Economics/Class Relations

On the Peculiar Character of American ‘Racism’

The main problem I see with this article is that no matter how silly professional “anti-racists”(many of whom are white people looking for a pat on the back) can often be, conservatives typically either believe that class does not exist, or if it does that class domination is a good thing. However, it is hardly coincidental that the subordinated classes are disproportionally from America’s historic minorities like blacks, American Indians, Mexican-Americans, Puerto Ricans, Alaskans, Hawaiians, etc. Just like the poorest people in India are the Dalits and indigenous peoples of the India subcontinent. Comparing middle class recent immigrants with historic minorities is an apples and oranges comparison.

By David Azerrad, Real Clear Public Affairs

In a thoughtful, cogent, and provocative essay, political scientist David Azerrad challenges the claim that “systemic racism” is the essence of the American proposition and the American political order. A common view today holds that all disparities are evidence of discrimination, and that oppression, even genocide, is the inevitable fate of blacks in the United States. A grievance industry ignores palpable progress in American attitudes and policies regarding race and deems an admirably free and self-critical country incapable of reforming or redeeming itself. Such racialism has a vested interest in maintaining that America was, is, and will always be “racist.” Little or nothing in recent experience supports such a heavy-handed and mendacious ideological judgment.

That America is a racist country is the great self-evident truth of the Left and of the ruling class whose moral opinions are shaped by it. This truth is self-evident in the sense of being readily apparent to them, as evidenced by the countless disparities in life outcomes between blacks and whites. No explanation for these disparities is ever required. Their mere existence is proof of racism.

The disparities between Asians and whites, between Indians and whites, and between Nigerian immigrants and whites all go studiously ignored, since these groups generally outperform whites in income and educational attainment. Also ignored is the role that the pathologies of inner-city black culture—fatherlessness, crime, nihilistic alienation, and the exaltation of thuggery—play in producing and sustaining disparities.

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