Why We Are Not Making Progress Against Racism

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    A perfect reflection of the problem.

    Why We Are Not Making Progress Against Racism
    Posted by Algernon Austin on September 21, 2017

    “At this point, the whole race thing is over . . . it doesn’t matter anymore. We’ve transcended it. Now we have a black president, so clearly we are not racist,” stated one young woman after the first election of Barack Obama as president of the United States. In the euphoria of Obama’s first election, many Americans—on the left, right, and center—agreed that America had become post-racial. Today, many on the left recognize that America is still struggling with racism. But what liberals may not fully appreciate is the degree to which the rest of America is still deep within a post-racial haze.

    New research from social psychologists at Yale and Northwestern Universities reveals that Americans—especially rich, white Americans—greatly overestimate how much racial progress we have made toward economic equality. Averaging across 5 economic measures, the researchers find that Americans estimate that we have made about 25 percent more progress toward black-white economic equality than we actually have made.

    Worse still, Americans are most inaccurate on the most important economic measure—wealth. Scholars have come to recognize that wealth—the value of assets minus debts—is the most important measure of a family’s overall economic well-being. The social psychologists find that Americans overestimate our progress toward black-white wealth equality by about 80 percent. Today, for every dollar of wealth that whites have, blacks have only a few cents.

    This view that black people are economically equal with white people or are rapidly approaching equality is part of what is animating conflicts over racism today. For example, the journalist Jesse Washington reports, “a lot of the people who are upset with the [NFL] flag protests do not believe that African-Americans are still treated unfairly in this country, that [African Americans] are still subject to oppression. They think that there is a level playing field.”

    For those who believe that black people are already equal with white people, any policy that seeks to address anti-black discrimination looks like an attempt to give blacks an advantage over whites. Many Americans, particularly Republicans, believe that today there is more discrimination against white people than against black people.

    Because so many Americans are not grounded in the reality of American racism, the call for a “conversation on race” is a bad idea. We need Americans to go on fact-finding missions on racism, not try to engage in conversation when there is no agreement on the basic facts.

    We have to be aware that because we are a segregated society, many white people learn about black people from the media. Some white people see prominent, highly successful black people in movies and on television and assume that those individuals are indicative of the economic standing of African Americans. Also, there is right-wing media that consciously tries to mislead white Americans about racism and to foster a sense of white victimization. We have to find ways to penetrate Americans’ information bubbles.

    Another challenge is the fact that it is high-income white people who are most inaccurate about how much more needs to be done to address racism. High-income white people are the most politically powerful segment of America because politicians tend to rely on them to finance their political campaigns. They have disproportionate influence over what is and is not seen as a legitimate political issue. This is another reason why we need to reduce the influence of money in politics, and to foster more non-rich, multi-racial engagement in the political process.

    The first step in solving a problem is admitting that you have one. Only when more Americans face up to the reality of racism in American life will be able to make progress against racism in American life.

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    We'd made all kinds of progress until Obama took office.

    He and the current misnomered clot of Progressives stirred it all up again with their wanna-be "black activists" and student radicals, and now they are repeating the stupified 60s counterculture among themselves and annoying the crap out of everyone else.
     
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    Obama didn't cause racial problems. His skin color stirred up the racists. If he was white, but still did everything exactly as he did, there would have been no increase in racial problems.
     
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    Conservative denial of rightwing racism is also part of the problem.
     
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    Doewe on the left have the gift of introspection? It certainly doesn’tseeM so.
     
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    If he'd been white, he would never have been president.
     
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    Because of the Race Grievance industry. People like Al Sharpton and politicians like Barack Obama owe their success to he racial divide in this country and have no intention of allowing it to go away.
     
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    We have not made more progress w/r/t racism because "racism" is a cottage industry on the Left. It is sought out and embraced; people revel in it, and it is a fact that there are hundreds of thousands of people - mainly Black - who make a living promoting racism and the fears of it. Everyone in the country holding a title containing the word, "diversity" is a Race Pimp. They see racism hiding behind every corner, peeking out from under every rock.

    And the "proof" of racism is the disparity between the races in so many areas of life: income, net worth, education level, even general HEALTH. Of course, when looking for ACTUAL EXAMPLES of racism, they come up a little empty. Where is the fully qualified applicant for that private college who was turned away "just because s/he was Black"? Where is that fully qualified applicant for the job at the Big Corporation who was turned away "just because s/he was Black"?

    Hint: They don't exist. These colleges and companies are CRYING OUT for more qualified Blacks. Far from discriminating against them they are recruiting them and lowering standards so they can get more Blacks on board.

    But the unspeakable fact is that no social program will ever "equalize" the races. Blacks have an average IQ of 85. So while there are many brilliant Blacks - and God bless them mightily - when the picture is broad-based, looking at averages, Blacks will always be sucking the hind teat when it comes to economic and academic success.

    Because low intelligence is not just directly deleterious to one's success, but it is also indirectly deleterious. People of low intelligence MAKE BAD DECISIONS that hamper them even more than their low intelligence. They have kids out of wedlock. They decline to pursue the academic opportunities that are available at our public schools and colleges. They get involved in illegal/antisocial activities. They fail to see that economic success is a PROCESS, not a "thing." You have to start at the bottom, work diligently, seek out better opportunities over time, and stay out of trouble, both on the job and at home. It takes many years to enter into the Middle Class, but millions of poor people, Black and white, do it all the time. But not most of them.

    OF COURSE racism still exists. It will never go away. But most racists are poor bastards with no power or influence of any kind. Who gives a shit if that guy in the pickup truck calls you a n****r as he drives by? He has no power to impact your prospects in any way. And if an employer gives you the cold shoulder, fuck it. There are tens of thousands of other employers to choose from. And literally millions of government jobs out there, which would be happy to have a Person of Color.

    The core of all Leftist "solutions" to racism is to take money from the people who have it and give it to those who don't. Not only is that unconstitutional, it is stupid public policy that has never worked anywhere.

    "Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day; teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime."

    But remember, if you choose to give that man a fish, you can be damned sure that the next morning he will be pounding on your door looking for another fish.
     
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    Why do blacks have such an obsession with being "equal" with white people? And if you're thus obsessed, why don't you start with having equal values about staying in school, using a condom or having a job? Do you think that it's just going to come about by FUCKING MAGIC???
     
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    The Race Grievance Industry.
     
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