His open letter was in response was to Congressman Paul Ryan's assessment of the problem of unemployment in the 'inner city'; a problem which, in another day and another time would have been referred to as 'laziness'. Of course he cited the works of Charles Murray ('The Bell Curve') and Bob Putnam who themselves cite 'social lethargy' as a reason for black people unable to find work. Although Capehart didn't do this in this essay, let me provide him with other intellectual writers who explain with historic accuracy the reason for this problem: Harvard professor William Julius Wilson whose, "When Work Disappears" focuses on the factories and local businesses which left black Chicago and thus began the decline in black neighborhoods (without benefit of public transportation for residents left behind to follow those jobs.
Also 'Family Properties' by Beryl Satter, by Rutgers-Newark professor Beryl Satter, whose father, Mark fought such unconstitutional practices in the 50s - 60's. It is a rich story of how blacks were literally excluded from living in the nicest homes their money could fine by restrictive covenants, banning rental or sale of property and ultimately violence. So you see, Ryan's not the only person with authorities to cite.
Read Capehart's letter to Paul Ryan and find out just how out of touch (or 'inarticulate' the resort of fiscal and social conservatives when black people surprising them by reading past code) his comments were...
This week, Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan found himself trying to dance his way out ofthese comments he made Wednesday on Bill Bennett’s “Morning In America” radio show: