Yesha Callahan

Black Wall Street Journal Writer: ‘Black Progress Was Better When Whites Were Still Lynching Blacks’


Wall Street Journal’s Jason Riley made quite a few inflammatory comments about black people and lynching on his piece about Oklahoma’s SAE frat. Riley suggested that black people saw more progress  “when whites were still lynching blacks”.

Riley claimed that black people acted gleefully when the frat’s video was released, instead of disgust. He also noted that the “Democratic Party’s belief that there is a federal solution to every black problem”.

“History shows that faster black progress was occurring at a time when whites were still lynching blacks, not merely singing about it,” Riley wrote in his column. “Liberals want blacks to ignore the lessons of this pre-Civil Rights era, which threaten the current relevance of groups like the NAACP and call into question the Democratic Party’s belief that there is a federal solution to every black problem.”

“The problem isn’t the attitudes and behaviors of the boys on the bus so much as those of the boys in the hood,” Riley wrote.

Riley apparently has not been a recipient of a ‘negro wake up call’.

  1. March 20, 2015 - Reply

    i haven’t seen the clip, but i think the black folks that keep putting their foot in their mouths w/this line of logic are trying to say that when the stakes were higher, we had more motivation to chase big gains. but now that racism is more covert, our progress seems like baby steps compared to what we accomplished in the thick of things. my personal opinion is i don’t think that’s an indictment on the work the black community is doing today. if he thinks black folks were gleeful about that video instead of disgusted, he’s missing the fact that we no longer are fighting for pure survival, we now have to prove at every turn that the racism we KNOW exists is definitely still alive b/c that’s the strategy folks are using to deny our liberty today. not simple old lynching, but covert secret codes & affiliations. so the glee he thinks he sees is actually us feeling vindicated in a small way that our claims can be proven. on the one hand this is good news b/c often times when progress slows, it means we’ve already tackled the biggest obstacles and just have to stay the course to tackle the rest of the smaller obstacles. on the other hand this is also the point where if we don’t stay the course & keep battling those obstacles together instead of tearing each other down, we could fall right back down to square one & undo all the heavy lifting we’ve already accomplished.

    • March 20, 2015 - Reply


      No need to watch it. He’s a right wing shill. If there was anything worth gleaning from his latest screed I won’t be clicking on to wade though his self hate and disrespectful use of 4,000 or more dead bodies hanging from trees. He’s disgusting. I try not to wish bad things on people but this guy should get the LEO treatment so many unarmed black and brown people are subjected to. However I’m sure he’d still be in deep denial. But back insane point of his assertion that black folks were more motivated with the spectre of lynching around was that his motivation for success?

    • March 20, 2015 - Reply


      I agree with you.

  2. March 20, 2015 - Reply

    I will agree with John Riley if he offers himself up to be lynched if it will guarantee progress for the rest of us.
    As to whether there is a federal solution for the “Black problem” considering the role the federal government played historically in facilitating slavery, Jim Crow, bank redlining, excluding blacks from welfare programs, the GI bill home financing and all the other federal giveaways that helped many whites accrue wealth in America. then yes there is a federal solution.
    Throughout the history of oppression there have never been shortage of sycophants who have no problem identifying with the oppressors than with their own.

  3. March 20, 2015 - Reply

    I’m sure that if I spend enough money, I can find a prostitute who will say with a straight face that I am more handsome than Idris Elba, and exceptionally well endowed to boot. This man simply wrote a piece that deflected attention from the horrible behavior of the SAE fraternity to the African American community. He did the same thing that Morning Joe did in trying to connect rap lyrics to SAE’s lynching chant.

    • March 23, 2015 - Reply


      This man simply wrote a piece that deflected attention from the horrible behavior of the SAE fraternity to the African American community.

      Why can’t we talk about both issues at the same time? Both racism and self-destruction is taking a toll on the African-American community. We can’t offered to ignore either problem. We certainty have the ability to talk about solutions for both problems.

      Personally, I think its easier for us to talk about racism. It makes us feel uncomfortable to admit our own folks are just as harmful to us as racism. You accuse him of deflecting, but can you honestly say he’s not speaking truthfully?

      • March 23, 2015 - Reply


        Yes, I honestly feel he is not speaking truthfully. The cracks on the Democratic Party have nothing to do with destructive behavior in the black community. Those are just boilerplate slurs that Republicans have been slinging for the last thirty years.

        The idea that there has ever been a period of time where African Americans made constant progress without any backsliding is simply not true. Hell, nobody makes constant progress without backsliding in one areas.

  4. March 20, 2015 - Reply

    Well, you see folks, that’s exactly why TWJ hired him. He serves their “diversity” as well as being their resident N****r to write what they really think.

    • March 20, 2015 - Reply

      @mariah asphalt


  5. March 20, 2015 - Reply

    Wall Street Journal

    That’s all you need to know about how seriously to take this fool.

    • March 20, 2015 - Reply

      @Reina Benoir


  6. March 20, 2015 - Reply

    Jason Riley is a reactionary person. I expect nothing less from him to spew retrograde rhetoric. The evil words spewed by the SAE fraternity have been condemned by black people from across the political spectrum. The fraternity members are responsibility for using racial slurs no single mothers, not the black poor, not black liberals, and not anyone else but those racist frat members. So, that fact alone refutes his whole argument. He was to switch around the issue. The issue is about condemning racism in society and fighting for economic justice. Since he loves to talk about the pre-Civil Rights era, let me remind him that the civil rights movement existed long before the 1950’s. Black folks were fighting for their human rights for a long time. Black folks rebelled against the Maafa since the late 15th century. People like Riley have an obsession with the Democratic Party. The Democrats that I know neither their platform calls for a federal solution to every problem in our community. In fact, many Democrats support neoliberalism and privatization. Not all Democrats are monolithic in their views or ideologies. There were more moderate Republicans like Jackie Robinson who wanted the federal government to have a huge role in defending the civil rights of African Americans. I have no problem with social justice, with economic justice, with improving the environment, with protecting our civil liberties, and with the redistribution of economic and political power (as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Fred Hampton, and other leaders supported).

    I’m a political Independent, but I will never mock the brutal history of lynching as a means to make some perverted political point. This liar talks about the “boys in the hood” when many black people in the ghetto are upright, strong, intelligent,
    love their families, and abhor injustice. There are groups now in the black community that are working to improve the conditions of urban communities all of the time. For Riley to stereotype his own people living in poorer communities outlines his nefarious character as a man. How dare he mock the experiences of the ghetto when the crime rates in the black community have declined since the 1970’s. So, Riley is part of Wall Street Journal and we know how Wall Street has used privatization schemes and other nefarious tactics in harming the economic vitality of Americans. Therefore, we will not back down. We will defend the truth and we will always stand up plus speak up for our rights.

  7. March 20, 2015 - Reply

    Although his delivery is incorrect, because I didn’t notice the ‘gleeful’ response of black people with that SAE video. However, I must say that he is correct in saying the problem is more with the ‘boys in the hood’ than the ‘boys in the bus’. We have to come together more as a people as we did in the past, because ‘their’ attitudes, as apparent in that video, has not changed much. Why can’t black people accept that?

    As @mariah_asphalt:disqus stated, how can we be mad at an all white police force and government in Ferguson or any town with a black majority population when we don’t vote and get involved??? Then get even madder when things are not in our favor??? And yes, it is true, that black boys are killing one another more than some white cop. We’re not raising our young generation right. When will the marches reach the hood as well as civil justice?

    If you look at black progress in the past, we did make greater strides! This guy isn’t lying. Maybe we have to get some fire under our a##’s to get up and going again, because we’re way too comfortable and ‘they’re’ playing us like a fiddle.

    Now I don’t believe we will ever dominate this country, nor but an ‘equal’, but we sure can be a force to reckon with.

    • March 20, 2015 - Reply


      “And yes, it is true, that black boys are killing one another more than some white cop. We’re not raising our young generation right.”

      The thing is that these cops are unjustly killing Black boys/men. They are supposed to “protect and serve.” Criminals are criminals, and if they are found guilty (and some not even found guilty), they pay the price. The police get away with the unjust slaughter/beating of Blacks.

      • March 20, 2015 - Reply


        Good Afternoon Sister noirluv45

        The “if” they are found guilty is a big “if” since we know how these thugs in blue operate.

        • March 20, 2015 - Reply

          You are so right, truth!

          • March 20, 2015 - Reply


            We certainly have a long way to go, but I will never collectively blame my race for every issue in our community. I will never do that. I have hope for the future. Some folks say that I’m too optimistic. LOL. On the other hand, we have to have hope, faith, and we have ever right to enact constructive action, so we can get the job done.

      • March 21, 2015 - Reply


        And what people seem to also leave out is that even if black boys were not killing each other white cops would still be killing them. They did it long before black boys started killing each other and never stopped. And now that people are pointing it out they want to deflect attention to black boys killing each other. Also in areas where black boys are not killing each other cops are still killing them. Black boys can avoid areas where black boys are killing each other but they cant avoid the cops.

      • March 21, 2015 - Reply


        I don’t disagree with the injustice as it’s quite obvious. However, where is the black community loosing more numbers? As an ICU nurse, I know that answer all too well as countless young black men roll onto my unit.

        When will these marches reach the hood and regulate our communities? We should be ashamed that our local towns like Ferguson across the country do not have black leadership (just take a look at those registered to vote). If black young men weren’t so busy at war with one another, they could be wearing the badge too, patrolling their own neighborhoods. Or better yet a local town leader calling the shots.Then, we can see a change for the better.

        I never said anything about ignoring the unarmed young black men/boys being killed, assaulted or harassed by white authority. I am saying we black people have to do better.

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  9. March 21, 2015 - Reply

    Is he a “New Black” or a “coon”?

  10. March 24, 2015 - Reply

    I can’t and I just won’t.

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