How dishonest can you get? That is not at all what I am talking about, and your insinuations that I in any way suggested “people of color aren't as capable/energetic/intelligent as white people” show that you are incapable of having an honest discussion.
The problem is that if you keep ignoring the relevant issues, it's hard to have an honest discussion!
Happy to have one with you!
For the record, and you can read exactly what I wrote; I said nothing about genetics and pointed out that we are all of African descent. There cannot be any correlation with race as we are all one race!
Well I'm glad we agree on that point!
I thought I made it clear that the difference in development was entirely due to the opportunity afforded by the different environment. When a person’s time is not entirely consumed with swatting disease carrying insects and dealing with dangerous animals, there is time for experimenting with different types of social structures. In fact, many of these same factors are still hampering development in Africa today.
Well unfortunately, if you're simply saying "life in Africa and life in US/Europe is different because the opportunity in each place is different," that's more than a bit of a non-sequitur.
The problem here is to explain why people of different races solely within the US/Europe have statistically significant differences in rates of "success." I spent quite a bit of time discussing that in my post, and it's in fact much of what the discussion in this thread is all about.
I'll leave it to the viewers to decide if avoiding that topic is being dishonest.
The Alt-right does indeed believe that such differences are due to "race," and the only solution is segregation and discrimination. Most people like you don't agree with that, and that's a given, but like you, they prefer to ignore the clear data that shows that racial distribution continues to persist in spite of the fact that, as you said, the "systemic and legal discrimination" was long ago eliminated from our society.
That begs the question, "why is there continued evidence of prejudice and discrimination?"
So the only thing I posed above is exactly that question: if people of color aren't inferior as the Alt-Right says they are, what *is* the reason for it? And what should be done about it, given that the traditional admonishments to "just wait, it will get better eventually" just don't seem to be happening?
I have a lot of friends who just don't want to talk about this stuff, as it's uncomfortable, so I'm quite familiar with your reaction here, but I'd suggest it's something people ought to think about and I'm happy to engage you on it's implications.
It's not really a right-or-left thing: as I said above, Bernie folks have been arguing something similar. But unfortunately it is kind of a black-and-white thing.
When someone beats a rug, the blows are not against the rug, but against the dust in it.