Black Iowans Put Racism on Trial

Black Iowans Put Racism on Trial

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Shhhhh! Be very, very quiet, I’m hunting bigots. That should be the slogan of Des Moines, Iowa lawyer Thomas Newkirk who is representing 6,000 African Americans in a class action suit against the state government of Iowa for hiring discrimination. The suit alleges that African Americans have been routinely passed over for employment opportunities in state government in Iowa and includes all plaintiffs since 2003.

The catch?

The suit does not allege any specific discriminatory practices (Which I’m sure occur) but instead focuses on “Implicit Bias” a concept wherein subconscious preferences by Whites for other Whites leads to a series of decisions wherein Blacks are disadvantaged in hiring decisions and interviews regardless of qualifications. Now let that sink in for a minute: No specific discriminatory practices, but subconscious biases are on trail.

Implicit Bias is measured fairly simply with the Implict Association Test. In its most basic form The IAT measures the speed of association between words to determine bias. So test subjects are shown a Black face and White face – and then have to link a series of rapidly appearing words – good, bad, ugly, loyal, smart, etc. – to the faces based on a series of instructions.

To see exactly how the test plays out click here to an NBC special on the test that aired right after the Don Imus controversy in 2007. Essentially, it’s a grown-up version of the Doll Test from the 1950’s. White Americans continue to be amazed at the fact that the test shows they prefer their own company, and Blacks are still amazed that after living their lives in a White dominated society that they too often prefer Whites. The ignorance on all sides is baffling.

On the surface this case is highly unlikely to go anywhere, because our state and federal laws are primarily concerned with actual actions, and seldom prosecute people for intent or attitudes. For example, you can have the most sexist, hostile, misogynistic boss in the world but until he specifically does something to your career advancement (other than being a creep) there isn’t much you can do about it legally.

However, the larger issue being brought by this case is actually one for the scholars and legal minds of this country to truly think on in the coming generation as the nation becomes more diverse and jobs continue to require personal interaction to qualify.

This Iowa class action lawsuit is not about jobs, or discrimination, it’s about putting racism on trial. If White people, intentionally or not, are inherently biased against Blacks, then what is a society that purports to value individual achievement and effort to do? You can go the Charles Murray route, which is simply ship all the coloreds out of the country or put them in camps. Or real work can be done to address these inherent biases, if that’s even possible. It will be interesting to see how this case plays out. While I don’t expect the case to be won, (and what would the ruling be?) I do wonder what kinds of arguments are laid out in order to make the case.  Any chance Frances Cress Welsing has a law degree?

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  1.  

    Everybody says there is this RACE problem. Everybody says this RACE problem will be solved when the third world pours into EVERY white country and ONLY into white countries.

    The Netherlands and Belgium are more crowded than Japan or Taiwan, but nobody says Japan or Taiwan will solve this RACE problem by bringing in millions of third worlders and quote assimilating unquote with them.

    Everybody says the final solution to this RACE problem is for EVERY white country and ONLY white countries to “assimilate,” i.e., intermarry, with all those non-whites.

    What if I said there was this RACE problem and this RACE problem would be solved only if hundreds of millions of non-blacks were brought into EVERY black country and ONLY into black countries?

    How long would it take anyone to realize I’m not talking about a RACE problem. I am talking about the final solution to the BLACK problem?

    And how long would it take any sane black man to notice this and what kind of psycho black man wouldn’t object to this?

    But if I tell that obvious truth about the ongoing program of genocide against my race, the white race, Liberals and respectable conservatives agree that I am a naziwhowantstokillsixmillionjews.

    They say they are anti-racist. What they are is anti-white.

    Anti-racist is a code word for anti-white.
     

  2. What about white people?
    White countries are being flooded by non-whites. We are told to be
    TOLERANT. We are forced to integrate. With assimilation we see the
    extinction of one race only, the white race.

    Its not funny, not? comedy, its white genocide

  3. Nigerians prefer the company of Nigerians. Latinos prefer the company of Latinos. Chinese prefer the company of Chinese. Whites are hereby ordered to prefer the company of everyone except Whites.

    Nobody is flooding Africa with tens of millions of non-Africans and giving them special rights and privileges on the grounds that they might achieve something. Nobody is flooding China and Japan with tens of millions of non-Chinese and non-Japanese on the grounds that they might achieve something. Screeds about racism are just more anti-White rubbish. Anti-racist is code language for anti-White.

  4. Africa for the Africans,Asia for the Asians,white countries for EVERYBODY!

    Everybody says there is this RACE problem. Everybody says this RACE problem will be solved when the third world pours into EVERY white country and ONLY into white countries.

    The Netherlands and Belgium are just as crowded as Japan or Taiwan, but nobody says Japan or Taiwan will solve this RACE problem by bringing in millions of third worlders and quote assimilating unquote with them.

    Everybody says the final solution to this RACE problem is for EVERY white country and ONLY white countries to “assimilate,” i.e., intermarry, with all those non-whites.

    What if I said there was this RACE problem and this RACE problem would be solved only if hundreds of millions of non-blacks were brought into EVERY black country and ONLY into black countries?

    How long would it take anyone to realize I’m not talking about a RACE problem. I am talking about the final solution to the BLACK problem?

    And how long would it take any sane black man to notice this and what kind of psycho black man wouldn’t object to this?

    But if I tell that obvious truth about the ongoing program of genocide against my race, the white race, Liberals and respectable conservatives agree I am a naziwhowantstokillsixmillionjews.

    They say they are anti-racist. What they are is anti-white.

    Anti-racist is a code word for anti-white.

  5. WEBSTER’S EXPANDED DICTIONARY 1996 edition….. bigotry, big’ ot-ri, n. blind zeal in favor of a creed, party, sect, or opinion.

    That certainly describes the Plaintifs in this case.

    They say they are anti-racist. What they are is anti-white. Anti-racist is a code word for anti-white.

  6. "Africa for the Africans,Asia for the Asians,white countries for EVERYBODY! "

    When Africans, Asians and others invade and subject other countries like the whites did, you have a point. Otherwise, the punishment of forcing non-whites on whites fits the crime that whites committed…just like death penalty fits the crime of murder!

  7. @George
    Going by your "logic" that means the descendents of a murdering should also be punished for murder, or that a child of a rapist should also be sent to jail. Europe has been invaded before: the Mongolians, the Turks, Barbary Coast pirates, Persia, Arabs and white women (especially from Eastern Europe) are now being pressured into sex slavery all across the globe: from the Jews of Israel, to the Chinese and the Africans, yet that's not bad enough to put any light onto, only if it happens to non-white, I stress as other have already, anti-racism is code word for anti-white. You George, are a racist bigot for being against the survival of an entire race.

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