on racism

Despite tremendous progress on race relations up until the past 2 or 3 years, we continue to position “racism” as the primary cause of racial group difference in American society today. This in spite of the fact that the United States is perhaps the most systemically anti-racist society in human history (in terms of sheer number of anti-racist policies and programs). Unfortunately, the current climate of racial tension in the United States is, at least in part, heavily exacerbated by incomplete moral theories of how such racism infects white Americans from the day that they are conceived, to the day that they die, often unknowingly. These moral theories happen to also be backed up by a large body of literature that is at times scientific, and at times pure theory with no empirical basis (there is a key difference).

The problem with the “science” that props up the moral theories is that it’s full of holes and paradoxes – true enemies of scientific endeavor. And since paradoxes by definition cannot equal moral progress, because paradoxes by definition are nothing more than senseless jibber jabber, we should ask ourselves exactly what we want to accomplish? If we want to pursue a better world where genuine racial reconciliation is possible, we should ditch or improve upon the patchy theories so that we can come up with better solutions. But if we want to continue down a path of increasingly radicalized divisions between groups, then by all means, let us all hop on the crazy train of the cult of anti-racism (also) and turn up the volume.

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