Kristof: War on Crimethink Must be Waged in the Subconcious


In “Is Everyone a Little Bit Racist?,” NYT columnist Nicholas Kristof says we must redouble The War on Subconscious Crimethink:

… Young black men in America suffer from widespread racism and stereotyping, by all society — including African-Americans themselves.

Research in the last couple of decades suggests that the problem is not so much overt racists. Rather, the larger problem is a broad swath of people who consider themselves enlightened, who intellectually believe in racial equality, who deplore discrimination, yet who harbor unconscious attitudes that result in discriminatory policies and behavior.

… School administrators suspend black students at more than three times the rate of white students. …

“There’s a whole culture that promotes this idea of aggressive young black men,” Correll notes. “In our minds, young black men are associated with danger.”

Further evidence for these unconscious attitudes toward race come from implicit association tests, a window into how our unconscious minds work.

I’ve cited this many times before, such as in my 2013 Taki’s Magazine article, but here’s a fairly crisp version:

The best current data on rates of killing by race are found in a 2011 Obama Administration report on homicide numbers, “Homicide Trends in the United States, 1980-2008” by Alexia Cooper and Erica L. Smith of the federal Bureau of Justice Statistics:

“Based on available data from 1980 to 2008—

“Blacks were disproportionately represented as both homicide victims and offenders.…The offending rate for blacks (34.4 per 100,000) was almost 8 times higher than the rate for whites (4.5 per 100,000).”

And here is Cooper’s and Smith’s boss, Barack Obama, explaining how he profiles black youths in Dreams from My Father.