He seemed to overlook matters of discrimination that has hounded black America for centuries and of the privilege afforded to white America.
I do agree that sometimes people, not just black Americans, can get too bogged down in the blame game, but that’s not to say their blaming others have no credence. In the matter of black America, yes, there are things, many things we, as black Americans can do to make things better, but to accept all the conditions in which we might find ourselves as our own fault is simply ridiculous.
While I don’t believe in getting caught up in the ‘blame game’, I do believe in being real when it comes to addressing issues. Yes, there are ‘problems’ in the black American community, but to shoulder what is the effect of being black IN America without addressing some of the causes like job discrimination, disparities in housing, education and in the criminal justice system and such, is to be totally unrealistic.
There is work to be done, but it’s to be done by everyone, not just black America.
Keith Boykin has written a great commentary on the subject: