I’m posting this because a post earlier today targeting NewsBusters was edited for length when it was published (that is of course their perogrative).
What got edited out was a detailed look at the five “magic” question a Reuters/Ipsos used to identify “racism.” Those questions do no such thing, and it’s a good idea to dedicate a discrete post to tear them apart.
So here goes.
The questions Reuters asked (framed the question in comparison to “whites,” but the issue is blacks compared to all other Americans):
- Are blacks less intelligent than non-blacks?
- Do blacks have a weaker work ethic than non-blacks?
- Are blacks more rude than non-blacks?
- Are blacks more violent than non-blacks?
- Are blacks more criminal than non-blacks?
According to Reuters, the media and the left, especially in academia, if you answer “yes” to one or more of these five questions, you are a racist, end of argument.
Holding any of those views is not an automatic indicator of racism — and this fallacy, which should be obvious to anyone, has seriously polluted political discourse in the U.S. for far too long.
You identify a genuine racist by asking the “born that way” question. That is, are blacks as a race inherently inferior because they are born less intelligent, lazier, more rude, more violent, and more criminal than members of other races? Only people who would say “yes” would likely qualify as racists. I would argue that fewer than 5 percent of all non-black Americans agree with even one of the five statements; my guess is that it’s more like 2 percent (to be clear, this was not always so; it’s a credit to the people of this nation that these attitudes have changed as much as they have in the space of no more than four generations).
There are perfectly good reasons why respondents who are not racist in any way, shape or form would agree with each of the five statements in the Reuters/Ipsos poll:
- Intelligence — A disproportionate percentage of the black population receives substandard educations at inferior urban public schools and/or live in family situations where the parent or parents fails to treat childhood education with sufficient seriousness. Affected children leave school with lower test scores and lower levels of basic literacy. Non-blacks, on the whole, attend stronger schools and have more stable and education-oriented family environments. Sadly, this means that blacks on the whole enter the adult world less educated, both in terms of how far they progressed through school, and in what they have actually learned, know, and can do. Those who have seen this disparity play out in real life will regretfully agree, without any hint of racism, that black adults in 2016 America are on the whole less intelligent than non-blacks, as much as they sincerely wish it were not so.
- Work ethic — 50 years on, LBJ’s Great Society programs have devastated the black family and urban areas. Two-thirds of black children grow up in single-parent households, many in far less than ideal financial circumstances. It takes a dedicated parent or parents with the time, energy and motivation to push kids to develop a work ethic. It doesn’t happen as if by magic. Minimum-wage laws shut young blacks out of work ethic-building opportunities. There are many other influences here, almost all of them negative. Sadly, all of this means that blacks on the whole enter the adult world less prepared for work and less willing to work hard. Those who have seen this disparity play out in real life are going to regretfully agree, without any hint of racism, that black adults in 2016 America on the whole do not have as strong a work ethic as non-blacks, as much as they sincerely wish it were not so.
- Rude — Again, we go back to the disastrous influence of the Great Society and its impact on the black family. Then add in the cultural influences which have filled the void, including violent and pornographic rap music. Too many black kids haven’t been taught manners and have instead picked up what they believe are cultural norms from people who behave badly. (Just one small example: Kanye West suffered little to no negative impact on his career for disrupting an awards ceremony because his favorite singer didn’t win Artist of the Year; in fact, it probably advanced his career.) Sadly, this means that blacks on the whole enter the adult world with less of a sense of politeness than non-blacks. Those who have seen the difference in behavior in real life are going to regretfully agree, without any hint of racism, that blacks in 2016 America on the whole are more rude than non-blacks, as much as they sincerely wish it were not so.
- Violent and Criminal — The voluminous violent crime and other crime statistics, especially among black juveniles and early adults compared to non-blacks, speak for themselves. Sadly, those who are aware of the crime statistics are going to regretfully agree, without any hint of racism, that blacks in 2016 America on the whole have a record of more violence and more criminality than non-blacks, as much as they sincerely wish it were not so.
Failing to agree with the Reuters/Ipsos poll’s statements does nothing to disprove whether one is a genuine “born that way” racist. What that failure all too often shows is an inability to recognize or admit the sad realities in America today — again, as much as one sincerely wishes that these conditions did not exist. One could also argue that Donald Trump’s overwhelmingly non-racist supporters are more willing to recognize those realities, unintimidated by misguided commentators and thought-police enforcers.
If the left continues to define “racism” as Reuters did and probably still does, the American people will continue to tune them out in increasing numbers. People who should “racism” based on the criteria used by Reuters are full of sound and fury, signifying nothing but their own ignorance and the obsession with stifling civil discourse.