Whites are said to be so racist that the entire culture rests on “systemic racism.” While it’s true whites are the worst racists, it’s not for reasons you might think.
It seems that every day now there are marches for George Floyd. Floyd’s death has been labeled by many as a “hate crime,” though no words about race were uttered, two of the officers involved were non-whites, and Derek Chauvin was married to a Hmong woman. Chauvin was arrested and faces three separate charges: second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter (the multitude of similar charges by prosecutors is so that Chauvin is found guilty of something). The three other officers involved, including a black officer and an Asian officer, were also fired and charged with crimes. Despite the arrests and the system seemingly working to right a wrong as it should, the incident has blown up, and it’s being called evidence of systemic racism in police departments and of whites in general.
As to the charge of whites being racist, it’s true that whites are the worst racists in America — but not in the way most think.
Being able to whip up protests and riots throughout the country — for weeks — in response to wrongdoing against another person of your own race is an example of effective use of racial demagoguery: Because a white cop killed a black man, though the cop has been charged with murder, rioters destroyed millions of dollars in property across hundreds of cities in this country. Racial tensions have been so inflamed by the appeal to racism that at least two police officers have been killed and hundreds of others have been seriously wounded, with a handful of officers being shot. The civilian death toll is reportedly more than 10 in the turmoil. (Many of the victims were black, yet no major protests have marked their deaths.)
In just one weekend in New York, it’s estimated that three-dozen NYPD officers were seriously injured, with officers being beaten, hit by a vehicle, and more.
Whites Killed by Blacks
On the other hand, when whites are killed by blacks or by police, there aren’t usually even marches, let alone riots, arson, and looting. When famous black athlete/commentator O.J. Simpson was acquitted of murdering his white wife, Nicole, and her friend Ron Goldman, though evidence was overwhelming that he was guilty, whites didn’t fill the streets. When five blacks repeatedly raped, sodomized, tortured, brutally killed, and mutilated white Knoxville college students Christopher Newsom and his girlfriend, Channon Christian — throwing her body in a trash can after pouring bleach into her mouth and crotch while she was alive to cover evidence of rape, and burning his body next to a railroad track — the crime hardly made a blip in the news, let alone lead to riots. When white woman Justine Damond, who did nothing more than approach a police car after calling the police to report a sexual assault near her residence, was killed by a black police officer named Mohamed Noor in Minneapolis in 2017, her killing barely warranted vigils.
Black-on-white murders aren’t rarities either. Blacks kill approximately double the number of whites than whites kill of blacks. According to a 2011 study by the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics entitled “Homicide Trends in the United States, 1980-2008,” murders by blacks on whites make up about seven percent of all murders, while white murders against blacks make up about three percent of all murders. This is true even though in 2008 blacks made up only about 13 percent of the population, while whites (including Hispanics and Latinos) made up about 80 percent of the population. Of murders committed by people who didn’t know the victims (strangers), about 18 percent were committed by blacks on whites, versus five percent committed by whites against blacks — three times more.
In other words, whites are far more likely to be killed by blacks than blacks are to be killed by whites. American whites must be the worst racists in the world, given the fact that they can’t manage to murder, maim, riot, or destroy to defend their own kind nearly as well as their “victims” do.
As to cops killing blacks, Heather Mac Donald, who is an attorney, researcher, and author, investigated the deaths of civilians at the hands of the police and found police do not kill blacks at a rate greater than they kill whites. About cops killing civilians, Mac Donald says:
In 2019 police officers fatally shot 1,004 people, most of whom were armed or otherwise dangerous. African-Americans were about a quarter of those killed by cops last year (235), a ratio that has remained stable since 2015. That share of black victims is less than what the black crime rate would predict, since police shootings are a function of how often officers encounter armed and violent suspects. In 2018, the latest year for which such data have been published, African-Americans made up 53% of known homicide offenders in the U.S. and commit about 60% of robberies, though they are 13% of the population.
The police fatally shot nine unarmed blacks and 19 unarmed whites in 2019, according to a Washington Post database, down from 38 and 32, respectively, in 2015.
So, if one considers the number of violent crimes each race commits when examining officer-involved killings (and to be intellectually honest, you need to do that), blacks seem to be statistically under-represented as victims, rather than over-represented. The claim of systemic racism made against police rings false. (Yet it is repeated every day, by left-wing media, politically correct politicians, religious institutions, and rioters.)
Moreover, Mac Donald writes about cops shooting civilians:
The latest in a series of studies undercutting the claim of systemic police bias was published in August 2019 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The researchers found that the more frequently officers encounter violent suspects from any given racial group, the greater the chance that a member of that group will be fatally shot by a police officer. There is “no significant evidence of antiblack disparity in the likelihood of being fatally shot by police,” they concluded.
As well, she noted, this is true across the spectrum in law enforcement: “A solid body of evidence finds no structural bias in the criminal-justice system with regard to arrests, prosecution or sentencing. Crime and suspect behavior, not race, determine most police actions.” Yet claims of unjust law-enforcement treatment against blacks go on. (Where are the leftist calls to be guided by science and facts?)
The Failure of Whites
The strikes against whites keep piling up. Since one of the criteria for racism is the belief in untrue negative stereotypes of one race by another, whites fail the racism test again. Not only have whites, as a group, not believed and spread malicious lies about blacks, they, to a large extent, believe the malicious lies about whites and cops being proclaimed by black activists and left-wing mouthpieces who are fanning the flames of hatred, and many whites are getting on board the race train, joining the “Black Lives Matter” crowd in claiming systemic racism and joining the protests and riots.
Whites’ self-recrimination about perceived white racism highlights another failure to be good racists: Only whites as a group typically scorn and ostracize other members of their own race for being racist. In 1988, a sportscaster named Jimmy Snyder, known as Jimmy “the Greek,” felt white wrath for racism. He stated that blacks are naturally better athletes than whites because of the selective breeding that slave owners did in the slave days, and that if blacks took over the coaching jobs in sports, which he said was alright with him, there wouldn’t be any jobs left for whites. For that, he lost his job and became persona non grata.
When sportscaster Howard Cosell, a person who was a co-founder of the Jackie Robinson Foundation (the first black baseball player in MLB), was on air praising the performance of a small black wide receiver named Alvin Garrett, he said, in admiration of Garrett’s wily moves, “That little monkey gets loose, doesn’t he?” He lost his job, too.
And in June of this year, Sacramento Kings TV broadcaster Grant Napear was forced to resign his position and was fired from a sports-talk radio program for saying, when asked about what he thinks of Black Lives Matter, “All lives matter...every single one” — though no statement could be less racist. And Gordon Klein, an accounting professor at UCLA, has been suspended from teaching and has had threats made against him because he wouldn’t make final tests for the year easier for blacks because of the Floyd incident.
Yet last year black writer Jemele Hill could get an article published in The Atlantic magazine entitled “It’s Time for Black Athletes to Leave White Colleges,” and in 1992, a movie entitled White Men Can’t Jump was the 16th highest grossing movie.
Even false accusations by blacks against whites are accepted by many whites at face value: When members of the Duke lacrosse team were falsely accused by a black stripper of raping her, the young men were considered guilty from word one. Protesters banged pots and pans outside the house where the rape supposedly took place; other Duke students, faculty members, and administrators made clear they assumed the boys were guilty, including a group of faculty members who published an ad in The Chronicle; and negative coverage of the boys was on 60 Minutes and in Newsweek, the New York Times, Sports Illustrated, and many other news sources.
Considering these truths, how all-encompassing can white racism be?
On the other hand, other racial groups often practically even worship race-baiters and haters. The Black Lives Matter crowd even riots for thugs: Michael Brown, the young, powerful black man of “hands up, don’t shoot” fame, was determined by investigators of the Obama administration not to have been surrendering when he was shot, but was actually attacking the police officer who shot him. The reason the cop was chasing Brown was that Brown had just committed strong-arm robbery. Yet rioters tore apart and burned Ferguson, Missouri, in solidarity with Brown.
When Trayvon Martin, a drug user who was kicked out of school and was prone to getting into fights, attacked a neighborhood watchman named George Zimmerman for following him and began smashing Zimmerman’s head into the concrete (which was validated by bloody photos taken at the scene), Zimmerman shot him. Riots ensued.
And while I don’t know of a single mainly white neighborhood where it would be unsafe for a black man to walk at night (though I’m sure there is one somewhere, since every race has its embarrassments), I know of quite a few predominantly black neighborhoods where it wouldn’t be safe to be white at night, or even during the day. For instance, my Italian mother-in-law grew up on the South Side of Chicago beginning in the 1930s, and it was an idyllic neighborhood where people walked the lakefront at night. When blacks moved into the neighborhood, many families moved because they feared the change. (The white-flight you might have heard of.) My mother-in-law’s father refused to move, believing folks are folks. But when blacks were in the majority in the area, their house was repeatedly vandalized, and the family was threatened and told to leave. They moved. This pattern happened to her family more than once. A dozen or so years ago, she decided to show guests from out of town her old house. She weaved her car through neighborhoods of wrecked houses and burnt-out hulks of cars to her past home to take a picture of it. No sooner had she stopped and gotten out of the car with her camera than two little black boys picked up rocks and threw them toward her and yelled something to the effect of “Get out of here, you white motherf***ers.” Obviously, she fled. Whites have a long way to go to equal that level of hate.
Also showing whites’ ineptness at being racists, think about a few other factoids: Not only has the country previously elected a black president, more than a few political commentators don’t believe Joe Biden can win the presidency unless he has a black running mate. And though whites are supposedly extremely racist, blacks routinely get rich in fields with mainly white fan bases: Talk-show hostess Oprah Winfrey is a billionaire. So is former basketball player Michael Jordan. Top box office stars include Denzel Washington, Eddie Murphy, Will Smith, and Morgan Freeman. In country music, a field whose audience is deemed “redneck” because the fans are generally so pasty white that they always get sunburnt, Darius Rucker has a huge fan base. And much of the music scene today is populated by black stars.
Black men make up only about six percent of the population, yet they make up approximately 76 percent of NFL rosters, even though 83 percent of the fans are white and 64 percent are males. (Wait, aren’t blue-collar whites supposed be the biggest haters in the country, if not the world?)
And not only do white-dominated countries, especially the United States, allow the most legal immigration of people of all races, the United States is the most desired destination for the world’s poor — who are often non-white. (Why do non-whites want to flood here if whites are so racist?)
Even more pointed is the fact that when NPR examined data from a dating site, “All men,” including white men, “seemed to be more interested in people outside their race.” (Shouldn’t racist men feel ashamed at choosing the wrong race and avoid such stigmatization at all costs? What am I missing here?)
Because there is so little overt racism by whites, we now hear about “microaggressions” against blacks, such as mispronouncing a name or not remembering a black person after previously meeting him or telling a black person she is very smart or saying you believe the most qualified person should get a job (there should be no preferences) or saying there is only one race — the human race. Basically microaggressions are any actions or words that a minority might construe as putting them down.
The obvious ludicrousness of such a thing should be apparent to anyone and everyone, since every single thing a person does or says could be construed as derogatory by “a minority.” Some blacks don’t like being called blacks; others don’t like being called African-Americans (and, believe it or not, you can’t tell the different groups apart by looking at them), and even the term “minority” could be taken to mean “socially unacceptable.” As mentioned above, even praising a black person for being smart or doing a good job is considered aggression — because the person being praised might believe that the speaker is being condescending to an “inferior.”
At the same time, groups not on the politically correct protected list are frequently faced with real put-downs by the same people who are now claiming the microaggression racism fiction. Christian kids are told every day in school and via the media that what they are taught to believe about homosexuality — that God is against it — is homophobic, mean, and hateful, with the intent to make them feel bad about themselves. And constant commercials on TV and in magazines about weight loss, thinning hair, and acne all have the side effect of making people with those problems ashamed. But those are somehow OK.
Then there’s the “white privilege” meme, wherein Americans are told that simply because someone is white, he has built-in advantages in this country, despite the fact that in this country nearly every major company, government institution, and college has hiring and admissions preferences for blacks. A friend who worked for Johnson Controls in Milwaukee noted that though the company had stringent standards that must be met by candidates for most jobs (because the standards reflected the minimum knowledge needed to even do the jobs), the company regularly hired blacks without the requisite skills, though whites had applied who had the required skills. And when I finished my student teaching at an inner-city school in Milwaukee, though I had a hard time even getting interviews for jobs, the only black student teacher (who was also an English teacher, like me) was flown to another state for an interview — for a job he didn’t even apply for; they found him.
And it’s odd how whites’ privilege helps whites come out ahead, as compared to blacks, unless the blacks are married. In 2018, the poverty rate for married blacks was 7.1 percent; for whites as a group, it was 8.1 percent, according to the website Statista.
Even the basis of the entire “whites are racist” narrative is based on a lie: Americans are told repeatedly that black poverty is caused by a legacy of slavery, and that blacks can’t cut it in today’s world and that they need welfare and special privileges, such as lower acceptable test scores to get into colleges, because they have been held back by racist whites. (Stop, again, isn’t that a microaggressive sentiment about black inferiority, especially since Asians in this country — minorities — are by far the highest wage earners in this country, indicating another race has leaped whites’ racist hurdles?)
In truth, after the Civil War, a time when blacks faced real, outright racism in much of the country, including lynching and exclusion from many jobs, they continually improved their lot and became better off, steadily catching up to whites economically. In the 1920s, according to the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, about one in 1,000 blacks were college educated. By 1965, before the vast expansion welfare under Lyndon Johnson’s “Great Society” took effect, 4.7 percent of blacks were college educated (as compared to about 9.8 percent of whites). More than 40 years later, blacks in the United States had 19.6 percent of degree holders (versus 32.6 percent for whites), a slight improvement from 1965 but a truth that is diminished by the fact that black immigrants in this country have the highest educational attainment in this country, even beating out Asians, meaning American-born blacks haven’t continued to catch up to whites since the mid-1960s. As well, black economist Walter Williams pointed out in 1960 “black male labor force participation in every age group was equal to or greater than that of whites,” and the black poverty rate was cut in half between 1940 and 1966. (As Williams said, if blacks suffer from poverty because of a legacy of slavery, it must have somehow skipped a couple of generations.) In short, when welfare began in earnest — with extra money being given to women who had kids but no husband — black women (the women most incentivized to take the welfare because they were the poorest) began having lots of kids by various men to boost their welfare checks, and generational poverty for blacks began. So did misbehavior in school, rises in crime, and so on, problems, studies show, that are a direct result of fatherless homes.
The expansion of welfare has had the same effect on white women, only at a slower pace because they were better off financially to begin with than blacks and didn’t as often collect a welfare check. Black economist Thomas Sowell has shown that similar legislation in other countries has had similar effects on other races. (So much for the blacks-being-held-back-by-whites meme — unless you mean the holding-back done by patronizing white liberals who designed and instituted the welfare programs in the first place.)
The truth is that blacks actually persevered and prospered during the time when they were being held back by racist whites, but floundered during the time that white racism not only dissipated, but even began to provide blacks with legislated advantages.
So while it’s true that there definitely are some white, anti-black racists in America (a fact that governments can’t change, any more than they could stop drug abuse), the racists are a small minority. Systemic white racism against blacks is a myth or, more accurately, a lie. And since it’s a truism that one of the most obvious signs that someone does not respect you is that the person lies to you, all the left-wing lies recently should make blacks wonder who the real racists and haters in America are.
Actually, the answer should be obvious.
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This article originally appeared in the July 6, 2020 print edition of The New American. The New American publishes a print magazine twice a month, covering issues such as politics, money, foreign policy, environment, culture, and technology. To subscribe, click here.