Thursday, July 05, 2007

Soft Bigotry

Walter E. Williams is out there shilling for racism again, in his latest article. Admittedly this isn't as bad as the time(s) he compared seeing a black male to seeing a tiger, but it's still not very good.

His point is that rather than conspiring against Blacks, Whites are simply not thinking about them at all.
Are white people obsessed with and engaged in a conspiracy against black people? I'm guessing no, and here's an experiment. Walk up to the average white person and ask: How many minutes today have you been thinking about a black person? If the person wasn't a Klansman or a gushing do-gooder, his answer would probably be zero minutes. If you asked him whether he's a part of a conspiracy to undermine the welfare of black people, he'd probably look at you as if you were crazy.
Well of course there are pretty well known conspiracies to keep black people from voting, but let's agree with Williams and pretend that nobody is after black people. What he forgets is that you don't have to be after someone to hurt them or to oppress them. I mean how often do you think about chairs, and yet you sit in them all day long. By the same token, it takes very little conscious thought to see blacks as inferior and shove them aside in your mind.

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