You Are an Unconscious Racist!
Whites are racists and don't even know it, or so says an increasingly accepted body of academic opinion based on a cornball arcade game exercise. With President Trump in office, it's time to dismantle the funding and policy infrastructure that relies on this quack academic theory.
The "Implicit Association Test" -- where subjects respond positively or negatively to a series of pictures and words, including ones touching on race -- was cooked up by academics, but became the foundation for media narratives and government policy during the Obama administration.
"Across America, Whites are Biased and Don't Even Know It," blared the Washington Post. "You May be More Racist Than You Think," said a CNN story. "Is Everybody a Little Bit Racist?", asked the New York Times.
You already know what the Times' answer is without reading the story. Here's an excerpt from the Post:
Most white Americans demonstrate bias against blacks, even if they're not aware of or able to control it. It's a surprisingly little-discussed factor in the anguishing debates over race and law enforcement that followed the shootings of unarmed black men by white police officers.
Such implicit biases -- which, if they were to influence split-second law enforcement decisions, could have life or death consequences -- are measured by psychological tests, most prominently the computerized Implicit Association Test, which has been taken by over two million people online at the website Project Implicit.
The Post even provides a helpful map so whites can see how unconsciously racist they are based on the state in which they live. The map will tell you what you never knew about yourself:
The map also provides a nifty political line of attack. The more reliably Republican the state ... well, you know the rest. In an age where race was becoming less and less important after the triumphs of the Civil Rights movement, the Democratic Party needed something like this to stoke the fires of racial animosity.
You might laugh or scoff at this sort of high-level academic nonsense masquerading as social science. After all, most high-level academic social science now serves a political narrative. But don't brush this instance off -- the Implicit Association Test is more than a laugh line. It's outright dangerous, and immoral.
Because unconscious racism nonsense drove policing policy during the Obama administration -- and that's where lives are at stake.
This nonsense led to lectures, consent decrees, and lots of your tax dollars flowing to consultants and teachers and programs designed to teach police they were all unconscious racists -- and that they'd better not pull out their weapon too soon. The Implicit Association Test led to police departments being told -- whether by DOJ-imposed overseers or by homegrown Black Lives Matter activists -- to delay the use of deadly force.