Chilidawg wrote:So, according to Thomas, the argument in the OP is indeed racist.
Where in that did he say it was racist? He simply said that they are wrong. Being wrong about issues involving race is NOT racist
It is not racist to state that given the course of human history, it is vastly superior to be a black man in American than a black man in any other country on the planet. It is a fact. Extrapolation of that fact is speculation. I see nothing racist (inher
The entire question bases on what part of human history do you assume is changed and what you assume the entire course of human history after that is.
It "may" have gone many ways.
Of course, you can always assume if the European powers had never touched Africa, it would be the great industrial power of the 21st century and the height of societal advancement and the lives of people would far surpass anything we can imagine. I don't think that is what the evidence supports, but you can't say for certain it would (or would not) be as bad as today. It has nothing to do with skin color. It is purely culture and just like the indigenous people of the U.S. were not likely to have done the same despite their far lighter skin color, the conditions in Africa were likely to have remained poor. That is not an argument for wrongdoing, nor is any benefit that comes from wrongdoing. You have a right to be wrong and suffer the consequences. The past is the past and you might as well make the best of it, look at it as the glass half full, turn the lemons into lemonade, ... What else can you do but that if you want to have a better future?
assateague wrote:Both of these seem to be quite factual. They are "racist" in that the determinations are based on race, but that certainly doesn't make them any less true.
x3, but it is not any inherent deficiency in the black gene pool. It is purely cultural. I see EXACTLY the same results in my semi-rural part of PA where the idea of self-reliance has been sucked out of the people though government so-called social welfare programs. Were tribal Europeans doomed to be that way for eternity? Of course not. They just saw the light first, for a lack of a better way to express it. All evidence prior to that point suggested that what we have seen today would never have happened, but it did so who knows the course of Africa if left untouched and free to learn from the rest of the world. Had it happened first in Africa, everything would be flipped because there is no inherent fundamental difference between all races of people. I truly believe that. Granted my line management is an Asian immigrant, an African immigrant, and an American of Egyptian descent (not sure if he immigrated here or not).
Heck there are even a couple Canadians that I work with
Stupid people can cause problems, but it usually takes brilliant people to create a real catastrophe. Thomas Sowell