Or put more clearly: Do black people have a future?
Every year as the US once again celebrates “Black History Month,” everyone tries to ignore the fact that blacks still lag in educational achievement, in life expectancy, in wealth and income, and in a score of other marks of attainment and well-being. At the same time, blacks continue to lead in illegitimacy rates, incarceration rates, most disease rates, community drug abuse, rates of crime and violence, and government dependency.
Leftists claim to champion the advancement of black people, but anywhere leftists gain power, the plight of black people just gets worse. Intelligent blacks often come to hate and disdain white leftists as posturing fools and hypocrites.
My problem with Liberalism is that it’s more concerned with policing people’s language and thoughts without requiring them to do anything to fix the problem. White liberal college students speak of “safe spaces”, “trigger words”, “micro aggressions” and “white privilege” while not having to do anything or, more importantly, give up anything. They can’t even have a conversation with someone who sees the world differently without resorting to calling someone a racist, homophobic, misogynistic, bigot and trying to have them banned from campus, or ruin them and their reputation. They say they feel black peoples’ pain because they took a trip to Africa to help the disadvantaged, but are unwilling to go to a black neighborhood in the City in which they live. These same college students will espouse the joys of diversity, but will in the same breath assume you are only on campus because of affirmative action or that all black people grew up in poverty. My personal favorite is declaring with surprise how articulate a black classmate is despite the fact that we are attending the same institution of higher learning as they are.
The White Liberal culture encourages talking about diversity and shaming others for their alleged racism, but many times they themselves work in environments that are mostly white. When questioned they’ll defensively state that they promote strictly on merit. Black people aren’t suggesting that we want someone unqualified to get the position, but I find it telling that they assume that we are not qualified. These same Liberals are quick to be against school choice, while their kids go to private or well-regarded public schools. Leaving poor black children behind in underperforming schools and providing less opportunity to improve their lives is inconsequential to keeping true to their white liberal politics.Smug Leftist Hypocrites
While many intelligent blacks stand in contempt of white leftists, some black professors are viewing the black students themselves with contempt. Black students want to be seen as victims, then turn around and expect to be promoted without even trying to learn anything.
In his book, McWhorter uses observation, personal anecdotes and others’ research to support his conclusions. He describes how a band of black kids tormented him for being a good speller when he was young and moves on from there.
In one of the most disturbing sections of the book, he tells story after story of black UC undergraduates he has taught who had spotty attendance records, disappeared without explanation, avoided research, were generally disengaged or flunked out.
“. . . In my years of teaching, I have never had a student disappear without explanation, or turn in a test that made me wonder how she could have attended class and done so badly, who was not African American,” he writes.
He is convinced that black people think of school as a “white” thing: “The sad but simple fact is that while there are some excellent black students, on the average, black students do not try as hard as other students. . . . All of these students belong to a culture infected with an anti-intellectual strain, which subtlely but decisively teaches them from birth not to embrace schoolwork too wholeheartedly.”Black Students Just Don’t Try
This is not always true. People such as Ben Carson or Thomas Sowell demonstrate what happens when intelligent blacks took advantage of the opportunities that society gave them. Intelligent and ambitious people can succeed in an opportunity society, regardless of race. The problem is that leftists want to destroy the opportunity society by trying to force feed an imaginary equality down the throats of society.
What Genetics Tells Us
If black nations fall behind, black cities fall behind, black neighborhoods fall behind, and black people as a group fall behind statistically virtually every time careful comparisons are made, what could be at the bottom of all of the discrepancies?
New analyses of the human genome have established that human evolution has been recent, copious, and regional. Biologists scanning the genome for evidence of natural selection have detected signals of many genes that have been favored by natural selection in the recent evolutionary past. No less than 14% of the human genome, according to one estimate, has changed under this recent evolutionary pressure.
Analysis of genomes from around the world establishes that there is a biological basis for race, despite the official statements to the contrary of leading social science organizations. An illustration of the point is the fact that with mixed race populations, such as African Americans, geneticists can now track along an individual’s genome, and assign each segment to an African or European ancestor, an exercise that would be impossible if race did not have some basis in biological reality.Race and Genetics
The above article is not politically correct, but the line of reasoning it follows can help us to logically track down some of the basis for differences in achievement, life expectancy, disease rates, and crime rates between the different races of human beings.
Human evolution has not only been recent and extensive, it has also been regional. The period of 30,000 to 5,000 years ago, from which signals of recent natural selection can be detected, occurred after the splitting of the three major races, so represents selection that has occurred largely independently within each race. The three principal races are Africans (those who live south of the Sahara), East Asians (Chinese, Japanese, and Koreans), and Caucasians (Europeans and the peoples of the Near East and the Indian subcontinent). In each of these races, a different set of genes has been changed by natural selection. This is just what would be expected for populations that had to adapt to different challenges on each continent. The genes specially affected by natural selection control not only expected traits like skin color and nutritional metabolism, but also some aspects of brain function. Though the role of these selected brain genes is not yet understood, the obvious truth is that genes affecting the brain are just as much subject to natural selection as any other category of gene.Race and Genetics
And there, really is, the rub. It doesn’t take very much of a difference in brain function alleles for small biochemical distinctions to become large population differences over time, as populations grow and come face to face in competition with other populations that have evolved slightly different brain function alleles.
Criminologists have already discovered that certain brain alleles that predispose to a higher likelihood of violent anti-social behaviors, are more common in people of black African descent. And if blacks display a higher frequency of “bad brain alleles,” it is just as possible that blacks might display a lower frequency of “good brain alleles” which might have provided blacks with higher IQs and stronger executive functions than they turned out to have.
With marginally lower IQs and weaker impulse control, individuals can find themselves sinking to the bottom of population rankings in wealth and achievement, no matter what laws a society may pass in the effort to “wipe out racism.”
The statistical expectation from regional evolution over the past 50,000 years is that races which evolved under different evolutionary forcings will emerge from evolutionary “time trials” differently from each other, genotypically and phenotypically. And this is apparently what we are seeing.
And this is why we ask, “When will we have cause to celebrate Black Future Month?” Because the way societies are treating racial discrepancies now — as if they are the result of a vanishingly small racial discrimination instead of a glaringly large divergent evolutionary effect — is only going to make sure that blacks remain history. And that just plays into the hands of those who want to organize race hatred into perpetual violence and dissatisfaction.
When people are treated as individuals — rather than as mascots or hostages of some political group — they have a chance to pursue their dreams and goals. Leftists want to make martyrs of entire racial groups in order to attempt to prove an assertion that has not truth in reality. The end result of such pursuits can only be violence and ruin.
If society, on the other hand, steps away from the promotion of racial division and racial preferences, there is a chance that as individuals, people can discover their own way through the maze of opportunity — with appropriate assistance.