Bias, Real and Imaginary
Dec 12th, 2014 by Unamused
As you know, I’ve taken it upon myself to document the subtle difference between actual crimes, on the one hand, versus the fake, made-up, non-existent crimes against “racial equality” committed by racists, fascists, ogres, trolls, dragons, wizards, ghosts and goblins — and all the other fantastical villains of Fantasyland.
Schadenfreude is by far the classiest way to say “trollolololol #reKKKt”:
As hundreds of protesters [sic] began marching through downtown Berkeley, the unrest that marked protests [sic] Saturday night was touched off again as someone smashed the window of a RadioShack. When a protester tried to stop vandalism, he was hit with a hammer, Officer Jennifer Coats, the spokeswoman for the Berkeley Police Department, said.
The police said groups of protesters [sic] began roaming through the downtown area late Sunday, throwing trash cans into streets and lighting garbage on fire, smashing windows on buildings, and damaging and looting businesses. There also were reports of vandalism at City Hall.
A hippie SWPL egalitard Eloi (but I repeat myself) in a hand-painted, hilariously un-ironic “Stop Killing [Project N¡ggers]” polo shirt inexplicably tried to save a racist fascist corporate exploiter from getting social justice’d by a pack of workers and peasants — and took a Morlock mace to the face for his troubles (video).
Yes, institutional racism strikes yet again, as another aspiring carpenter of color is viciously persecuted when a kulak smashes his face into the victim’s hammer.
But wait! There’s more! From the “Couldn’t Have Happened to a Nicer Guy” files:
A powerful video posted to YouTube shows a bloodied man in the moments after he had two teeth knocked out by masked vandals late Tuesday in Oakland during a protest [sic] against police brutality that ranged from Berkeley to Oakland to Emeryville.
“Around blacks, never relax” (video).
Resolved to make his point, the man says, “This harms movements. This harms our ability to protest [sic]. Every time we do this, they can stop our marches… They just knocked my two teeth out. I did nothing violent… All I did was passively try to stop them.”
Yeah, we know. Thanks a bunch:
“It is common for African-American teens to walk in the middle of the street and block in cars at intersections,” said the man, who has lived in the neighborhood for half a decade. “We have been stopped at intersections in Bevo and our car attacked by teens who pound on the car — laughing at us.”
“They only do this to white individuals, who they have learned will generally not respond.”
But wait! There’s more!
The site of Michael Brown’s killing has become particularly dangerous for media members in the last 24 hours. A crew of four freelance journalists was robbed at gunpoint [by 15 to 20 blacks] this evening around 8 p.m. as they tried to film a segment at the Canfield Drive memorial.
“He came up and said, ‘You think you’re safe here?’ and I told him, I said, ‘No, I don’t feel totally safe here to be honest,’” said Hampel. “He said, ‘If you want to get out of here fucking alive you better leave fucking now.’”
By the way, I’d just like to point out that it is actually not normal for this sort of thing to happen in a civilized country. Astonishing — but true.
But thankfully, Chris Mooney was able to see through the lies, illusions, propaganda, squid ink, smoke and mirrors to identify the real threat:
Most white Americans demonstrate bias against blacks, even if they’re not aware of or able to control it. It’s a surprisingly little-discussed factor in the anguishing debates over race and law enforcement that followed the shootings of unarmed black men by white police officers.
And we managed to detect this invisible, impalpable “bias” how?
the computerized Implicit Association Test
According to the same test, more “biased” physicians discriminate less, and black people prefer to interact with “highly racially biased” white people. Possibly this is because the IAT measures “simple cognitive inertia — the difficulty in switching from one categorization rule to another — rather than unconscious preferences.”
Or maybe all white people are evil and deserve to die? Take it away, Chris:
Bias in the test occurs when people are faster at categorizing negative words when they are paired with African American faces, or faster at sorting positive words when they’re paired with white faces — suggesting an uncontrolled mental association between negative things or concepts and African Americans.
One key thing to notice about the map above is that white people in every U.S. state are biased. […]
Overall, looking at a map like this one tells us something pretty crucial to our understanding of racial bias: It is everywhere, from north to south, from Maine to California. […]
We have a huge amount of work to do.
Well then, let’s get started! From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch of November 29:
Let’s have this conversation.
Let’s talk about race. We know it’s going to be awkward, no matter how well-intentioned. We know it makes both blacks and whites uncomfortable.
(I’m fine, thanks.) — and from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch of December 8:
For the next two months, we are turning off the comment function on all editorials, columns and letters in the opinion section.
Last Sunday, we challenged our region to have the serious discussion on race that it has been avoiding for decades. Such difficult discussions are made more challenging when, just to present a thoughtful point of view, you have to endure vile and racist comments, shouting and personal attacks.
We intend to use our opinion pages to help the St. Louis region have a meaningful discussion about race. So we are going to turn off the comments in the editorial section […]
Now let’s be absolutely clear on one thing, you worthless racists/valued customers:
To be clear: It’s not that we don’t want to hear from those who disagree with us.
Accordingly, they have provided several “venues” where you can “talk about” how much you hate “racial injustice,” i.e., evil white people, in a “safer, more civil,” which is to say more rigorously climate–controlled way. Go ahead: “discuss.”
“Y U POAST SLO???” I’m finishing a book.