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Sunday, July 26, 2015

A matter of logic

The next time someone accuses you of racism for having recited a statistic, reply:

There is a world of difference between judging a person by his race and judging a race by its people. To do the former is completely unfair. But not to do the latter is simply ostrich-like.

This is simple, straightforward logic, yet in the current hysterical atmosphere that surrounds all talk about race, it seems to escape a lot of people.

To judge someone by his race is essentially to play favorites, which means that someone is being unfairly handicapped.

To judge a race by its people merely means that one has kept one's eyes open. This is something everybody does, though an awful lot of people seem to pretend not to see anything.

To notice that different races have different propensities is intrinsically no more evil than, say, to notice that men tend to be more muscular than women.

How would that make you evil?

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

This is another good post.

-birdie

John Craig said...

Birdie --
Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Have you seen interviews with or read anything by Tanehisi Coates?

John Craig said...

Anon --
I've never taken the trouble to read any of his essays in their entirety, but have read several excerpts of things he's written, mostly via Steve Sailer. I tend to agree with Sailer's take on what I've read.