Young black men in America are eight times more likely than young white men to commit murder and five times more likely to commit other violent crimes. On the basis of that data, is it fair for me to conclude that a young black man standing in front of me is a mugger and murderer?
No, of course not. The vast majority of black men are not violent. Logically speaking, general information about a group is unreliable evidence about an individual. Legally speaking, it’s inadmissible as evidence in court. Morally, it’s racist.
Racism is hard to overcome because in an anthropological sense it’s quite natural. Our DNA has programed us to be wary of unfamiliar faces. Back on the savanna, unfamiliar faces were from other tribes, many of which were unfriendly. Hominins whose DNA did not include this programing tended not to propagate it.
You can see the wariness of unfamiliar faces in infants. The first few times they see a person of another race, they’re confused. In immature minds, and many mature ones, confusion produces fear. That’s instinctive.
The fact that racism is partly instinctive, however, does not make it right or good. And it doesn’t make it insurmountable. It’s also instinctive for people to kill when they feel threatened and to steal when they feel covetous. Until relatively recently in human history, that’s indeed what we did.
But in civilization, we control such primitive instincts. We may feel threatened, but we don’t kill. We may have material wants, but we don’t steal. We’ve rightly determined that killing and stealing damage society.
To deter people from committing these destructive acts, we established a system of legal punishment. We call that system “justice.”
In conjunction with the justice system, moral and religious codes evolved in nearly all cultures that deem such actions to be wrong. People who engage in them get threatened with hell or bad Karma or other unpleasant fates.
Racism, I’m glad to say, has joined murder and stealing as societally impermissible. Think what you want about people of other races – we don’t criminalize thought yet—but don’t bring racism to the public square. Or even to my house.
Though not perfect, this has worked reasonably well. Until now.
Now it’s not only permissible but fashionable and even compulsory to judge people on the basis of their race. We’re told to stereotype black people as hapless victims, notwithstanding a twice-elected black president, wildly rich and idolized black entertainers and athletes, and prosperous black businessmen and women.
On the flip side, we’re told the white race is a racist race. White people who try not to be racist, and think they’ve succeeded, are the most racist of all for failing to recognize that they’ve failed.
White people are required to confess that they’re racist even as they try not to be, and further confess that they always will be no matter how hard they try. The intelligentsia now make a big show of such confessions because it makes them feel virtuous and, a bit weirdly, like victims themselves.
Their cheap talk goes something like, “I’m so sorry I’ve acted badly. It’s because my bad race has given me the racism disease. If only I hadn’t been born white.”
In short, in the name of anti-racism, we’ve legitimized racism by declaring that white people are racist because of their race. Black lives matter, but the racist lives of these racist white people don’t, and it’s racist to suggest that they do.
Maybe they should be enslaved. Until then, they should grovel.
Now that racism is no longer prohibited, it’s unsurprising that other societal prohibitions are getting lifted as well. Even some of the elite now suggest that murder is OK if the victim holds “wrong” political beliefs. And thievery is OK if the thieves are of the “right” race.
They call this new paradigm “social” justice. It’s applied not on the basis of your acts but on the basis of your skin color. Individuals deemed oppressed due to their race have license to oppress individuals deemed to be oppressors due to their race.
Now that two wrongs make a right, how long before three or four wrongs make something even righter? Anarchy, here we come.
We’re devolving back much further than the Reign of Terror and even further back than the Huns that sacked Rome. We’re heading back to the caves.