Racial Double Standards

Walter E. Williams, Lew Rockwell, June 19, 2012

Back in 2009, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said we were “a nation of cowards” on matters of race. Permit me to be brave and run a few assertions by you just to see whether we’re on the same page. There should be two standards for civilized conduct: one for whites, which is higher, and another for blacks, which is lower. In other words, in the name of justice and fair play, blacks should not be held accountable to the same standards that whites are and should not be criticized for conduct that we’d deem disgusting and racist if said or done by whites.

You say, “Williams, what in the world are you talking about?” Mitt Romney hasn’t revealed all of his fall campaign strategy yet, but what if he launched a “White Americans for Romney” movement in an effort to get out the white vote? If the Romney campaign did that, there’d be a media-led outcry across the land, with charges ranging from racial insensitivity to outright racism. When President Barack Obama announced his 2012 launch of “African Americans for Obama“, the silence was deafening. Should the same standards be applied to Obama as would be applied to Romney? The answer turns out to be no, because Obama is not held to the same standards as Romney.


Racial double standards also apply to how crime is reported. I’m betting that if mobs of white youths were going about severely beating and robbing blacks at random and preying on black businesses, it would be major news. News anchors might open, “Tonight we report on the most recent wave of racist whites organizing unprovoked attacks on innocent black people and their businesses.” If white thugs were actually doing that, politicians would be demanding answers. Such random attacks do happen, but it’s blacks preying on whites.


Similar episodes of unprovoked violence by black thugs against white people chosen at random on beaches, in shopping malls and at other public places have occurred in Philadelphia, New York, Denver, Chicago, Cleveland, Washington, Los Angeles and other cities. Most of the time, the race of the attackers, euphemistically called flash mobs, is not reported, even though media leftists and their allies are experts in reporting racial disparities in prison sentencing and the alleged injustice of the criminal justice system.

Racial double standards are not restricted to the political arena and crime reporting; we see it on college campuses and in the workplace. Black people ought to be offended by the idea that we are held accountable to lower standards of conduct and achievement. White people ought to be ashamed for permitting and fostering racial double standards that have effects that are in some ways worse than the cruel racism of yesteryear.


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  • xxxtonygunsxxx

    i accidently closed the donation request pop-up form before i was done reading could somebody tell me how to link it? if not ill try to email a request

    • When I closed the window to AmRen and then opened a new one, the pop up came up again.

      FYI there is a pulldown menu titled DONATE in the menu bar across every AmRen webpage just below the Thomas Jefferson quote…

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  • Dr. Williams is one of those rare blacks who are “truth-ers”: they stand up for the truth, regardless of where the chips fall. How I wish blacks like him were the rule, rather than the exception to the rule!

    • Sherman_McCoy

      Unfortunately, we have to search through orchards of bad apples to find a single good one.  It just isn’t worth the pain and suffering to do so.

    • xxxtonygunsxxx

      there is also the rev jesse lee peterson

  • In the world of multiculturalism and the race industry racket   2 + 2 = 5 

    It always is.

  • mikejones91

    Good article. 

  • I wonder how much of this lawlessness is because so many of these young men come from homes headed by a single mother who cannot control her teenage son? She failed to discipline him as a child and now it shows. I believe that very few of these kids come from homes where both parents are married and live together and have a middle class income.

  • Athling

    Yes, Mr. Williams is a very reasonable man. He doesn’t follow the herd. The herd should follow him.

  • It’s amazing how even long time amren commentors remain brainwashed to varying degrees, talking about how reasonable the author is, and how we wish more blacks were like him.  

    Notice that he ends the article by referring to “the cruel racism of yesteryear,” thus revealing his true anti-white viewpoint.  Jim Crow, segregation, and lynchings: all of these were reasonable, humane and wise responses to black violent criminal actions and propensities, and were implemented in order to protect the lives of white people.  Our white ancestors were wise and benevolent in these policies, not cruel.

    • IstvanIN

      From a white person’s point of view. From a black’s point of view being excluded from public venues simply because of race was humiliating. I get that. We certainly were better off in the days of segregation, and probably so were blacks, but I get the point that citizens in the same country having different rights would be humiliating, especially to someone who isn’t a ghetto thug.
      Thus why we must separate completely: to protect us we must humiliate them. To allow them freedom puts us at great risk.

      • Before the last several decades of propaganda, both blacks and whites naturally understood and accepted the differences in abilities and criminal propensities between the races, and from what I can tell blacks generally understood that their subservient position in our society was natural and proper, and was in fact a position far better than their race deserved.  I think blacks of a few generations back generally did not see their position as being humiliating.   There may have been a very few who did see it that way, and of course even more simple minded whites who did, but both groups were wrong.

        I agree with you, brother, that we must separate.  But I do not care one bit whether or not it humiliates them.  When I consider the approximately 100 white women just today (statistically speaking) who were raped or sexually assaulted by blacks in the U.S., hurting the feelings of blacks is not a concern I have.

        • IstvanIN

          I think we are in agreement.  I just see his side is all.

      • Orion_Blue

         From a black’s point of view being excluded from public venues simply because of race was humiliating. 

        Likewise, our being excluded from certain areas of certain cities and indeed, from certain entire cities, is quite humiliating.

        Who built the cities in the first place?

        If known obnoxious behaviour is recognised and acknowledged, why would one not ban the root cause of such behaviour?

  • Kurt Plummer

    The Man,

    We have come full circle now because of future demographics . We in many cities are the new minorities . We need to raise our voices high and be heard and refuse to be denied ! Look to our history and those who came before us and what they gave of themselves for future generations .Not thinking of themselves but for those who would come after them. The question is has it come to the point where we as a collective group have had enough !

    Sigh.  You’re just not getting it.

    Racial double standards are not restricted to the political arena and crime reporting; we see it on college campuses and in the workplace. Black people ought to be offended by the idea that we are held accountable to lower standards of conduct and achievement. White people ought to be ashamed for permitting and fostering racial double standards that have effects that are in some ways worse than the cruel racism of yesteryear.

    The victimization entitlement act is  a prop.  A ruse.  An enablement mechanism.  Once the advantage is assured and the fix is in, there is no going back.  That is why blacks are _not_ offended by the strategem as the equivalent to Maskirovka or Taqiya based deception.

    **Only Whites** are foolish enough to think that sinking to a minority status in our society will result in our being given the same kind of treatment we gave those ‘noble blacks’ (not the word I was thinking of btw.) as some kind of illustration of heroic dedication to freeing themselves from the boot of white oppression.

    If there had ever been -any- doubt that blacks are what they are and -remain close to us- because of it, it should now be completely obvious that it is because they know they can get things from us using the Victim Entitlement perception of ‘stuff we have that they want’.

    NO OTHER GROUP would stick around to be ridiculed and held at arms length and -feared- for threats real and imagined.  Because no other group is living a parasitic existence which is ultimately aimed at taking over the host body.

    Not asians, not hispanics, not even Arabs are so molded to the long stalk and final betrayal as blacks are shaping themselves to be.

    And if it works (assuming blacks rise in the U.S. population to 28-32% by 2040 and whites are in the 30-35% category), it’s brilliant.  Because the numbers and social positioning will be theres to make demands through the various branches of government we have installed them in, over us.  While whites will be in the unenviable position of -having- to do what is ‘best for all’ from the standpoint of our own eternal indenturement.  As the alternative is the risk of losing everything that remains of our once great society.  As standard of living.

    You can’t fight as you plow.  Everything must have it’s own season.  And this will be especially so as hispanics and asians also double their percentages.

  • haroldcrews

    A meritocracy would be the most just and productive means of creating and maintaining a social order.  However in a heterogeneous society particularly one that is multi-racial it is almost impossible to put one in place and maintain it for long.  This is especially true in the presence of a powerful state. 

    Meritocracy requires either a high level of individualism or a national in place of racial identity.  The creation of a national identity requires an overtly totalitarian ideology.  Which is what we see with Political Correctness. When you have a society such as ours in which there is disparate average abilities between the races and an acceptance of the dogma of racial equality then meritocracy isn’t really an option.  The less capable race or at least the great majority of its members will be relegated to a subordinate economic position.  Naturally this will be resented and blamed on irrational discrimination.  Political solutions will be sought and meritocracy will be eroded.  A racial spoils system will replace it as economic advances bring increased political influence.  To the extent that the incompetent advance over the competent society will regress or be retarded.  This is what we have seen in the US.  The larger question is whether a meritocracy is a realistic option as a means of organizing society in one such as ours.  It is not.  It has not proven itself to be and even from the start of the ‘civil rights’ movement racial preferences in favor of blacks began to be put in place.  Neither meritocracy nor the end of discrimination were  goals of the ‘civil rights’ movement.  Its goal was black advancement by whatever means necessary.  A meritocracy is possible only in a state that is largely homogeneous.  If it is not a viable option in our society then  what is the most realistic way to create or maintain a productive and orderly society that advances civilization.  There are two options.  One return to a system of Jim Crow in which the most capable race or races are by law placed in a advantaged position.  While this will certainly be unjust in some individual cases on the whole it is just.  Remember it is not a question of whether there will be discrimination or no discrimination.  Discrimination in some form is inevitable.  It is what forms of discrimination will be permitted or even required by the state.  Better that discrimination be in favor of those on average more capable than than those who on average are not.  Because we’re dealing with large numbers of people there will always be more capable individuals in the more capable race than in the less capable race.  The second option is to put in place social and political reforms that will ultimately create a homogeneous society.  There are any number of means to do so that comport with accepted ideas of justice.  One tightly control immigration.  Encourage immigration of compatible races and prohibit immigration of incompatible races.  Stringent imprisonment of convicted criminals.  This obviously removes disproportionately one segment of the population especially through their reproductive years.  Eliminate subsidizes by the taxpayer.  Put in place a system of discrimination, Jim Crow in other words.  Lastly encourage emigration of the less capable.   Because the first option will always be under attack and subject to being undone the second option is the most likely to create a productive and orderly society that advances civilization in the long term.

    • haroldcrews

      I don’t know why Disquis combined several of my paragraphs into the second long one.

    • Screamin_Ruffed_Grouse

      To the extent that the incompetent advance over the competent society will regress or be retarded. This is what we have seen in the US.

      Yup. If we have seen anything in recent years, it’s that the US has definitely become retarded.

  • El_Magyar

    Whites have nothing to do with the perception of Blacks. Blacks are the only ones who can change that, positively or negatively.

  • JohnEngelman

    Blacks get a free pass because their crimes are blamed on white racism. You see, whites who obey the law are blamed for the fact that so many blacks find law obedience too difficult. 

  • better_times

    You don’t really need the “anti” – racist equals white in America today, no code required.  Blacks will tell you only whites can be racist. “Racist” needs to be recognized as hate language that is not allowed to be used by non-whites just like the n-word is not allowed to be used by non-blacks.

  • Exactly what crimes did these blacks in the photographs you saw commit?  Do
    you know for a fact that they did not commit crimes that were heinous
    enough to warrant such punishment? 

    If it turned out that these lynched blacks in the photographs you saw committed atrocities similar to the tortuous murders of Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom, what kind of punishment would you consider to be just?

  • haroldcrews

    Obviously the politics in the US or any portion would have to change before anything so revolutionary as I suggested  could take place.  But as far as foreign destination for undesirable populations I’m sure some African countries could be bullied or bribed into accepting them.  It would be cheaper in the long term.

    What is your suggestion?  Rollover and die?

    • Space4jan

      Check  my earlier AR posts for suggestions other than defeatism and death.
      Nothing against a revival of Garveyism along the lines you suggest.

      • haroldcrews

        Yea, I’ll get right on that.

      • haroldcrews

        Honestly I’m not that curious to spend hours scanning different AmRen articles for your comments looking for your proposed strategies.

  • Orion_Blue

    Where will the least capable go? Who wants them? Not Britain, Canada or France….

    We, as in Britain, seem to be hoovering them up from everywhere except the US.

    From 1997 we had a deliberately-architected plan to fundamentally alter the demographic make-up of the UK and none of this was in that bunch of crooked, treacherous villains’ election manifesto.

    The damage done would take generations to reverse, even if there was the political will to do so, which there almost certainly is not.

  • chuck_2011

    yes a double standard exists and most black behavior is excused by society because they are black and probably don’t know any better. How long can we keep looking the other way as the behavior becomes more and more belligerent?

  • xxxtonygunsxxx

     thanks for info

  • I like what you said above: “What WE  need to do is to ensure publicity about horrific race murders of whites in the USA, RSA and UK. ”  Have you seen newnation.org?  It lacks the mainstream appeal that amren.com has, but I’m guessing that it does a pretty good job of shocking the typical, brainwashed, first time visitor out of his or her stupor a little bit.

    Regarding vigilante justice, the lynchings that took place in our nation’s history were not like those done by the blacks  in your examples.  Blacks are not known for their strong sense of what is appropriate when it comes to meting out justice, as your examples illustrate.  Lynchings in our history, however, were almost always done to people (lots of whites included) who were unquestionably guilty of serious crimes, and who deserved to be put to death.   Of course the system was not perfect, and surely occasionally an innocent person was hung, but I have no doubt that justice was generally far better served then than now.

    For example, I believe the murderers of Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom are all still alive and enjoying the fruits of our system of “due process:”  breathing, sleeping, enjoying free meals and sunshine and recreation, some five years after the fact.  In the days of vigilante justice it would not have been so.  I don’t think our “justice” system of lawyers and loopholes and black juries and political motivations and appeals and criminals’ rights and corrupt judges holds a candle to those days.

  • Strider73

    During the “bad old days” of de jure segregation, the few intelligent blacks — those W.E.B. DuBois called the “talented tenth” — were the teachers, shopkeepers and employers in the black communities. Even more important, they imposed discipline on the other 90%, lest the white authorities come down on all of them like the proverbial ton of bricks. With the end of segregation, they  immediately moved away from their barbaric brethren (and who can blame them?), with the obvious results.

    Now after nearly 50 years of welfare state-induced dysgenics, the 10% are down to ~4% — the blacks who did not vote for Obama. Call them “the talented 25th.” And since nearly all of them are middle-aged or older (Williams is 76, Thomas Sowell turns 82 on June 30), the few will only become fewer. Another 30 years or so and we’ll be talking about “the talented 25th of 1%.”

  • Strider73

    Better yet, get rid of the deracinated neocon slug Limbaugh altogether, and have Dr. Williams replace him permanently.