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Virtue-Signaling Run Amok in America

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14.06.2018

A friend of mine and I recently had a political discussion that I found disturbing.

He told me that a long-time family friend had come to his house the weekend before. His friend was an academic and a black man, and their dinner discussion involved whether black men can get a fair shake in today’s world, professionally, relative to white men. In short, his friend argued that institutional racism holds black men down, while America offers some unspoken and unquantifiable “privilege” enjoyed by white men.

My friend and I have had several political conversations in the past. In general, we tend to agree on many things.

I suppose this is why he felt comfortable in telling me that he told his friend that the exact opposite is true. Black men are not held down by institutional forces. In fact, he said, if a black candidate and a white candidate were vying for the same position, he would probably offer the black man the job because he “wants to see more black people succeed in our industry,” even if the black candidate was less credentialed, less experienced, or even a lesser candidate in the sales capacity that is required for success among the employees my friend manages.

He smiled, as if looking for validation that he had made a good point about phantom “institutional racism” that we’d discussed many times before. It struck me that he did not understand the pure, if unintentional, racism in the statements he had just made. If the merits of the individuals in question were the measure, the white candidate in this hypothetical scenario would have been denied an opportunity that he deserved, and the black candidate would have enjoyed an opportunity that he would otherwise not deserve. One would have been given preference over the other due to a preferred skin color, and in no sane world does that not amount to........

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