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Racist stats. LOL

It turns out numbers can be racist. Not just people. Or laws. But numbers.

That’s now the size of the racism hammer. Racism explains everything. It justifies anything. It shuts down debate. It drives policy.

“Oh that’s racist,” clinches any argument.

Racism is everywhere. It’s not just people who are racist but institutions too. For example, “the justice system is racist”. The judges mightn’t be. The police mightn’t be. But the system sure is.

Racism also exists underground and undetected through “unconscious racism”. Trained professionals must be deployed to detect your racism and, indeed, to correct your thinking and behaviour.

Numbers too are racist as in, “The very existence of disparities is racist.”

That slice of insight is from Press Gallery journalist Rukuwai Tīpene-Allen.

She clearly hasn’t given her writing much thought. I suspect, like her colleagues, she is more practiced and skilled in indignant outrage than critical thought. Her response to my critique will no doubt be further outrage.

For the record, disparities are a statistical observation: they don’t think or act. They can’t themselves be racist. They are a fact. They can no more be racist than a rock or the sun. Disparities could well be the result of racism but that’s not what Ms Tīpene-Allen is saying. She is saying the disparities themselves are racist.

“The very existence of disparities is racist,” she opines.

Maori men on average are 5.3 cm taller than asian men. That’s a disparity. But it’s not racist. I don’t know what causes that disparity but it’s difficult to believe that it could be racism.

(I wonder if Ms Tīpene-Allen’s racism would still exist if governments stopped collecting data by ethnicity. The difference would still be there but not noted.)

Disparities are everywhere. Maori women have nearly twice as many babies as European women.

Twenty-nine percent of Maori adults smoke. Ten percent of adult Europeans smoke.

Forty-eight percent of adult Maori are obese. Sixteen percent of Asians are. Everything measured differs on average from group to group. It would be odd if it didn’t.

But the difference now is racism. It doesn’t require anyone past or present to have done anything racist. It requires averages only to differ.

It’s difficult to know what to do about racist numbers. Would racism be reduced if I took up smoking? Or got fatter?

Of course, Ms Tīpene-Allen knows exactly what is needed: separatism.

Her specific examples are health disparities which demand “more money and energy put into Māori health… [and] … a health system created and managed by Māori”.

Her answer to her made-up racism is actual racism. Who gets what, and who gets treated by which health system, should be determined by their race.

It’s easy to despair when daily such incendiary nonsense is dished up by news reporters.

But we should take comfort in another racist disparity: Maori women are more likely to be married or partnered to a non-Maori than a Maori. The same is true for Maori men. We are not just brothers and sisters but husbands and wives raising children together, living together, working together.

The government and the media are running a separatist agenda. It appears they are making a good play as they make up the daily news. But they are not. That’s because the rest of us are just getting on with our lives. Together.

The Cairo Curmudgeon

It snowed last night…
8:00 am: I made a snowman.
8:10 – A feminist passed by and asked me why I didn’t make a snow woman.
8:15 – So, I made a snow woman.
8:17 – My feminist neighbor complained about the snow woman’s voluptuous chest saying it objectified snow women everywhere.
8:20 – The gay couple living nearby threw a hissy fit and moaned it could have been two snow men instead.
8:22 – The transgender man..women…person asked why I didn’t just make one snow person with detachable parts.
8:25 – The vegans at the end of the lane complained about the carrot nose, as veggies are food and not to decorate snow figures with.
8:28 – I was being called a racist because the snow couple is white.
8:31 – The middle eastern gent across the road demanded the snow woman be covered up .
8:40 – The Police arrived saying someone had been offended.
8:42 – The feminist neighbor complained again that the broomstick of the snow woman needed to be removed because it depicted women in a domestic role.
8:43 – The council equality officer arrived and threatened me with eviction.
8:45 – TV news crew from CBC showed up. I was asked if I know the difference between snowmen and snow-women? I replied “Snowballs” and am now called a sexist.
9:00 – I was on the News as a suspected terrorist, racist, homophobe sensibility offender, bent on stirring up trouble during difficult weather.
9:10 – I was asked if I have any accomplices. My children were taken by social services.
9:29 – Far left protesters offended by everything marched down the street demanding for me to be arrested.
By noon it all melted
Moral:
There is no moral to this story. It is what we have become, all because of snowflakes.