The Problem of Race Relations

Somewhere in New York City in America

Very good and insightful article on  Race Relations and Law Enforcement by Jason L. Riley. A little biographical information below from the article on Imprimis at Hillsdale College:

“Jason L. Riley is an editorial board member and a senior editorial page writer at the Wall Street Journal, where he writes on politics, economics, education, immigration, and race. He is also a FOX News contributor and appears regularly on Special Report with Bret Baier.”

In Race Relations and Law Enforcement he writes:

“New York City has the largest school system in America. Eighty percent of black kids in New York public schools are performing below grade level. And a big part of the problem is a black subculture that rejects attitudes and behaviors that are conducive to academic success. Black kids read half as many books and watch twice as much television as their white counterparts, for example. In other words, a big part of the problem is a culture that produces little black girls and boys who are already worried about acting and sounding white by the time they are in second grade.”

“Another big part of the problem is a reluctance to speak honestly about these cultural shortcomings. Many whites fear being called racists. And many black leaders have a vested interest in blaming black problems primarily on white racism, so that is the narrative they push regardless of the reality. Racism has become an all-purpose explanation for bad black outcomes, be they social or economic. If you disagree and are white, you’re a bigot. If you disagree and are black, you’re a sell-out.”

“Racism has become an all-purpose
explanation for bad black outcomes …”

“Homicide is the leading cause of death for young black men in the U.S., and around 90 percent of the perpetrators are also black. Yet for months we’ve had protesters nationwide pretending that our morgues are full of young black men because cops are shooting them. Around 98 percent of black shooting deaths do not involve police. In fact, a cop is six times more likely to be shot by someone black than the opposite. The protestors are pushing a false anti-cop narrative, and everyone from the president on down has played along.”

“Any candid debate on race and criminal justice in this country would have to start with the fact that blacks commit an astoundingly disproportionate number of crimes. …”

Read the whole article at Imprimis (link below). It is well worth your time.

Race Relations and Law Enforcement

Jason L. Riley is the author of Please Stop Helping Us: How Liberals Make It Harder for Blacks to Succeed:

Profiling Is Perfectly Reasonable. In Fact, We All Do It.

Somewhere in the Southwest of America

 

Dr. Walter E. Williams has an interesting article today (April 5, 2017) on profiling. Here is a little biographical info about Dr. Williams:

Dr. Walter E. Williams

Walter Edward Williams (born March 31, 1936) is an American economist, commentator, and academic. He is the John M. Olin Distinguished Professor of Economics at George Mason University, as well as a syndicated columnist and author known for his classical liberal and libertarian conservative views. His writings frequently appear on Townhall.com, WND, Jewish World Review, and hundreds of newspapers throughout the United States.  –Wikipedia

Dr. Williams writes:

Profiling is needlessly a misunderstood concept. What’s called “profiling” is part of the optimal stock of human behavior and something we all do.

Let’s begin by describing behavior that might come under the heading of profiling.

Prior to making decisions, people seek to gain information. To obtain information is costly, requiring the expenditure of time and/or money. Therefore, people seek to find ways to economize on information costs.

You can continue reading this article (link below) on The Daily Signal:

Profiling Is Perfectly Reasonable. In Fact, We All Do It.

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Racism & The Hard Wired Brain

Racism & The Hard Wired Brain
Somewhere on the Appalachian Trail in America

Racism is inherent in the human condition. Humans are hard wired to see differences and draw conclusions about the meaning of those differences based on experience. Humans are wired to identify “us” and “them” and differences of race are just too big for the human brain to ignore.

There is nothing immoral or inhuman about naturally drawing such conclusions. The mechanisms are largely below the conscious threshold. This is true of all human beings regardless of their skin color. All are born natural racists.

The point of education is to bring the rational mind and the heart into the conversation and help them see the evidence that there is more that unites than divides, to see the humanity in all that underlies the differences. There is nothing inherently awful about starting out life as a racist. It is the human condition. The tragedy is is not in how we start, but in how we end.

We can choose to focus either on differences, or we can choose to focus on those things we have in common. Our brain is hard wired in many respects, but we have the ability – if we choose – to step outside that hard wiring and place our focus not on differences, but on what we share, and as humans we share a great deal when we can see it.

We cannot cure racism without making the conscious choice to do so. This is true of all people, regardless of the color of their skin. The ability to make choices is one of our greatest talents if we choose to use it.

Racism is not the legacy of just one set of people. If you are a human being the odds are overwhelmingly in favor of  you having at some time held some views that had some vestiges of racism, some vestige of making automatic judgments about some people based on their race.

The solution is not guilt. That has never been a good solution.

The solution is to engage all of our faculties to find what unites, not what divides. More often than not those things that divide are largely superficial. The difficulty  is in our nature, the human condition, but we do have the power if we choose to override the hard wiring.