A comment on the post, Black Males and Testosterone: Evolution and Perspectives, exemplifies a typical way that liberals dodge the issue of race realism. That post really makes Black people mad! I’m not sure why, really. The post merely notes that Blacks, in particular males, and especially young Black males, seem to have levels of aggression and violence far beyond what typically manifests in other races. It’s not that Blacks are violent and other races are not; all humans are naturally violent. But Blacks seem to be quite a bit more violent on average than other races. Looking over the data, this seems to hold true across cultures, in the West, in Europe, in the Caribbean, in Brazil and in Africa. Furthermore, it seems to hold true for different types of Blacks. One could argue that only African-Americans are violent and say Africans are not. Yet when ordinary Africans are imported to the West via refugee programs, their aggressive and antisocial behavior looks quite a bit like their African-American brethren. Australia is now going to stop taking Sudanese refugees due to the tremendous amounts of crime they are committing. Their crime rate seems to be about 12X above the average for Australians as a whole. Jamaicans in the UK commit a tremendous amount of crime, particularly violent crime. At 2 In the UK, police in London began requiring a Form 696 before music events. It turns out that the purpose of the form is to find out if bashment, R&B or garage music is going to be played at an event and what ethnic groups would be there. You need to turn in a form to get approval for the gig. Although it looks like gigs with these forms of music were all approved anyway, police wanted to know beforehand if this type of music was going to be played. The article beats around the bush claiming that that music is popular with “Asian and Black” fans. As it turns out, it’s only popular with Blacks (read: Jamaicans). I guess when this sort of music is played, lots of cops show up keep a lid on things. Violence at gigs declined by 14 We’ve heard depressing stories like this too many times, but I repeat it to show that Black violence is not confined to the US somehow. Black states in the Caribbean often have very high violent crime and especially homicide rates. South Africa leads the world in violent crime. The fact that it seems like wherever we find large numbers of Blacks, we find lots of crime, violence and especially violent crime seems to shoot down the liberal explanations. This is where Liberal Race Realism comes in. Liberal Race Realism is going to reject the standard liberal explanations. These explanations are that poverty, racism, and the lingering effects of colonialism and slavery are responsible for astronomical Black crime and violent crime levels. The more you think about this explanation, the more silly it seems, but it lingers nevertheless, and in fact it is the dominant explanation for Black crime in the West. This is unfortunate. You can’t even begin to solve problems until you figure out what’s causing them. As long as we have the cause wrong, we’re never going to get a lid on matters. The article argued that Black crime, especially Black violent crime, is nearly a public health crisis. The victims of this public health crisis are by and large Black folks themselves. So it would seem that Blacks would want to get a handle on this matter one way or another. The article offered several explanations for high Black crime and violent crime and offered some tentative though unsavory possible ameliorations of the problem. One thing that Liberal Race Realism might offer in this bleak situation is a suggestion that Blacks may differ in the genetic, cultural, behavioral, cognitive and emotional cards that they bring to the table. Therefore, if we are going to try to deal with Black crime, what anti-crime measures work for say, Japanese or Mexicans or American Whites might not work for Blacks. Things that motivate Whites might not motivate Blacks. If we recognize that Blacks are different, one suggestion is that Blacks may need specifically tailored programs that work best for them. If we just throw Program X at a multiracial group, maybe only some of the groups will respond. So Liberal Race Realism would focus on which social ameliorative measures work best for Blacks. Who cares if they work for Hispanics, Hmong or Tennessee hillbillies? What works for them may fail with Blacks. A teacher at the nearby college has figured out a way to teach math to female college students. Using this method, females don’t do as well as males, but they do do better than before. Getting back to commenter, he asked me if making nuclear, chemical and biological weapons is “civilized” behavior. He was suggesting that White folks making Minuteman missiles is the same Blacks rampaging through Detroit every Hell Night and burning down half the city. This is a typical anti-racist rejoinder when we talk about Black crime or social pathologies in general. It’s a Tim Wise answer that doesn’t solve anything, all it does it divert the discussion. Supposedly the out of control murder rate in New Orleans is the same thing as the Pentagon’s weapons program. I suppose this is interesting as a philosophical question for philosophers or philosophy students, but it has no meaning in the real world. Would you rather live in the Hell of New Orleans or Detroit, with a South African type crime rate, or in some tony lily-White neighborhood with the sort of White folks who work on advanced weapons systems for the Pentagon? Most folks would rather live in Brentwood than Detroit. Granted, making nuclear bombs is nasty business, but nuclear engineers are not going to carjack me, rape my sister, murder my neighbor, mug my brother or hold up the liquor store and pistol-whip the owner. In other words, the fact that you live in a neighborhood full of guys who work at Livermore Labs is kind of creepy, but it’s completely safe. While living among the feral young Black thugs of Washington DC’s ghettos is downright dangerous to your health.
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