Monday, July 19, 2010

To My Critics

Being an individualist does not require me to undertake the impossible task of trying to assess the individual character of every single person I might ever encounter in life. It's not wrong to take into account the relative probabilities entailed by some aspect of a person's identity. It's called critical thinking. To fail to engage in it over concerns of how others might perceive my conclusions would be to bury my individuality.

If you believe that race plays no role in intelligence or athleticism or anything beyond "skin pigmentation," you have either never ventured out into the world or are massively evading the realities it presents. I suggest that you read Charles Murray before concluding that libertarianism cannot accommodate a realistic perspective on racial differences.

The U.S. prison population is more than 40% black, even though blacks are only 13% of the total U.S. population. Whites are less than a third of all prisoners even though they are 66% of the population.

I accept that other factors besides race may help to explain part of the racial disparity in crime statistics. But if crime data across cultures, continents, and economies continue to all point to a correlation between race and crime for the next 1,000 years, would that be enough to open your mind to consider with seriousness what Darwin and Jefferson hypothesized generations ago based on their much more limited observations -- that race has something to do with behavior?

2 comments:

  1. I think I agree with your perspective of race and crime.
    Your point that black are overrepresented and whites are underrepresented in the prison cannot possibly be the result of racial profiling tactics by the police. I saw some jerk on the internet point out that the drug usage rate among blacks and whites were about equal , but somehow blacks made up the majority of drug convictions. However I'm a racial realist like you ,so I shall ignore any sort of data that contradicts my thesis.
    I also wanted to ask what you racial realist guys though about the connection between substance abuse and the white race
    to quote Tim Wise
    "According to the Department of Health and Human Services, whites are eleven percent more likely to have used drugs than blacks and twenty-five percent more likely to have done so than Hispanics. Also, data from the Centers for Disease Control and National Household Drug Abuse Survey indicates:
    — Whites in high school are seven times more likely than blacks to have used cocaine or heroin, and six times more likely to have used methamphetamine;
    — Whites are forty-three percent more likely than blacks to drink alcohol and twenty-seven percent more likely to binge drink (consuming five or more drinks at a time), with white youth twice as likely as black youth to binge;
    — Whites are seventy-four percent more likely than blacks to binge drink regularly (at least five times monthly), and white youth are three times as likely to do so;
    — In fact, there are more whites who binge drink at least once a month than there are blacks in the entire U.S. population!
    — And finally, according to one private study, white college students consume three times more alcoholic beverages weekly than black students, are two-thirds more likely to drink to the point of being hungover, and seventy percent more likely to drink ’till they puke.
    Far from mere self-inflicted harm, these white behaviors actually put others at substantial risk:
    — Whites are almost twice as likely as blacks to drive drunk, and fifteen percent more likely to do so than Hispanics;
    — Whites between 12-17, are more likely than black youth to have sold drugs in the past year;
    — The annual cost of white alcohol and drug abuse is at least $200 billion in health care and law enforcement expenditures, as well as lost productivity;"
    Tim Wise and the DHS seem to have a point I mean loook at all the top countries for total alcohol consumption. The large majority of them are white!!!!!
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_alcohol_consumption
    RACe must have something to do with this substance abuse by whites
    /(sarcasm end)

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  2. White's produce all the best alcoholic beverages in the world! Another indicator of the White race's creative and cognitive excellence.

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