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February 26, 2009

Holder Was Right

We are a nation of cowards when it comes to race:

Attorney General Eric Holder said the U.S. is "a nation of cowards" when it comes to race relations. In one sense, he is absolutely right.

Many whites, from university administrators and professors, to schoolteachers, to employers and public officials, accept behavior from black people that they wouldn't begin to accept from whites.

For example, some of the nation's most elite universities, such as Vanderbilt, Stanford and the University of California, have yielded to black student demands for separate graduation ceremonies and separate "celebratory events."

Universities such as Stanford, Cornell, MIT and Cal Berkeley have, or have had, segregated dorms.

If white students demanded whites-only graduation ceremonies or whites-only dorms, administrators would have labeled their demands as intolerable racism. When black students demand the same thing, these administrators cowardly capitulate.

Calling these university administrators cowards is the most flattering characterization of their behavior. They might actually be stupid enough to believe nonsense taught by some of their sociology and psychology professors that blacks can't be racists because they don't have power. What about Holder's statement that America is "voluntarily segregated"? I say so what.

According to the census, in 2007 4.6% of married blacks had a white spouse; less than 1% of married whites were married to a black.

While blacks are 13% of the population, they are 80% of professional basketball players and 65% of pro football players. Mere casual observance of audiences at ice hockey games or opera performances would reveal gross voluntary segregation.

What would Holder propose the U.S. Justice Department do about these and other instances of voluntary segregation?

... Black illegitimacy stands at 70%, nearly 50% of black students drop out of high school and only 30% of black youngsters reside in two-parent families.

Even though they're just 13% of the population, blacks in 2005 committed over 52% of the nation's homicides and were 46% of the homicide victims. Ninety-four percent of black homicide victims had a black person as their murderer.

Much of that pathology is precipitated by family breakdown and is entirely new among blacks. In 1940, black illegitimacy was 19%; in 1950, only 18% of black households were female-headed compared with today's 70%. Both during slavery and as late as 1920, a teenage girl raising a child without a man present was rare among blacks.

So far, the federal government's wars on poverty and racial discrimination don't seem to have benefitted the intended recipients. But then any public policy that ignores the role of incentives in human behavior is unlikely to be successful. This administration seems hell bent on institutionalizing moral hazard.

History, however, takes a dim view of grandiose attempts to artificially mandate equal outcomes (otherwise known as "social justice").

Colonel, darling, you're a lovely man. I see a vast difference between us, yet I admire you, lad. You're an idealist, praise be. The truth is, Colonel... There is no "divine spark". There's many a man alive of no more of value than a dead dog. Believe me. When you've seen them hang each other the way I have back in the Old Country. Equality? What I'm fighting for is to prove I'm a better man than many of them. Where have you seen this "divine spark" in operation, Colonel? Where have you noted this magnificent equality? No two things on Earth are equal or have an equal chance. Bit a leaf, not a tree. There's many a man worse than me, and some better... But I don't think race or country matters a damn. What matters, Colonel... Is justice.

Not social justice. Just plain justice. Unfortunately the current administration seems adamantly opposed to letting people face the consequences of their own fecklessness.

Posted by Cassandra at February 26, 2009 08:11 AM

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The differences in crime, family disintegration, income, and despair between blacks and whites widened dramatically after WW2.

There are many reasons and theories about why. IMO late Senator Moynihan got the analysis about right.

But whether he did or not doesn't matter. The same thing has been happening to a substantial portion of the white population for decades.

The current economic crisis will bring the long desired equality; the majority of whites are going to be as impoverished as the blacks and the social breakdown will be similar.

After encouraging ethnic differences and grouop grievances for decades the intellectuals will be amazed that impoverished Blacks, Latinos, Whites, and smaller groups separate into hostile camps.

The political classes and super rich will carry on about as usual.

Posted by: K at February 26, 2009 01:39 PM

> According to the census, in 2007 4.6% of married blacks had a white spouse; less than 1% of married whites were married to a black

Uhhhh... HUH?

Are we talking sex here without any notation to that effect? Otherwise this makes no sense.

'Cause, if a black person is married to a white person, that means that a white person is preeeeety much guaranteed by definition to be married to a black person.

Or is this some ebonical form of higher math?

Posted by: Obloodyhell at February 26, 2009 01:45 PM

> Or is this some ebonical form of higher math?

"Algebro"?

Posted by: Obloodyhell at February 26, 2009 01:46 PM

Ahhh, I see. NVM. That statement is sorely lacking in needed contextual components.

Posted by: Obloodyhell at February 26, 2009 01:47 PM

""Algebro"?"
From where I stand, our current leadership's action and publicly pronounced seepage is closer to Geometreason. Your frustum may vary.

Posted by: bt_hang-em-high_hun at February 26, 2009 03:43 PM

"According to the census, in 2007 4.6% of married blacks had a white spouse; less than 1% of married whites were married to a black."

Uhhhh... HUH?

Are we talking sex here without any notation to that effect? Otherwise this makes no sense.

'Cause, if a black person is married to a white person, that means that a white person is preeeeety much guaranteed by definition to be married to a black person.

Or is this some ebonical form of higher math?

Posted by: Obloodyhell at February 26, 2009 01:45 PM

Based upon the ratio of Black to White in this country...do the math. Nothing to see here, folks...

Posted by: camojack at March 1, 2009 01:30 AM

Yeah, pick your data... percentages or absolute numbers. No big deal.

Lies
Damned lies
and Statistical sleight of hand-held calculating obfuscators... or words to that effect.

Posted by: bthun at March 1, 2009 12:54 PM

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