Sunday, July 26, 2009
Savage, who has 8 million listeners, does not advocate political violence. He decried his name being placed on the list, saying, "To link me up with skinheads who are killing people in Russia, to put me in league with Hamas murderers who kill people on buses is defamation."
Savage, who had not even applied for entry into Britain, speculated his name had been "plucked out of a hat" because he was "controversial and white."
Correspondence just released under Freedom of Information legislation reveals that Savage's assumptions were correct. E-mails written by Home Office officials privately acknowledged the ban on Savage would provide "balance" to a list dominated by Muslims. This latest revelation doesn't come as a surprise, as it's in keeping with other recent disclosures reported in the British press. Last month a report issued by a UK government watchdog group found that "white members of the public are being unlawfully detained by the police in order to give 'racial balance' to stop-and-search statistics.
The terror threat against Britain is largely from Islamic extremists, but police know they will be called "racist" if they disproportionately stop-and-search Muslims. To avoid accusations of racial profiling, the police regularly carry out searches on white people they have no basis for suspecting are involved in criminal activity.
Coming to America?
President Obama denounced supposed racial profiling by law enforcement during a prime-time press conference last week. After proclaiming that white Cambridge Police Officer Sgt. James Crowley had "acted stupidly" in arresting Harvard professor Henry Gates, Obama deplored the fact that blacks are "being stopped by law enforcement disproportionately" in this country.
The truth is, blacks are stopped by law enforcement more frequently than whites, but only because they commit crimes at a disproportionate rate. According to the study The Color of Crime, released in 2005 by the New Century Foundation, "blacks are seven times more likely than people of other races to commit murder, and eight times more likely to commit robbery." The study found that, when the disproportionate crime rates are adjusted for, police and the justice system are not biased against minorities.
Traditionally, police have responded to accusations of racial profiling by "de-policing," wherein officers ignore certain crimes committed by members of visible minorities. For example, during New York City's Puerto Rican Day Parade in 2000, police officers refused to help the dozens of white and Hispanic women who were being sexually assaulted in Central Park, because they had been given explicit instructions to go easy on black and Hispanic miscreants.
Police are left in a difficult position. If they go easy on black criminals, the crime rate soars and they're blamed for not doing their jobs effectively. If they crack down on black criminals, they're accused of racial profiling.
In an effort to placate Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder, look for more police departments across the country to adopt the "racial balance" strategy currently being used in the UK. By cracking down on black criminals, but also targeting innocent white people to achieve "racial balance," the crime rate will fall without the police being accused of racial profiling.
President Obama denounced supposed racial profiling by law enforcement during a press conference last week.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
But make no mistake: The pain of discrimination is still felt in America. (Applause.) By African American women paid less for doing the same work as colleagues of a different color and a different gender. (Laughter.) By Latinos made to feel unwelcome in their own country. (Applause.) By Muslim Americans viewed with suspicion simply because they kneel down to pray to their God. (Applause.) By our gay brothers and sisters, still taunted, still attacked, still denied their rights. (Applause.)
All four of the claims made in the preceding paragraph are disingenuous, for different reasons.
First of all, it's hypocritical for Obama to condemn (white) Americans for denying rights to gays and viewing Muslims with suspicion, given that Obama himself opposes gay marriage and Muslim supporters of his were barred from appearing with him on camera at campaign stops in 2008.
Obama's second point, about Latinos feeling unwelcome in their own country, seems artfully vague: it's unclear whether he's referring to the Latinos who are already American citizens or the 12+ million illegal alien Latinos who will become citizens if an amnesty bill passes.
The topic of the remainder of this post is Obama's first claim: "The pain of discrimination is still felt in America... By African American women paid less for doing the same work as colleagues of a different color and a different gender."
In fact, a study released in 2005 by the Census Bureau found that black women with a Bachelor's degree earn nearly 9% more than similarly educated white women. The average salary for a black woman is $41,100 - vs. $37,800 for a white woman.
It's true, on average black women earn less than white men. However, it's disingenuous for Obama to assert, without evidence, that the pay gap between white men and black women is the result of discrimination, while ignoring the inconvenient fact that black women out-earn white women.
Notice the double standard at work here. Disparities in achievement that favor whites are unquestionably viewed as the result of racism and discrimination; disparities that favor blacks aren't.
Filmmaker Craig Bodeker explores this disconnect in his most recent film, A Conversation About Race.
Bodeker interviewed a number of people, black and white, who had no problem in stating there are certain fields where black people excel due to their skill (e.g. basketball). Yet when these same people were asked to name an area where white people excel due to their skill, they couldn't think of one.
Bodeker hammers the disconnect: in areas where people of color excel, we credit them for their capabilities; in areas where white people excel, we condemn them for their racism.
President Obama speaks at the NAACP Convention in Cincinnati on July 13, 2009.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
CNNMoney's Best Places database of 1,800-plus U.S. cities includes towns with populations 8,500 to 50,000 with satisfactory education and crime scores, where income is below 200% of the state median, and that are no more than 95% white – as well as cities with populations 90,000 and up.
Not surprisingly, the top 4 towns on the list are between 90% and 95% white, and less than 2.5% black.
1. Lousville, CO (pop. 18,800; 91.17% white, 0.93% black)
2. Chanhassen, MN (pop. 23,700; 94.9% white, 0.75% black)
3. Papillion, NE (pop. 22,200; 93.02% white, 2.46% black)
4. Middleton, WI (pop. 16,900; 92.08% white, 1.97% black)
(Note that the #2 town on the list is 94.9% white. If the white population was just 0.1% greater, the town would have been excluded from consideration.)
Surprisingly, the #5 town (Milton, MA) is less than 90% white, and over 10% black.
5. Milton, MA (pop. 25,400; 85.4% white, 10.2% black)
Milton seems to be an unusual pick for #5, given that there were two double-murders in the small town last year. Money notes that "Crime in Milton is low, but not nonexistent. A drive-by shooting occurred last summer and two people were killed by a troubled family member last March."
Although Money doesn't mention it, both double-murders involved black victims and, most likely, a minority suspect.
In March 2008, 23-year-old Haitian immigrant Kirby Revelus killed two of his sisters and injured a third. Revelus beheaded his 5-year-old sister in front of police, who shot him as he then chased after his 9-year-old sister with the knife.
Four months later, in July 2008, two black men, 26-year-old Asa Finley and 37-year-old Rodney Almond, were killed in a drive-by shooting. According to police, the shooting was "not random." Finley and Almond were killed on their way home from a club called The Vault Room.
The Vault Room had recently installed metal detectors after a series of violent disturbances, including a stabbing. In 2005, a man was murdered in the parking lot of the club. In that incident, a Hispanic Boston police officer drove the getaway car.
As American becomes less white, it's only a matter of time until Money decides to only consider towns that are less than 90% white for inclusion on its "Best Places to Live" list. At that time, Milton may be chosen as the "best place to live" in America. That's a scary thought.
Money's list would be more accurate if the magazine stopped arbitrarily excluding towns they deem too white. There are still many small towns in this country where violent crime is not just "low", but truly "nonexistent." It's no coincidence that these towns are almost entirely white.
Thursday, July 9, 2009
During the first five months of this year, with the Senate under the control of its first African-American majority leader, [Malcolm] Smith, top Democrats bemoaned the lack of minority Senate staffers.
But instead of trying to recruit new hires, they fired nearly 200 almost exclusively white workers and replaced them with a large number of minority employees, many of whom were seen by their fellow workers to be unskilled at their new jobs.
The move produced severe racial tensions, made worse by the fact that, as a high-level Democratic staffer confided, "We've been told to only hire minorities.''
Prior to the Republican coup in the State Senate in early June, Smith also served as the Acting Lieutenant Governor under David Paterson. Like his former lieutenant, Paterson has a history of firing white workers because of the color of their skin.
After he was elected as the first black Senate Minority Leader in 2002, Paterson fired a white photographer in order to replace him with an African-American. Paterson's chief of staff, John McPadden, candidly told the white photographer he was being fired because of his race, and said, "You got to remember who Sen. Paterson is. Sen. Paterson is black."
The fired white photographer, Joseph Maioriello, filed a federal racial-discrimination lawsuit, and was awarded $300,000 earlier this year. If each of the 200 fired white Senate staffers file suit and are awarded an equal amount, it will cost the cash-strapped state $60 million.
NY Governor David Paterson and his former Acting Lieutenant Governor Malcolm Smith. Paterson and Smith both fired white workers and replaced them with minorities upon being elected to leadership positions in the New York State Senate.