Guest post by Col. Michael D. Pefley, USAF, Ret, and CAPT Brent Ramsey, USN, Ret
Prominent politicians and the majority of the media keep up a constant drumbeat about how racist the US is. Is that really true? Those that allege the US is a racist nation often cite income disparities between whites and other ethnicities. That’s the narrative that propels the Critical Race Theory initiative that has countless numbers of White Americans groveling and suffering from irredeemable guilt. White Fragility and Anti-Racism pressures have brainwashed the Woke to the endemic guilt of their white skin. While some African-Americans that have descended from slaves have median incomes that are indeed at the bottom of the scale, can systemic racism be the causal factor? Hardly! As this Census Bureau information from 2020 shows in stark terms, quite a few ethnic groups in this country do better than the average American, and of those non-Whites, many are far above the average. If racist practices were the predominant factor determining success or failure in this country, the truth of the data in this graph would be inconceivable. Note also the statistics in the chart insert that many ethnic minorities (non-Caucasians) do far better on higher level education than the US average. Again, if America was systemically racist, those people would be at the bottom, not at the top.
Source: United States Census Bureau. The Marxist trope that the US is a racist nation is proven false on the ability of so many ethnic minorities to excel in the U.S.A. and live the American dream.
Can the paucity of mixed-race marriages be an indicator racist country? A truly racist nation would not have a favorable environment for mixed marriages. How can it be that racist America has a 10% rate of marriages that are of mixed race? This percentage has been steadily rising over the years. Public approval of mixed-race marriages rose to 94% in 2021 according to a Gallup survey. There are 66,000,000 married couples in the US which means there are 6.6 million married mixed-race couples. In addition to those who are married, there are millions more mixed relationship couples everywhere you look. Mixed marriage and mixed couples are not a rarity at all and the numbers go up each year. For example, in 2021 15% of all marriages were mixed race.
The demographics of the current population of the nation is more diverse than ever and the diversity keeps going up. According to the 2020 Census there are 204 million white Americans. There are 50 million black or black mix Americans. There are 24 million Asian or Asian mix Americans. There are 62 million Hispanic or Latino Americans. There are 10 million Native Americans. This is the makeup of a harmonious nation as demonstrated when we experience a national disaster or tragedy. This is clear when the care and support just flows to those in need. If this were a truly a racist nation, individuals would not show up in droves to support those in need, as we witness all the time, to help their fellow citizens. The population of Japan is almost completely Japanese. In China, 92% of the population is Han Chinese other Chinese ethnic groups make up most of the rest. China is not receptive to blacks, Hispanics or any other ethnicity being admitted to their country. Thus, all other ethnicities represent less than 1% of the population. An argument could be made that Japan or China are racist due to lack of diversity but you rarely hear that. America has 146 million people that identify as ethnic minorities. The continued lie that the US is a racist nation is a repeated narrative from the Ministries of Truth acolytes that populate the leftists in certain political parties, the media, academia and entertainment.
If the US is racist, how could we welcome so many people from other ethnicities, races and cultures? One sure can’t tell it from U.S. immigration policy. In the chart below from the Census Bureau, as of 2016, the foreign-born population was in excess of 43 million only 8 million (18.6%) of which were white. The overwhelming majority were ethnic minorities, black, Hispanic, Asian from all over the world or 81.4% of the total. Why would we welcome millions of non-whites from all over the world to our shores if we were racist through and through? Additionally, of those who are foreign born more than half are already citizens. In recent decades our immigration policy has gotten more and more generous about admitting more people into the country than ever before. Over time the minority population will just continue to grow and grow with the blessing of the nation.
The Three Foundings is a model espoused by Dr. Jason Hill, Honors Professor of Philosophy at DePaul University and the author of: What Do White Americans Owe Black People? and Racial Justice in the Age of Post-Oppression. The first founding of the U.S.A. was in 1776 with the Declaration of Independence and its immortal words, “We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.” Unprecedented in human history, our nation was founded on the idea of God given equality among men. It was the rejection of monarchial forms of government that established our Constitutional Republic. Never before in human history was there such an idea for governing. It was this iconic and unique form of government that was called, “The American Experiment.” The second founding of the USA was established by the Civil War which was fought to preserve the Union, deliver on the promise of freedom by the founding fathers and sound the death knell of slavery and second-class citizenship. It is generally accepted that over 360,000 people from the North died in the civil war to achieve those ends…saving the Union while also freeing the slaves. Never forget! The third founding happened through the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which was passed over the objections of Democrats that established equality under the law for all citizens. It was the death knell for the Jim Crow conventions that were pervasive in the “Democrat led South.” It was this law that set into motion a system of corrections for past discrimination in the form of affirmative action. It was via Affirmative Action that the process of making amends for the harm and evil that had been visited upon blacks in this country going back centuries…long before there was even an idea of a Constitutionally established America. The slavery tradition dates back to the time of Spanish conquistadors who imported slaves with them or enslaved the natives they found in the Americas. Dr. Hill’s view, as a noted philosopher and historian, that those three foundings have inexorably and unquestionably brought us to where we are today, which is an age of Post-Oppression. That is not to say that racism no longer exists in the USA. For the vast majority of Americans, racism is a thing of the past. Politically, those on the left continually conflate any sensationalist story as a demonstration that racism is still in the forefront and dominant in American society. Their power and control of a gullible population is dependent on this narrative. Just to be clear racism is, by law, illegal and anyone caught practicing it faces the consequences of the law. It is because of the 3 foundings that Americans have the guarantee through law that the US is by law not a racist nation.
In the area of advanced degrees, 63% of the Masters degrees in 2020 were granted to whites and 37% were granted to minorities. According to the 2020 Census, the white/minority demographic was 61.3% versus 38.7%. The numbers above show that the American higher education system is not racist.
According to Brookings, a left of center think tank, the diversity of the nation’s middle class matches the overall diversity of the nation. The following graph shows the dramatic progress over the past 40 years to the point where middle-class diversity is a representative overlay matching the national demographic percentages. This great progress toward income improvements of ethnic minorities would not happen in a racist society. Opportunity exists for the vast majority of our citizens to rise to the middle class and higher without constraints or bias due to racism holding people back. The report makes these bold and truthful statements, “The American Middle Class is now far more diverse. And, “Diversity of the Middle Class Broadly Matches the Diversity of the Country.” The full report can be accessed at The middle class is already racially diverse (brookings.edu).
On February 26, 2021, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released the Fiscal Year 2020 Enforcement and Litigation Data. Surprisingly, the numbers were lower than preceding years, and 2020 marked the lowest number of charges filed in over 20 years, of which only 22,064 were related to race. In an economy with a GDP of over 20 trillion, with 122 million full time workers, this indicates a complaint percent of .02%. EEOC filed a paltry 93 lawsuits in 2020 alleging discrimination of all types. These statistics demonstrate the extreme rarity of discrimination in the US contrary to the constant beating of the drum in the press about rampant racism.
The EEOC received 67,448 charges of workplace discrimination in FY 2020, down roughly 7% from 2019, when the Commission received 72,675 charges of discrimination. In drastic contrast, the agency received 99,992 charges in 2010. You can find a table summary of charge statistics from FY 1997 through 2020 here: https://www.eeoc.gov/statistics/charge-statistics-charges-filed-eeoc-fy-1997-through-fy-2020. Where residual racism is found by individual Americans, it is investigated, adjudicated in accordance with the laws, and the guilty are punished according to the law.
What about racism in holding public office as a member of Congress? At the seating of the 117th Congress, there were 124 minority members, a 97% increase in minority members in the House of Representatives since the Congress of 2001-2003. These are tremendous strides and progress in the last 20 years. 28.5% of this class of Congress is minority versus a minority percent of U.S. population which is overall of about 39%. This is a gap that continues to narrow every election. This trend would not be happening in a racist nation.
Percent of police that are minorities: 12.1% of the police in the US are black. The black population of the US stands at 12.5%.
Percent of military that are minorities: The Task Force One Navy reported that in 2021, the U. S. military had a minority representation at 43% versus a national demographic of 39% meaning the military is over-represented in minorities.
A word about the press: The data presented above is readily available to anyone who wants to look for it. The reason it is necessary to report these basic facts is that our immoral, dishonest main stream media, social media, academia, and entertainment industry are lying to the American public. They are lying with a constant drumbeat of racism, racism, racism. Instead of telling the truth about how far we have come, how much racism is a thing of the past, how much opportunity and equality abounds in our land, they lie, obfuscate and parrot talking points about racism that are fabrications and not supported by fact.
A word about race hustlers:There is an evil and dishonest breed of people who make their living from spreading lies about racism in America. Quite a few of these mendacious people are in academia and they make their living telling lies to sell books and give highly compensated speeches about how racist a nation that they live in while they rake in millions of dollars. Many of these trolls are in the media and they have the same modus operandi as do the academics who label everyone that they disagree with as racist while they spread made up stories about racism in a constant deluge to foment unrest and chaos. The media give those who choose to advance the narrative about racism a virtually unlimited platform to spread their lies. There is ample legitimate scholarship about college admissions, employment opportunity, cultural factors by race, and the negative impacts of the welfare state on the state of the races in America today. The popular press promotes victimology for even the most entitled and richest black people. For a reality check about true opportunity in America, read the scholarship of Dr. Thomas Sowell, Dr. Glenn Loury, Dr. Jason Hill, Dr. Shelby Steele, Dr. Wilfred Reilly, Dr. Carol Swain, or Robert Woodson, Sr.
A word about crime and racism:There is a common myth promoted by the left and the media (Ok that was redundant) that unarmed blacks are being preyed on by the police in large numbers. The Marxist Black Lives Matter (that has at the national organization level done little to nothing for poor blacks) movement is one of the purveyors of this lie. Actual DOJ data as confirmed by multiple independent sources (including the Washington Post who does meticulous research on the subject), confirm that the numbers of unarmed blacks killed by police each year is a tiny number. An unarmed black person is much more at risk of being killed by lightning each year than they are to be killed by a police officer. In fact, the data shows that a black person is 400 times more likely to be killed by another black than to be killed by a policeman. Another truth largely unknown and completely untold by the left and the media is that crime is largely either white on white or black on black. A very small percent of crime is either white on black or black on white. With respect to inter-racial crime, there is 5 times more possibility of black on white crime versus white on black. White on black crime is rare and getting rarer all the time. There is almost no evidence that what little white on black crime that exists has anything to do with racism. This data has been extensively researched and reported on by scholars many of them black but is never covered in the popular press. Please see the work of Dr. Wilfred Reilly in Taboo: 10 Facts (You Can’t Talk About) or Heather MacDonald in The Diversity Delusion or Dr. Thomas Sowell in Diversity and Discrimination.
Summary:Too many Americans think race relations and racism are big problems in the nation. As in George Orwell’s 1984, if a lie is repeated often enough, it becomes a TRUTH. Those baseless stories are what the left, the media, academia, big business, and Hollywood want you to believe. So, some polling suggests people think that racism is rampant in America. But, if you ask those same people, if they have personally experienced racism recently, the vast majority say no. That is because actual racism in our country is rare and getting rarer. To be an actual racist is so unpopular that virtually no one wants to be identified as a racist. The real bigots are going around and attempting to bully the non-woke by screaming RACIST if they encounter any disagreement or push back. So, real racism which does exist in our nation has gone mostly underground. It is not against the law to have racist opinions or thoughts. You are entitled to your own thoughts and ideas in a free nation. What you are not allowed to do is to act on your racism to harm or discriminate against another person. Discrimination is illegal! If you discriminate in any way against another person, you are subject to the law. Because racism in practice in any business or educational or academic setting is illegal, it is exceedingly rare. There is no widespread voter suppression. It is also against the law as established in the 3rd founding of America (i.e. the Civil Rights Era). There is no widespread redlining or housing discrimination. It is against the law. There is no toleration of Jim Crow practices. It is against the law. There are no race wars in America. Those things are dead and gone although the race hucksters, the left and the media are trying their hardest to bring them back to life. CRT, BLM, DIE are all initiatives attempting to separate us. Reject that which attempts to divide us by race. We are all equal under the law.
Stand up for truth! Reject the lie that the USA is a racist nation?
Col. Michael D. Pefley, USAF, Ret is Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of STARRS. CAPT Brent Ramsey, USN, Ret is Deputy Chief Operating Officer and Public Information Officer for STARRS.
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