The recent April 2018 edition of the National Geographic magazine, entitled “Black and White”, included an interesting infographic on disparities in racial outcomes in the United States (see image at the end of this post). What makes the infographic interesting is that most times progressives talk about racial disparities, they only include three categories: Whites, Black, and Hispanics. However, in this case they included a fourth category: Asian Americans.
When comparing just the three racial categories, Whites usually come out looking far superior, but adding Asians to the analysis tells a different story … Asians far out-compete all other races in the United States in nearly every statistical category, from average annual income to education achievement to unemployment rates to life expectancy. In fact, looking at the infographic below shows that Whites and Hispanics really fall in the middle of the spectrum.
This is just another progressive Lie of Omission. Information is clearly being purposefully left out of the conversation in order to skew perceptions. It is a common progressive tactic, as much as changing the meaning of words in order to alter debate. Simply with the intent to obfuscate the discussion. Others have referred to this as a “racial shell game”.
But when we include Asians in the discussion of racial disparity, it becomes very clear that many whites, on average, are not wildly outperforming other races. Nor is their success a matter of “White privilege” … unless you want to argue that “Asian privilege” also exists in the United States. Asians are a minority of course, and that wouldn’t fit the minority victim narrative we’ve be sold. In fact, Asian Americans are currently suing Harvard and other academic institutions for discrimination during college admissions.
This of course leaves out another notorious issue – the fact that Jews are usually lumped in with other “whites”, which skews up the white averages. It can be difficult to get clear data on Jewish people, but we will leave aside the ethnicity vs. religion question. According to the data available, nearly half of all Jews earn over $100,000 per year, about 50% more than the average for other whites. Even Wikipedia backs this up, listing average Jewish income as nearly $100k and as 2nd place among all ancestries (also interesting that the other three ancestries in the top 4 are all Asian: Indian, Taiwanese, and Filipino). The overall White average income of $60k drops significantly if you exclude Jewish people. This is true not only of annual income, but also other statistical categories like educational attainment and life expectancy.
**Full disclosure: my family is part Jewish, and I have a sliver of it in me.
In fact, if you exclude the Jews, other “Whites” life outcomes don’t look all that different from Hispanics, which is not surprising since Hispanics are technically Caucasians as most of them primarily descend from European Spaniards with a little bit of indigenous blood mixed in. It was actually hilarious watching director Guillermo del Toro be hailed as a “minority” at this year’s Oscars. But I digress … that is another story for another day.
This is just another example of how progressive Lies of Omission significantly impact our ability to have an honest debate about serious issues. Really, the loser in all this is Black people in the United States. Because if we cannot be honest with ourselves about the problem, we are never going to be able to fix or improve it.
From a classical liberal perspective, this is all disturbing, because, as I have written about before, Empiricism lies at the core of classical liberal principles. Efforts made to obfuscate or engage in sophistry undermine such pursuit of the truth. And Lies of Omission are merely a tactic towards such undermining.