For those of you who have not read every single blog I have written you may have missed the fact that I began my civil-rights-for-blacks activity in 1957 at the University of Chicago. I worked with a few black friends to integrate barbershops on 63rd St.
I was active in black civil rights issues from that day until this day.
In 1970, after I found a lawyer who would take the case, I brought a civil rights, affirmative action case on behalf of minorities and women against the Bank of California. That case became the most successful civil rights class-action in American history. It shaped employment for blacks throughout American finance.
At about the same time, I helped integrate San Francisco public schools as well as play a minor role in the police and fire department integration. Integrating the public schools with busing was a mistake for which I have prolifically apologized.
At very few points over the past 55 years was the black community ever cohesive.
That has since changed. Thanks to Ferguson and similar incidents in the past (and in the future), the black community has become unified for the first time.
Unfortunately blacks are now unified in their vilification of whites. Not just police who haven’t been white for many decades, but vilification of all whites. This unification of the black community around a preposterously wrong idea (that whites disproportionately kill unarmed blacks) is tragic.
This horrible black behavior and attitude is returning us to the Jim Crow days. I will not be surprised to see a modern version of the Ku Klux Klan. Americans, other than blacks are now hostile to blacks on a scale that has always seemed unimaginable to me.
The irony is that I devoted my life to helping blacks and today the black community has become unified to demolished their own future. I recognize that I helped hundreds of thousands of blacks, possibly millions of blacks, to get work and establish themselves in the middle class. The movement has ended.
It is sad for me to see that this honorable movement has come to an abrupt end and may remain stagnant for decades or generations. It is even more tragic to see that a half black president presided over and encouraged this horrible outcome.