This is how you measure racism?

From this “study” claiming to show that gun ownership is positively correlated to racism we find this is how they measure racism:

1.   It’s really a matter of some people not trying hard enough; if blacks would only try harder they could be just as well off as whites.        

<1> Strongly agree
<2> Somewhat agree
<3> Somewhat disagree
<4> Strongly disagree

2.  Irish, Italian, Jewish and many other minorities overcame prejudice and worked their way up.  Blacks should do the same.

<1> Strongly agree
<2> Somewhat agree
<3> Somewhat disagree
<4> Strongly disagree

3.  Some say that black leaders have been trying to push too fast.  Others feel that they haven’t pushed fast enough.  What do you think?   

<1> Trying to push very much too fast
<2> Going too slowly
<3> Moving at about the right speed

4.  How much of the racial tension that exists in the United States today do you think blacks are responsible for creating?                       

<1> All of it
<2> Most
<3> Some
<4> Not much at all

5.  How much discrimination against blacks do you feel there is in the United States today, limiting their chances to get ahead?

<1> A lot
<2> Some
<3> Just a little
<4> None at all

6.  Generations of slavery and discrimination have created conditions that make it difficult for blacks to work their way out of the lower class. 

<1> Strongly agree
<2> Somewhat agree
<3> Somewhat disagree
<4> Strongly disagree

7.  Over the past few years, blacks have gotten less than they deserve.

<1> Strongly agree
<2> Somewhat agree
<3> Somewhat disagree
<4> Strongly disagree

8.  Over the past few years, blacks have gotten more economically than they deserve.

<1> Strongly agree
<2> Somewhat agree
<3> Somewhat disagree
<4> Strongly disagree

Wow! And here I thought racism was an biased view of someone because of their race which was unsupported by, or in spite of, data. Nearly all of the questions can be answered by appropriate research. Asking these questions tells us nothing about real racism. It may well be that someone knows the factually supported answers to these questions and nearly maxes out as a racist.

For example; Imagine the survey was attempting to measure racism toward Asian women and they asked to agree or disagree with the statement, “Asian women are underrepresented on United States professional basketball teams because of racism.” The only bias that could realistically be measured is if the answer was in agreement with statement since:

  1. Statistically Asian women are shorter than average.
  2. Height is a big advantage in basketball.
  3. Both of the above conditions are well known.

In general there are three conditions which must be met before racism measurement survey can be valid:

  1. The factually supported answers align with the biases of the creators of this test.
  2. The person taking the test knew the factually supported answers.
  3. The person taking the test answered the questions in a way that was not factually supported.

If any of the conditions are not met then the survey results are invalid. I am virtually certain the second and third conditions are false for the vast majority of people being surveyed and I suspect the first condition is as well.

There can only be one correct conclusion from this. I must be a racist.

6 thoughts on “This is how you measure racism?

  1. My favorite way to tell if a particular statement, policy, or phrase is racist is to replace all occurrences of “black” by “white” and vice versa. If the result is a statement that bothers you, both that and the original are racist. If not, then not.
    Ditto for sexist, using “male” and “female” as the words instead.
    It’s illustrative to apply this approach to various well known terms like “congressional black caucus” or “national organization for women”.

  2. “Some say that black leaders have been trying to push too fast. Others feel that they haven’t pushed fast enough. What do you think?

    Trying to push very much too fast
    Going too slowly
    Moving at about the right speed”

    Answer; This is one of the most retarded and blatantly biased, loaded questions I’ve heard in a while.

    If you came out publically right now and demanded that all black people receive the same rights protections and responsibilites as the American Founders demanded for themselves, starting today, you’d be drummed out of town as a “racist”, and the “Black Leaders” would be leading the charge. “Black Leader” became “Shill for Democrats, communists, anarchists and other agitators” a long time ago. They have no interest in seeing black people succeed, as that would take away their power and money, and reduce them to insignificance.

    • “Too fast, too slow, or about right” says “we’re just NOT READY to see black people as full citizens”. What a crock of shit. What if I demand that black people be full citizens, right now too? That’s right; it makes me a racist.

    • That one got me, too. “Push too fast” or “haven’t pushed fast enough” toward … what, exactly?

      Toward the one-two punch of perceived black supremacy which is simultaneously dependent on the welfare state, and inciting what might have been peaceful protests to riotous looting and violence? Pushing waaay too fast.

      Toward tolerance and understanding across racial barriers, with equal rights for all, an eye toward ending the adverse parts of “urban youth” culture, and decreasing dependence on the welfare state? Not pushing anywhere near fast enough.

      (Hint: Dr. Martin Luther King would have a preference, and it’s not the option Al Sharpton would have us take.)

      It’s a loaded question largely because it’s so vague.

  3. “Racism as a biased view of someone because of their race which was unsupported by, or in spite of, data.”

    So, forming and asking this entire questionnaire is racist.

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