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Civil rights expert explains how essential the American dream is to ending discrimination


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Civil rights expert Bob Woodson joined “Jesse Watters Primetime” on Thursday to discuss race relations in the United States.

BOB WOODSON: The reality is, if not, it’s really degrading. Thomas Sowell, in his new book “Charter School and Their Enemies”, points out that after slavery, black people had accumulated $700 million in wealth. We had 40,000 black businesses, 40,000 churches, 739,000 farms that we had. The illiteracy rate was 5% at the end of slavery and in less than 50 years it has climbed to 70%, and over the past 50 years, in all social indicators of activity rates, property, marriage, blacks increased and improved throughout this period. It was because of their adherence to the American dream and principles, the foundation of faith, family and self-determination. These are the engines, the principles that have been used to resist and fight against slavery and discrimination. That all changed in the 1960s. … Incarceration rates at the turn of the century up to 1960 were not what they are today. All the problems we see today, the decline, the births out of wedlock, are a function of the liberal policies of the 1960s. What racism and slavery could not achieve according to the so-called progressive policies of the 1960s 60 has favored the type of decline that we are trying to cope with.

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