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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Standard Team Blue Propaganda on Racism

I decided I'm going to spend the next few posts outlining all the tired Team Blue Propaganda I've heard over the years. Below is a composite dialog of many real conversations:

A: In the US, black men are 7% of the population and commit 50% of the homicides.

B: That's not true. And even if it is, you are a racist for saying it.

A: But it's true- look it up if you don't believe me. How can a fact be racist? Is it racist if I say black people are more likely to get sickle-cell anemia?

B: Just because it's true, doesn't mean it isn't racist.

A: Do you think that statistic might be the real reason black men have trouble catching a cab a night?

B: No. It's all racism.

A: But a lot those cab drivers are from places like Ghana and Haiti. Are those black people racist against other black people?

B: [long pause] I don't know. Maybe. But black people in the US are still suffering from racism. Blacks earn less than whites. That's proof that racism is still a problem.

A: But on average, black immigrants earn more than white Americans and have more education. Jews and Asians also earn more and have more education than native whites. If the powers that be in America are white racists, why are black immigrants, Jews, and Asians better off than whites?

B: [long pause] But black Americans still suffer in numerous ways- lower income, more poverty, more unemployment, more in prison, and so on. All that is from the lingering effects of racism.

A: What would your reaction be if I told you that the black unemployment rate was lower 50 years ago? Or if there was lower percentage of black people in prison 50 years ago? Because that's what happened. If both those things have gotten worse since the Civil Rights movement, how can racism be the cause? Has racism gotten worse over the past 50 years?

B: Black children go to terrible schools. How can they catch up?

A: And why are they stuck in terrible schools? Could be due to teacher unions and other pressure groups that oppose private schools and vouchers? Could it be that many blacks do badly in school because studying is derided as "acting white"? Could it be that the bad English many black children learn from their parents makes it harder for them to learn how to read? Could it be that many schools quietly hold black students to lower standards?

A: Affirmative action programs are still needed to ensure diversity. Disproportionate representation is proof of discrimination.

B: Really? Blacks are disproportionately represented on basketball teams. Is this because the owners & coaches are racist against non-blacks? Should affirmative action be used to increase diversity on basketball teams?

A: Liberal programs like affirmative action and welfare have helped black people.

B: If that's true, why did the rate of illegitimate childbirth for blacks skyrocket in the 1970s? How about the skyrocketing number of black single mothers? We know that boys raised by single mothers are far more likely to be criminals. Could it be that these well-intentioned programs backfired?

A: There are more white people on welfare than black people.

B: False. White people aren't even the biggest recipient, which is shocking considering they're more than 80% of the population.

A: You're a racist.

B: In the words of Thomas Sowell, racism is Team Blue ketchup- they put it on everything.

A: Thomas Sowell is an Uncle Tom. So is Walter Williams.

B: Do you see anything ironic about beating your chest about how tolerant you are and then smearing people you don't like with an insulting label? Sowell and Williams were both liberals in their youth. Aren't you even the slightest bit curious about what caused them to leave liberalism?

A: LALALALA-I-am-not-listening!

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