Racism and Sexism Driving American Politics

Posted on September 20, 2016 by

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People would rather feel reassured in their victim-hood identity than have a grasp on reality.

Misinformation is plaguing America and identity politics is to blame. Feminism and the Black Lives Matter movements are centered around this kind of misinformation that is designed to reinforce their world views and victim-hood narratives. They use “data” to justify their positions without understanding how that data was procured or how that data fits in the larger picture. People would rather feel reassured in their victim-hood identity than have a grasp on reality.

One of the most widely quoted statistics used to justify the belief that women are oppressed in America is the supposed wage gap. The statistic that everyone likes to quote is the 77 cents to the dollar figure. Both President Obama and Hillary have quoted this figure saying that women, on average, get paid less for the same work. Well how was this figure created and does it really indicate women get paid less for the same work?

male-female-earnings

This is where the 77 cents to the dollar figure comes from and as you can see in 2012 women’s total earnings was 77% of what men earned. The conclusion most people have drawn from this is that women are getting paid 77% of what a man gets paid for exactly the same work. In reality, this is not a rational conclusion based on this data alone. The only conclusion that you can draw from this figure is that women earn less than men. In order to assert women get less pay for equal work we require a bit more in-depth analysis.

In a research paper called The Gender Wage Gap: Extent, Trends and Explanations, published by Cornell University in January of 2016 it attempts to tackle this very issue. In their analysis of data collected throughout the past few decades they created a wage comparison that factored in “key characteristics such as schooling, experience, industry, occupation and union status” and came up with this chart:

The Gender Wage Gap: Extent, Trends, and Explanations

Now that we’ve included key mitigating factors as to why women don’t earn as much and truly compare the incomes of equally qualified men and women in exactly the same professions we find that the wage gap is not 77 cents to the dollar but closer to 92 cents to the dollar with some portions of the female population actually getting paid more than their male counterparts. The wage gap is disappearing rapidly and as I’ve pointed out, in some sectors, women are now earning more than men. Why then do our politicians continue to push this narrative of female oppression? The answer is obvious and it’s simply to create a cohesive female voting block to ensure Democrat elections. By creating hysteria in the female population through the use of misinformation and then saying you’re the candidate that’s going to fix that problem, you’re creating a reason for women to vote for you. The same can be said of the Black Lives Matter movement.

All too often what we here from BLM is that black people are being unjustly targeted by police because our police force is racist. This is just as much a case of misinformation as the wage gap and here’s why. One of the statistics that gets thrown out there as a justification for believing our system is racist is the disproportionate percentage of black people in prison.  On the NAACP’s website they have a bullet point list of stats that paint a picture that people of color are unjustly incarcerated at greater percentages than white people. While it certainly is true that people of color are disproportionately incarcerated, as with the wage gap, a more in-depth analysis is necessary to reach rational conclusions.

The fact of the matter is, while black people are disproportionately incarcerated, they commit a disproportionate amount of violent crime.

In the FBI’s table 43 A for 2014 we see that despite black people making up only 13% of the US population they contributed 52.2% of murders, 31.3% of rapes, 56.4% of robberies and 33.9% of aggravated assaults. What these figures indicate is that black people’s disproportionate incarceration is a direct result of their higher tendency to commit violent crimes, not an unjust and/or racist justice system.

Furthermore, all this rhetoric we hear from BLM about our police force being racist and indiscriminately targeting black people with lethal force is equally unjustified. Here is a short video that reveals the truth behind police killings.

After watching this video it becomes clear that if BLM actually cared about black people then they would show much greater concern for the violence perpetrated by their own people, not the police. But just like the wage gap, it’s useful to generate hysteria in the black community as a means to creating cohesive voting blocks.

Matter of fact President Obama was recently quoted at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation saying “After we have achieved historic turnout in 2008 and 2012, especially in the African American community, I will consider it a personal insult, an insult to my legacy, if this community lets down its guard and fails to activate itself in this election!” He’s calling again for the black community to vote cohesively on the basis of race as a means to furthering his political agenda and in the same speech denigrated Trump for attempting to garner a similar level of support from the white community. He’s creating a unified Black community through misinformation and at the same time discouraging the exact same mindset in the white community. I personally think it’s this kind of thinking that is truly deplorable and a source of the racial tensions we’re seeing this election season.

In my honest opinion, I believe feminism and BLM are being used and manipulated into becoming reliable sources of votes for the Democratic party through carefully applied misinformation whilst at the same time, labeling white men as sexist and racist for engaging in the exact same kind of community cohesion.

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