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Tom Woods: The Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Which Only Wicked Oppressors Could Oppose, and For No Good Reason)

In light of the hysteria in recent days, here’s some valuable information from Thomas Sowell, from his indispensable book Civil Rights: Rhetoric or Reality?

Sowell notes that champions of the Official Version of History ignore already existing trends in black employment, well under way long before the enactment of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, from which we are taught all blessings flowed. Writes Sowell: “In the period from 1954 to 1964, for example, the number of blacks in professional, technical, and similar high-level positions more than doubled. In other kinds of occupations, the advance of blacks was even greater during the 1940s — when there was little or no civil rights policy — than during the 1950s when the civil rights revolution was in its heyday.

“The rise in the number of blacks in professional and technical occupations in the two years from 1964 to 1966 (after the Civil Rights Act) was in fact less than in the one year from 1961 to 1962 (before the Civil Rights Act). If one takes into account the growing black population by looking at percentages instead of absolute numbers, it becomes even clearer that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 represented no acceleration in trends that had been going on for many years. The percentage of employed blacks who were managers and administrators was the same in 1967 as in 1964 — and 1960. Nor did the institution of ‘goals and timetables’ at the end of 1971 mark any acceleration in the long trend of rising black representation in these occupations. True, there was an appreciable increase in the percentage of blacks in professional and technical fields from 1971 to 1972, but almost entirely offset by a reduction in the percentage of blacks who were managers and administrators.”

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Video: Civil Rights and Statism [Thomas E. Woods, Jr.] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YH52tkt0C1A

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I hate to be politically

I hate to be politically incorrect, but do any of you actually believe that the majority of our Washington politicians really care about our civil rights? Washington is the greatest threat to our civil rights today. I am referring to the Patriot Act, the Military Commissions Act, the use of torture, holding individuals without charges and no allowing the legal counsel. Oh, but that's only terrorists, you say. And I reply, look at our politicians definition of "terrorists" is.

Look at McCain's "enemy belligerent" bill. The Secretary of State (that's right, Hillary Clinton!!) would decide who is, and who is not an enemy belligerent. The Sixties radicals are now in charge, and whoever disagrees with them is a "potential terrorists"

What about our civil rights? Where are all these politicians who express concern for civil rights? No, it's all about power. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was just a power grab by Washington. I hate to break the news to those of you who don't realize this. Our politicians don't care our civil rights, they care about power.

I agree that racism is a terrible thing. I would also like to point out that there is a lot of tax payers' money keeping these racist and anti-Semitic organizations alive. When this comes to light, we are told that the money was going to a "federal informant". I say, it's the federal informants that keep the hatred going.

Politicians thrive on hatred. They use hatred to create wars. They use hatred as a justification for domestic control of the population. And they really don't care about civil rights.