Systemic Racism is a myth pushed by the radical left to divide this country. Most studies and data debunk systemic racism.
MYTH: The United States has systemic racism. Racism or discrimination is embedded in the laws and institutions of our society. It manifests in areas such as criminal justice, employment, housing, health care, education, and political representation.
REALITY: There is no such thing as systemic racism in the United States. There are disparities between races in the United States, but none of those disparities are a result of racial bias or unjust laws. The data and literature on the subject doesn’t point to systemic racism. Instead, it points to a host of other factors, like education, family structure, and culture. When it comes to police shootings, being arrested, median household income, education, loan requirements, and criminal justice, there’s no racial bias. If there’s no racial bias against blacks or other minorities, then there’s no systemic racism. (Check below for more evidence and information)
No one is denying that there is the unequal outcome, corruption, or individual cases of racism; but none of it is because of systemic racism.
What the left does is they’ll show studies of unequal outcomes as evidence of systemic racism. Unequal outcomes aren’t evidence of unequal opportunity. For example, if black people are disproportionately more likely to get arrested, two possible conclusions can be drawn: either the police are racist and lock up black people for no reason; or black people are more likely to commit crimes, which results in them being more likely to be arrested.
So, how do you determine which one it is? You determine it by looking at the data. The data does not support officers having racial bias, but the data does support that black people, on average, are more likely to commit crimes. Therefore we know why they’re more likely to be arrested. (Check No Racial Bias In Arresting below for more information). This is just one example of many that show that a disparity isn’t the result of racism.
The disparities in the U.S. are not explained by racism; but it is explained by factors like education, family structure, and other lifestyle choices.
For example, the high school dropout rate for Hispanics and blacks is higher than the dropout rate for whites and Asians. In addition, according to government data, seventy-two percent of black babies are born to unmarried mothers today. Being a high school dropout or coming from a single-parent household negatively contributes more to your life than nonexistent systemic racism.
According to Professor Andre M. Archie, “Income, health, and education inequality will persist until black families are made whole mostly by their efforts and can give their children all the psychological tools needed to be happy and successful. Success is a cumulative process, and the once widely agreed-on cultural precepts still hold: that you should, for example, get an education, get married before you have children, and obey the law.”
As Brown University economist and social scientist Prof. Glenn Loury wrote, “The invocation of ‘systemic racism’ in political arguments is both a bluff and a bludgeon. It allows those who use the term to invoke shadowy structural causes that are never fully specified” and ignores how disparities have multiple, interacting causes, ranging from culture to politics to economics.”
The article displays 26 charts that illustrate disparities between black and white people.
According to the article, “These 26 charts show the extent of racial disparities in America, in areas like employment, wealth, education, home ownership, healthcare, and incarceration.”
The article shows a list of disparities, but they never show the cause of the disparities. The authors take it upon themselves to conclude that the cause is racism. This is false.
Below, I debunk the notion that these various disparities are caused by racism.
WHITE PRIVILEGE MYTH
There isn’t a specific law that specifically gives a white person an advantage. On the other hand, some laws give minorities advantages, like affirmative action. When you ask a left-winger to cite a specific law or policy that gives whites the upper hand, they can’t come up with one.
According to the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States, Asians are more than 50% less likely to be killed by police than white people.
A 2015 analysis of the Philadelphia Police Department, by the Justice Department, found that white police officers were less likely than black officers to shoot unarmed black suspects.
According to a large study conducted by African-American Harvard Economist Roland Fryer, there’s no racial bias in police shootings. The study examined more than 1,000 shootings in 10 major police departments, in Texas, Florida, and California.
UNARMED POLICE SHOOTINGS
According to the Census Bureau, there are 41.6 million black people in the United States.
According to the Police Blue Nation Organization, there are now “more than 900,000 sworn law enforcement officers now serving in the United States.”
Despite, the high number of officers and the large black population, there were only 27 unarmed black men were killed in 2019, according to Mapping Police Violence.
The odds of an unarmed black man being shot dead by a police officer are about the same as being struck by lightning.
A 2018 study conducted by Jon Shane and Zoë Swenson, two criminal justice researchers, found that an overwhelming majority (90%) of times an officer used lethal force against unarmed suspects, it was because the officer felt their life was in danger— not racism. The other 10% of cases involved “accidental shootings or unintentional discharges.”
“The study’s findings show that when police officers used deadly force during an encounter with an unarmed citizen, the officer or a third person was facing imminent threat of death or serious injury in the vast majority of situations. Moreover, when police officers used force, their actions were almost always consistent with the accepted legal and policy principles that govern law enforcement in the overwhelming proportion of encounters (as measured by indictments).”
According to Lexipol, of the 90%, the suspects had been “attempting to disarm an officer, drown an officer, throw an officer from a bridge or rooftop, strangle an officer, gesturing as if armed with a real weapon, keeping hands concealed despite commands and charging toward an officer with apparent intent to assault.”
If you are a law-abiding citizen, your chances of being shot by the police are almost nonexistent.
White people on average have a higher median household income, but it doesn’t have to do with skin color. Other ethnic and racial groups far exceed white Americans.
According to 2018 median household income data from American Community Survey, Asian Americans had by far the highest median household income ($87,243) in the United States. This far surpasses the median household income of white Americans ($65,902).
Nigerian Americans also had a higher median household income ($68,658) than white Americans.
Indian Americans had the highest median household income in the country ($126,705).
Whites are also lagging behind some other ethnic groups. Whites had a median household income lower than Pakistani Americans ($98,212), Iranian Americans ($87,288), Syrian Americans ($74,047), Turkish Americans ($83,375), Egyptian Americans ($67,187), Ecuadorian Americans ($66,971), Colombian Americans ($66,875), and Peruvian Americans ($66,845).
Furthermore, if you break down black people by different cultures or ethnicity, you’ll see major income differences. For instance, in 2012, the poverty rate for Nigerians was 12.8%, Jamaicans were 14.8%, and Ethiopians 19.7%. All the rates were significantly lower than the rate of 28% for blacks as a whole. Both Jamaicans and Nigerians had poverty rates that were below the national average of 14.9%.
As a result, comparing results for people of the same color but different culture is a valuable tool to indicate other factors besides discrimination at work.
As Africa American economist Thomas Sowell wrote, “Blacks may ‘all look alike’ to racists, but there are profound internal cultural differences among blacks.”
2020 Census Bureau data shows that blacks are significantly less likely to attend and graduate college than whites, but this isn’t explained by racism. According to the Census Bureau, the percentage of adults aged 25 and older with a bachelor’s degree was 36%. 41.9% of the Non-Hispanic white population had a bachelor’s degree, 28.1% of the black population had a bachelor’s degree, 61% of the Asian population had a bachelor’s degree, and 20.6% of the Hispanic population had a bachelor’s degree.
There isn’t just a disparity between blacks and other groups, there’s a disparity amongst themselves. Black women are significantly more likely to graduate college than black men. According to the American Association of University Women, “Among Black students in higher education, women are more likely than men to earn degrees: Black women get 64.1% of bachelor’s degrees, 71.5% of master’s degrees and 65.9%of doctoral, medical, and dental degrees.” Systemic racism can not explain why black women are significantly more likely to attend and graduate college than black men.
Census Bureau data also shows that 63% of Nigerian Americans are college graduates, compared to 28.1% of black Americans as a whole. Nigerian Americans are significantly more likely to graduate college than white Americans and significantly outearn them. This can’t be explained by systemic racism.
2019 U.S. census data shows that only 23% of black Americans have a college degree compared to 79% of Taiwanese Americans and 61% of Korean Americans who have a college degree. Of course, Korean and Taiwanese Americans have significantly higher median incomes than black Americans.
According to Pew Research, “More than half of Asians ages 25 and older (54%) have a bachelor’s degree or more education, compared with 33% of the U.S. population in the same age range… Indians ages 25 and older have the highest level of educational attainment among U.S. Asians, with 75% holding a bachelor’s degree or more in 2019.”
This is another contradiction that refutes systemic racism. Skin color doesn’t play a role in educational success.
The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) conducted a review in 2013 to see if racial bias was responsible for the higher rates of traffic stops among black people.
They cited several studies that showed racial bias was not responsible for the higher rates of traffic stops.
One of the studies they cite was a federally funded study conducted in Savannah, Georgia.
The NIJ explained, “In Savannah, Ga., trained observers accompanied police officers on 132 tours and focused on officers’ decision-making and discretion before a traffic stop. Officers were questioned every time someone aroused their suspicions. Among those who evoked suspicion, 74 percent were male and 71 percent were minorities. Suspicious behavior, a traffic offense, “looking nervous” or similar behavior accounted for 66 percent of the officers’ reactions; 18 percent were the result of information they had received to be on the lookout for a suspect; 10 percent because someone was where he or she would not be expected to be, and 6 percent because of the person’s appearance. Officers stopped individuals under suspicion 59 percent of the time, but the suspect’s race did not affect the outcome of the stop. The authors concluded that the results did not support the perception that a high level of discrimination occurs before a traffic stop.” The final report was sent to the National Institute of Justice on February 2006.
Another study that the NIJ cited was a study conducted in Cincinnati, Ohio. The NIJ said, “A study in Cincinnati found that Black drivers had longer stops and higher search rates than white drivers. However, when the researchers matched stops involving Black drivers with similarly situated white drivers, those stopped at the same time, place, and context (reason for the stop, the validity of the driver’s license, etc.), they found no differences. They concluded that differences in the time, place, and context of the stops were the cause of the longer stops and higher search rates.”
Both of these large-scale studies failed to find any connection that racial bias was responsible for blacks having higher rates of traffic stops.
In 2019, Indian Americans had a poverty rate of 6%, which is far below the poverty rate of white Americans. This is despite having a similar melanin content to African Americans.
The disparity for black Americans isn’t just among white Americans, it’s also among themselves.
As Thomas Sowell wrote, “Blacks may ‘all look alike’ to racists, but there are profound internal cultural differences among blacks.”
As a result, comparing poverty rates for groups of the same color but different culture is an effective way of measuring if other factors other than discrimination are at work.
For example, in 2012, the U.S. poverty rate for Nigerians was 12.8%, Jamaicans 14.8%, and Ethiopians 19.7%. All rates were significantly lower than the rate of 28% for blacks as a whole. Both Jamaicans and Nigerians had poverty rates that were below the national average of 14.9%.
These results explain why Jamaicans and Ethiopians outearn blacks overall. Racial discrimination is incapable of explaining this.
NO RACIAL BIAS IN ARRESTING
The amount and rate of black people being incarcerated strongly reflect the number of crime victims who identify the perpetrator as black. This is confirmed when you compare Uniform Crime Report with the National Crime Victimization Survey, which is strikingly similar. This confirms that black people are only being arrested for the crimes they commit.
According to a January 2021 report by the Bureau of Justice Statistics, there’s no statistically significant difference between criminal activity and arrest for African Americans. The report confirmed that black people are not being wrongfully arrested.
According to an article written for the Manhattan Institute, “A recent study by an economist at Maryland’s Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation found that race does not affect a civilian’s risk of injury o,r death following an arrest or a police stop; blacks and whites face an equal chance of getting injured or killed by a police officer.”
Black people commit crimes at a significantly higher rate than any other group, which explains why they’re more likely to be incarcerated. According to the Wall Street Journal‘s Jason Riley, “Blacks commit violent crimes at 7 to 10 times the rate that whites do.”
According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, African Americans committed a majority (52%) of all murders between 1980 and 2008, despite only making up 13% of the population.
Some say higher crime rates amongst the black community are also explained by systemic racism and white privilege. This doesn’t make any sense. According to Jason Riley, “Black crime rates were lower in the 1940s and 1950s when black poverty was higher” and “racial discrimination was rampant and legal.”
Government data also shows that Black kids are significantly more likely to get in trouble for breaking the rules in school, this can be thought of as an indicator of future criminal activity.
Further debunking the narrative, Asian Americans are significantly less likely to be incarcerated. According to the Urban Institute, “From available data, we know that Asians are largely underrepresented in the federal criminal justice system, as they make up 5.6 percent of the US population but only 1.5 percent of the federal prison population.”
A study conducted by the RAND corporation found no evidence of racial bias in the decision for federal prosecutors to seek the death penalty.
This study was one of the most thorough examinations ever performed on federal death penalty prosecutions. The researchers examined 652 individuals who were charged with the death penalty between Jan. 1, 1995, and July 31, 2000.
They concluded that race didn’t play a factor when determining the death penalty. The “decisions were driven by the heinousness of crimes rather than race.”
Stephen Klein, a RAND senior research scientist and co-leader of the research project, said, “Our findings support the idea that race was not a factor in the decision to seek the death penalty once we adjusted for the circumstances of the crime. We were surprised by how well we could predict the decision to seek the death penalty based on the nature of the crime.”
BEING DENIED A LOAN
According to a 1.3 million dollar study conducted by Freddie Mac, the federally backed home mortgage company that buys mortgages on the secondary market, African-Americans are significantly more likely to have bad credit scores than Caucasians.
According to BadCredit.org, “The study compared the credit scores of members of each ethnic group, leading to data that shows Caucasians earning less than $25,000 per year were likely to have better credit scores than African-Americans earning between $65,000 and $75,000 per year. Overall, the study found that 27 percent of all credit reports belonging to Caucasians were poor, compared to 48 percent of those belonging to African-Americans. Only 28 percent of Hispanics were found to have bad credit.”
Black people being more likely to have a bad credit score is why they’re more likely to be turned down for a home loan. Poverty or racism can not explain why black people are more likely to have bad credit scores, considering black people with a higher income had a worse credit scores than whites with a lower income.
According to a University of Tennessee study, black people were twice as likely to be rejected for their loan applications at black-owned banks, compared to white-owned banks. White-owned banks rejected 16.7% of black loan applicants while black-owned banks rejected 38.4% of black loan applicants.
The University of Tennessee researchers concluded that economic factors, not racial bias, were responsible for the results.
These are not consequences of racism. Obesity is a consequence of what you put in your body. In addition, obesity is associated with an increased risk of almost all pregnancy complications; as well as an increased risk for other serious diseases and health conditions. So, 21 through 24 can be either completely or partially explained by obesity, which is self-induced.
According to the CDC, “Medical Complications of Obesity – Obesity affects many body parts: brain (stroke); throat (sleep apnea, snoring); lungs (lung disease, asthma, pulmonary blood clots); heart (heart disease, diabetes, abnormal lipid profile, high blood pressure); liver (liver disease, fatty liver, cirrhosis); pancreas (pancreatitis); gall bladder (gallstones); uterus (female disorders, abnormal periods, infertility); knees (arthritis); calves (inflamed veins, often with blood clots); feet (gout); breast, uterus, colon, esophagus, pancreas, kidney, prostate (cancer).”
HUGE SUCCESS AT DECREASING RACISM
According to a Gallup poll, from the 1950s to 1990s, the portion of white Southerners who said they would be willing to vote for a black president increased from 8% to 95%.
In 2007, Gallup found that less than 5% of Americans said they would not vote for a Black person.
According to a 2021 Gallup survey, 75% of Americans think immigration is good for this country compared to 24% who thought it was bad. Immigration was seen more favorably in 2021 than it was in 2001. In 2001, 62% of Americans think immigration is good for this country compared to 31% who thought it was bad.
According to a 2020 study by the World Values Survey, the United States and other Western countries have the most tolerant people in the world. The study was conducted in over 80 countries and the results were based on survey questions related to your ideal neighbor. Participants who didn’t want neighbors “of a different race” were deemed racially intolerant. The study results showed that North America, along with most of South America, Australia, and Europe were among the least intolerant places in the world. The Middle East, China, and Africa are considered the most intolerant. So, the data illustrates that Weste societies have produced the most tolerant people.
A study by sociologist Lincoln Quillian, from Northwestern University, found that hiring discrimination was far worse in Europe than in the United States.
“The researchers examined more than 200,000 job applications in nine different countries: Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Great Britain, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, and the United States… Quillian and his colleagues measured the level of discrimination by calculating the percentage of interview callbacks a white native person received compared to a person who is not white. France and Sweden had the highest levels of hiring discrimination, while the U.S., the Netherlands, and Germany had relatively lower levels.” (Do Some Countries Discriminate More Than Others? (2019). Institute for Policy Research: Northwestern University.)
Quillian explained that “no other countries require monitoring of the racial and ethnic makeup of ranks of employees as is required for large employers in the U.S. For instance, large employers in the U.S. are required to report race and ethnicity of employees at different ranks to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.”
At the height of the KKK, there were millions of members, mostly in the South. Currently, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, as of 2015 there were 190 KKK groups in the US with their combined membership numbering between 5,000 and 8,000. Going from millions to thousands is a significant decrease.
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