When I first started writing this blog I could never have guessed that just after the six month mark I would be debating racism, race realism, race relations, or race at all really. However, I’m not one to shy away from a topic or how I feel about it, but if this topic is to be discussed I have to admit my bias. I don’t believe I see the world through rose-colored glasses; I try to assess the facts and use those to form a conclusion and my opinion on a matter. That opinion I am proud to say can be quite fluid depending upon the information I have available to me. I consider it a character strength to be open-minded about learning new things, and changing when it is warranted. But I am biased.
I recognize this bias, and I am telling you about it because while I try to come from a place of reason in discussing these topics, my own experiences, what I have seen in my life will color what I feel, think, and say. In my life presently my best friend is black. This is someone I would die or kill for, and if he did the same for me (as he would) I would look after his family. This is an extraordinary man, not just an extraordinary black man; that qualifier is not needed.
The other member of our little crew is also black. He’s the youngest at 22, but he too has a driving ambition. While it is my opinion that he has become carried away in his decisions to buy a house and too much truck at this point in his life, there’s no doubting his work ethic or drive to go after what he wants. When I met him he was 18 and he told me very matter-of-factly that he was going to work up at the gold mine. At this point he had the desire, but not the plan, With some guidance from my friend he changed that quickly. He made connections, talked to the right people, showed up at the right times, and he made it happen. Now at 22 he is a homeowner and makes over $100k a year.
As deep as these connections go, I know they must be looked past to see the big picture. Before we do that let us narrow the scope and look just at myself as I continue down the path to incrementally outing myself on here. I was raised in a mixed household. My mom is white and my father is half Alaskan native. Tlingit to be precise, which is not this:
Though Tlingits sometimes get crazy and could look like this:
When they were getting ready to fight some Russians. Though for a party they may dress like this:
Notice anyone smiling in all these pictures? No? Why you may ask? Because fuck that, that’s why. These were hard people living hard lives in a hard time. You know what wouldn’t be tolerated? Fucking whining about it. Also, Tlingits never lived in these:
But in longhouses like this:
Built not in places like this:
But in places like this:
So my race realism for myself is I am one quarter Tlingit. One quarter a minority. My complexion is as white as most any white persons’ so I find it easy to blend in, as the features that would identify me are easily missed by anyone who does not know what to look for. And before anyone inquires, I do look like my Father, and we sound eerily similar to many people. Despite my skin color I know what it is like to be prejudiced and discriminated against. I know what it is like to be tortured and harassed by a couple cops for over a year simply because they know of my heritage. It also makes me distinctly aware of when I’m experiencing white privilege.
With that out of the way we can broaden the scope some again, and look at things as they are here in this region. Dr. Illusion was correct in saying there is a different culture up here. No one is going to say good job or pat a man on his back for being on welfare. No one is going to accept him for how much he takes from the government or how many programs he is in. If he is in them, he sure as shit shouldn’t say so among other men. Maybe where things truly differ up here as compared to the South is that goes for everyone. Every race. While prejudices are always going to exist, in general you at least get the benefit of the doubt; if you choose to live up here you probably deserve the chance.
Onto the big picture and how I see it. I have done some traveling, but I also understand that everything I see or could see in a lifetime are just small snapshots and could never represent how things really are. So while I feel like a lot of the data is truly flawed, I will have to use some of it to form my position on matters. One thing I won’t disagree on is black violence; it is obviously a problem, with other blacks being the primary victims of this problem. Now the thing about numbers is they can be used and looked at in many different ways. The numbers that sound especially bad are that blacks commit approximately 60% of all violent crimes while constituting around 15% of the population. Terrible, right? Of course, but let’s use those numbers a bit.
Using the data from 2011 there were 5.8 million violent crimes committed in the United States. Using the 60% figure that would mean blacks committed about 3.5 million violent crimes in 2011. Transpose that onto the 15% of the population, which is around 42 million, and you come to the conclusion that approximately 8% of the black population committed a violent crime in 2011. A pretty astounding number indeed; far higher than the rate for other races. However, that still means that 92% of blacks were generally innocent in 2011, but let’s look even harder at the numbers. Of those 5.8 million violent crimes 3.9 million or 67% are simple assault. Not exactly a good thing, but can be as innocuous as pushing somebody and that person being a little bitch about it.
That leaves about 1.9 million crimes a year (including robbery) that are considered to be more serious. Using the 60% again that would mean 1.1 million of those crimes are committed by blacks. Putting that number against their population of 42 million gives you 2.6 percent. That leaves 97.4% of blacks not committing a serious crime in 2011. More than enough majority to warrant being given the benefit of the doubt in most cases. Now as far as large cities with very high poverty rates? I’ll be on my guard against everyone, black or otherwise. Another number to look at is the overall rate of violent crime is declining and has been for about 30 years with a slight bump in the 80′s. With the majority of violent crimes being committed by blacks that would also mean they have made the most progress in that time.
These are just numbers and our opinions are based on factors so much more complex, no matter how much weight we try to give them. But if you are a logical reasoning person they are worth considering and incorporating into your view. The really important and most meaningful thing is to forget all that when just looking at the man in front of you.