Above, TV's Cosby Show, in which Bill Cosby played Dr. Cliff Huxtable
Yesterday, Steve Sailer blogged NEWSWEEK: "Rising Death Rates Among White Americans Caused by Misperceived Threat to Their Dominant Social Status."
I expect others had the same thought I did: "Why 'misperceived?'"
On Twitter, Robert VerBruggen writes:
Wasn't it the NYT that pointed out that Trump won big in areas hit by opioids? Anyway some other people have discovered this and now it proves that white deaths are caused by whites' loss of racial status.
No seriously, GOP voting is treated as a proxy for status threat and the fact it correlates with deaths (net of fixed effects and some controls) proves that threat causes the deaths.
This might be my favorite passage though. For all the dubious social science on this stuff, these are the findings you build this argument on?
Thinking blacks have more money than they do (but correctly saying they have less than whites) means you're feeling racistly threatened. Any guess how it would be interpreted if whites thought blacks had less money than they do?
White Americans aren't encouraged to think about how thriftless and generally lame black Americans are. The pay gap reflects the market's judgment of the two groups' worth as workers.
The fact that the average black is worth 57 percent of what the average white is worth is something that hiring managers are required by law to ignore.
In 2013, I wrote a column saying that people don't believe in discrimination against whites because whites aren't failures. That is, they don’t fill the jails, they’re not on welfare that much, they do a lot of the important jobs in society, and they keep passing standardized tests.
In the old feudal system, there were no First Amendment rights. The legally privileged were free to engage in hate speech and to verbally harass others, but any commoner who replied in kind could be sued or have his tongue cut out.
Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott still has his tongue, but just barely. He used his tongue in a way that gave offense to the new aristocrats.
Black Americans have been granted the right to be offended by any words they don't like and to extract retribution. The offending speaker finds himself forced into contrition and humiliating apologies. Often the penalty is a destroyed career.
Lott A Victim Of The New Feudalism, December 16, 2002
Law Professor Eugene Volokh, reading that column on the Washington Times website, was skeptical
Wow, "Black Americans" are "the new aristocrats". Quite a remarkable feudal system, that: Aristocrats have a lower standard of living than the "commoners." They have a lower life expectancy. More of them are arrested and imprisoned, per capita, than commoners.
CONSERVATIVE EXCESSES, January 2, 2003
Reading that, I remember thinking that if whites were second-class citizens, they weren’t second-rate citizens. You see, the lower black standard of living is not caused by discrimination, nor is the lower life expectancy, nor is the crime rate.
In 2002, when Paul Craig Roberts wrote that column, Paula Deen had just appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show for the first time. (Oprah’s net worth is 2.7 billion dollars.) 16 years before that Paula Deen had been robbed at gunpoint by an African-American named Eugene Thomas King while she was working at a bank, and referred to him in the aftermath–in a private conversation with her husband–with a Deplorable Word.
But she and her viewers are definitely under threat, and the fact that blacks don't save for a rainy day doesn't change that.