Black Lives Have, Do and Will Matter to the Future of America

Yes, black lives matter. They have mattered, do matter, and most certainly will matter to the future of America. In fact, they matter too much to relegate millions of our black citizens to dependence on dehumanizing
government entitlements in the name of righting past wrongs. Demanding reparations and special programs keeps them waiting for politicians to deliver on promises that are unlikely to come. Even worse, the premise that they can’t succeed without such help is demeaning and keeps them from the hard work and drive needed to earn their own American Dream.

Booker T. Washington knew the political power that comes with selling victimhood: “There is a class of colored people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs and the hardships of the Negro race before
the public. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs.”

Bob Woodson, a veteran of the 60’s Civil Rights Movement, advisor to President Reagan and President Bush, and founder of the Woodson Center, voices the same concern today: “You have a right to an education, but you
have a responsibility to study. If we are not saying

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