In sharing a sentiment that’s sure to set the grievance industry back on its heels, George Mason University professor Walter E. Williams declared that the civil rights struggle is “over” and “won.”
During a radio interview Wednesday, the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I have a dream” speech, Williams declared that the civil rights struggle is “over” and “won,” but acknowledged the black community still faces struggles, the Daily Caller reported.
“The civil rights struggle is over, and it is won,” Williams proclaimed. “Now, I’m not saying that every vestige of discrimination has been eliminated, but the civil rights struggle is over and won.”
“At one time, black Americans did not have the constitutional guarantees of everybody else,” he continued. “Now we do.”
Williams said this “does not mean that there are not major problems that black Americans face,” but stressed that “they’re not civil rights problems… And if we view them as civil rights problems, the solutions will be elusive forever.”
The illegitimacy rate among blacks was cited as an example, which he said was not a civil rights issue.
“For example, let me list two or three — the illegitimacy rate among blacks is around 75 percent,” he said. “That’s a devastating problem, but it’s not a civil rights problem. In 1940, the illegitimacy rate was 14 percent… Only 30 percent of black kids are raised in two-parent families. That’s a devastating problem, but it’s not a civil rights problem. In the 1880s, up to 80 percent of black kids lived in two-parent families.”
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