The topic of race is the great enstupidator. To speak intelligently about race, using carefully-gathered statistics and hard-won facts from the human sciences?to speak thus is to step outside the bounds of polite discourse. On race, you must pretend to be stupid; and the more toe-curlingly stupid are the things you say, the more applause you will win from respectable commentators.
Even by these dismal standards, though, Mitt Romney`s Wednesday speech to the NAACP convention was awful. Enstupidation-wise, the low points was this:
Today, black children are 17 percent of students nationwide?but they are 42 percent of the students in our worst-performing schools.
See, we just built this brand-new school. The mortar was hardly dry between the bricks, and no students had been enrolled yet, when we realized that?oh dang bust it!?it`s badly performing. Poor feng-shui, most likely.
Not to worry, though: there`s a housing project up the street full of black kids. Let`s enroll them?that`ll mess up their lives!
The phrase "arrow of causation" mean anything, Mitt?