Low Expectations Demean Black Citizens
Does the Left think blacks lack the capacity to obtain a photo ID?


Dennis Prager

Given the lack of demands, given the rationalization for poor speech (before the Left took over education, both blacks and whites spoke and wrote far better), given the advocacy of lowering standards for blacks in everything from civil-service tests to college admissions, and given other examples, it is hard not to conclude that many on the Left really do think black Americans are not equally capable of excellence (outside of sports and entertainment). It is what George W. Bush called “the soft bigotry of low expectations.”

If this is not the case, there are two other explanations.

One is guilt. White liberals are so filled with guilt over historic American maltreatment of blacks that they have somehow concluded that making the same demands of blacks as of all other Americans is unfair.

The other is political opportunism — portray liberals and their policies as the saviors of black Americans. Aside from its constituting cynical exploitation, the problem is that in order to portray oneself as another person’s savior, one must portray the other as in need of saving.

Conservative Americans, on the other hand, actually believe there is no difference between black and non-black abilities, and therefore see only harm in depicting a substantial percentage of the black population as essentially incapable of obtaining a photo ID.

Which group has more respect for black Americans? The answer is obvious. And one day, most black Americans will know the real answer to that question. That will be the beginning of the final stage of black liberation as well as the end of the Democratic party as we now know it.

— Dennis Prager is a nationally syndicated radio talk-show host and columnist. He may be contacted through his website,


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