Sunday, May 1, 2016

Stealing credibility- Dinesh D'souza has prison epiphany- after hanging with the homies- Hallelujah Hilary!




Dinesh D'souza seems to be straining credibility again.. But why aren't people outside the echo chamber surprised?  This post looks at his new 2016 book "Stealing America." It is a laugher. Exposed for his own corruption and adultery, as documented at his trial, D'souza attempts to lay the groundwork for a comeback with a new package of propaganda and white lies - a laughable attempt to "spin" his own corruption and exposure by playing the "prison redemption" card, and presenting himself as some sort of "martyr." In this new spin package, D'souza had this supposed epiphany by talking to the cons while he was incarcerated. You see homes, they told him some stuff about gangs, and presto- our chap D'souza had the blinding insight that "criminal gangs" can be likened to how "the liberals" (insert other enemies here..:) operate. Dang! Who woulda thunk the cons were blessed with such wit and wisdom?


certayfied gangsta...

Where these hardcore cons supposed to be homes?
 But right off the bat D'souza's "redemption spin" fails. He says that his "experience with criminal gangs" opened up his eyes to the criminality of "the liberals." One cannot help but fall to the floor laughing. For one thing, a panty-waist like D'souza got an easy ride. He served his sentence in a light security "confinement center" in San Diego County- at which he did not even have to spend the entire day, but checked in at night for 8 hours. He was then free to leave- the rest of the day was his. And he served a mere 8 months- a slap on the wrist, after which he had to do some light duty community service, and pay a piddling fine - chump change for a man raking in hundreds of thousands every year via his books and videos It is not a venue crawling with hard-core "criminal gangs." Hell, the place seems like one of those celebrity prisons where affluent shallow white types like Paris Hilton go to serve their "sentences." The insinuation of a grizzled wise guy or hardcase gang-banger pulling D'souza aside for "conferencing and commiseration" in said "Community Confinement Center" is totally ludicrous. Right off the bat, D'souza's "prison epiphany" fails the smell test.


The easy ride- coddling wrongdoers?
What is ironic is that the right wing D'souza himself has railed against "coddling" lawbreakers and criminal justice leniency, but turns out he himself benefited from "coddling" with an easy-to-serve sentence, at a wrist slap venue, escaping two years of hard time with REAL gang-bangers. Yet with such an easy sentence, the hypocrite whines about "persecution." Also ironic- it was the same D'souza who rails against "irresponsible blacks" that himself was caught out in conduct grossly irresponsible, including not only his bribery scheme, but cheating on his wife, and on top of that, taking his mistress to a Christian conference. All of these are well documented at his trial, and elsewhere.

Even more telling, D'souza  who has railed against "a sense of entitlement" by "the liberals," blacks and other enemies, is himself a smug seeker of entitlement favor. As reported in several media outlets, he requested "a summer break" from this community service duties- teaching ESL kids at a local private school. Whoa! Tough duty bwoy!  "With respect to [the] request that Mr. D'Souza's community service hours be `waived' from June 1, 2015, until July 13, 2015, the request is respectfully denied..  The short explanation is, as all criminal defendants are aware, that we don't provide `summer breaks' in these circumstances," federal judge Berman wrote.

Instead of finding an alternative means of performing community service when the school let out for the summer, D’Souza had his parole officer petition the court for a “summer break.” Rather lazy of you, eh old chap- you who has railed against "lazy" blacks. Why are YOU trying to get out of your own obligations? Interestingly (and it illustrates not only Dsouza's sense of entitlement but also his vanity), the probation officer included a copy of a Vanity Fair profile in the "summer break" request.- as if that puff piece was supposed to impress. To which the judge sardonically responded:  “the court has no immediate reaction other than the article suggests several fertile areas of discussion during Mr. D’Souza’s required therapeutic counseling.” Sho nuff... Perhaps Dsouza thinks this is India where some puffery and influence can grease the skids, eh? Now what does this say about Dsouza's own invocation of "rational racism" as regards how certain minorities are viewed? The judge ordered counseling to continue because D'souza not only displays arrogance but seems to be unaware that he has done anything wrong. Mayhaps a little counseling with that non-summer break might help..
http://www.salon.com/2015/05/06/dinesh_dsouzas_request_for_a_summer_break_from_community_service_gets_slapped_down_by_federal_judge/




Whining the "victim" card..

The second thing that stands out bout this book, aside from the distorted "spin," is how D'souza continues whining. Constantly trying to minimize his own culpability, he keeps playing the "victim" card- oh dear- the heroic teller of truths, unjustly persecuted by "politically correct" forces.. LOL.. Only D'souza's echo chamber of acolytes or gullible flunkies buys this rubbish. He tried the same "victim card" approach at his trial and drew a sharp rebuke from the judge who noted he was long on portraying himself as a "victim" but short on acknowledging remorse or responsibility for his actions. The judge dismissed D'souza's claims of political prosecution as whining, and rebuked him repeatedly for his self-serving explanations of the behavior he had pled guilty to. The judge even quoted from a letter to the court from Mr. D’Souza’s white ex-wife, Dixie D’Souza, in which she said he had a “flawed character and lack of truthfulness” and accused him of physically abusing her. (NY Times- D’Souza Avoids Prison in Campaign Finance Case. Sept. 23, 2014).




Yes "the liberals" can be gangsters but how come we don't hear about conservative "gangstas"?

But this is typical D'souza, a vain, self-serving distorter of the truth. His book is along the same intellectually dishonest lines, just as his book: "America- Imagine A World Without Her" is similarly dishonest. In "America" for example he claims that Obama was elected due to "white guilt." This laughable bit of rubbish, eaten up by the dull hordes of the right as "the truth" was debunked in detail earlier- where it was pointed out- Obama received about the same number of votes as previous white Dem politicians- like Clinton or Carter. White people did not go out of their way to vote for him, more, nor apparently were they impressed by the hapless "grizzly" Sarah Palin and John McCain the right wing put up as alternatives. But D'souza is a master at dealing in rubbish.

In "Stealing America" he tries yet more of the same shell game, attempting to drive home the claim as he writes that due to this alleged "epiphany"-  the current administration is essentially just a criminal machine/gang, running things mostly to benefit themselves & their masters (bankers/corporate globalist elitists). Hilary will continue the same "racket" he "learned." Whooo... What he doesn't mention is that conservatives themselves are quite skilled at gangsterism- and indeed said conservatives were at the forefront of, or cheered along the weakening of government regulations designed to keep financial and other "gangsterism" in check. It was under his hero Ronald Reagan for example that a huge wave of such deregulation began, a trend that continued on into the George W Bush administration, as detailed studies such as (Thomas O. McGarity- Freedom to Harm: The Lasting Legacy of the Laissez Faire Revival-2013 demonstrate. This weakening was one of the key components that led to the crash of 2007-2008- which by the way was accompanied by a bailout package that was quite generous to the financial gangsters- proposed initially by Bush. But none of this gets much ink in D'souza's distorted world.



Indian D'souza himself benefited from allegedly "unneeded" Civil Rights Laws or rulings- like freedom from segregation and freedom to marry his white wife, something forbidden before "unneeded" civil rights laws and supporting court decisions. 

 The Indian D'souza may not even have been allowed to become a citizen at one time in America.  In 1923 the US Supreme Court ruled that Asian Indians were not eligible for citizenship, stripping several naturalized Indians of citizenship. A 1922 federal law stipulated that women who married aliens ineligible for citizenship would lose theirs- provisions not lifted until the 1940s. Had he lived in America just 4 decades prior to his arrival he and his white wife might have been non-citizens. The 1921 and 1924 immigration law set numerical limits but only for Europeans. Other non-whites were banned. The book by Ian Haney 1996- White by law: the legal construction of race" sets out the dismal facts in detail. It took decades of struggle, suffering and sacrifice to get such things reversed.

But along comes the hypocrite Dsouza to benefit on the backs of those who suffered, even as he dismisses civil rights protections as "unneeded" directly or by implication.  Since he arrived on American shores in 1978, well AFTER all the messy and ugly business of the "unneeded" Civil Rights law he dismisses, he and white wife get to stay in any public accommodations he chooses, can pretty much buy housing where they want, and get to send their kids pretty much to the schools they want, without being blocked and sandbagged by racist Realtors, restaurant owners or bureaucrats. Furthermore, he and Dixie lived in Virginia, a state that once imprisoned or threatened to imprison interracial couples for the crime of "miscegenation." D'Souza gets to have to both ways, He can dismiss Civil Rights laws as "unneeded," because as an "honorary white" immigrant coming after the fact, he can enjoy all the benefits of that which he dismisses, and never had to worry like say, interracial couple Mildred Loving and her husband- miscegenation "criminals" sentenced to jail or exile.

As a class, white women like Dsouza's wife Dixie benefited most from "affirmative action"..


The man with special insight- on a special mission

His nickname among certain press journalists "Distort Denewsa" is apt. Aside from his so-called "epiphany" during which he allegedly "learned" from "criminal gangs" the rest of the book is another rehash of talking points he has made before. Gee ain't Obama awful, and won't Hilary be too?

One thing that doesn't make it into his book is what he proposed in his 1996 tome -"The End of Racism" - where be advocated re-appealing key provisions of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. He has never retracted this and his hypocritical posturing that he had some sort of "special insight" into "race relations" is the same approach he repeats in this book- only this time the "special insight" he gains is due to "time spent" with "criminal gangs"..

Pause... stifle laughter..



A scammer by any other name- himself a beneficiary of "special preferences" ...
Finally D'souza organizes his chapters to talk of "scams"- Chapter 5 the reparations scam, Chapter 6 the greed & inequality scam etc. Most of these chapters are simply  repackaged talking points, presented with the usual snark and cherry picked anecdotes. But it really a "scam" to question the high levels of CEO pay especially involving companies they have run into trouble? Is it a "scam" to question the favoritism shown of the bankers and financiers who got bailed out in 2008/2009? Is it a "scam" to question police misconduct including pervasive falsification of arrest reports when certain things happen? Reasonable people can certainly disagree on the issues but why are so many areas of social policy waved aside as a "scam," save as a propaganda tactic to dismiss having to address the evidence or engage in honest debate?

Dsouza reserves much rhetoric for being "agin" special "preferences" but as already noted above, "preferences" are quite beneficial to certain whites. Why is there so little in-depth discussion of that aspect? Ironically D'souza himself is the beneficiary of special "affirmative action" preferences. He was appointed "scholar" at prestigious Hoover Institute at Stanford for example, despite having no serious scholarly publication, or peer reviewed article published, and only having a BA in English. He was appointed president of prestigious private Kings College despite no experience in academic administration, or ministry. As one detailed analysis notes:

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"He holds the post of  “scholar” [Rishwain Scholar at Stanford University’s prestigious Hoover Institution] but has earned only a BA in English from Dartmouth where he eventually transferred. At age 26, he served as Senior Domestic Policy Analyst under Reagan without a shred of serious policy training. In fact D’Souza, the political “expert,” has no training whatsoever in social science. Moreover, he has been appointed to two research institute positions without a single peer- reviewed essay or publication. And, perhaps not surprisingly, he is treated as a serious intellectual in the media and publishing world despite the remarkable lack of research that goes into his books. 

As an immigrant “success” story, his is more reminiscent of the political patronage and smoke-filled backroom promotions of over a century ago—only this time ethnicity and tribalism are denounced and denied as the source of D’Souza’s power. In reality, D’Souza has little in the way of credentials or training to merit any of his promotions... If Dinesh D’Souza were not East Indian, he would simply have no role to play for the Right: there would be no White House credentials, no appointments as “scholar,” and no press."

  FROM: --How Dinesh Gets Over: The Unmeritorious Scholarship of Dinesh D'Souza, by Christine Kelly- 2003- Logosonline



Oh by the way- D'souza as seen previously had some kind things to say about "rational racism" - but he didn't need special insight from "criminal gangs" to draw his conclusions.   Bottom line- if you want good entertainment by a skillful, self-serving fibber and distorter this book is for you. If you want a standard rehash of right wing talking points, cheered along by an echo chamber of "the faithful" then this book is certainly for you. If not, skip it. Note this review does not apply to other works where D'souza seems more sincere such as his books on Christianity- but hypocrisy and mendacity not sincerity seem more to mark this one. Perhaps his polemic should be called "Stealing Credibility."

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LINKS TO OTHER POSTS:

Stealing credibility- Dinesh D'souza has prison epiphany- after hanging with the homies- Hallelujah Hilary!
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2016/05/straining-credibility-dinesh-dsouza-has.html

Go with the flow 3- more DNA and cranial studies show ancient African migration to, or African presence in ancient Europe
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2016/04/go-with-flow-3-more-dna-and-cranial.html

Go with the flow 2- African gene flow into Europe in various eras
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2015/11/go-with-flow-2-african-gene-flow-into.html


DNA studies show African movement to Europe from very ancient times
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2015/09/dna-studies-show-african-movement-to.html

Guilt3- Why the "white privilege industry" is not all there
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2015/09/guilt3-why-white-privilege-industry-is.html

Guilt2- Media collaborates with guilt mongers - or how to play the white victim card
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2015/09/guilt2-media-collaborates-with-guilt.html

How Obama plays on white guilt
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2015/08/how-obama-plays-upon-white-guilt-hilary.html

Blacks oppose free speech- more ramshackle "research" from "the East"..
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2015/08/blacks-oppose-free-speech-ramshackle.html

Hands off the Confederate flag
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2015/06/hands-off-confederate-flag.html

Despite much more wealth than blacks, whites collect about the same rate of welfare and are treated more generously
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2015/06/despite-much-more-wealth-than-blacks.html

African "boat people" ushering in European demographic decline
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2015/05/african-boat-people-ushering-in.html



The forgotten Holocaust- King Leopold's "Congo Free State" - 10 million victims
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2015/04/the-forgotten-holocaust-10-million-in.html


Are violent minorities taking over California and the West?
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2015/04/are-violent-minorities-taking-over.html

Presidential hopeful Ben Carson meets and Greeks
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2015/03/presidential-hopeful-ben-carson-meet.html

Contra "ISIS" partisans, there have been some beneficial effects of Christianity
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2015/03/contra-isis-partisans-there-are-some.html


The social construction of race, compared to biology- Graves
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2015/02/the-social-construction-of-race_8.html

Why HBD or hereditarianism lacks credibility
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2014/10/why-hbd-or-hereditarianism-lacks.html

Leading Scientists criticize hereditarian claims
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2014/08/leading-scientists-criticize.html

Thai me down - Thais fall behind genetically related southern Chinese, Tibetans below genetically related East Asians like Koreans and other Chinese
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2014/08/thai-me-up-thai-me-down.html

Time for liberals to respect "the south" ... in a way of speaking.. the south of Egypt that is..
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2014/08/time-for-liberals-to-respect-south-in.html

Irony 2: touted High IQ "G-men" cannot reproduce themselves 
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2014/07/irony-2-higher-iqs-correlated-with_25.html



Unz and Sowell: Unz debunking Lynn's IQ and Wealth of Nations. Sowell debunking the Bell Curve
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2014/07/unz-and-sowell-unz-debunking-lynns-iq.html

Irony 1: touted High IQ types are more homosexual, more atheist, and more liberal (HAL)
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2014/06/irony-high-iqs-produce-more-atheists.html


Elite white universities discriminate against Asians using reverse "affirmative action"
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2014/06/elite-white-universities-discriminate.html

Deteriorating state of white America
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2014/05/deteriorating-state-of-white-america.html


Racial Cartels (The Affirmative Action Propaganda machine- part 2
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2014/05/the-affirmative-action-propaganda.html

Hereditarian's/HBD's "Great Black Hope"
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2014/04/blog-post.html



Exploding nonsense: the 10,000 Year Explosion
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2014/03/exploding-nonsense-review-of-cochran_8.html


We need "rational racism"- Convicted felon Dinesh Dsouza becomes his own test case
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2014/01/we-need-rational-racism-proponent.html

The Affirmative Action Propaganda Machine- part 1
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2014/01/the-affirmatve-action-propaganda.html

Two rules for being "really" black- no white wimmen, no Republican
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2014/01/to-be-really-black-you-cant-have-white.html

The Axial age reconsidered
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2014/01/the-axial-age-reconsidered.html

Cannibal seasonings: dark meat on white
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2013/12/i.html

"Affirmative Action" in the form of court remedies has been around a long time- since the 1930s- benefiting white union workers against discrimination by employers
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2013/09/affirmative-action-as-term-appears-in.html

Mugged by reality 1: White quotas, special preferences and government jobs
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2013/06/mugged-by-reality-1-white-quotas.html


Lightweight enforcement of EEO laws contradicts claims of "flood" of minorities "taking jobs"
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2013/06/blog-post.html

Railroaded 3: white violence and intimidation imposed quotas
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2013/06/railroaded-3-white-violence-and.html

Railroaded 2: how white quotas and special preferences blockade black progress...
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2013/06/railroaded-2-thow-white-quotas-and.html

Railroaded 1: How white affirmative action and white special preferences destroyed black railroad employment...
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2013/06/railroaded-how-white-affirmative-action.html

Affirmative action: primary beneficiaries are white women...
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2011/04/quick-regime-kill-hopes-in-libya.html

7 reasons certain libertarians and right-wingers are wrong about the Civil Right Act
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2012/05/7-reasons-libertarians-may-be-wrong.html

Assorted "Role models" debunked- hypocritical hereditarianism
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2009/11/hbd-debunked-debunking-hypocritical.html


Social philosophy of Thomas Sowell
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2011/07/social-philosophy-of-thomas-sowell.html


Additional gene flow data... :)


Bogus "biodiversity" theories of Kanazawa, Ruston, Lynn debunked
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2010/09/blog-post.html

JP Rushton, Michael Levin, Richard Lynn debunked. Weaknesses of Jared Diamond's approach. 
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2010/04/blog-post_1818.html

In the Blood- debunking "HBD" and Neo-Nazi appropriation of ancient Egypt
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2009/11/blog-post_29.html

early Europeans and middle Easterners looked like Africans. Peoples returning or "backflowing" to Africa would already be looking like Africans
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2010/05/blog-post_1754.html

 Ancient Egypt: one of the world's most advanced civilizations- created by tropical peoples
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2010/09/blog-post_06.html

Playing the "Greek defence" -debunking claims of Greeks as paragons of virtue or exemplars of goodness
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2013/03/playing-greek-defence-review-of-thornton.html

Quotations from mainstream academic research on the Nile Valley peoples
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2010/04/blog-post_9251.html


http://egyptsearchreloaded.proboards.com/thread/15/basic-database-nile-valley-studies



DSouza's personal background is relevant because he himself references it on several occasions- implying special insight, he thinks black government employment is "parasitical" (but not employment of white people by government) , and he wants to roll back the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Dang shame that a black man can eat his hamburger in peace next to some white people...

The brown man with the "special racial insight." On several occasions Dsouza references himself as having some sort of special insight into racial matters and discrimination, as in his 1991 book "Illiberal Education" and in appearances on media shoes such as the MacNeil/Lehrer NEwshour (June 18, 1991) where he specifically points to his Indian background and insinuates how it gives him some sort of special insight into America's racial situation. See page 22- Illiberal Education, where he talks about being from India and how he got involved due to his background in this heterogeneous society. On the MacNeil/Lehrer appearance he opines that America is becoming a multiracial society and the whole issue is "transcending black and white" again implying that he has some sort of special insight because of this "diverse" background - the straight-talking minority guy who says things others dare not say. A self-flattering picture indeed, but one that raises its own questions.


 Oh those "parasitical" Negroes working for government- but white people doing the same - hey, you're OK. In 1996's "The End of Racism" he condemns high levels of black employment in government as "parasitical", saying nary a word about high levels among whites, like white southerners, or groups like the white Irish, who fed and feed extensively from the government trough, and indeed used their control of municipal governments to discriminate against other groups. Indeed, as late as the early WW2 era, fully ONE-THIRD of the white Irish were working for government. As historians Bayor and Meager- 1996 show- quote:


"As a consequence, the public sector employed a full one-third of first, second and third-generation Irish Americans in 1930 compared with just 6 percent in 1900. This patronage helped produce a heavy concentration of Irish in jobs on the fire and police departments and in municipally owned subways, streetcars, waterworks and port facilities. Many of the city's Irish middle class worked on the public payroll, especially in the public schools, and thousands of others labored in construction jobs tied to city expenditures. For second-generation Irish-American women, jobs as schoolteachers were the most sought-after career. Such patronage policies would help to bind the Irish working class and much of the middle class Tammany Hall for another generation."
--Bayor and Meagher 1996. The New York Irish, p. 313

Looks like white people are doing pretty well as far as government checks. But only blacks are dismissively singled out by D'souza on this score. Predictably, he also does not mention the high levels of government employment in his own native India, nor the high levels of government employment among white women, like his wife Dixie. It is only blacks who are targeted as the "parasites" never whites, and certainly not white women like his wife.


The brown man also wants to roll back the Civil Rights Act of 1964- even though he himself benefited nicely by it. In his 1996 book "The End of Racism" he advocates just such a course- page 544- quote: "Am I calling for a repeal of the Civil Rights Act of 1964? Actually, yes. The law should be changed so that its nondiscrimination provisions apply only to government."

The fact that this self-styled observer with supposed special insight on "diversity" would roll back key provisions (equal treatment from all serving the public) of this critical legislation, provisions in public accommodation that even conservative Republican presidents said needed to be fixed to improve America's overseas standing and to affirm America's commitment to equality for all, and from which he himself and his wife have benefited, testifies to immigrant D'souza's hypocrisy and lack of understanding of some of the deepest threads of America's racial history.

It is easy for Dsouza to speak breezily about "unneeded" legislation when you benefit from it, and never had to live under constant harassment and stigma for over a century. Arriving in America in 1978, Dsouza was/is the beneficiary of over a century of civil rights struggle. It is relatively easy for him to speak dismissively of civil rights- he reaps the benefits while decrying the vehicle. The work of removing barriers was already done when D'souza arrived on US soil. He was free to board any public transportation and take any properly available seat, free to buy property in the neighborhood of his choice, free to check into any hotel, free to eat at any restaurant, free to send his kids to local schools (D'souza arrived after legal battles forced an end to school segregation in Arizona for example and was thus free to attend the school of his choice), and free to marry and take around his white wife, and enjoy all of the above with her, without official harassment or criminal charge due to race, or being denied the above benefits or continually harassed by private transactors because of his race. It is doubtful for example if he had to undergo the indignity of being turned away, frozen out, or denied service when he honeymooned with his wife, or took her to a restaurant, or tried to buy their first house. Aside from the fact that under earlier Arizona law, D'souza as a "Mongolian" could not have legally married his Caucasian wife, discriminatory practices by private transactors in restaurants, housing, public accomodations and other venues against non-whites were common in Arizona prior to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and subsequent years of enforcement. Perhaps as a self-styled "honorary white," reaping the protection of the very law he dismisses, Dsouza has the privilege of never having to worry.

 It is also curious that D'souza, who married said white woman, faced the objections of her parents, who did not want the girl to marry an Indian. Dsouza says he was hurt, but like a true "honorary white," considers the objection to be "ethnocentrism" not "racism". But again, due to "unneeded" Civil Rights legislation, D'souza can get away with it, and build a comfortable life for his wife free of private harassment, persecution and significant discrimination, unlike interracial couples who faced jail sentences, and vicious legal and extra-legal harassment, including physical assault and murder. But hey, maybe what they faced was mere "ethnocentrism."


OTHER LINKS
Race, IQ, and Wealth: What the facts tell us about a taboo subject By Ron Unz


HBD EVOLUTION, BRAIN SIZE AND NATIONAL IQ CLAIMS DEBUNKED
Evolution, brain size, and the national IQ of peoples ... - Jelte Wicherts 2010
http://wicherts.socsci.uva.nl/wichertsPAIDrejoinder.pdf
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Why national IQs do not support evolutionary theories of intelligence - WIcherts, Borsboom and Dolan 2010
Personality and Individual Differences 48 (2010) 91-96
http://wicherts.socsci.uva.nl/wicherts2010.pdf
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Are intelligence tests measurement invariant over time? by JM Wicherts - ?2004
 --Dolan, Wicherts et al 2004. Investigating the nature of the Flynn effect. Intelligence 32 (2004) 509-537
http://www.iapsych.com/iqmr/fe/LinkedDocuments/wicherts2004.pdf
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LYNN AND VANHAVEN'S IQ AND THE WEALTH OF NATIONS DEBUNKED
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www.anth.uconn.edu/faculty/mcbrearty/Pdf/McB%20&%20Brooks%202000%20TRTW.pdf

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Race and other misadventures: essays in honor of Ashley Montagu... By Larry T. Reynolds, Leonard Lieberman

http://books.google.com/books?id=5DLrgG_MflgC&pg=PA190&dq=r-+k-+selection+races&cd=1#v=onepage&q=r-%20k-%20selection%20races&f=false
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Race and intelligence: separating science from myth. By Jefferson M. Fish. Routledge 2002. See Templeton's detailed article referenced above also inside the book

http://books.google.com/books?id=t9OdPPLIgMAC&pg=PA64&dq=r-+k-+selection+races&cd=7#v=onepage&q=r-%20k-%20selection%20races&f=false
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http://www.ogiek.org/indepth/what-they-mean.htm
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Oubre, A (2011) Race Genes and Ability: Rethinking Ethnic Differences, vol 1 and 2. BTI Press
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--S OY Keita, R A Kittles, et al. "Conceptualizing human variation," Nature Genetics 36, S17 - S20 (2004)
http://www.nature.com/ng/journal/v36/n11s/pdf/ng1455.pdf


--S.O.Y. Keita and Rick Kittles. (1997) *The Persistence ofRacial Thinking and the Myth of Racial Divergence. AJPA, 99:3
http://www.councilforresponsiblegenetics.org/pageDocuments/WAURRSZQOE.pdf
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HBD RACE EVOLUTION CLAIMS DEBUNKED BY GENETICISTS
Alan Templeton. "The Genetic and Evolutionary significnce oF Human Races." pp 31-56. IN: J. FiSh (2002) Race and Intelligence: Separating scinnce from myth.

IQ claims and miscellaneous data
HBD RACE AND INTELLIGENCE CLAIMS DEBUNKED
 J. FiSh (2002) Race and Intelligence: Separating science from myth.

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MORE HBD DEBUNKING
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Oubre, A (2011) Race Genes and Ability: Rethinking Ethnic Differences, vol 1 and 2. BTI Press
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Krimsky, S, Sloan.K (2011) Race and the Genetic Revolution: Science, Myth, and Culture
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Wicherts and Johnson, 2009. Group differences in the heritability of items and test scores
http://rspb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/early/2009/04/24/rspb.2009.0238.full


http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2013/06/coming-apart-can-murrays-down-with.html


"SELECTION FOR"- "SELECT FOR" HDB CLAIMS DEBUNKED- "SELECTION" IS NOT THE ONLY KEY FORCE DRIVING CHANGE
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2012/12/demic-diffusion-notes-and-tropical.html

http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2012/05/7-reasons-libertarians-may-be-wrong.html

http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2012/08/cro-magnons-are-us-debunking-claims.html

http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2014/03/exploding-nonsense-review-of-cochran_8.html



--Joseph Graves, 2006. What We Know and What We Don’t Know: Human Genetic Variation and the Social Construction of Race
http://raceandgenomics.ssrc.org/Graves/

J. Kahn (2013) How a Drug Becomes "Ethnic" - Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law and Ethics, v4:1
http://digitalcommons.law.yale.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1072&context=yjhple

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http://evolution.binghamton.edu/evos/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/PageProofs-Graves_race.pdf

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other links



Evolution, brain size, and the national IQ of peoples ... - Jelte Wicherts 2010
http://wicherts.socsci.uva.nl/wichertsPAIDrejoinder.pdf
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Why national IQs do not support evolutionary theories of intelligence - WIcherts, Borsboom and Dolan 2010
Personality and Individual Differences 48 (2010) 91-96
http://wicherts.socsci.uva.nl/wicherts2010.pdf
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Are intelligence tests measurement invariant over time? by JM Wicherts - ?2004
 --Dolan, Wicherts et al 2004. Investigating the nature of the Flynn effect. Intelligence 32 (2004) 509-537
http://www.iapsych.com/iqmr/fe/LinkedDocuments/wicherts2004.pdf
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LYNN AND VANHAVEN'S IQ AND THE WEALTH OF NATIONS DEBUNKED
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www.anth.uconn.edu/faculty/mcbrearty/Pdf/McB%20&%20Brooks%202000%20TRTW.pdf

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Race and other misadventures: essays in honor of Ashley Montagu... By Larry T. Reynolds, Leonard Lieberman

http://books.google.com/books?id=5DLrgG_MflgC&pg=PA190&dq=r-+k-+selection+races&cd=1#v=onepage&q=r-%20k-%20selection%20races&f=false
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Race and intelligence: separating science from myth. By Jefferson M. Fish. Routledge 2002. See Templeton's detailed article referenced above also inside the book

http://books.google.com/books?id=t9OdPPLIgMAC&pg=PA64&dq=r-+k-+selection+races&cd=7#v=onepage&q=r-%20k-%20selection%20races&f=false
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http://www.ogiek.org/indepth/what-they-mean.htm
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Oubre, A (2011) Race Genes and Ability: Rethinking Ethnic Differences, vol 1 and 2. BTI Press
For summary see: http://www.skeptic.com/eskeptic/05-02-18/
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http://www.dartmouth.edu/~chance/course/topics/curveball.html

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--S OY Keita, R A Kittles, et al. "Conceptualizing human variation," Nature Genetics 36, S17 - S20 (2004)
http://www.nature.com/ng/journal/v36/n11s/pdf/ng1455.pdf


--S.O.Y. Keita and Rick Kittles. (1997) *The Persistence ofRacial Thinking and the Myth of Racial Divergence. AJPA, 99:3
http://www.councilforresponsiblegenetics.org/pageDocuments/WAURRSZQOE.pdf
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HBD RACE EVOLUTION CLAIMS DEBUNKED BY GENETICISTS
Alan Templeton. "The Genetic and Evolutionary significnce oF Human Races." pp 31-56. IN: J. FiSh (2002) Race and Intelligence: Separating scinnce from myth.


HBD RACE AND INTELLIGENCE CLAIMS DEBUNKED
 J. FiSh (2002) Race and Intelligence: Separating science from myth.

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MORE HBD DEBUNKING
-------------------------------- ---------------------

Oubre, A (2011) Race Genes and Ability: Rethinking Ethnic Differences, vol 1 and 2. BTI Press
----------------------------------------------

Krimsky, S, Sloan.K (2011) Race and the Genetic Revolution: Science, Myth, and Culture
-------------------------------


Wicherts and Johnson, 2009. Group differences in the heritability of items and test scores
http://rspb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/early/2009/04/24/rspb.2009.0238.full


http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2013/06/coming-apart-can-murrays-down-with.html


"SELECTION FOR"- "SELECT FOR" HDB CLAIMS DEBUNKED- "SELECTION" IS NOT THE ONLY KEY FORCE DRIVING CHANGE
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2012/12/demic-diffusion-notes-and-tropical.html

http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2012/05/7-reasons-libertarians-may-be-wrong.html

http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2012/08/cro-magnons-are-us-debunking-claims.html

http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2014/03/exploding-nonsense-review-of-cochran_8.html



--Joseph Graves, 2006. What We Know and What We Don’t Know: Human Genetic Variation and the Social Construction of Race
http://raceandgenomics.ssrc.org/Graves/

J. Kahn (2013) How a Drug Becomes "Ethnic" - Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law and Ethics, v4:1
http://digitalcommons.law.yale.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1072&context=yjhple

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http://evolution.binghamton.edu/evos/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/PageProofs-Graves_race.pdf


Shame on you, and your guilt too- A review of Shelby Steele's 'Shame'


This is a review of Shelby Steel's recent book "Shame." Overall, Steele serves up a disingenuous lightweight tome heavy on personal anecdote but short on in-depth analysis. The book seems basically a retread of his 2007 book "White Guilt" but with more personal details. This rehashed tome also fails, and does so on 6 counts.


1) STEELE STUCK IN THE PAST WITH STALE, EVEN BOGUS ARGUMENTS: 

Much of his analysis is standard conservative boilerplate on the evils of liberalism, boilerplate we have all heard and read about for well nigh 2 decades. He feels "liberals" are stuck in the past, using America's racial sins to grab power. But some of Steele's own arguments also seem "stuck in the past," like an old curmudgeon steadfastly banging his cane on the front porch, as he recites long debunked "truths."

Affirmative action" for example has been watered down to trivial proportions for well over a decade- from limits or restrictions imposed by courts, to citizen initiatives like California's Prop 209 which took place in 1996, OVER 20 YEARS AGO. Set aside programs have been much watered down- since the 1980s both by legislative and executive action and by court cases such as Adarand and Croson (circa 1989 and 1995), over 2 decades ago. The notion that "the liberals" are somehow throwing America into a "crisis" of using these long hollowed out policies as a mechanism to grab power is dubious.

And the flip side is that conservatives may be cynically using such long weakened and ineffective policies and alleged "white suffering" under "quotas" as a talking point, and mobilization mechanism for their own purposes-  to keep their "base" in a perennial state of indignation. Furthermore CONSERVATIVE scholars like his fellow black conservative Thomas Sowell has shown that AA is not much responsible for black economic advance, which is a long-standing trend since the 1950s. Steele and other conservatives know this yet they still keep pushing the same bogus propaganda line re "affirmative action." - like Ann Coulter in her recent book "Mugged."

 

2) STEELE LAMENTS "POLARIZATION" BUT CURIOUSLY SKIPS OVER CONSERVATIVE POLARIZATION TACTICS.

Let's look at such tactics- take welfare. Are "the liberals" using government programs like "welfare" as a mechanism to "grab" power? This old, stale charge is so laughably out of date that it doesn't deserve comment, yet for Steele, and other conservative dinosaurs, it is a virtual article of faith. Indeed several polls of white Americans seem them clinging to the notion that most black people are on welfare, when in fact only about 14% of black Americans receive AFDC. You wouldn't know this though from the barrage of right wing propaganda. And are "the culluds" eating up more and more welfare by ye olde hardworking white Amurricans? So it would seem according to the white right-wing propaganda mills, but in fact when adjusted for inflation welfare benefits have actually DECLINED in the 1980s and 1990s. Indeed it was a liberal Democrat, Clinton that enacted welfare reform that reduced the rolls on into the 2000s. Furthermore, as several studies show states with higher proportions of poor black recipients gave relatively LESS welfare than states with higher proportions of white beneficiaries- with whites being favored overall with more generous benefits- even though the blacks were poorer. (Durr and Hill 2006- Race, Work, and Family in the Lives of African Americans). 

So with less people on welfare, with welfare benefits declining, and with white people deriving more relative benefit from welfare, why do conservatives continue to cynically and dishonestly feed the propaganda mills grist about "all the blacks on welfare" and "increasing government welfare" etc etc? We know why of course- so they can pump up the white base and keep it perennially angry.

Examples can be easily multiplied here race is concerned, whether it be Goldwater and Nixon's cynical "southern Strategy," to bogus claims about "unqualified blacks" allegedly "swamping" workplaces due to "quotas." Steele spends a lot of time bashing "the liberals" for "polarizing" America, but he carefully avoids shining the spotlight on conservatives for their dishonest and cynical role in promoting the self-same "polarization."

 


3) IT'S NOT ONLY LIBERALS WHO PLAY THE "VICTIM" CARD BUT CONSERVATIVES AS WELL. 

Steele asserts that liberals deal in "poetic truth" as a reaction to the shames of America's past- like racism etc., and a world of victims and victimizers. This is true as to SOME liberals, but the same could also be said of SOME conservatives- who proffer "victim truth" and portray whites as innocent "sufferahs" at the hands of evil liberals and minorities- you know- like white welfare recipients - "victims" who on average receive HIGHER benefits that black recipients even though the black ones are in greater need (Durr and Hill 2006). or the paltry 2-4% of minority students admitted to say top tier Ivy universities under preference policies, compared to the 10-30% of white "legacies" admitted under preferential policies, or white women "victims" who are the primary beneficiaries of "affirmative action." (Sowell 2004) Its mostly the black admittees that draw right wing bile and scorn you see. White people mostly get a relative pass. In short, white conservatives are just as cynical and hypocritical as liberals, and have their own version of "political correctness" - i.e. "conservative correctness" as a simplistic answer for America's ills.

Steele also posits the late 1960s before "affirmative action" as some sort of golden age, an age of "authority" compared to the liberal initiated age of "authenticity." He references white elites and the Black Panthers etc etc.. But all this is laughably dated and obsolete, and time and time again, Steele appears stuck in the past. His personal anecdotes as to growing up in the 1950s and so on, only reinforce the case. News flash to Steele who in the early 1970s was a well placed academic at a university (San Jose State that was heavily recruiting minority professors under its own "affirmative action" program), and could marry his white wife and float above the fray: it was no "golden age." In fact it was a time of  still present open racism and strong counter-reaction. Just ask conservative favorite Richard Nixon when he tried to persuade white unions to start complying with basic civil rights laws. They ignored or stonewalled him to the point that an exasperated Nixon put the hammer down and inaugurated his famous, landmark "affirmative action" Philadelphia Plan, that actually forced racist white unions to open up previously "reserved" jobs for whites to all Americans. Or just ask black workers denied promotions or held back, or black job seekers locked out of the market by white racism, or black housing seekers locked out decent accommodations. It took the hammer blows of lawsuits, protests as well as shifting economic and demographic circumstances to effect change. The average black person did not have the luxury of flitting about as a relatively well paid college professor in San Jose.

Steele also offers breathless statements such as that the desire for equality has trumped freedom, virtue and honesty. This may be so in SOME cases, as many can see re "PC"college campus excesses. But in others, the desire to preserve white privilege and sandbag black progress has also trumped freedom, virtue and honesty. Steele himself warns his readers not to naively assume that racism has disappeared, but he stops there, and can't candidly examine the conservative side of the equation for that would undermine his whole position and persona. There is nothing wrong with being a black conservative, its finding an HONEST black conservative willing to speak candidly about the right wing that's a problem. To speak candidly would undermine their position and the support they get from the white right. 

As for honesty and character being undermined by preferential programs, this is so as to SOME instances, but there is the flip side that again Steele ducks and avoids. What about honesty and character in conservative dealings on race? Or even in some of the white preferences which are as strong as ever- from the quiet networks that ensure only white friends, relatives and cronies "get the hookup", to the subtle policy manipulations that price "the culluds" out of certain venues, to bureaucratic rules that do the same, to numerous other subtle, behind the scenes webs of white manipulation and deception. Scholars  have long detailed such things. Again, Steele dare not open that can of worms, less his own burnished image as a "straight talking" man of courage be exposed as less than advertised. 



4) STEELE AVOIDS THE CENTRAL FACT OF AMERICAN LIFE THAT MOST WHITES FEEL NO "GUILT" OR "SHAME" AT ALL.

Most banish shame to a past era- long ago- hence the popular white refrain: "I had nothing to do with owning slaves." This is the default white position.  Contrary to Steele's notion, the detailed work of scholars like Eduardo Bonilla-Silva (Racism Without Racists), for example, demonstrates in depth that whites are mostly indifferent or in deep denial about any "shame." In fact in poll after poll whites typically dismiss their own culpability or complicity in creating racial inequality in America, and heavily blame black people for every ill besetting them. And as others like author Tim Wise show 2009- (Between Barack and A Hard Place) as early as 1963, whites in polls were dismissing black concerns saying that blacks had just as good opportunities as whites in the workplace or in education. This same white fantasy denial or dismissal mentality continues on into some of today's polls. Many whites for example still seem to think a majority of blacks are on welfare (a bogus notion), or that black folk depend to any significant extent on "affirmative action quotas" which are creating cruel burdens for suffering white people (another bogus notion) and a host of other erroneous beliefs and attitudes. Indeed, even when whites know these notions are false, they still keep pushing such distorted propaganda (particularly white right wingers)  in order to dismiss black concerns. In short, when the total picture is looked at, most white people are not in any "shame" mode at all.

Poll data reinforces the impression. For example a CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll of 1001 adults, 820 white and 146 black in 2002 did not show white people in any paroxysm of alleged "shame." 9 out of 10 white Americans for example rejected reparations; 62% rejected any government apology for legally permitting slavery.  In the 1980s and beyond, polls shows consistently strong white opposition to affirmative action. In five separate Gallup polls for example between 1977 and 1989, no more than 11 percent of whites endorsed preferential treatment for minorities.

Steele fails to even minimally address data on actual white thinking and behavior, serving up instead personal incidents such as his spiel about "white guilt" at the "TED" conference, or how he experienced segregated swimming pools when he was growing up, or how the white teammates on his swim team excluded him from their summer gatherings with the connivance of the white coach. These 1950s/1960s personal anecdotes are all well and good, even touching, but for a real exploration of the topic one needs to pull in credible data and reference and what other in-depth writers have written. Steels fails to do either.


  
5) STEELE URGES CONSERVATIVE SOLUTIONS TO "POLARIZATION" BUT HAS SUSPICIOUSLY LITTLE TO SAY ABOUT "POLARIZING" CONSERVATIVE RACISM, WHICH IS ALIVE AND WELL.

Steele's attempts to psychoanalyze Americans on race show some insight, but again, he is overly heavy on personal opinion and anecdote. What have others who have studied race relations in depth written we want to know and how do you respond to that? Steele has little to say, giving the book a thin feel. There has been a huge amount on the topic- why don't you address at least a portion of it? Steele cops out. Indeed he says he is not going to give any solutions because "we all know what the solutions are" such as being nice, good manners etc.. Really? So smiling at lot at black people (or vice versa for whites) will help erase "white guilt"? Who woulda thunk?

Strangely enough, of those "solutions we all know" Steele does not mention stopping the continual distortion of black history and achievements by white right wingers (like Ann Coulter and others for example) nor does he give much attention to the rise of a significant white "heriditarian" movement- linked with Charles Murray of Bell Curve fame and many such others- that is dedicated to disparaging black intelligence, history and accomplishments, while presenting whites as virtuous paragons of "merit", family stability, and peacefulness. 

This white "heriditarian" movement for example, has found a welcome home on the Internet where its propaganda organs churn out distortion around the clock. It is much more sophisticated that the snarling Ku Kluxers of old, churning out distorted claims,  sleight of hand analyses, even bogus data to lend its racialist agenda a scientific veneer. And this is not simply Internet trolls. A well-funded network of right wing think tanks, books and conferences, led by established, degreed academics such as Linda Gottfredson, Richard Lynn or Tatu VanHaven, with ties to prestigious conservative publications such as National Review, and deep-pocketed bankrollers such as the Pioneer Fund are well embedded in the mix. And they do a broad mix of distortion and misrepresentation on black people. Somehow Shelby Steele's "solution" misses such things. Backward black evolution is a favorite meme. High number of black abortions? Well what can we expect from people that are backward even from "evolution"? Of course the propagandists don't mention that the highest rate of abortion in the world are by alleged white "role models"- Russia kills 2 white babies for each live birth.

 Heavy black street violence? Well of course- and what can be expected from these backward humans with their oversupply of testosterone and so on? Why there may even be a "violence gene" with "these people." Of course few in the heriditarian propaganda chambers mention white groups with similar high rates of violence,- like the white Irish, or the greatest expression of systematic murder of all time- the Holocaust. You see they can't possible be "a white thing." But when blacks are involved, yes of course black "evolution" or black "culture" is to blame. White people are always  nice and virtuous. Heaven forbid anyone apply the same reasoning in reverse and attribute such negatives to whiteness.  Much of the above is sugarcoated or veiled with the right codewords, and has found wide play on the popular Internet.   

Typical of his lightweight, dishonest approach, Steele avoids such issues, even though they are significant, and they do have a direct bearing on the matter of alleged white "shame" including the continued denialist posture some white conservatives take.



6) STEELE'S ANECDOTES SEEM CONTRADICTORY AT TIMES AND STRAIN CREDIBILITY, AS IN HIS CLARENCE THOMAS EXAMPLE

 For example he claims Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is a "victim" of "liberalism" - from "dissociation"- liberalism's guiding light. But the example he gives is unconvincing. According to Steele, Clarence Thomas virtually pitched his Yale Law degree away into an obscure corner where it now gathers dust, devalued because of connections with "affirmative action." Perhaps, but Thomas himself benefited from AA to get into Yale. To maintain consistency he now has to disparage his own Yale degree, for which we are told by Steele he worked so hard? Steele's use of the example seems all too convenient- and ties into the white right-wing narrative about supposedly "psychologically crippled" black folk due to "quotas."  It's all a bit too pat.

But there is another explanation that Steele misses entirely- one he would know if he honestly addressed the topic. Thomas' Yale experience was devalued not merely because of his initial AA entry or "quotas", but because white networks of privilege had little use for a small town black man with no connections. How often such white networks give their own a leg up on the mere basis of "potential" while a black man has to work twice as hard to get a minimal foothold. This is the narrative that runs through hundreds of reminiscences of successful blacks. It is strangely missing from Steele's discussion.

It is true that Thomas was disappointed because big money offers did not come his way. But in fact he applied to mostly white law firms in the south (not exactly a region of progressivism, or higher salaries), and he did in fact refuse some job offers as beneath him, when told he would be put on pro bono work. He was crushed that white classmates were getting better offers. But was this due to the "taint" of "affirmative action" or to the old truth most qualified black job seekers know- if you are white- white networks will reach out to and help you to much more lucrative opportunities than if you are black. That is the reality. Steele curiously avoids discussing this in any detail. Yes, it is true that Thomas found out that a mere Yale degree for a small town black man like him was worth less because he did not have the larger web of connections and white networks white graduates have. There were preferential white legacy admission to Yale no doubt who strolled out with a mediocre "gentleman's C" and got coddled by the white networks, and perhaps made out better than a more dedicated guy like Clarence Thomas. Sure. But that's white privilege, which Steele continually minimizes, downplays or avoids discussing. 

And in fact Thomas DID benefit from his supposedly "useless" Yale credential to obtain a series of high profile slots, beginning with an appointment by a white Republican who was attorney general of Missouri AND a Yale graduate. The "old school connection" DID benefit Clarence Thomas after all. And in future years, the same supposedly "useless" Yale degree was touted by the Republicans that appointed him to those slots. He would not have gone so far without that Yale degree. These facts are well known from the publicity surrounding Thomas' court nomination. But Steele carefully skirts around them.

The fact that Steele keeps minimizing or avoiding discussion of white privilege, though the same white privilege hurt, or seemingly devalued his hero Clarence Thomas, shows that Steele is not being honest with the reader. He says liberals "disassociate" whites from such nice things as virtue, exceptionally, etc and connect them with hypocrisy and evil. This is sheer nonsense as far as a general statement though somewhere, on some campus, no doubt white lefties or SOME liberals do this. But since when have liberals failed to "associate" white people with all those good things? To the contrary, most liberals pat themselves on the back for progressive reforms that DO "associate" white people with assorted goodness. Furthermore it does not take "liberals" to show plenty of credible "association" of whites with hypocrisy and evil. Dry history makes the case, as do conservative bible thumpers opposed to slavery back in the 1800s, among others. And Steele's Clarence Thomas example illustrates white hypocrisy in part, just as that same hypocrisy denies or minimizes the painful burdens and barriers imposed on blacks, blames them for their entire plight, and continues to generate a massive propaganda narrative of distortion about black history and achievements- such as the myth that "affirmative action" is responsible for black economic advances. See Ann Coulter's "Mugged" for an example of this cynical white, right wing distortion. Steele's "disassociation" argument is  laughable on some counts.



SUMMARY
To sum up, while Steele makes some fair criticisms of liberalism, they are nothing new and are basically a retread of the same anti "politically correct" positions other conservatives have made for years. This gives the book a stale feel- it really does seem like a rehash of stuff he has written before or that one has heard for the last 2 decades. I mean we know America is no longer the legal apartheid state that it was as recently as the 1960s, and things have changed immensely for the better from those days on many counts, but circa 2015, is it really a "fresh" blinding insight that school integration has not matched the "ideal" black-white body counts advocated by SOME liberal proponents? Whoa.. like this is news?  An did people in the 1960s really expect some sort of racial nirvana with the passage of civil rights laws? ML King certainly did not, nor did Malcolm X, nor most  black citizens, nor most white ones with any decent knowledge about America's race struggles. 

A number of reviewers have touted the book as offering a so-called "fresh" approach but it seems stale and recycled, not "fresh." A second major weakness is Steele disingenuousness. He has plenty to say to bash "the liberals" about "polarizing" America, yet carefully skips over cynical and dishonest "conservative correctness" and its own divisiveness and polarization" tactics. This makes the book much less useful than it would have been as a way to get some clear analysis and answers on the American dilemma. 






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Elite white universities discriminate against Asians using reverse "affirmative action"
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2014/06/elite-white-universities-discriminate.html

Deteriorating state of white America
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2014/05/deteriorating-state-of-white-america.html


Racial Cartels (The Affirmative Action Propaganda machine- part 2
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2014/05/the-affirmative-action-propaganda.html

Hereditarian's/HBD's "Great Black Hope"
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2014/04/blog-post.html



Exploding nonsense: the 10,000 Year Explosion
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2014/03/exploding-nonsense-review-of-cochran_8.html


We need "rational racism"- Convicted felon Dinesh Dsouza becomes his own test case
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2014/01/we-need-rational-racism-proponent.html

The Affirmative Action Propaganda Machine- part 1
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2014/01/the-affirmatve-action-propaganda.html

Two rules for being "really" black- no white wimmen, no Republican
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2014/01/to-be-really-black-you-cant-have-white.html

The Axial age reconsidered
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2014/01/the-axial-age-reconsidered.html

Cannibal seasonings: dark meat on white
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2013/12/i.html

"Affirmative Action" in the form of court remedies has been around a long time- since the 1930s- benefiting white union workers against discrimination by employers
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2013/09/affirmative-action-as-term-appears-in.html

Mugged by reality 1: White quotas, special preferences and government jobs
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2013/06/mugged-by-reality-1-white-quotas.html


Lightweight enforcement of EEO laws contradicts claims of "flood" of minorities "taking jobs"
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2013/06/blog-post.html

Railroaded 3: white violence and intimidation imposed quotas
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2013/06/railroaded-3-white-violence-and.html

Railroaded 2: how white quotas and special preferences blockade black progress...
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2013/06/railroaded-2-thow-white-quotas-and.html

Railroaded 1: How white affirmative action and white special preferences destroyed black railroad employment...
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2013/06/railroaded-how-white-affirmative-action.html

Affirmative action: primary beneficiaries are white women
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2011/04/affirmative-action-primary.html

7 reasons certain libertarians and right-wingers are wrong about the Civil Right Act
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2012/05/7-reasons-libertarians-may-be-wrong.html

Assorted "Role models" debunked- hypocritical heriditarianism
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2009/11/hbd-debunked-debunking-hypocritical.htmll


Social philosophy of Thomas Sowell
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2011/07/social-philosophy-of-thomas-sowell.html


Additional gene flow data... :)


Bogus "biodiversity" theories of Kanazawa, Ruston, Lynn debunked
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2010/09/blog-post.html

JP Rushton, Michael Levin, Richard Lynn debunked. Weaknesses of Jared Diamond's approach. 
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2010/04/blog-post_1818.html

In the Blood- debunking "HBD" and Neo-Nazi appropriation of ancient Egypt
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2009/11/blog-post_29.html

early Europeans and middle Easterners looked like Africans. Peoples returning or "backflowing" to Africa would already be looking like Africans
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2010/05/blog-post_1754.html

 Ancient Egypt: one of the world's most advanced civilizations- created by tropical peoples
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2010/09/blog-post_06.html

Playing the "Greek defence" -debunking claims of Greeks as paragons of virtue or exemplars of goodness
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2013/03/playing-greek-defence-review-of-thornton.html

Quotations from mainstream academic research on the Nile Valley peoples
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2010/04/blog-post_9251.html


http://egyptsearchreloaded.proboards.com/thread/15/basic-database-nile-valley-studies



OTHER LINKS
Race, IQ, and Wealth: What the facts tell us about a taboo subject By Ron Unz


HBD EVOLUTION, BRAIN SIZE AND NATIONAL IQ CLAIMS DEBUNKED
Evolution, brain size, and the national IQ of peoples ... - Jelte Wicherts 2010
http://wicherts.socsci.uva.nl/wichertsPAIDrejoinder.pdf
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Why national IQs do not support evolutionary theories of intelligence - WIcherts, Borsboom and Dolan 2010
Personality and Individual Differences 48 (2010) 91-96
http://wicherts.socsci.uva.nl/wicherts2010.pdf
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Are intelligence tests measurement invariant over time? by JM Wicherts - ?2004
 --Dolan, Wicherts et al 2004. Investigating the nature of the Flynn effect. Intelligence 32 (2004) 509-537
http://www.iapsych.com/iqmr/fe/LinkedDocuments/wicherts2004.pdf
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LYNN AND VANHAVEN'S IQ AND THE WEALTH OF NATIONS DEBUNKED
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www.anth.uconn.edu/faculty/mcbrearty/Pdf/McB%20&%20Brooks%202000%20TRTW.pdf

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Race and other misadventures: essays in honor of Ashley Montagu... By Larry T. Reynolds, Leonard Lieberman

http://books.google.com/books?id=5DLrgG_MflgC&pg=PA190&dq=r-+k-+selection+races&cd=1#v=onepage&q=r-%20k-%20selection%20races&f=false
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Race and intelligence: separating science from myth. By Jefferson M. Fish. Routledge 2002. See Templeton's detailed article referenced above also inside the book

http://books.google.com/books?id=t9OdPPLIgMAC&pg=PA64&dq=r-+k-+selection+races&cd=7#v=onepage&q=r-%20k-%20selection%20races&f=false
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http://www.ogiek.org/indepth/what-they-mean.htm
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Oubre, A (2011) Race Genes and Ability: Rethinking Ethnic Differences, vol 1 and 2. BTI Press
For summary see: http://www.skeptic.com/eskeptic/05-02-18/
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http://www.dartmouth.edu/~chance/course/topics/curveball.html

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--S OY Keita, R A Kittles, et al. "Conceptualizing human variation," Nature Genetics 36, S17 - S20 (2004)
http://www.nature.com/ng/journal/v36/n11s/pdf/ng1455.pdf


--S.O.Y. Keita and Rick Kittles. (1997) *The Persistence ofRacial Thinking and the Myth of Racial Divergence. AJPA, 99:3
http://www.councilforresponsiblegenetics.org/pageDocuments/WAURRSZQOE.pdf
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HBD RACE EVOLUTION CLAIMS DEBUNKED BY GENETICISTS
Alan Templeton. "The Genetic and Evolutionary significnce oF Human Races." pp 31-56. IN: J. FiSh (2002) Race and Intelligence: Separating scinnce from myth.

IQ claims and miscellaneous data
HBD RACE AND INTELLIGENCE CLAIMS DEBUNKED
 J. FiSh (2002) Race and Intelligence: Separating science from myth.

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MORE HBD DEBUNKING
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Oubre, A (2011) Race Genes and Ability: Rethinking Ethnic Differences, vol 1 and 2. BTI Press
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Krimsky, S, Sloan.K (2011) Race and the Genetic Revolution: Science, Myth, and Culture
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Wicherts and Johnson, 2009. Group differences in the heritability of items and test scores
http://rspb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/early/2009/04/24/rspb.2009.0238.full


http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2013/06/coming-apart-can-murrays-down-with.html


"SELECTION FOR"- "SELECT FOR" HDB CLAIMS DEBUNKED- "SELECTION" IS NOT THE ONLY KEY FORCE DRIVING CHANGE
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2012/12/demic-diffusion-notes-and-tropical.html

http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2012/05/7-reasons-libertarians-may-be-wrong.html

http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2012/08/cro-magnons-are-us-debunking-claims.html

http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2014/03/exploding-nonsense-review-of-cochran_8.html



--Joseph Graves, 2006. What We Know and What We Don’t Know: Human Genetic Variation and the Social Construction of Race
http://raceandgenomics.ssrc.org/Graves/

J. Kahn (2013) How a Drug Becomes "Ethnic" - Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law and Ethics, v4:1
http://digitalcommons.law.yale.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1072&context=yjhple

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http://evolution.binghamton.edu/evos/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/PageProofs-Graves_race.pdf

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other links



Evolution, brain size, and the national IQ of peoples ... - Jelte Wicherts 2010
http://wicherts.socsci.uva.nl/wichertsPAIDrejoinder.pdf
------------------------------------

Why national IQs do not support evolutionary theories of intelligence - WIcherts, Borsboom and Dolan 2010
Personality and Individual Differences 48 (2010) 91-96
http://wicherts.socsci.uva.nl/wicherts2010.pdf
----------------------------- -------------

Are intelligence tests measurement invariant over time? by JM Wicherts - ?2004
 --Dolan, Wicherts et al 2004. Investigating the nature of the Flynn effect. Intelligence 32 (2004) 509-537
http://www.iapsych.com/iqmr/fe/LinkedDocuments/wicherts2004.pdf
-------------------------------------------

LYNN AND VANHAVEN'S IQ AND THE WEALTH OF NATIONS DEBUNKED
---------------- -------

www.anth.uconn.edu/faculty/mcbrearty/Pdf/McB%20&%20Brooks%202000%20TRTW.pdf

------------------------

Race and other misadventures: essays in honor of Ashley Montagu... By Larry T. Reynolds, Leonard Lieberman

http://books.google.com/books?id=5DLrgG_MflgC&pg=PA190&dq=r-+k-+selection+races&cd=1#v=onepage&q=r-%20k-%20selection%20races&f=false
--------------------------------

Race and intelligence: separating science from myth. By Jefferson M. Fish. Routledge 2002. See Templeton's detailed article referenced above also inside the book

http://books.google.com/books?id=t9OdPPLIgMAC&pg=PA64&dq=r-+k-+selection+races&cd=7#v=onepage&q=r-%20k-%20selection%20races&f=false
------------------------

http://www.ogiek.org/indepth/what-they-mean.htm
---------------- -------

Oubre, A (2011) Race Genes and Ability: Rethinking Ethnic Differences, vol 1 and 2. BTI Press
For summary see: http://www.skeptic.com/eskeptic/05-02-18/
---------------- -------

http://www.dartmouth.edu/~chance/course/topics/curveball.html

-----------------------------------------------------------

--S OY Keita, R A Kittles, et al. "Conceptualizing human variation," Nature Genetics 36, S17 - S20 (2004)
http://www.nature.com/ng/journal/v36/n11s/pdf/ng1455.pdf


--S.O.Y. Keita and Rick Kittles. (1997) *The Persistence ofRacial Thinking and the Myth of Racial Divergence. AJPA, 99:3
http://www.councilforresponsiblegenetics.org/pageDocuments/WAURRSZQOE.pdf
---------------- -------

HBD RACE EVOLUTION CLAIMS DEBUNKED BY GENETICISTS
Alan Templeton. "The Genetic and Evolutionary significnce oF Human Races." pp 31-56. IN: J. FiSh (2002) Race and Intelligence: Separating scinnce from myth.


HBD RACE AND INTELLIGENCE CLAIMS DEBUNKED
 J. FiSh (2002) Race and Intelligence: Separating science from myth.

------------------------------------------




MORE HBD DEBUNKING
-------------------------------- ---------------------

Oubre, A (2011) Race Genes and Ability: Rethinking Ethnic Differences, vol 1 and 2. BTI Press
----------------------------------------------

Krimsky, S, Sloan.K (2011) Race and the Genetic Revolution: Science, Myth, and Culture
-------------------------------


Wicherts and Johnson, 2009. Group differences in the heritability of items and test scores
http://rspb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/early/2009/04/24/rspb.2009.0238.full


http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2013/06/coming-apart-can-murrays-down-with.html


"SELECTION FOR"- "SELECT FOR" HDB CLAIMS DEBUNKED- "SELECTION" IS NOT THE ONLY KEY FORCE DRIVING CHANGE
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2012/12/demic-diffusion-notes-and-tropical.html

http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2012/05/7-reasons-libertarians-may-be-wrong.html

http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2012/08/cro-magnons-are-us-debunking-claims.html

http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2014/03/exploding-nonsense-review-of-cochran_8.html



--Joseph Graves, 2006. What We Know and What We Don’t Know: Human Genetic Variation and the Social Construction of Race
http://raceandgenomics.ssrc.org/Graves/

J. Kahn (2013) How a Drug Becomes "Ethnic" - Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law and Ethics, v4:1
http://digitalcommons.law.yale.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1072&context=yjhple

------------------------------------ -----------------

http://evolution.binghamton.edu/evos/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/PageProofs-Graves_race.pdf