Between 1970 and 2012, the number of black elected officials rose from fewer than 1,500 to more than 10,000. How has this affected the black community? Jason Riley of The Manhattan Institute answers the question in this video.
War on Poverty
A close friend, a teacher in Los Angeles Unified School District, said to me: “There’s a kid in one of my classes, bright and adorable, but with some, y’know, learning issues. I sat down and talked with him, tried to find out what was going on. Naturally, there were problems at home, the parent’s marriage sounds shaky. But this kid got all teary-eyed when he said that what was really bothering him, the thing that was really making him unhappy was lunch.”
I said: “Lunch?”
“Yeah, school lunch. The menu was changed following new rules imposed by Washington. My student said that he and most of his friends just throw away the salad and fruits and all the healthy stuff being imposed on them by these new regulations. My student was in tears as he recalled the good ol’ days—fourth grade—when he looked forward to grilled cheese sandwiches.”