One basic principle of science and reason is that correlation doesn’t prove causation. For example, someone points out that females are under represented as mathematicians. Then you can count on some Social Justice Warrior (SJW) self righteously claiming this demonstrates “systemic bias” against females in the field of mathematics.
Nope that doesn’t prove any such thing. It could be true but it is not necessarily true. The reason may be that females are simply less interested in math for a number of reasons.
But whoa, that is a microaggression to challenge this Social Justice Warrior’s narrative! You might hurt someone’s feelings by pointing out the basic fact that correlation does not prove causation. There are a lot of potential factors that do not involve some sort of evil bias – see Why Men are better than Women at Math for one.
The truth seems to be that a lot of things like this are a lot more complicated and not easily summarized in simplistic claims like “systemic bias.” Explanations could be due to genetic inheritance (nature) but could also be due to social conditioning (nurture), or something in between. Sometimes we just don’t know for certain.
Unfortunately though most SJWs seem to want to explain just about anything they perceive as bias or injustice as stemming from old, white males of European descent! Not only that, they often want to condemn anyone trying to find plausible alternative explanations to their fatuous assertions.
Old, and great white men on Mount Rushmore (can you name them all?)
How about the assertion that very high unemployment rates among young black men in the inner cities is due to “systemic racism”? Certainly statistics back up that a lot of people in this category of Americans are not holding down traditional jobs and are disproportionately represented in crime statistics – seeThe Problem of Race Relations or Do black Americans commit more crime?
The real problem with guns in America today is not the guns. It is the irrational social policies that foster dependence, drugs, and crime. If there is one single social characteristic that has been most eroded in my lifetime it is that of personal responsibility. Proponents of big government and gun control have two messages they repeat endlessly: “It is not your fault,” and “We will take care of you.”
If you want to see how well they will take care of you if you give them responsibility for your life then visit one of the four cities in the table below. They had the distinction of having the highest homicide rates in America in 2016:
These four cities rank right up there with some of the most violent (top 50) cities in the world. All of these cities have several things in common. First they have been run by Democrats for decades. Secondly they have large populations of blacks who are the most adversely affected by the welfare state and gun control.
“For almost two years, a protest movement known as “Black Lives Matter” has convulsed the nation. Triggered by the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, in August 2014, the Black Lives Matter movement holds that racist police officers are the greatest threat facing young black men today. This belief has triggered riots, “die-ins,” the murder and attempted murder of police officers, a campaign to eliminate traditional grand jury proceedings when police use lethal force, and a presidential task force on policing.”
“Even though the U.S. Justice Department has resoundingly disproven the lie that a pacific Michael Brown was shot in cold blood while trying to surrender, Brown is still venerated as a martyr. And now police officers are backing off of proactive policing in the face of the relentless venom directed at them on the street and in the media. As a result, violent crime is on the rise.”
“The need is urgent, therefore, to examine the Black Lives Matter movement’s central thesis—that police pose the greatest threat to young black men. I propose two counter hypotheses: first, that there is no government agency more dedicated to the idea that black lives matter than the police; and second, that we have been talking obsessively about alleged police racism over the last 20 years in order to avoid talking about a far larger problem—black-on-black crime.”
“Racism has become an all-purpose explanation for bad black outcomes …”
Very good article on race relations by Jason L. Riley on Imprimis:
“Jason L. Riley is an editorial board member and a senior editorial page writer at the Wall Street Journal, where he writes on politics, economics, education, immigration, and race. He is also a FOX News contributor and appears regularly on Special Report with Bret Baier. Previously, he worked for USA Today and the Buffalo News. He earned a bachelor’s degree in English from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He is the author of Please Stop Helping Us: How Liberals Make It Harder for Blacks to Succeed.”
“[A] big part of the problem is a reluctance to speak honestly about these cultural shortcomings. Many whites fear being called racists. And many black leaders have a vested interest in blaming black problems primarily on white racism, so that is the narrative they push regardless of the reality. Racism has become an all-purpose explanation for bad black outcomes, be they social or economic. If you disagree and are white, you’re a bigot. If you disagree and are black, you’re a sell-out.”
Homicide is the leading cause of death for young black men in the U.S., and around 90 percent of the perpetrators are also black. Yet for months we’ve had protesters nationwide pretending that our morgues are full of young black men because cops are shooting them. Around 98 percent of black shooting deaths do not involve police. In fact, a cop is six times more likely to be shot by someone black than the opposite. The protestors are pushing a false anti-cop narrative, and everyone from the president on down has played along.