Friday, May 27, 2016


For John, BLUFAll studies need to be questioned.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

"The surprising relationship between intelligence and racism"

A new study designed to examine the relationship between verbal intelligence and attitudes on race and racial policies offers some surprising results.
Or so says the headline writer for The Christian Science Monitor, for the article by Correspondent Husna Haq.

Here is the lede plus two:

Are smart people less racist than their less-intelligent peers?

That was the question asked in a new study that examined the relationship between verbal intelligence and attitudes on race and racial policies.

The findings may surprise some: While people who score higher on intelligence tests are less likely to hold racist stereotypes (such as imagining that people of another race are lazy or unintelligent), they're no more likely to support government policies that aim to reduce racial inequality.  For example, while 95 percent of study participants who scored higher on the intelligence test said that black and white children should attend the same schools, only 22 percent support school-busing programs.

That is one way to read the results.  Another way is that people who score higher on intelligence tests are less sanguine about the ability of government policies to reduce racial inequality.

It has been over half a century since the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  I had hopes for the Obama Administration.  In particular, I had hopes for Attorney General Eric Holder.  Sadly, he was the biggest disappointment, for me, in the whole Administration.  I continue to be hopeful about Mr Holder's replacement, Ms Loretta Lynch.

I believe we are at the point where the issue is jobs and assimilation.  Hispanics have an employment rate that is the same as the national average, but Black Males do not.  The Black Male rate is almost double the national rate.  Black Women are just under two percentage points off the national number, for men or women.

We need to improve Black Male employment.  That is the first step.

And then we need to help people assimilate.  The recent riot in New Mexico, against Candidate Trump, where the protestors displayed the flag of Mexico, is an example of a group that doesn't understand being American.  Frankly, you do better when you embrace the place you live, Nation, State, County and City/Town/Village.  Even I know that.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

  But, we shouldn't forget the Civil Rights Act of 1960, which unleashed the voter registration drives that lead to major efforts at voter registration, and the high water mark of open resistance to Civil Rights in the South.

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