Wall Street Journal’s Jason Riley made quite a few inflammatory comments about black people and lynching on his piece about Oklahoma’s SAE frat. Riley suggested that black people saw more progress  “when whites were still lynching blacks”.

Riley claimed that black people acted gleefully when the frat’s video was released, instead of disgust. He also noted that the “Democratic Party’s belief that there is a federal solution to every black problem”.

“History shows that faster black progress was occurring at a time when whites were still lynching blacks, not merely singing about it,” Riley wrote in his column. “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.”

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

Riley apparently has not been a recipient of a ‘negro wake up call’.

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  • Jason Riley is a reactionary person. I expect nothing less from him to spew retrograde rhetoric. The evil words spewed by the SAE fraternity have been condemned by black people from across the political spectrum. The fraternity members are responsibility for using racial slurs no single mothers, not the black poor, not black liberals, and not anyone else but those racist frat members. So, that fact alone refutes his whole argument. He was to switch around the issue. The issue is about condemning racism in society and fighting for economic justice. Since he loves to talk about the pre-Civil Rights era, let me remind him that the civil rights movement existed long before the 1950’s. Black folks were fighting for their human rights for a long time. Black folks rebelled against the Maafa since the late 15th century. People like Riley have an obsession with the Democratic Party. The Democrats that I know neither their platform calls for a federal solution to every problem in our community. In fact, many Democrats support neoliberalism and privatization. Not all Democrats are monolithic in their views or ideologies. There were more moderate Republicans like Jackie Robinson who wanted the federal government to have a huge role in defending the civil rights of African Americans. I have no problem with social justice, with economic justice, with improving the environment, with protecting our civil liberties, and with the redistribution of economic and political power (as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Fred Hampton, and other leaders supported).

    I’m a political Independent, but I will never mock the brutal history of lynching as a means to make some perverted political point. This liar talks about the “boys in the hood” when many black people in the ghetto are upright, strong, intelligent,
    love their families, and abhor injustice. There are groups now in the black community that are working to improve the conditions of urban communities all of the time. For Riley to stereotype his own people living in poorer communities outlines his nefarious character as a man. How dare he mock the experiences of the ghetto when the crime rates in the black community have declined since the 1970’s. So, Riley is part of Wall Street Journal and we know how Wall Street has used privatization schemes and other nefarious tactics in harming the economic vitality of Americans. Therefore, we will not back down. We will defend the truth and we will always stand up plus speak up for our rights.

  • Delia

    Although his delivery is incorrect, because I didn’t notice the ‘gleeful’ response of black people with that SAE video. However, I must say that he is correct in saying the problem is more with the ‘boys in the hood’ than the ‘boys in the bus’. We have to come together more as a people as we did in the past, because ‘their’ attitudes, as apparent in that video, has not changed much. Why can’t black people accept that?

    As @mariah_asphalt:disqus stated, how can we be mad at an all white police force and government in Ferguson or any town with a black majority population when we don’t vote and get involved??? Then get even madder when things are not in our favor??? And yes, it is true, that black boys are killing one another more than some white cop. We’re not raising our young generation right. When will the marches reach the hood as well as civil justice?

    If you look at black progress in the past, we did make greater strides! This guy isn’t lying. Maybe we have to get some fire under our a##’s to get up and going again, because we’re way too comfortable and ‘they’re’ playing us like a fiddle.

    Now I don’t believe we will ever dominate this country, nor but an ‘equal’, but we sure can be a force to reckon with.

    • noirluv45

      “And yes, it is true, that black boys are killing one another more than some white cop. We’re not raising our young generation right.”

      The thing is that these cops are unjustly killing Black boys/men. They are supposed to “protect and serve.” Criminals are criminals, and if they are found guilty (and some not even found guilty), they pay the price. The police get away with the unjust slaughter/beating of Blacks.

    • Good Afternoon Sister noirluv45

      The “if” they are found guilty is a big “if” since we know how these thugs in blue operate.

    • noirluv45

      You are so right, truth!

    • We certainly have a long way to go, but I will never collectively blame my race for every issue in our community. I will never do that. I have hope for the future. Some folks say that I’m too optimistic. LOL. On the other hand, we have to have hope, faith, and we have ever right to enact constructive action, so we can get the job done.

    • Okay

      And what people seem to also leave out is that even if black boys were not killing each other white cops would still be killing them. They did it long before black boys started killing each other and never stopped. And now that people are pointing it out they want to deflect attention to black boys killing each other. Also in areas where black boys are not killing each other cops are still killing them. Black boys can avoid areas where black boys are killing each other but they cant avoid the cops.

    • Delia

      I don’t disagree with the injustice as it’s quite obvious. However, where is the black community loosing more numbers? As an ICU nurse, I know that answer all too well as countless young black men roll onto my unit.

      When will these marches reach the hood and regulate our communities? We should be ashamed that our local towns like Ferguson across the country do not have black leadership (just take a look at those registered to vote). If black young men weren’t so busy at war with one another, they could be wearing the badge too, patrolling their own neighborhoods. Or better yet a local town leader calling the shots.Then, we can see a change for the better.

      I never said anything about ignoring the unarmed young black men/boys being killed, assaulted or harassed by white authority. I am saying we black people have to do better.

  • Jo ‘Mama’ Besser


  • Mary Burrell

    Is he a “New Black” or a “coon”?

  • Khaijg

    I can’t and I just won’t.