Conservatism: 2012 Archives

SOMETIMES THE STATISTICS TELL AN UNCOMFORTABLE TRUTH

Consider these statistics from the October report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics: (h/t Legal Insurrection)

Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rate for blacks increased to 14.3 percent in October.

The jobless rate for Asians was 4.9 percent in October (not seasonally adjusted), down from 7.3 percent a year earlier. (See tables A-1, A-2, and A-3.)

Now why this huge disparity? There are an enormous number of programs to aid blacks because of slavery (abolished in 1863) and prejudice (like for the Catholics, Jews and Poles and whoever else who don't get the benefit of these made-for-African-Americans programs).

Asians, from Japanense (many interred during WWII), Koreans (those guys?), Vietnamese (hounded in many places), Indians (fleeing the caste system) and so on, have an unemployment rate of 4.9%.

Did Asians get the "benefit" of any of those government programs? Indeed, in California, the "help" programs exclude Asians, say, for college admission and assistance. In California high schools, white flee to other towns because they don't want to compete with those Asians who (gasp!) study and take their learning seriously.

Could it be those Asians don't consider themselves victims but grateful to be in a land of opportunity? That they think they should just put their heads down and work hard to earn success and not look around for somebody to give them bonus points? That they get married and have families and, guess what, avoid poverty? That they don't consider it beneath them to work in a restaurant or a convenience store or a gas station to get on a ladder rung to better things?

What are the the statistics telling us?

Just asking.

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