Sommers, Politics of Guilt

Here’s Sommers on why ordinary Whites complain about racial discrimination:

Jockeying for Stigma

If anything, many whites now believe that it’s anti-white bias that’s on an upswing, to the point where it’s even more prevalent than anti-black bias — a sentiment not shared by blacks. Why would the perception of anti-white bias have increased dramatically among whites, particularly in recent years?
As a result, there’s a “jockeying for stigma” among groups in America today. This competition is surprising because being marginalized often equates to being powerless, yet many whites now use their sense of marginalization as a rallying cry toward action. Already, this sentiment is affecting political discourse, as shown by the rise of the Tea Party and the growing number of lawsuits alleging “reverse racism.”

It seems that the good professor stumbled upon the politics of guilt and pity. Unfortunately, he has his colors mixed up a bit — but at least he’s getting the rules of the game down.

Not incidentally, I emailed Sommers concerning his statement that:

[Whites belief that anti-White racism is a bigger problem than anti-black racism] is a pretty surprising finding when you think of the wide range of disparities that still exist in society, most of which show black Americans with worse outcomes than whites in areas such as income, home ownership, health and employment.

As he seemed to assume that disproportionaliites are evidence of racism (and conclude that Blacks suffer worse racism because they have worse outcomes), I felt it necessary to remind him of the disparities in general mental ability (GMA) and that these disparities were the proximate cause of many of those he referred to — for example “worse outcomes … in … employment.” His reply:

John, I am very familiar with the literature you’re referring to and I could not disagree more with your assessment above. I most definitely do not *know* of this so-called deficit in ability, nor does a balanced read of the literature [Chuck: I requested references but Mr Sommers did not grace me with a reply] support such an assertion.

This explained quite a bit (about the color confusion). Proximate Cause, Folks. Proximate cause.

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One Response to Sommers, Politics of Guilt

  1. Kiwiguy says:

    ***nor does a balanced read of the literature support such an assertion***

    It would be good if would provide a reading list.

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