A scandal erupted in southern New Hampshire last week as the Brentwood Newsletter published a piece titled Racism: From a White Man’s Perspective. The backlash was swift.
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At a selectman’s meeting following publication, multiple people objected to the Newsletter printing the column, labeling it racist, and calling for the town to pull its yearly funding of $10,500.
Harsh retribution based on…what, exactly?
The article makes no mention of one race being superior or inferior to another, the common definition of racism. In fact, it begins with a list of political achievements made by black Americans, a typically anodyne conversation starter in our highly politicized era.
Assuming the detractors took the time to actually read the piece, their issue may lie with the author characterizing racism as “a lobbying tool, a means to an end.” Tough talk, but language echoed by Robert Woodson, founder of 1776 Unites when he stated that the civil rights movement has morphed into the civil rights industry.
But no matter. The author and the Newsletter had to be condemned pour encourager les autres.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that those who are the most ardent “anti-racists” are the most eager to silence free speech. Last month, I took a look at the exponential rise of Critical Race Theory in public discourse and asked a couple of basic questions that run counter to our prevailing cultural narrative, but rarely receive a public hearing.
A few weeks later, Tom Cotton had the opportunity to question Biden DOJ nominee Vanita Gupta on this topic. Ms. Gupta had previously stated that all Americans harbor implicit racial bias; Senator Cotton asked the simple follow up: as an American, whom is Ms. Gupta biased against? Sadly, Ms. Gupta was unable to provide specifics.
Too frequently, CRT adherents get away with this practice of smearing the opinions of others rather than proving their own theory, and when finally examined, they do not have any hard evidence to support their claims. They may espouse platitudes such as White Privilege or that America is a racist country, but where is the proof?
That there are statistical disparities between whites and minorities? Is there, or has there ever been, a country where there were no statistical disparities between groups?
Barrels of ink have been spilled attempting to explain, say, the income gap between blacks and whites, but we know that age is the most important variable when it comes to income level: younger people do not earn much money, but as they accumulate skills and experience, their wages rise as they age.
According to a recent Pew analysis of Census Bureau data, the most common age for a black American is 27, whereas the most common age for a white American is 58. The question is not why are there disparities between these two groups, but why would anyone expect the same results from two totally different groups in the first place.
The income gap between whites and blacks is narrower than that of Japanese Americans and Mexican Americans; are we to believe CRT logic that Japanese Americans are holding down Mexican Americans? Disparities do not prove discrimination.
To quote Eric Hoffer, “You can discover what your enemy fears most by observing the means he uses to frighten you.” Look around. What areas of the country have the highest crime rates, highest level of poverty, the worst school systems for blacks, and what do those areas all have in common politically?
It would serve the public well to stop and think about the sorts of folks eternally bemoaning racism and compare that with the ruin their policies have left in their wake.
Richard Malaby is a commercial glass project manager. He lives in Derry, New Hampshire with his wife and daughter