xPraetorius can not seem to keep my or Abagond’s name out of his blog when he talks about a supposed complex he refers to as the Race Grievance Industry (RGI). He strongly believes that “White Racism Is Simply Not a Big Problem in America Today”. So, I decided to pull one of his tactics and deconstruct his article one point at a time.
This could be a long one. So, I will divide it into parts as xPrae tends to write a lot.
Honestly, I wish I could have found someone the Race Grievance Industry (RGI) to debate honestly and straight up with my colleagues and me. I’m starting to believe there are simply not any rational arguments against the conclusion in our headline.
In our now more than year-long investigation into the Race Grievance Industry, we proposed to them several hypotheses that run counter to the conventional “wisdom” of the RGI. Our principal hypothesis was: “white racism is not a big problem in America today.” We encountered no real argumentation in return; only enraged, but largely empty, fulmination, stonewalling, hyper-defensiveness, evasion, censoring, insults, specious lecturing, indignant moral posturing, and other substanceless tactics — at all levels. We’ve featured in these pages the exchanges we’ve had with the foot soldiers and pawns — the “Brotha Wolf’s” and “Abagond’s” of the RGI.
xPrae is one of those people asking for explanations, evidence, proof and the like, to justify opposing opinions. But, and I’ve seen this before, he refutes them, whether they are objective and subjective, instantly. And he seems to conclude that any claims of white racism does not constitute any serious discussion as those claims are practically just empty cries and whines which he believes is a problem. And even if the arguments are fueled by raw emotion, that shouldn’t make them any less important to the conversation of race. Emotions are irrational, and so is racism. Yet, it is important that it must be brought up, because racism, institutional or interpersonal, micro and macro, can and does bring emotional and psychological trauma. So yes, anger and frustration are to be expected, especially dealing with those who can not take the subject matter seriously and hides behind it by asking for ‘rationality’ and ‘civility’. This is not to say that you can not have a rational conversation about racism. But some guys want to define what ‘rational’ means, not for insight but in order to shut you up or ignore you and assert their attitudes.
We’ve not yet published our research on the leadership and the mid-level organizers of the RGI, because (1) we haven’t yet finished compiling the results of those interactions, and (2) their publication would reveal who our researchers are, since you’ve probably heard of or seen several of their exchanges with prominent RGI leaders on television in the past year.
While the RGI at all levels are quick to insult and accuse, they are, however, slow to produce substantiation for their allegations. When they do produce such “evidence,” it tends to be anecdotal, or decades- or centuries-old, with little or no relevance to today’s America. In other words, we have seen — read this well — no current evidence at all to support the conclusion that America is a nation with any widespread hostility toward black Americans.
I will hold xPrae on his first proclamation of his findings, because I am looking forward to checking it out. If he doesn’t or refuses, then I can only assume that he’s putting up a front. If he does publish it, and it has no references, then I will guess that he used himself as a source. If he does publish it, and it has references which does’t exist, or that he releases his work through an outlet he claims has it, but is nowhere to be found, then again, he’s playing himself.
My last sentence is in reference to a comment he made about his claim that there is a “Praetori Scale used in several institutions of higher learning in America”. I tried looking for it online and found nothing. If it exists, then I concede. If not, he needs to come clean.
As for his second point, he has a funny definition as to what constitutes insulting and tries to portray that he has no idea why they would be pissed at – let’s say him, even if he calls opposing arguments “poppycocky” and “silly”. Not only that, our arguments won’t fly, because he claims the RGI produces “evidence that is anecdotal, or…old, with little relevance to today’s America” Thus, there is no proof that America is not widely hostile towards blacks.
Unless he’s been living under a rock for the past 40 years, there has been mountains of evidence that prove, without a shadow of a doubt, that institutional, as well as individualized racism, is still highly active. There have been documents, research papers, books, videos, etc. written within the last few decades. And more are being cranked out. There are even connections made with the distant past that explain the present in terms of race relations and social behavior. Yet, xPrae doesn’t consider them “substantial”!
In no way did we ever say that white hostility toward blacks does not exist, or that white Americans have eradicated racism entirely from their midst. However, we advanced the idea, and our research has borne it out, that such racism simply no longer represents a significant obstacle to the social, financial or political advancement of black Americans. Or, as expressed above, it’s just not a big problem anymore. Furthermore, whatever impediment white racism does prove to be, is nullified by widely and readily available recourse to redress, as well as by a nationwide, all-pervasive climate that swiftly and decisively punishes even the slightest hint that one might not hold black Americans as a people in the highest regard. (cf, eg: Deen, Paula)
Maybe xPrae didn’t exactly say that white hostility towards black does not exist, or that white Americans eradicated racism entirely from their midst. However, claiming that white racism is not a big problem, is no less ridiculous.
He claims to have research to support his claim, but I have yet to see it, let alone know where it is in his blog. And I’ve tried asking him, but to all I got was basically the Emancipation Proclamation, the Civil Rights Act and the pouring of “trillions of dollars”. Still, he holds on to notion very, very tightly, never showing signs of letting it go and intends on repeating himself as many times as he likes.
But I shouldn’t be so judgmental seeing as how xPrae states in an exchange I had with him on his article:
“I know more about black people than some black people. Especially from the historical, demographic, economic, and political perspectives. From those perspectives I know more about black people than the vast majority of black people.”
To be continued…