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Response to JustAnotherGen (Reply #2)

Thu Jan 22, 2015, 01:49 AM

6. It is a form of "whataboutery" or the "big but" syndrome (but, but, but...)

There is a disproportionate amount of blacks in jail.
There is a disproportionate amount of Jews in the media.
There is a disproportionate amount of gays with STIs.

What they all have in common is their "whataboutery" and are often used when the majority group is "under attack". It takes real world data and distorts it to fit a narrative which is only partly true. It is similar to the sin of omission; they leave out relevant information which explains why those true statements are true. In a stand-alone position, those statements seem very damning, but in reality, they point to something more sinister (in the case of AA incarceration), something more ignorant (in the case of the Jews), and more devious (in the case of gays). It is using statistics in a vacuum and using numbers in a less than honest way.

There is a post in GD about gated communities, and it reminded me of something from a recent on-line test I took. Which population, in the US, is most segregated? I chose Native American....I was wrong. It is white people! By far, that ethnic group, of which I am a part, is the most segregated community in the United States of America! IMO, it explains quite a bit as to why some (many?) white people have problems with "the other." They don't experience anything outside their own reality, this includes portrayals in the media, print and image.

The 'Black on Black' distortion, is just that, a distortion to further ingrain already deep stereotypes and prejudices. It leads to false questions like: why should we (whites) worry about white on black crime when they have so many problems in their own community? and "if they are committing more crimes against each other, why is white on black crime a so-called "race issue" and not just an issue of crime?". Once those questions are asked, and others like them, they (the askers) just go further and further down a hole of racism, isolationism, and insular thinking. I have found when those questions are asked, the person asking is likely too far gone and any hope for rehabilitation will be a long, arduous task.

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