If anyone read this blog, posting this would get me in heap big trouble. But no one read the blog and I’ll probably be out of a job by January anyway.
Anyhoo . . . this is one of the most racist things I’ve ever heard:
When white Americans were asked to imagine how much they would have to be paid to live the rest of their lives as a black person, most requested relatively low amounts, generally less than $10,000.
In contrast, study participants said they would have to be paid about $1 million to give up television for the rest of their lives.
The results suggest most white Americans don’t truly comprehend the persisting racial disparities in our country, said Philip Mazzocco, co-author of the study and assistant professor of psychology at Ohio State University’s Mansfield campus.
“The costs of being black in our society are very well documented,” Mazzocco said. “Blacks have significantly lower income and wealth, higher levels of poverty, and even shorter life spans, among many other disparities, compared to whites.”
Why do I say this is racist? Well first of all, because it’s being used to justify reparations. But mostly, because these people are essentially saying that the problems associated with black people are a deterministic result of their skin color. That being black automatically ruins your life. Lower income, lower wealth and poverty have nothing to do with dropping out of school, having kids out of wedlock, getting involved in drugs or crime — all of which have been shown to be the primary factors involved in poverty and all of which are choices. If a black person makes good choices, he’ll still be poor and die young. If a white person makes poor choices, he’ll still be rich and live a long life.
In most cases, the participants were told to imagine they were actually black, but had always passed for white. The imagined race change required no physical transformation, just a change in public status.
So in other words, if I found out I was black, my wealth would magically drop by $150,000, my Ph.D. would be taken back and I’d get hypertension.
Finally, some participants were given a similar scenario except all references to blacks, whites and America were taken out. They were asked to imagine they were born into the fictional country of Atria, and were born either into the “majority” or “minority” population. They were given a list of the disadvantages that the minority population faced in Atria (which were identical to the real disadvantages faced by blacks in America). In this case, white participants in the study said they should be paid an average of $1 million to be born as a minority member in Atria.
Complete shit. Atria is not America. They are asking me to compare a fictional country with institutionalized racism against a real country with affirmative action. That’s like pointing to the viscous treatment women suffer in Islamic countries and asking men how much they would need to become a woman. It depends on the country, jackass. Where you are is who you are.
And again, none of these problems afflicting blacks involve bad choices or decision making. Everything is deterministic. No one can rise above his circumstances. Blacks are helpless and need money to raise them up.
To hell with this. Why don’t we spend a little less time doing dumbass social experiments and a little more time getting blacks to stay in school, stay off drugs, shun crime and not have kids out of wedlock? But then again, if blacks didn’t have any problems, there wouldn’t be money to be made race-baiting at the Ohio State’s Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity.