You see, between 1990 and the present time Professor Wilson has 'CHANGED' his mind. Back then he was concerned that the Democratic Party needed to have a more "inclusive" and thus "non-racial" strategy by which to win power in this nation. Today he sees the need for "non-racial" and racial policies for the Democratic Party to put forth as a means of helping Blacks and Hispanics.
The question is - Was his "changed mind" for the benefit of the Black Community's interests or merely for the Democratic Party?
(Please list this under: "The Organic Black Community Development Agenda Is Dead!! Today We Have A 100% Political and Ideological Movement Which Is Fused To The American Political Domain". )
"I Was Concerned About Effective Strategies To Help Democrats Regain Control"......Benefit To Black People Are A Residual Effect After Helping The Democrats Put Forth Their Progressive/Redistributionalist Agenda
From the interview article with Professor William Julius Wilson
Your 1990 article was published in a period when many felt that there was too much talk about racism and inequality. Now, many would argue that we are in an era of reactionary colorblindness (in which conservatives attack the use or evocation of race in any policy-making). Has this changed your thinking?
That article was written when we had had spent nearly a decade with a Republican in the White House, and I was concerned about effective strategies to help Democrats regain control.
In my previous writings, I have called for the framing of issues designed to appeal to broad segments of the population. Key to this framing, I argued, would be an emphasis on policies that would directly benefit all groups, not just people of color. My thinking was that, given American views about poverty and race, a colorblind agenda would be the most realistic way to generate the broad political support that would be necessary to enact the required legislation. I no longer hold this position.
I now strongly feel that both race-specific and race-neutral programs -- including those that are class-based -- must be strongly emphasized and pursued by the Democrats to combat racial inequality.
When I tell you that the progressive is focused upon the "Struggle That Is Before Him", with no appetite to ponder the effects of his past success - look no further than that which is expressed in this entire interview.
Prof Wilson confuses the METHODOLOGY of the "Democrats Returning Into Power" (after 12 years of a Republican in the president's chair [Reagan and Bush]) with measurable, ORGANIC growth within the Black community as a benefit of the take over of the INSTITUTIONS within our community that provide our people with civic services.
In as much as he is preaching to the fellow travelers in the progressive movement (who are interviewing him), there is little chance that he will be called on his attempt to fuse these two concepts.
We are supposed to look past the tremendous success of the progressive in taking "land" at the local/state and regional levels and instead consider the "Federal Executive and Legislative branches" as the ultimate consequence for the hopes of prosperity for Black people and other "Joint-Venture Partners".
We will "ACHIEVE RACIAL EQUALITY" via GOVERNMENT POLICY(!!!!) says Professor William Julius Wilson. Accompanying his strategy to do so is NOTHING that speaks to the the development of "ORGANIC COMPETENCIES" that are to be delivered via the INSTITUTIONS that "favorable people" now control.
Professor Wilson, in defending the Democratic Agenda and president Obama says "such critiques show how ill-informed these critics are".
I have listened with some irritation to critiques by black intellectuals that [Obama's] stimulus package does not address issues that affect the poor, including poor blacks. Such critiques show how ill-informed these critics are. Robert Greenstein, the director of the liberal Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, told me that the Obama administration asked him to help it develop the component of the stimulus plan focused on low-income programs, and he was surprised when they accepted nearly everything he proposed. He said that he had been working with Democratic administrations for years, and he had never seen such a willingness to fund improvements in programs for low-income households.
Pardon me, Professor Wilson - might I snatch away YOUR appraisal of what makes for "ill-informed" or "informed" analysis from your hands?
Instead of you enumerating the "benefit" of these policies that result in transfer payments to "The Least Of These" (right after absolving Obama for the "$10T debt that he has inherited) - might it be a better point of appraisal of any scheme to focus instead on the "ORGANIC COMPETENCIES" that are produced among 'The Least Of These' - allowing them to leverage the present control that they have over the institutions which they won in earlier political contests to actually produce the outcomes in the people - as was promised? What trajectory can you identify that is shown to be producing the "UN-least of these" per your active engagement in policy?
Do you see, Prof Wilson - you set yourself up where "You can't lose".
As long as you are advocating for PROGRESSIVISM - we Black people should focus on the motion of your feet instead of the dispassionate measure of the EFFECTIVENESS of the grand scheme that you have in your partnership with a political party.
No amount of past political victories that resulted in the present shortfalls is going to motivate you to put PROGRESSIVISM itself on trial. You appear to have little interest in determining if it is indeed able to provide the "racial uplift" that you and other "Public Intellectuals" have sold us on. The only thing that you have going for you, it appears is CONGREGATIONAL COMPLICITY as they too favor "progressivism" as the foundation of the struggle.
The only thing that one can conclude today is that after the struggle to enforce the "EQUALITY of the Black Ballot" via government enforcement - you and other elements of the Black Establishment plan to get our people to "invest" their ballots in support of your agenda, never pondering the EFFECTIVENESS of this strategy per the persistence of that which you STRUGGLE to fix.