Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Are Racial Differences Racist?

Many years ago, I briefly watched a retrospective of the TV show Good Times, an all-black sit com which I, white, watched and liked in my teens - although I confess I found JJ (Jimmie Walker) annoying with his "Dynomite" schtick.

In this retrospective, the actor playing Ralph Carter - Michael Evans, explained why John Amos as James Evans Sr. left the show. I can't remember exactly what he said, but it was something like, "In black culture, the father musn't be outshone by the son. The writers were making JJ the star of the series, and as the father, James Evans couldn't be asked to put up with that."

And let us not forget that when talking about Kwanzaa, etc, black advocates are talking about celebrating black culture. And if they're celebrating black culture, it must be different from white culture, correct? In what ways is it different, hm?

Well, one way in which it is different -- now -- is that 75 percent of all black children are born out of wedlock, as opposed to something like 30% for whites. Most black kids are second or third generation single parents, and believe it or not, if you grow up in a home with only one parent, especially if its an unmarried and uneducated mother, your'e going to be poor. (IF a kid, regardless of race, has a kid at age 15, they typically can't or don't want to finish their education, thus, uneducated.)

And single mothers raise their kid(s) differently than do dual-parent households. Because most of them are on welfare, they teach their kids not to take anything from anybody, so several generations of kids have been brought up to be a bit more violent than white kids. (Don't get me wrong. White kids can be plenty sadistic. So can Asians. People are people. But I'm takling about the differences generated by how parents raise kids differently.)

Point is, this study that Newsweek published, with the magazine cover, Is Your Baby Racist, talked about 100 white kids ages 5-7, who said that black kids were meaner than white kids.

Now, why does that make these kids racist? Can it be that black kids are meaner than white kids? Because black kids have been taught to be very prickly, to see offense everywhere, etc. etc.?

But, no. 100 kids say black kids are meaner than white kids, they must be racist.

Here are a few articles which show that children of different races are discplined differently...therefore they act different than other children... it is not racist to perceive differences in attitudes among different races...


This was an interesting comment to the blog question:

if u r over thirty and don't know "the switch" you are not only just "lucky" you ain't BLACK!!! haha I get chills just thinking about the switch, and unfortunately for us, it was NOT just "for show."

You can't read the above link without getting a subscription to the site, but this is interesting:

A new study shows that this generalization may be true with White children, but it is not true for Black children. The study also proves that child development research has frequently neglected cultural and ethnic distinction.

The study recruited 466 White and 100 Black families between 1987 and 1988 in Knoxville and Nashville, TN, and Bloomington, IN. The mothers of the families were interviewed at ...

First off, how can you come to any wide-reaching conclusion whatsoever when your study consists of 566 kids. Out of how many in the US. Millions and millions. And then again, 366 more white kids than black get tested...obviously things are going to be weighted/skewed a bit.

Yet these kinds of studies, with such small sample sizes, are reported as if they prove everything.

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