Prudence says that America needs some fresh thinking about race. Anthropologists can “describe” some 300 “races” using markers like blood-type concentrations, in a process that tries to use physiology to delineate human “types” or races. It is largely a waste of time for most people since it cannot relate social activities, social actions, with physiological differences.
RACE is a construct for both safety and control within societies.. except, lately, a construct for hatred. The most visual markers are employed – like skin, facial distinctions, hair, eye-color… virtually meaningless attributes in terms of how people ACT, but crucial when differing groups come together. No training or understanding is required to distinguish physiognomy. That is a matter of belief.
Prudence has thought long about the power and dangers of belief. It can exist and guide the actions of millions of people without paying any heed to reality… to truth. Just as faith is the engine for maintaining religious traditions, there are many other belief structures to which individuals can adhere that effectively replace reality with constructed, believed paths of action that guide whole lifetimes. Belief can be so self-fulfilling that it becomes its own evidence of “truth.” It’s commonplace.
Less common is honesty. An honest person can be taught the error of his or her beliefs and it is this very effect that has held the United States together through slavery, Manifest Destiny, the Civil War, destruction of Native American culture, waves of immigration and the Great Depression. Beliefs have changed, honing more closely to reality little by little… until the 1960’s.
It was under the aegis of “The Great Society” that we changed the role of government to one of, essentially, social engineering – unionized social services that Lyndon Johnson and other hubris-laden socialists believed could change the nature of both rich and poor people for the better. Change has certainly happened.
Blacks, who were making sure, but uneven progress in the 1950’s, have regressed in the inner cities where federal and state policies have re-enslaved them for 3 generations. Why such conditions continue, even as the drug trade flourishes in that population, seems a great mystery to progressives. It must be the fault of Republicans. Our incoming president has mentioned conditions in the inner cities, but no policy changes have been described.
It’s all a matter of belief. Progressives have long held the belief that the most generous “safety-net” possible, especially now that welfare has been federalized, will cause people WE have taught to be irresponsible for themselves, to become responsible, self-sufficient citizens. We have placed them in a system where the only way to “get a raise,” requires careful cheating – things like getting two EBT cards or SNAP allowances beyond one’s entitlement. Or, to sell some drugs, perhaps. There should be no surprise that blacks hate whites. They believe that whites have kept them from opportunity, that we discriminate in a thousand ways, that we are racists and on and on. Some of it is true. But the policies that have done so are not those of most whites, who feel guilty about black’s condition, and who act a little nutty because of their guilt; they are the policies of progressives who believe socialism will make better humans than God has… despite all reality to the contrary.
One might infer that Prudence indicates that progressives may not be truly honest, else they could learn the error of their beliefs, lo these past 50 years.