or geographical origin.
Integration can lead to assimilation, but doesn’t assure it. If Americans want to increase black progress and socio-economic achievement- and we do- we should encourage wholesale black assimilation into American society.
Integration, assimilation and success contribute to self-preservation and are in our best interests morally and economically.