Theodore R. Johnson at The Washington Post has a proposal to cure the problem in this country of too much amity between blacks and whites:
Thanks to a compromise between Southern slaveholders who wanted enslaved blacks counted in the population, for the sake of boosting Southern congressional representation, and Northern whites who didn’t, the framers enshrined the three-fifths clause in the Constitution. This agreement set the census value of a slave as 60 percent of the value of a free person. Even after the 13th Amendment neutralized the political (and moral) compromise by abolishing slavery, Jim Crow laws, which contravened the 14th Amendment’s guarantee of equality, stopped blacks from voting. The just answer today is to invert that ratio. If black Americans were once counted as three-fifths of a person, let each African American voter now count as five-thirds.
Go here to read the rest. Sigh, where to begin. The 3/5’s compromise was to lessen the power of slave holding states in the House of Representatives. It did not harm blacks in the slightest. Diminution of black voting strength today comes not from the schemes of nefarious white “good old boys” but from mass immigration from Latin America and abortion. Even if non-Hispanic whites were crazy enough to agree to this scheme out of some misguided sense of guilt, I doubt if Hispanics, Asians, real African-Americans (immigrants from Africa), etc. and the rest of polyglot America would ever agree to this. Of course when the issue is race, liberals like to pretend that it is literally a black and white issue, conveniently forgetting how multi-shaded America is these days.
The idea at the core of this proposal, an increase in black voting strength, does get to the root however of a large part of the racial problem in this country. Since the Civil Rights Movement of the Sixties, the idea that there can be a government solution to black urban poverty has withstood the staggering amount of evidence to the contrary. Johnson’s proposal, by enhancing the strength of the Democrat party through this legerdemain, is a prescription to increase the bad government policies that have devastated urban blacks. More welfare will merely exacerbate the breakdown of the black family. More abortion on demand will merely increase the already very high abortion rate among blacks. More money spent on education will merely go to rotten urban schools that already do a miserable job of educating generation after generation of poor blacks. Less policing will lead to an explosion in crime, driving businesses out of urban centers. More of the cult of victimization will merely produce more losers before they even begin to compete in society.
Economist Thomas Sowell sums it up:
Much of the social history of the Western world over the past three decades has involved replacing what worked with what sounded good. In area after area – crime, education, housing, race relations – the situation has gotten worse after the bright new theories were put into operation. The amazing thing is that this history of failure and disaster has neither discouraged the social engineers nor discredited them.