White racism is dead, part 1: introduction
Jul 30th, 2011 by Unamused
In the United States of America, there is no longer any systemic racial discrimination by white people against non-whites. White racism, so defined, is dead.
Systemic racial discrimination against white people, on the other hand, has never been worse. In the past two months alone, Unamusement Park has documented the problem here, here, here, here, in this series, here, here, in this series, in this series, and here, among other places. But anti-white racism is not the subject of this article.
How do we know that white racism is dead? Well, how in general do we establish non-existence? It is no great philosophical conundrum: to establish that some X does not exist, work backwards from the implications of its existence. What proposition Y is certain to be false if X exists? If Y is observed to be true, then X certainly does not exist, by modus tollens (MathWorld).
Certainties are hard to come by, so what proposition Y is unlikely to be true if X exists, but likely to be true if it does not exist? If Y is observed to be true, then X is less likely to exist, according to Bayes’ Theorem (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Eliezer S. Yudkowsky, MathWorld). If, by repeated applications of the theorem, a proposition has been shown to be sufficiently unlikely, then it has been effectively (or practically) disproved.
So how do we know that white racism, in particular, no longer exists? By working backwards from the implications of its existence, asking: what is unlikely to be true if white racism exists, likely to be true if it does not exist, and demonstrably true? This constitutes our evidence.
For the remainder of this series, we will enumerate that evidence. By repeated use of Bayes’ Theorem, we will exorcise the specter of white racism from one aspect of contemporary American society after another, until finally there is no place left for it to hide.
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