Thursday, March 22, 2012

This is a difficult world we live in.

Now, you've all heard about the Zimmerman case.  No need to rehash the details.  Instead, we have to take a step back.  Instead of reacting instinctively to it like Half Sigma (no hate, I love his blog, I'm just using an example) or these petitioners, we must thing about this in the big picture.  Steve Sailer actually has a good piece up on the tragedy of this situation. 

Upon reading the initial account from media, I was inclined to sympathize with the kid.  Bad things happen to good people.  The world is neither just nor fair.  Innocent people get killed.  There are white assholes out there who are racist.  And this killer said a racial slur, supposedly.   The killer should be persecuted.

But then, you can read a leftist screed which would accuse my former statement of not going far enough.  For example,  a personal reaction to the shooting states that this is a symptom of racism in America:

Growing up as an African-American male one of the burdens of being a black male is carrying the heavy weight of other people’s suspicions. And so, the reason you’re seeing all these demonstrations…is because African-Americans, particularly African-American men have to comport themselves and live their lives in a way that doesn’t bring upon them undue, unwarranted attention by law enforcement

And he's 100% correct. 

As an American citizen, [I’m told] don’t run in public. Don’t run in public with anything in your hands. Don’t talk back to the police, which I know is a universal rule, but when you’re African-American and certainly an African-American male, to do that is to put your life in your own hands.

And he's also correct here. But this is the problem:  stereotypes are generally true.  They don't arise out of thin air.  Hollywood propoganda can only perpetuate a falsehood so much before it no longer resonates.  This page illustrates the extent of black male criminality over the decades. 

The simple fact is that black males disproportionately commit crime. Even in the UK.

And people adjust to that.  They move their kids out of inner city schools, they walk on the other side of the street when they see a group of young black males, and they police gated communities.  Because the statistics are there, and they don't lie.  Avoid black males, less chance of being a crime victim.

Innocent people are affected by stereotypes.  I'm a brown skinned male.  I was singled out for questioning when I traveled to Israel.  But I wasn't resentful to them for it.  They were merely being rational given their history. 

I may be proven wrong, and Zimmerman may turn out to be a stand up guy and Trayvon a thug out to mug.

But get out of the narrative.  Beyond the fact that the shooter was hispanic, and not a WASP, the tragedy is that Trayvon is still a victim.  He's a victim of a society that is still a nation of cowards when it comes to race because we're still unwilling to look at the biological roots of crime.  The innocent kid suffers because so many crimes are connected to young black males.  I suffer extra attention because Muslims commit so many terrorist attacks.

This problem is not going away.  At some point, society will have to confront the truth of stereotypes, there is only so long that people will deny the fear in their hearts when they see young black males on the street. 

Will this confrontation lead to enlightenment?  To humanity recognizing our biological limits of perfection and begin seeking to transcend it?  Or to darkness?  Will the recognition of the truth of Human Biodiversity play into humanity's supposed "new era," brought on by the 2012 phenomenon?

Stay tuned.

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