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The progs’ stupidity knows no bounds. As evidence, I present a survey given to students in a Sociology class at San Diego State University:

  1. I can arrange to be in the company of people of my race most of the time.
  2. I can go shopping alone most of the time, pretty well assured that I will not be followed or harassed.
  3. I can turn on the television or open to the front page of the paper and see people of my race widely represented.
  4. When I am told about our national heritage or about “civilization,” I am shown that people of my color made it what it is.
  5. I can be sure that my children will be given curricular materials that testify to the existence of their race.
  6. I can go into a music shop and count of finding the music of my race represented, into a supermarket and find the food I grew up with, into a hairdresser’s shop and find someone who can deal with my hair.
  7. Whether I use checks, credit cards, or cash, I can count on my skin color not to work against the appearance of financial responsibility.
  8. I am not made acutely aware that my shape, bearing, or body odor will be taken as a reflection of my race.
  9. I can worry about racism without being seen as self-interested or self-seeking.
  10. I can take a job or enroll in a college with an affirmative action policy without having my co-workers or peers assume I got it because of my race.
  11. I can be late to a meeting without having the lateness reflect on my race.
  12. I can choose public accommodation with out [sic] fearing that people of my race cannot get in or will be mistreated.
  13. I am never asked to speak for all of the people of my racial group.
  14. I can be pretty sure that if I ask to talk with the “person in charge” I will be facing a person of my race.
  15. If a traffic cop pulls me over or if the IRS audits my tax return, I can be sure I haven’t been singled out because of my race.
  16. I can easily by [sic] posters, postcards, picture books, greeting cards, dolls, toys, and children’s magazines featuring people of my race.
  17. I can choose blemish cover or bandages in “flesh” color and have them more or less match my skin.
  18. I can do well in a challenging situation without being called a credit to my race.
  19. I can walk into a classroom and know I will not be the only member of my race.
  20. I can enroll in a class at college and be sure that the majority of my professors will be of my race.

 

Almost every single one of those instances of “white privilege” is nothing more than a result of Whites’ being the majority of people in the United States. A friend’s daughter is in college in Japan. She is White. Naturally, she has almost all of the same issues, even more so, than Blacks do here. But let’s look at those that are NOT merely the result of Whites’ being the majority in the U.S.:

I can go shopping alone most of the time, pretty well assured that I will not be followed or harassed.

Well, why would you get harassed? Do Asians get harassed? Do Semites? Do Indians? No. So if you get harassed, it has nothing to do with your not being White, but something else.

Whether I use checks, credit cards, or cash, I can count on my skin color not to work against the appearance of financial responsibility.

Again, do Asians, Semites, and Indians have these problems? If not, then it has nothing to do with your not being White.

I can take a job or enroll in a college with an affirmative action policy without having my co-workers or peers assume I got it because of my race.

That is a perfectly reasonable assumption for them to make. If people of your race could normally get in, there would be no need for the affirmative action policy in the first place.

I can be late to a meeting without having the lateness reflect on my race.

Perhaps you should get to meetings on time (or even early), and let THAT reflect on your race. If the vast majority of your race made meetings on time, then this would not be a problem.

I can choose public accommodation with out [sic] fearing that people of my race cannot get in or will be mistreated.

There is never an excuse to mistreat a customer, and I do not know of any establishment of public accommodation that rejects customers based on their race.

If a traffic cop pulls me over or if the IRS audits my tax return, I can be sure I haven’t been singled out because of my race.

The Infernal Revenue Service has no idea what your race is, and they don’t care. Audits are chosen by computer formula, and race is not part of that formula. As for the traffic cop, believe me it is very difficult to determine the race of a driver of a car going 70mph at radar range. Just obey the traffic laws.

I can do well in a challenging situation without being called a credit to my race.

Once again it must be asked, do Semites and Indians and Asians have this problem? If not, then it has nothing to do with your not being White.

This, of course, necessitates a little Statler and Waldorf:

Waldorf: [responding to Paul Williams doing "Old Fashioned Love Song"] He’s a credit to his race.
Statler: What race is that?
Waldorf: The hundred-yard dash.

I saved this one for last, to put it in the place of (dis)honor, as it was particularly stupid:

I can worry about racism without being seen as self-interested or self-seeking.

Well, it self-interested and self-seeking. If you are seen that way, it is because you are.

What is perceived as White Privilege is, in the vast majority of instances, such as the ones not addressed individually, merely the result of the fact that Whites are the majority in the United States. The other instances are the result of the fact a Black person is more likely to be a criminal than is a White person, is more likely to default on a loan (even at similar levels of income and debt burden), is more likely to have a lower IQ, and is more likely to have gotten accepted to a college or a job because of affirmative action policies.

None of those things has anything to do with skin color. (IQ may be a possible exception, because of the lower production of Vitamin D in dark-skinned pregnant women may have an effect on their babies. The research here is thin, at best.) These are not effects of skin color, but of culture.

Where is the compassion for those trying to immigrate legally? The flood of illegal immigrants into this country completely precludes the discussion of making legal immigration easier. Where is the compassion for those who do manage to come here legally, and are thus subject to our employment laws, who are illegally underbid by illegal immigrants? Where is the compassion for the citizen or legal immigrant who loses his job to an illegal immigrant who abide by our employment laws, working for less than Minimum Wage or not requiring that his FICA taxes and unemployment insurance be paid? Where is the compassion for the guy who did not get into college because an illegal immigrant got accepted instead?

One illegal immigrant asked, “Whose job am I taking?”

That’s just it. We see the illegal immigrant who took the job, and the one who took that place on the college matriculation roll. We do not see the unknown person who did not get accepted to college because the illegal immigrant did. We do not see the unknown person who did not get the job because the illegal immigrant did.

All rhetoric about “rescinding” DACA is just that — RHETORIC.

Trump has NOT rescinded the unconstitutional DACA program, but simply said that he will NOT rescind it for at least six months. If Congress does not put DACA into law in that time, count on Trump to extend it again and again.

It is said that racism is learned. (Of course, others say Whites are born racist.) If something is learned, then it must be taught, either directly or by personal experience.

Direct teaching occurs when one person teaches another, as in a parent-child relationship or a teacher-student relationship. We could expect racist parents to produce racist children.

Personal experience is altogether different. If one watches the news, and sees that people of one race are over-represented in positions of authority, and that people of another race are over-represented in prison, one might, consciously or unconsciously, develop a racist mindset. If one is in school, and sees one race outperform the others, while another under-performs the others, one might develop a racist mindset.

But what is a “racist mindset”? Is it racist to note that Blacks commit crime at much higher rates than other races? Is it racist to note the under-performance of Blacks in school? Is it racist to note that Blacks are disproportionately likely to be on the dole? Is it racist to note that Blacks are more likely to have children out of wedlock? Is it racist to note that “the black–white disparity in debt is greatest at the highest levels of parents’ net worth”? [^]

No, these are facts. Facts are not racist. The problem comes in using facts about groups to pre-judge individuals in those groups. And that happens. Two identical resumes, one from DeMayne Johnson and the other from Alexander Weinstein, will not be treated the same. Neither will two such mortgage applications.

Affirmative Action just exacerbates the problem. If lesser-qualified Blacks are as likely as more-qualified Whites to be admitted to a particular college, and if that college gives extra help to the Black student to get him through, then equivalent resumes do not really reflect equivalent ability and achievement. If companies promote lesser-qualified Blacks over more qualified White to meet racial quotas, then equivalent resumes do not reflect equivalent ability and achievement.

Affirmative Action in mortgage lending doesn’t help either. Lenders are not in the business of losing money, so are more likely to give sub-prime mortgages to those people who are more likely to default. Research in the industry indicates that “Black households have higher marginal default rates, controlling for differences in borrower and property characteristics.” In this case, as in others, “White Privilege” is the result of White behavior, taken in the aggregate. When controlling for other factors, Whites are less likely to default, so Whites get the privilege of better loan terms.

Is charging Blacks more for loans racist? You betcha! But what is to be done? Lenders make a lot of loans, and the aggregate actions of the borrowers affect the lenders’ returns. If you make it illegal to charge Blacks more, then lenders will find ways to make fewer loans to Blacks.

Black men, even when adjusting for income and other factors, have higher mortality rates than do White men. Should they pay more for life insurance? Of course! It is racist? You betcha! But what is to be done? If charging different rates for life insurance is illegal, then insurers will find ways to write fewer policies for Blacks. (Similarly, women between the ages of twenty and fifty cost health insurers more, and cost car insurers less. The prices of health insurance and car insurance should reflect those facts. Is that sexist? You betcha!)

Now, having higher mortality, do Blacks get more Social Security? No! Is that racist? Do Blacks get better returns on annuities? No! Is that racist?

Racism is, unfortunately, a reality. There are racial gaps in educational attainment, crime rates, life-spans, and loan default rates. The problem is not really racism, but prejudice. PRE-judging people based on race (or sex) is wrong.

Idiots waving Nazi flags probably have no idea that the same prog policies they oppose were policies of the National Socialist Party eighty years ago. Those calling the Nazi-flag-wavers fascists probably have no idea that many of the policies of the Democrat Party are those of the National Socialist Party eighty years ago.

Both are ignorant of history.

Some people blame the police for the violence, because the police did not separate two groups of fascists. Balderdash. People are responsible for their own actions, whether the police are there or not. The police cannot be blamed for not closing roads. The counter-protesters did not have a permit to be on those roads, or they would have been closed. The driver is responsible for driving his car into the crowd, and the crowd is responsible for their illegally blocking the road. All should face charges accordingly.

An article on Intellectual Takeout, Mothers Are Not Widgets, points to an IMF working paper that states that, “if the gender [participation] gap were to be closed…, the level GDP [in Canada] would be higher by 4 percent.”

There are multiple flaws in their arguments. Primarily, there is the assumption that it is the participation of women, particularly well-educated women, in the workforce that increases productivity. More likely, it is the increased productivity that attracts well-educated women to participate.

The IMF paper also does not examine what sort of education those “well-educated” women actually got. Over the years, more and more women have gotten degrees in STEM fields, which are in demand by employers, rather than getting M.R.S. and pre-Wed degrees. Perhaps it is not that there are more educated women in the workforce, but that there are more usefully-educated people in the workforce. Adding more uselessly-educated women to the workforce would be of no benefit.

One striking point of the IMP paper comes in their discussion of demographics:

Why is gender equality an especially important economic issue now? The Canadian economy, like other advanced economies, is expected to face growth headwinds, arising from unfavorable demographic pressure. The Bank of Canada has assessed that labor input growth could be almost halved (from 0.7 percent a year in 2015 to 0.4 percent in 2020) due to the slowdown in the growth rate of the working age population (Bank of Canada 2016). But female labor resources have not been fully tapped, and policy reform to bring more females to the workplace could effectively counterbalance the demographic pressure that is predicted to rise in the future.

So their “solution” to the population collapse is for more women to be working, which would just accelerate the collapse of the population! Brilliant.

Liberalism and Feminism are literally killing off Western Civilization, and their solution is more Liberalism and Feminism.

But wait, they want more government-paid child care. So, leave your kids with a stranger to go to work so you can pay the taxes that pay the stranger to raise your kids.

The Intellectual Takeout article also quotes a prog woman who says that motherhood is selfish. Here’s the opening paragraph:

I was taking a few weeks’ break from work over the summer. My family and I — my husband and my sons, then 9 and 7 — planned to spend the time at our house on the New Jersey shore. When my mother asked what we would be doing on our vacation, I told her we would be together — going to the beach and the nearby amusement park, cooking, playing in the yard.

Motherhood is not selfish. Selfishness is refusing to have enough children to continue the civilization so that you can afford a vacation home at the shore.

When tuning a radar system, the operator sets a detection threshold. It a signal does not reach that threshold, no detection event occurs. Not wanting to miss any real returns, an operator might increase the sensitivity (decrease the threshold) so that any real radar returns will exceed the threshold and show up on his screen.

The problem with that is that a lot of noise will also exceed that threshold and show up his screen too.

This is exactly the problem with oversensitive progs, who see normal differences in everyday life and their racism, sexism, and poor-poor-pitiful-me-ism detectors go off.

Black people get arrested more than Whites, so it must be racism, not the fact that Blacks commit more crimes. Black people make less money than Whites, so it must be racism, not the fact that Blacks tend to do less well in school. They see women getting paid less than men, so it must be sexism, not the fact that women are less likely to go into engineering, math, and real sciences, and are less likely to work overtime.

On the other side of the coin, I suspect my bullshit detector is too sensitive, since it seems that everything the progs say sets it off.