The world of woke is rife with incorrect assumptions about racial minorities. First is the assumption that racial minorities are criminals.
That assumption is wrong. It’s true that a disproportionate amount of crime – especially the violent kind – is committed by racial minorities. That’s true even after normalizing the numbers for the increased poverty level of minorities. I suspect this is due to a familial breakdown caused by many complicated factors.
But it’s certainly not true that minorities are all, or even generally, criminals. To the contrary, the great majority of minorities are law-abiding citizens.
Before leaving that first erroneous assumption to move on to the second one, consider the racism of it: The left operates under the assumption that racial minorities are criminals.
The left’s second assumption is that most minorities sympathize with criminals. That assumption is a natural outgrowth of the first assumption. The wokerati think that minorities will sympathize with criminals because they’re criminals themselves.
But there’s also another reason for this second erroneous assumption. To the woke, skin color is everything. They’ll side with a criminal of the “right” skin color over a non-criminal with the “wrong” one, and they naturally think that all people with the “right” skin color will do the same.
Data, polls, and common sense suggest this is not the case. For example, only 28% of blacks support defunding the police.
That’s not hard to understand. The victims of the left’s misguided move to defund the police were mostly racial minorities, because it was in their high-crime neighborhoods that the absence of police protection enabled criminals to run free. We now see the results of that misguided move in skyrocketing crime rates inflicted on blacks in Democrat-controlled cities.
Black opposition to defunding the police comes as a surprise to the left. They assumed that blacks would favor criminals if the criminals were black. They underestimated blacks. It turns out that the content of the criminals’ character is more important to blacks than the color of their skin.
Illegal immigration is another instructive case in point, this time with respect to Hispanics. Democrats have always assumed that Hispanics favor illegal immigration. But they don’t.
Hispanics in Texas by a margin of 51 to 25% say illegal immigrants should be arrested and a plurality support spending state funds to protect the border if the feds won’t spend the necessary federal funds.
This, too, comes as a surprise to the left. They assumed that Hispanics would favor illegal immigration if the illegal immigrants are Hispanic. Just as they underestimated blacks, the left also underestimated Hispanics. It turns out that the content of the illegal immigrants’ character is more important to Hispanics than the color of their skin.
Such is the practical outcome of the left’s obsession with race. The racial minorities who are supposed to benefit from this obsession are decidedly opposed to it. Racial identity politics is increasingly a virtue-signaling hobbyhorse ridden by white liberals around the faculty lounge, all premised on the belief that racial minorities think not individually with their brains but collectively with their skin.
This November the Democrats will get the votes of almost all those white liberal arts professors. But to their dismay, they will discover that the rest of America sees things differently.
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