Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
Here we go again. Liberals deploying statistics as weapons without understanding how to operate them.
First chart: White household income is twice Blacks’. Yes, but a “household” is a family unit. A two-parent family household with both parents working $15 an hour jobs makes $60,000. If the family splits up or never marries, the same parents working the same jobs are reported as only $30,000 per household. Whites are twice as likely to get married and stay married as Blacks so their household numbers reflect combined totals instead of single-parent totals. This is a cultural choice, not systemic racism.
First chart notes that Blacks get paid less than Whites. Yes, because Blacks work lower skilled jobs than Whites, because of the educational “achievement gap” which has stubbornly persisted for decades despite all efforts to change it. Individual Achievement Plans, Affirmative Action, school funding, court monitors, forced bussing . . . nothing changes the fact that Black kids do less well academically than White or Asian kids. Which might be because Black kids are simply not as smart, as IQ researchers consistently find, or because Black culture deplores “acting White” but protects disruptive Black students who are passed along to avoid trouble. This is not systemic racism against Blacks.
Second chart – Minnesotans in poverty – is the result of broken households and also family size. Black women tend to have more children than White. More people in a single-income household = closer to poverty. This is a consequence of cultural choices (not to marry and stay married, to have more children), not systemic racism against Blacks.
Third chart: Black unemployment is 40%. Point the finger directly at Governor Walz for that one. He shut down “non-essential” businesses which tended to employ more Blacks. But as stupid as the Stay Home order was, it wasn’t intentional racism, it was a panic response to the Covid pandemic. But even before the shut-down, Black unemployment was still twice that of Whites.
That’s not because of intentional racial discrimination, it’s because Minnesota’s economy is largely white-collar which requires educated workers (see education gap, above) plus we’ve experienced a huge influx of low-skilled Black immigrants. There are only so many taxi driver jobs available; the rest sit idle. These are functions of economics and immigration, not systemic racism.
Final chart: Blacks are more likely to die of Covid than Whites. Nobody knows why that’s so. It’s an interesting fact but it cannot be the result of systemic racism – the virus hasn’t been around long enough for Whites to develop plans and methods of discriminating against Blacks based on the virus. Maybe it’s genetic?
We are endlessly lectured by Liberals that all cultures are equally valid, and therefore Whites have no moral grounds to impose our culture on other people. Fine, but that also means we have no duty to ensure their cultural choices result in the same achievement outcomes as ours. Stay in school, get a job, wait to have kids until you’re married: these are the keys to academic and economic success in America, regardless of your race. But the keys only work if you’re willing to use them. Otherwise, you remain locked out of prosperity and it’s nobody’s fault but your own.
For some, blame is easier than fixing the problem. And we have an entire political party devoted to harnessing that fact.