The Color Of Crime And The New Orleans Nightmare: George W. Bush vs. Jared Taylor

And so it begins

again

"President Bush, who had
just returned from his fourth visit to the Gulf Coast,
told an

audience at the National Cathedral
today that he
would use the rebuilding process to correct the poverty
born of racial discrimination that had left so many of
Hurricane Katrina`s victims vulnerable. `The greatest
hardship fell upon citizens already facing lives of
struggle: the elderly, the vulnerable and the poor,` he
said. `And this poverty has roots in generations of
segregation and discrimination that closed many doors of
opportunity. As we clear away the debris of a hurricane,
let us also clear away the legacy of inequality.`"[
Bush
says Reconstruction Must Address Poverty, Inequality,

By Emma Vaughan and Johanna Neuman

Los Angeles Times
September 16, 2005]

Of course, what we all saw on TV from New Orleans was
less the "legacy of inequality" with "roots in
generations of segregation and discrimination"
than
the full display, in the

absence of the Police Power
, of the modern black
underclass tendencies toward

violent criminality
and

feckless dependency
.

Indeed, the great majority of the thugs who
terrorized the

flood victims
and

rescue workers
were born long after

LBJ`s War on Poverty
began in 1965. Most, probably
after the last white mayor of New Orleans left office 27
years ago.

Yet, already our visual memories are being

overwritten
by the professional word-slingers
because—as

John Derbyshire
recently pointed out in a column
that got spiked by National Review for the
tautological reason cited in its title—"You
Can`t Talk About That
."

So, now, 41 years after LBJ`s, we have

GWB`s War on Poverty
. The first one turned out to be
a moral disaster for

African-Americans,
helping their crime and
illegitimacy rates shoot upwards. But, judging by the
President`s recent speeches, he is gearing up, like a
French general in 1939, to refight the last

War on Poverty.

Will the new one turn out any better? Only if
America`s policy elite freely discusses what actually
are
the

problems of poor African Americans
—the ones that
cause too many of them to behave as we saw in New
Orleans.

And what are the odds of that?

Instead, the social engineering programs will be
designed to battle those ills that we are allowed to
write about: "segregation,"
"discrimination,"

and "inequality,"
to quote the President, who, I seem to recall, was

once a Republican.

Of course, one step the Bush Administration could
take to help poor blacks would be

enforce the laws
against the

illegal immigration
that drives down the wages
African-Americans

could
earn by

honest labor
.

But don`t expect any mention of that!

Here`s one simple test of whether the New, Improved
War on Poverty will be based on reality rather than
tired clichés: Will

Jared Taylor
`s fact-filled

new report
on racial difference in crime rates, an

updating
of his 1999 survey "The Color of Crime,"
[PDF]
be discussed openly in the press or will it be as
hushed up as the original?

I`m not optimistic.

The self-serving reasons that journalists don`t

write in public
what

everybody talks about in private
are thoroughly
entrenched.

Taylor notes:

"In total, blacks had the
highest incarceration rate at 7.2 times the
[nonHispanic]
white rate, followed by Hispanics, at 2.9 times the
white rate.
[American] Indians and Pacific
Islanders were imprisoned at about twice the white rate,
and Asians at only 22 percent of the white rate."

The

black imprisonment rate
is a striking 33 times
higher than the

Asian
imprisonment rate—a figure I`ve never seen
quantified before (although I don`t think anybody could
be too surprised by it).

These incarceration statistics, the report shows, are
very much in line with the racial patterns also seen in
both arrest rates and in the FBI`s Annual Survey Of

Crime Victims.

So unfairness in the justice system plays little or
no role in these disparities.

High

crime rates
in

black neighborhoods
are a terrible burden on local
entrepreneurs, thus holding back the economic
advancement of the race. But it is largely taboo to
discuss racial disparities in criminality in the
mainstream media, even though most of the data Taylor
assembles is currently available on scattered government
websites. For example, the federal Department of
Justice`s

page
on homicide statistics by race states,
"Blacks were 7 times more likely than whites to commit

homicide
in 2002."

I`m sure the statistics Taylor reports will be
dismissed simply because it will be easy to criticize
Taylor`s principles.

He and his journal,

American Renaissance
, espouse a

white nationalist
viewpoint. Of course,

Black
,

Hispanic
,

Asian
,

Armenian
,

Jewish
,

Arab
and all those other
cheerleaders-with-a-chip-on-their-shoulder activists
push for the interests of their ethnic groups too—but
that is different, apparently.

I disagree with Taylor`s principles. As I wrote in

VDARE.com last year
:

“Personally, I am a
citizenist
… My starting point in analyzing policies
is: `What is in the best overall interests of the
current citizens of the United States?`

“In contrast, so many
others think in terms of: `What is in the best interest
of my: identity group / race / ethnicity / religion /
bank account / class / ideology / clique / gender /
sexual orientation / party / and/or personal feelings of
moral superiority?`

“Precisely because basing
loyalties upon a legal category defined by our elected
representatives is so unnatural, it`s the least
destructive and most uplifting

form of allegiance
humanly possible on an effective
scale.”

Yet disputes over values are irrelevant to whether
the facts in Taylor`s report are correct or not.
(They are.)

Of course, that won`t keep Taylor`s report from being
denounced

ad hominem.

In 1942, George Orwell

famously observed
:

"Nazi theory indeed
specifically denies that such a thing as `the truth`
exists. There is, for instance, no such thing as
`Science.` There is only `German Science,` `Jewish
Science,` etc… This prospect frightens me much more than
bombs

And yet, this manner of thinking, this dismissal of

objective reality
in favor of assessing whose side
the speaker is on, is probably as popular today in
America as it was in Berlin and

Moscow
in Orwell`s day.

In recent weeks, I`ve

written extensively
about the

racial IQ gap
, a subject the press typically
ignores—or disseminates disinformation about. Still, we
shouldn`t blame them too much: IQ is a moderately
complex topic, one that many members of the press simply
aren`t smart enough and intellectually curious enough to
master.

In contrast, censoring the news about crime rates
can`t be blamed on journalists` stupidity. Instead, it
demonstrates an appalling degree of moral corruption in
our media because virtually every adult in America
knows there are racial differences in crime rates.

Everybody talks about real estate, and the

racial makeup
of

neighborhood
is the largest single factor driving
crime rates and thus differences in house prices and
apartment rents within a metropolis.

The media elite`s assumption appears to be that if
the public someday became aware of the truth about race,
then the American people would instantly dig up Hitler`s
ashes, clone his DNA, and elect Hitler 2.0 as
Fuhrer-for-Life.

Or something like that…

But, as I`ve been pointing out for a

decade
, most Americans do in fact know the basic
facts about race. They talk privately about them all the
time. And the world continues spinning on its axis. 

Instead, what we`re really not supposed to do is
write
about the facts for the elites interested in
public policy.

This 21st Century attitude toward thinking about race
contrasts strikingly with the Victorian attitude toward

thinking about sex.
  This was that the masses should
not be allowed

to read erotic materials
, but that the policy-making
elites did need the facts.

Consequently, the raffish adventurer

Sir Richard Burton
(not the actor, but the

Victorian explorer
,

writer
, and diplomat who was a model for Evelyn
Waugh`s Basil Seal) was knighted by Queen Victoria three
years after he published his translation of the


Kama Sutra.

Burton was Victorian Britain`s most prominent
advocate of

polygamy
, harem-keeping, and

Eastern erotica
. But he was also employed by the
Foreign Office for decades. Her Majesty`s Government
didn`t approve of Burton`s enthusiasm for non-Western
sexual mores and practices. But if they were going to
run the Empire, they knew they needed to understand
them.

In contrast, the American elite`s attitude is that
the worst sin is to try to understand race honestly.

So what exactly would happen if the press told the
truth? Would white neighborhoods have

higher housing prices than black neighborhoods?

Oh, wait, that already happens…

No, the main difference would be that if we could
honestly discuss how the world works, we could use
that understanding to craft policies more likely to
achieve the goals of the American people.

So why do the pundits and reporters lie? In my
experience, the liberal whites who run the media don`t
actually care much about blacks or other minorities. Nor
are they consumed by

White Guilt.

They`re not blaming themselves, you`ll notice,
just other white people, ones they

already despise
. What they truly care about is
claiming social superiority over other whites by
demonstrating their exquisite racial sensitivity.

The typical white intellectual considers himself
superior to ordinary white people for two contradictory
reasons:

  • b] He has a high IQ, but they don`t.

For this reason, Taylor`s strategy of wanting whites
to imitate the ethnocentrism of minorities, while it
will inevitably gain adherents as the white majority is

reduced
to a

white minority by immigration
, is highly unlikely to
succeed any time soon.  There is simply too much rivalry
among whites.

To many elite whites, minorities are just useful
pawns in the great game of clawing their way to the top
of the white status heap.

Which is, more or less, the only game in town.
Taylor`s dream of white solidarity has no appeal to
white intellectuals and writers simply because they
believe, condescendingly but also fairly accurately,
that they don`t face significant nonwhite competition.
The vast majority of their rivals are other whites.

For media people, white solidarity makes no more
sense than for Professional Golf Association stars like

Tiger Woods
and

Phil Mickelson
to agree to stop competing against
each other so they can band together to do battle with
the

Ladies Professional Golf Association.

Thus, America`s

verbal elite
favors

illegal immigration
—nobody from

Chiapas
is going to take their jobs.

For American citizens on the whole, however,
especially for

poor African-Americans
who desperately need the
dignity and the discipline provided by having a
decent-paying job, illegal immigration is a
massive problem.

Still, the American elite is going to pay at least
some of the taxes for the GWB War On Poverty. And Jared
Taylor`s data suggests that dumping dollars on the
problem won`t cure it this time either.


[Steve Sailer [email
him] is founder of the Human Biodiversity Institute and


movie critic
for


The American Conservative
.
His website


www.iSteve.blogspot.com
features his daily
blog.]