WSJ Contributor: Blacks Progressed Faster ‘When Whites Were Still Lynching’

Wall Street Journal columnist Jason Riley in shown speaking in a screenshot from a September 2014 ReasonTV interview.
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A Wall Street Journal contributor published a column on Tuesday in which he argued that blacks made faster progress “at a time when whites were still lynching” them.

Jason Riley, who is black, accused liberals of lacking historical context when talking about racism in America.

“History shows that faster black progress was occurring at a time when whites were still lynching blacks, not merely singing about it,” Riley wrote, referring to a recent incident in which several white University of Oklahoma fraternity students were recorded on video singing a racist chant about lynching.

“Liberals want blacks to ignore the lessons of this pre-Civil Rights era, which threaten the current relevance of groups like the NAACP and call into question the Democratic Party’s belief that there is a federal solution to every black problem,” Riley wrote

He went on to blame the problems of “black America” on “post-Civil Rights era social pathology and misguided government interventions.”

“The problem isn’t the attitudes and behaviors of the boys on the bus so much as those of the boys in the ’hood,” he wrote.

h/t Media Matters

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