August 29, 2010

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” — Martin Luther King, Jr.


Jim Treacher @ The Daily Caller has a collection of What they’re saying about the 8/28 rally in a selection of newspapers and web sites. It reads like a cheat sheet from Journolist: "predominantly white," "predominantly white," "predominantly white," and, just for a change, "overwhelmingly white," "overwhelmingly white," "overwhelmingly white."

Well, golly gee, Aunt Em, was it? And if it was, what does it mean?

A glance at the actual demographic facts might lead one to conclude that it was close to a cross-section, a true core-sample, of America:

White Americans (non-Hispanic/Latino and Hispanic/Latino) are the racial majority, with an 80% share of the U.S. population, per official estimates from the Population Estimates Program (PEP), or 75% per the American Community Survey (ACS). Hispanic and Latino Americans compose 15% of the population. Black Americans are the largest racial minority, composing nearly 13% of the population. The White, not-Hispanic or Latino population comprises 66% of the nation's total. -- Race and ethnicity in the United States - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Seems to me that no matter how you compose it, any random selection of Americans is bound to be anywhere from "predominantly" (66%) to "overwhelmingly" (80%) white.

I wasn't aware that there was some unspecified percentage of a crowd that was required to be non-white in order for a crowd to "look like America." And if there is such a requirement, could the possessors of this secret percentage please inform the majority of what it might be? Only fair. Goes to character.

I'd ask Al Sharpton about that since he certainly carries on like he knows, but I don't think I'd trust his answer. As someone remarked today, "If Sharpton was white he'd be in the KKK."

Posted by Vanderleun at August 29, 2010 6:32 PM
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Well now, if you are looking for over representation of the 'white' population, look no further than the set of Law & Order: Most of the crimes committed, especially on the spinoffs, are committed by whites. Upper middle-class white, Christian fundamentalists who happen to be either students at Hudson University or pharmaceutical corporate CEOs whose victims tend to be poor blacks and hispanics.

Posted by: Jewel at August 29, 2010 10:25 PM

Hell...I'm all Dutch, so I'm basically responsible for everything bad that's ever happened to anyone.

Someday I'll get over my guilt...

There, done.

Posted by: Patvann at August 29, 2010 10:55 PM

Bunch of racial bigots out there, saying like it is a bad thing to be white.

why is the Left and the MSM so bigoted?

Posted by: Mikey NTH at August 30, 2010 5:58 AM

Revend Al Sharpton: "Beloved" Reverend Brother Bullshit.

Posted by: The Commander at August 30, 2010 6:00 AM

Indeed, Journolist appears to be back in business. Hunt it down. Rip it out.

Posted by: ahem at August 30, 2010 6:44 AM

Can we get a breakdown of attendance along racial lines for the Sharpton gathering? Any notable "whiteys" there? If Black's make up 13% of the population, and "hundreds" were in attendance, that means there should have been a lot of whites there feeling the inclusive love of Mr. Sharpton. Can the MSM give us their spin on that one?

Posted by: Lily Ledbetter at August 30, 2010 7:08 AM

Considering how the peoples of Latin America come in all races and colors (including indigenous, Caucasians, Chinese, Japanese, Indian), how can anyone tell if there were/were no "Hispanics" at the rally?

Posted by: Fausta at August 30, 2010 7:48 AM

The people at Beck's rally are guilty of rallying while white.

Funny, though, that not one single news report has characterized Sharpton's crowd as "overwhelmingly black."

The media are guilty of racial profiling, pure and simple. They are, in their simpleton minds, simply unable to conceive that hundreds of thousands of white people could ever rally in support of Dr. King's dream of a color-blind society.

Posted by: Donald Sensing at August 30, 2010 7:50 AM

Forget the politics and race; that little girl's smile was designed to lift hearts and herald a better future. Lovely!

"Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom."
— Marcel Proust

Posted by: Frank P at August 30, 2010 9:02 AM

If the current regime were in charge of Beck's gathering, white people would have been prevented from entering the site until the requisite proportional number of negroes were admitted;

"OK that's 87 whites; Sorry no more whites until we get 13 negroes! You're half negro? OK, we need 25.5 more like you. Stand over there with the half-negroes until we get 26 of you. But that would make 13 more whites as well, right? Sorry, you have to all negro, all the white spaces are taken".

Posted by: Shooter1001 at August 30, 2010 9:16 AM

One could say that the difference between black and white is that the rich (still overwhelmingly white, in the USA) have so arranged matters that their cheating and stealing is legal.

One good example is short-selling - which basically consists of selling something you don't own in the hope of buying it later, cheaper. In any other field, that sort of activity would attract a long term in jail.

Posted by: Fletcher Christian at August 30, 2010 12:40 PM

I must have missed the part of that "crime" where it was forbidden for African-Americans to short sell.

Posted by: vanderleun at August 30, 2010 12:42 PM

The proper figure for "European-American" whites as a percentage of the American population is more like 70%. Keep in mind that the population figures listed includes the huge influx of illegals, and are therefore skewed.

And speaking of numbers, shouldn't people like Al Sharpton and President Obama be listed as half-white? As a matter of fact, if you include the white admixture among blacks and Hispanics, the total "whiteness" of America amounts to more than 80%.

Posted by: Don Rodrigo at August 30, 2010 2:56 PM

Want to see what liberals believe America should look like?
Watch almost any ad on tv.
A black (or two), an asian, a hispanic, and the stupid or villainous white guy.
(I say stupid or villainous because the white guy is always clueless and in need of enlightenment by the minority, usually black, often the black woman boss or smart black friend; and villainous when whitey IS the boss or the guy breaking into your house on the home security ads...always a white guy...)
Celebrating diversity, whilst demonizing 'the oppressor'.

Posted by: Uncle Jefe at August 30, 2010 4:35 PM

If it is legal then it isn't a crime.
And it's amazing, Fletcher, that you had to come up with 'short selling' which I've never done and have no idea what it is.

Posted by: Mikey NTH at August 31, 2010 6:36 AM

Vanderleun, the point is that I very much doubt there are all that many "investment bankers" who happen to be black. Or mortgage brokers, come to think of it.

Mikey, you just restated my point. Let's imagine that you want to do what the short-sellers do, but with another commodity. OK. You hire a car for two months, sell it and then buy it (or an identical model) back 7 weeks later and hand it back to the hire company. How long would you stay out of jail?

Posted by: Fletcher Christian at August 31, 2010 2:18 PM

In 1994 (that's 1994) Black Collegian gave the numbers thusly:

Today, African Americans represent approximately five percent of the 1.6 million people in the financial services industry and 8.6 percent of the 766,000 financial managers.

Ramp it out from 1994 and I assure you you will be surprised.

As far as the standard rant about the "crime" of short-selling.... well, we all have our hobby-horses, but the last time I looked there was no law against it and that, on this planet, is how we know something is, you know, "legal."

Posted by: vanderleun at August 31, 2010 2:30 PM

Here's what Wikipedia says:

To profit from a decrease in the price of a security, a short seller can borrow the security and sell it, expecting that it will be cheaper to repurchase in the future. When the seller decides that the time is right (or when the lender recalls the securities), the seller buys equivalent securities and returns them to the lender. The process relies on the fact that the securities (or the other assets being sold short) are fungible; the term "borrowing" is therefore used in the sense of borrowing $10, where a different $10 note can be returned to the lender (as opposed to borrowing a car, where the same car must be returned).

Posted by: rickl at August 31, 2010 6:05 PM

So your idea is that everything you dislike must be made illegal, Fletcher? And that if it isn't you get the idea to preen and posture and polish your halo? Because if these people were as right thinking as you they would make illegal all that you dislike?

Ego much?

And you don't think there are many blacks that are investment or mortgage bankers? You make that assertion without knowing so you can bring out your worn 'bigot card'?

Where the heck do you get off pulling that weak crap here?

Posted by: Mikey NTH at September 1, 2010 1:57 PM

rickl - Many other items are fungible too - Krugerrands, silver bullion, bushels of corn, you name it. Try short-selling Krugerrands, and see how long you stay out of jail. I would guess not very long.

The point here is that somehow the "financial industry" has managed to arrange it so that practices which are obviously dishonest are legal. Such as turning bad loans into securities and slicing and dicing them so many ways that you can't sort out the bad paper. And yes, selling things you don't own.

Posted by: Fletcher Christian at September 2, 2010 12:15 PM