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Thursday, October 12. 2017
Is "unconscious racial bias", in other words, unconscious racism, the main cause of racial disparities in the US? I don't think so, not for even a minute. The article notes that the research that supported the oppression theory is turning out to be invalid, but because of its political usefulness the idea will no doubt persist anyway.
There are many reasons for individuals to be socio-culturally, or otherwise, "disadvantaged." There are many reasons for people to be stereotyped too. Everybody stereotypes until they know somebody.
In my opinion, "unconscious bias" is akin to "microaggression" because at some point the pursuit of oppression becomes absurd.
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"Why do racial disparities persist in household income, job status, and incarceration rates, when explicit racism has, by all measures, greatly diminished over the last half-century?"
Not to mention homicide rates and homicide victimization rates.Black Americans Are Killed At 12 Times The Rate Of People In Other Developed Countries.The homicide rate in the US is not exceptional compared to the rest of the world, but the US homicide rate is high compared to highly developed countries.
According to the CDC’s WONDER database, 5.2 out of every 100,000 Americans were homicide victims, on average, from 2010 to 2012. That’s not especially high by global standards; the median country had 4.7 homicide deaths per 100,000 persons over the same period,1 according to the UNODC data.When white and black homicide rates in the US are compared, we see that it is the black homicide rate that makes the US an outlier among highly developed countries.
Whether the U.S.’s homicide rate qualifies as an outlier depends on exactly where you set the cutoff for an “advanced” country. Among countries with an HDI of .850 or higher — these are the 31 most well-off countries in the world — the U.S.’s rate of homicide deaths, 5.2 per 100,000 persons, is easily the highest. The next-highest are Brunei (2.0), Finland (2.0) and Israel (1.9). And the U.S. homicide death rate is more than three times higher than neighboring Canada (1.5).
The U.N., however, sets a slightly lower threshold for a developed country, describing all countries with an HDI of .800 or higher as having “very high human development.” Several countries with an HDI between .800 and .850 have a homicide death rate comparable to the U.S., including Lithuania (6.9), Argentina (5.5), Estonia (5.2), Cuba (4.2) and Latvia (3.8). The U.S.’s homicide death rate is also much lower than Mexico’s (22.0), though Mexico’s HDI is just .755.
Extending on an analysis by the academic Kieran Healy, I calculated the rate of U.S. homicide deaths by racial group, based on the CDC WONDER data.3 From 2010 through 2012, the annual rate of homicide deaths among non-Hispanic white Americans was 2.5 per 100,000 persons, meaning that about one in every 40,000 white Americans is a homicide victim each year. By comparison, the rate of homicide deaths among non-Hispanic black Americans is 19.4 per 100,000 persons, or about 1 in 5,000 people per year.White gun ownership is greater than black gun ownership, so it cannot be argued that it is access to guns that makes the difference.
Black Americans are almost eight times as likely as white ones to be homicide victims, in other words.
The homicide rate in the US is about half of what it was 25 years ago.
The reason nobody in Washington dare acknowledges is that black families have been destroyed by the Great Society programs. And no matter what group you survey, anyone who has a stable two-parent home will have a better income and less crime than in non-traditional homes.
Suggest you read the book The Bell Curve. The leftists have been denouncing the book for years and calling it racist. If you look at the statistics, rural blacks have practically the same crime rate as rural whites. The high black crime rate is caused by blacks in the city. Numerous studies have shown that children raised in single parent households headed by women are involved early and often with the social workers, police and juvenile legal system. These households are incubators for criminals, both black and white.
The racial oppression theory is itself a powerful cause of racial inequality. If feeds resentment and serves as an excuse for failure.
That combined with too many welfare programs has wrecked the black family unit.
My "unconscious racial bias" isn't making black men abandon their own children.
If it is unconscious, then there's no mens rea and I'm not guilty.
Amazing mind readers we have these days...
How misogynistic of you! Just because there's no mens rea doesn't mean there's no womyns rea...
I worked in Trinidad. From that experience I concluded that there was some discomfort inherent in being in a racial minority. I felt quite comfortable with fellow employees, regardless of race. The discomfort, which went up and down, had to do with experiences on the street. On my flight out of Trinidad, I set next to a black Trini, who was an MBA student at USC. "The shoe is on the other foot," was the way he put it.
From my experience in Trinidad, I concluded that blacks in this country will always live with a certain level of discomfort, as I lived in Trinidad with a certain level of discomfort.
And if you take out just a handful of Democratic cesspools (New Orleans, Detroit, etc) the homicide rate plummets.
I agree but it is a self imposed discomfort. The race baiters have for years been using race to divide and conquer. Much of this requires false claims and hyping truths. For most people who self identify with this propaganda it becomes their truth and they look for anything that supports it without regard to merit. This becomes a self reinforcing mechanism that assures a constant level of discomfort.
On the other side, the majority generally does not hear the drumbeat from the race baiters and blissfully go through life neither discriminating nor seeing discrimination and are genuinely surprised when confronted by the angry hateful class about non-existent racism and demands for more "free stuff" to atone for the fake discrimination. This is exactly the problem we see today in the NFL.
Unconscious bias is a bit of Marxist doctrine that is used as a deus ex machina whenever routine harangues don't work.
If you can't prove somebody or something is racist, just allege unconscious racial bias, and you win!
It's easy, a bit like talking about 'ineradicable white privilege.' There is literally no arguing with it because it is unfalsifiable.
Yes, the race-baiters try to amp up the discomfort. There is a black state legislator in Missouri who has gotten some negative feedback for comparing Trump to Hitler. Her response is that as a black she shouldn't have gotten any negative feedback. Doncha' know, comparing someone who has a Jewish son-in-law to Hitler is telling like it is. Yeah, right.
My experience in Trinidad was that my discomfort was not entirely self-imposed. Example: an old lady in a bakery called me a "white motherfucking cunt" for wearing shorts in tropical Trinidad- a place where a lot of the local males also wore shorts.
OTOH, I got very tired of classifying people by race, and after a while decided "the hell with it" and stopped doing so- or less so.
The WMFC experience was the exception, but it left me with the impression that she was far from the only one who thought so. Others in the bakery told me she was a drunk. So alcohol loosened her tongue, expressing an opinion which most inhibit themselves from speaking.
But many street experiences were cordial. Impressed by the steel drum corps during Carnival, I asked a (black) woman about learning to play a steel drum and marching in a steel drum band (Pan is what Trinis call steel drums.) during Carnival. The reply came that Trinidadians were conservative- read not very open to strangers (many told me that people were a lot more friendly after they had seen you there for 6 months or so)- but that if you could show you were sincere and willing to work, that yes, it would be a good possibility to play in a steel drum band.
No simple answers. As my boss told me when I got to Trinidad, there is a lot of bitching about race, but people work together and things get done.
The Z Borg didn't get their stipends from Hillary or George Soros this week. Too busy covering for Weinstein!