The Taboo That Could Break America, Part I
Jared Taylor, American Renaissance, November 13, 2020
You must not ask why blacks don’t succeed.
We like to think that only primitive people have taboos. New Guineans, Andaman Islanders. But us Americans? We’re too liberated for that.
Well we have taboos, alright, and they cause more damage and misery than any of the weird stuff the Asaro Mud Men or initiates in the Cult of the Crocodile believe. One of our fiercest taboos is the absolute prohibition against asking why blacks don’t do as well as whites. There’s only one official, obligatory answer: racism. If blacks don’t do as well at something — income, crime rates, test scores, school grades, school discipline, the Oscars, Covid cases, jobs in orchestras – you name it: If they don’t do as well as whites, it’s our fault. White people have created a deeply racist system.
This taboo will be enforced even more fiercely with Joe Biden in the White House. He promised to “root out systemic racism,” which he says is everywhere. That means remaking every aspect of American society to favor blacks because, as Kamala Harris explained in a campaign video, “equitable treatment means we all end up at the same place.” “We,” meaning blacks and whites.
If you ever wondered if different races might have different natural abilities, or might even be genetically different, you’re a hopeless bigot. Barely human. But there is a milder form of taboo-breaking. Maybe blacks and whites don’t end up in the same place, as Kamala says, because blacks and whites don’t always act the same way. Could it be that what blacks do or don’t do makes a difference? Is it possible that black students are suspended more often because they misbehave more often, for example?
No. That would occur only to bad people. The problem is racism. It’s not up to blacks to do anything differently. As Ebony McGee, a professor at Vanderbilt University, explains to white people: “You got us into this mess — why is it our job to get us out?”
Let me give you just one example of how – whatever the problem is – it’s our job as white people to solve it. On April 11, 2018, the New York Times published a 10,000-word article – that’s a long article – with this title: “Why America’s Black Mothers and Babies Are in a Life-or-Death Crisis.” As the Times explained: “It has everything to do with the lived experience of being a black woman in America.” The crisis is that black women are three to four times more likely than white women to die from pregnancy related complications. The causes are, to use the Times’s words “societal and systemic racism” and “pervasive, longstanding racial bias in health care.” The New York Times couldn’t think of any other explanation.
I can. There are conditions that make a mother more likely to die from childbirth complications, and here are some of the racial differences. Black women are 60 percent more likely than white women to be obese, twice as likely to be diabetic, 56 percent more likely to have high blood pressure, 6.9 times more likely to have gonorrhea, and 4.7 times more likely to have syphilis. Single mothers are twice as likely as married mothers to die from birth-related complications, and black mothers are twice as likely as white mothers to be single. All these things contribute to higher black maternal death rates, but there was not one word out of all 10,000 in this article about any of them. The Times wants you to think the only problem is racism.
I don’t have the data, and it may be rude to say so, but I suspect black mothers are more likely to forget to take their medicine, miss doctor’s appointments, take drugs, drink too much, and do other risky things. So, is the problem really racism or could it have something to do with black behavior? Did white people give those women diabetes and syphilis or make them fat?
But there’s something maybe even more important the Times left out. Hispanic mothers are 12 percent *less likely* than white mothers to die because of child-bearing. They are the group least likely even to have medical insurance, but they get through childbirth better than whites do. Aren’t Hispanics supposed to be victims of racism, too? How come they do better than whites? It puts the “racism” argument in a different light, doesn’t it?
Well, just in case you missed the 10,000 words the Times published on this crisis in 2018, in 2019, the Times rediscovered the problem: “Huge Racial Disparities Found in Deaths Linked to Pregnancy.” Black mothers are about three times more likely than white mothers to die from childbirth complications. And, of course, for the same reasons. That same month Kamala Harris tweeted about it: “Everyone should be outraged this is happening in America.”
Elizabeth Warren, who was also running for the Democrat nomination, “had a plan for the staggering black maternal mortality rates.” If she had ever heard about the low rates for Hispanics, or about racial differences in diabetes and obesity, she wasn’t letting on. Her plan included persecuting doctors, nurses, and all the other people who are no doubt doing their best for black mothers, just as they’re doing their best for all mothers.
This is just one example — out of hundreds — of the kind of blame and hectoring we get for racial outcomes that are almost certainly not our fault.
But how big is this problem, anyway? How many black women are dying? The New York Times never told you. Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren never told you.
About 250 black mothers die every year. About 280 white mothers die, too. If blacks died at the same rate, it would be only 80 deaths per year, so the maximum number of deaths that could even conceivably be blamed on racism is 170. I don’t think any of those women died of racism, but when Elizabeth Warren rages about “staggering black maternal mortality” and when Kamala Harris says we should all be outraged, they are talking about – at most – 170 people.
How does that compare to the 7,500 black people murdered by other blacks every year. Or – not to put too fine a point on it – the nearly 600,000 white people who are victims of black violence every year as opposed to the fewer than 100,000 blacks who are victims of white violence. The New York Times will never publish those numbers.
But those 170 black women? They are so important, they’re part of the Biden Plan for Black America. He’s going to solve the problem by rooting out the “systemic racism” that is killing these 170 women.
So, in this video, I broke the taboo that says: Never ask if black behavior has anything to do with the bad things that happen to black people. Be warned: Next week, I’m going to break an even more terrifying taboo. I’ll see you then.