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Most White People Think Blacks Are Intellectually Inferior

What do most white people really think? The White Guy gives you his expert take on white people's assessments of black intelligence.

Luke Visconti's Ask the White Guy column is a top draw on DiversityInc.com. Visconti, the founder and CEO of DiversityInc, is a nationally recognized leader in diversity management. In his popular column, readers who ask Visconti tough questions about race/culture, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability and age can expect smart, direct and disarmingly frank answers.


Question:

I think you have a distorted view of Americans when you make such blanket statements like the one you made in your reply to the question of "Why doesn't the NBA look like America?" You stated "... because it's still not acceptable in our society to think of black people as being intellectually equal."

I find that very offensive. I know I don't think like that, nor do most whites I know. I do know a number of African Americans who think whites think that way, and your statement just reinforces their thinking. Perpetuating that kind of thinking only aids in supporting the separatist attitude that too many African Americans hold, and it certainly won't help it to go away.

Answer:

You may not think like that--and because you don't, you associate with people who share your opinion. That's good. However, unless we face the facts as they are, we can't change our circumstances. I think the facts show that most whites do not accept blacks as intellectually equal.

We live in a society that purports itself to be open for all people, but we should keep in mind that Dr. King and the civil-rights movement had to bring the federal government to the state of national unrest and international embarrassment (over the treatment of peaceful civil-rights marchers) to get the Civil Rights and Voting Rights Bills passed just 42 years ago. Until that time, most African Americans could not legally vote, and access to "mainstream" higher education was almost zero.

Sen. Obama is the third black senator since reconstruction (which ended in approximately 1877). There have been 1,148 senators sworn in since 1877. African Americans have been fairly consistent at 13 percent of our population. If whites felt that blacks were intellectually equal, they certainly wouldn't have enslaved African Americans, and the Senate would have been far more than 0.26 percent black.

It's a sad state of affairs, but there's no way our country would sit still for a second and accept Gary, Ind., or Camden, N.J., looking as it does if the inhabitants were not almost 100 percent black.

You and I may accept blacks as intellectually equal--and I'd assume that we both socialize with people who feel the same as we do--but that's no reason to assume most white people feel the same way, because the facts show otherwise.

Aside from the ethical issue, there is an overarching economic imperative to rectify disparities: We are now competing in a global market; any waste of talent is a loss in productivity, innovation and wealth that we cannot afford.

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At the 2018 DiversityInc Top 50 event, more than 400 people were in attendance during the day to hear best practices on effectively managing diversity and inclusion.

Moderator: Luke Visconti, CEO, DiversityInc

Panelists:

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And his draft-dodging boss needs to put his juvenile visions of military dictatorship out of his head.

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There have been many disturbing days over the past year. I found yesterday to be particularly troubling. Chief of Staff John Kelly called people who had not already signed up for DACA to be "too lazy to get off their asses."

Our journalist, Kaitlyn D'Onofrio, wrote a very good story about this.

I was emotionally rocked to learn from her article that it costs $495 to sign up for DACA. I didn't know.

I think there are times in most people's lives where $495 is simply a bridge too far. Can you imagine being in another country, brought there as a child, without documents? What kind of job would you have? How much money would you have in your pocket? Not being able to open a bank account — having to hide your little savings someplace while you work at your menial job. $495 is a HUGE amount of money.

I'm embarrassed that I didn't know about the application fee. The chief of staff for the president of the United States has no excuse, especially when he's going to be a racist and demean an entire group of people that lives among us. There are days when I feel embarrassed to be an American.

Aside from this debacle yesterday, draft-dodging Trump also told our military he wants a grand military parade. (Trump is also known as Cadet Bone Spurs, a great nickname coined by former assault helicopter pilot Sen. Tammy Duckworth.)

The founders of this country were against a standing army — James Madison: "A standing military force, with an overgrown Executive will not long be safe companions to liberty. The means of defence against foreign danger, have been always the instruments of tyranny at home. Among the Romans it was a standing maxim to excite a war, whenever a revolt was apprehended. Throughout all Europe, the armies kept up under the pretext of defending, have enslaved the people."

This was on his mind because our country had just beaten the global superpower (England). Here is our Third Amendment: "No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law."

Why was this the Third Amendment? The British would kick your door in, throw you out on the street and put their troops in your house, anytime they felt like it.

I have served our military, in several capacities, for most of my adult life. I think a military parade in Washington, other than to celebrate the end of a war, is anti-American; Trump is either talking out of ignorance or simply lying about the strength of our military. At one-third the size it currently is, it would still be the planet's largest military by far. His focus on nuclear weapons makes me believe that unilateral nuclear disarmament is the only safe way for our planet to proceed.

If Donald J. Trump doesn't make you a believer in that philosophy, you're not paying attention. Most people aren't. Let's face it, we can't intimidate a backwards hermitage nation with 1/1200th of our GDP. Something is seriously wrong with our leadership and how we're spending money.

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