For more than a generation, black Americans have been held back by many of the major government policies and programs created to help them. While this phenomenon does not occur exclusively among black Americans, it has disproportionately affected their ability to live the American Dream.
Project 21, an organization aimed at ensuring that conservative or centrist black people can have their views promoted in the media and within American society, has released an updated “Blueprint for a Better Deal for Black America.” This document is a statement calling for an end to the harmful leftist policies of the past and offers hope for a prosperous future – a future that allows black people to achieve the American dream without limiting the rest of America’s abilities to achieve the same goal.
A powerful quote in the document says government aid is meant to be a “helping hand, not a handout”. This perfectly embodies the message of the master plan. Black America can and must be in control of its own destiny.
After winning the Democratic primary in 2020, largely thanks to the black vote, Joe Biden, once in power, made things worse. Under his leadership, rampant crime, inflation, and stifling regulations have become obstacles that disproportionately impact the well-being of black America. The situation exposed a truth that conservatives have been saying for decades: The road to a more prosperous black America does not run through Washington bureaucracy and big government projects.
Instead, building on the principles that made America a “city on a hill,” the Blueprint offers 56 policy recommendations that will promote prosperity in Black America — notably, without harming other races.
It offers a powerful critique against Critical Race Theory (CRT), the “Defund the Police” movement, and other so-called “equity” agendas, while offering common sense solutions on criminal justice, regulation excessive and below-average educational opportunities in low-income communities. , among others.
But the goal of the Blueprint is to find solutions, not just criticism. Offering innovative policies to lower the costs of college education, encourage better education for urban youth, and end the crime epidemic, the plan is far-reaching.
The Blueprint uses history and data to support each of its policy proposals. For example, when discussing his efforts to expand work requirements for federal assistance programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the authors show how the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program ( TANF) managed to reduce workload by 56% once a job was found. This requirement was put in place with the Welfare Reform Act 1996.
The Master Plan is as comprehensive as it is bold. Take abortion. It’s no secret that Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger wanted to use abortion as a eugenics tool. The Blueprint explains that over 19 million black babies have been aborted. If these babies were born, the black population in America would be double what it is today. This staggering level of lost lives is not the only consequence of Sanger’s vision; it also represents a huge setback for the political impact of black America. Blacks in less than a generation are no longer the largest minority in America. In California, they’re not even the second largest minority. The Blueprint urges policymakers to reverse policies that encourage loss of life and the associated reduction in political impact.
One of the most provocative topics Project 21 addresses in the document is their recommendation to end the marijuana legalization movement. Even some conservatives have embraced this terrible idea. The Blueprint provides a compelling argument that legalizing marijuana nationwide would actually lead to greater education losses, negatively impact wealth, and reduce job skills in the black community.
The Blueprint urges Washington to reverse harmful anti-energy policies pushed by Biden and environmentalists. A revitalized push to expand fracking and oil exploration will help the budgets of black households who have been hit hard by the so-called “environmental justice” agenda.
This document presents a roadmap for true black empowerment – a roadmap for growth and hope, and a roadmap that is not based on the old zero-sum game of forcing other groups to sacrifice. It’s essential reading for policymakers in Washington.
Horace Cooper is a senior fellow at the National Center for Public Policy Research, chairman of the Project 21 National Advisory Board, and legal commentator. Follow him on Twitter @HoraceCooper21.