While he certainly has a point about race and poverty being used as a political football, about taxpayer's money being spent on administering institutions rather than the supposed recipients, and especially that it should be communities themselves that dictate in what shape change comes, he is also working from a fallacy when he espouses these "bootstrap" arguments: social mobility is a myth, propped up by an exception fallacy by citing the few examples of people who were born poor and became successful. Bob Woodson: Democrats Blame Racism To Deflect Attention From Failures Of Cities They've Run For 50 Years This is a problem for all Americans, and people of all nations, but African Americans have the added obstacle of having no wealth to inherit from slavery, and the colour of their skin marking them out for discrimination over poor European migrant populations. Long-term decline in intergenerational mobility in the United States since the 1850s Bob Woodward is also not addressing the political disenfranchisement of black communities via racial gerrymandering and "voter fraud" legislation designed to suppress ethnic minority voting. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was resolutely non-violent, but did empathise with the frustrations that led to property damage and violence. "Rioting is the language of the unheard." Over half a century ago, he was warning that patience was running thin and time was running out. The economic plight that MLK talked about has not improved. Bob Woodson likes to say that he doesn't know what "systemic racism" means. Well, if you take an economic system that concentrates capital over generations, then you free slaves into that system without any reparations for their generations of labour, that is the root of systemic racism.