I can't count the times I've heard conservatives claim, "Well, they're all equal with everyone else now and have been that way for nearly fifty years, so it can't be racist to say that it's their fault!"
It's as if y'all somehow think that all America's racism ended the day LBJ signed the Civil Rights Act - yep, once he signed, it all just magically ended, huh?
Here's a clue - it hasn't, not by a long shot.
But the thing is, you don't take an entire people, keep them as slaves for centuries, then 'free' them but keep them as second-class citizens for another century, and then expect that when they're FINALLY given equal rights but STILL are mostly live in very poor areas with second-rate schooling, that (1) they'll magically transform into modern, well-educated, low-crime suburbanites, or (2) that those who hated them would suddenly stop hating them, or would somehow refrain from teaching their kids and grandkids how lazy and no-good that blacks are: "See how many of them don't have good jobs and are in prison? They're just n**gers, that's all". The very fact that YOU are pointing to the higher proportion in prison shows that your own outlook has been poisoned by this illogic in one form or another. The racists didn't go away - they just had to find different ways to Keep The Black Man Down - see the "White Citizens Council" (started by a neighbor of mine - Senator James O. Eastland, who was twice president pro-tem, and was the strongest racist in America for two generations). So even though blacks had been granted equality, they still had very far to go to actually become equal...and there were - are - still many people who don't want them to ever become truly equal to the rest of us.
And those 'different ways' are still going on - see the weekly race-baiting by conservative pundits. It doesn't mean that all or even most Republicans are racist, but it DOES mean that conservatives generally TOLERATE racists - otherwise, if your fellow conservatives didn't tolerate the race-baiting, those same pundits wouldn't be on the air. Conversely, is there a single - even ONE - major liberal pundit who uses race-baiting attacks? Even one?
That, sir, is why when one looks at pictures of Republican - and particularly Tea Party - rallies, they're all almost completely lily-white...whereas Democratic rallies are truly multiracial, multicultural, multiethnic. One side rejects the differences - and the other side truly embraces them.
Flashback - Obama: I will veto any effort to get rid of sequestration! - YouTube
Sound familiar?I will veto any effort to get rid of those automatic spending cuts
Liberals - Punish the Successful, Reward the Unsuccessful
Liberals - Tax, Borrow, Spend, and Give Free Stuff
Obama's legacy - National Debt / Credit Downgrade / Obamacare Failure / Economic Failure / Foreign Policy Failure / Liar of the Year Award / The Rise of ISIS