A recent Wall St Journal article identified Racine as the 4th worst city for blacks in the country. The survey cited used socioeconomic data from the US Census Bureau including household income, poverty, adult high school and bachelor degree completion, home ownership and unemployment. I believe this is an example of the old adage, “Figures don’t lie. Liars figure.”
When you look at these kinds of socioeconomic data, you can always prove a preconceived conclusion if you manipulate the data enough – or if you don’t look at all the data and just concentrate on that data which proves your preconceived conclusion.
For instance, in Mississippi in 2015, Asian Americans earned $55,457 on average. Pacific Islanders and Hawaiians earned $47,928, and white Americans earned only $43,469. It could be concluded that whites are being discriminated against in Mississippi. Of course that conclusion is politically incorrect and does not fit the story the media wants to tell. And besides, that is not a valid conclusion even based on the data. Neither is the conclusion that blacks are discriminated against in Racine.
One of the factors considered in the WSJ article is education levels of various races. If there are fewer blacks that have completed Racine’s high schools it would stand to reason that fewer blacks have college degrees in Racine also. Why would fewer blacks finish high school? Do they have the same opportunity as whites in our high schools? If in fact they do, which seems so, then why are they not taking advantage of those opportunities? And if they are not taking advantage of those opportunities, is that prima facie evidence of discrimination? Absolutely not!
The only thing that can be concluded here based on the data examined is that if more blacks finished high school and attained a college degree, the difference in wages would disappear.
In my mind all of the other data being considered such as home ownership, income levels and poverty are all dependent on education levels. Educated people – white, black, Spanish, Italian, German, Asian, etc. – make more money than non educated people. They also own more homes and better homes.
I am tired of seeing these types of surveys being used to justify more big government programs on top of those already in place – food stamps, income assistance, earned income tax breaks, rent assistance, tuition assistance, heating assistance, etc. etc. etc. I am tired of being taxed to help people who won’t help themselves no matter what their color, nationality, religion, or any other factor that can identify them as a minority. In fact I am tired of the term minority. We are all minorities of one.
I am a minority of one. I belong to no group. I want nothing from anyone else except the opportunity to advance my status through education and hard work. I expect to be treated as ME, not as some person belonging to a government identified discriminated group. I also will not treat anyone else other than as a minority of one. No one is special just because they are black or white or gay or a woman or because they belong to a group wanting special privileges.
This country is worse off for our preoccupation with identifying groups supposedly needing the heavy hand of government help. It is time to say put up or shut up. Get a degree. Stop complaining. And stop asking government to help.