Erik Rush’s Intentional Ignorance

Erik Rush, the Uncle Tom who writes for the Worldnetdaily and thinks that the big problem facing America is an excess of “negrophilia” (yep, we just love black people too much), is annoyed that President Obama did an interview with some Youtubers and his column about it includes this little gem:

“There’s still biases in our society that, in split-second situations, where people have to make quick decisions,” Obama intoned, referencing police protocols and the stress of their job. “… [S]tudies have shown that African-American males are seen as more threatening, which puts them in more vulnerable positions.”

For the record, I haven’t been able to locate any such studies. I think it is simply a reflection of how paranoid racists on the left think blacks are perceived – but like the old Soviet premiers, Obama says it, and it is truth.

“Young African-American males are typically seen as older than they are,” the Liar-in-Chief went on. “And so a lot of the way to solve this is to improve training so people can be aware of their biases ahead of time.”

Obama’s statement, of course, presupposes the existence of bias – but coming from a president who has always presupposed bias against blacks on the part of whites, leading him to exacerbate every racially tinged issue he has touched, this ought to be no surprise by now.

Seriously, he hasn’t been able to locate any such studies and he searched his entire office for them thoroughly. He even looked under his desk in case they were hiding there. What he didn’t do, of course, is take 15 seconds to do a Google search, much less a search of the psychological literature. There are, in fact, dozens and dozens of such studies. Like Obama’s claim that black teenagers are seen as much older and more threatening than they actually are? Found it in less than five seconds.

Are black men seen as more angry and threatening than they actually are? Here’s one of those studies Rush couldn’t find within a 6-foot radius of his chair. Here’s another. And another. Hey look, there’s another one. Gee, if you actually look for those studies, they’re really easy to find. I wonder why Erik Rush didn’t find them? Oh, right. He didn’t want to.

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  • ehmm

    In his defense, I’ve always thought Google was extremely unintuitive and difficult to use.

  • StevoR

    “Negrophilia” eh? Well he’s almost dead wrong there!

    (Actually he’s kinda still dead wrong but not quite the word thought o’ here. Arrggh just outright wrong really!)

  • tbp1

    He must be the only black male in America who has never been stopped for DWB or otherwise hassled by cops basically for just existing. Certainly all my black friends report this, and not only talking about the bad old days. They mean it’s still going on now.

  • StevoR

    … like the old Soviet premiers, Obama says it, and it is truth.

    Unlike the old Soviet Premiers (was that really their titles?) Obama can back up what he says with, y’know facts and evidence and that.

    We all may be biased. That’s part o’ being human but being willing to accept reality and understand what’s going on beyond our biases – that’s better than ignoring them albeit requiring extra effort and awareness.

  • colnago80

    Re StevoR @ #4

    Actually, the position of Premier in the government of the former Soviet Union was much like the position of the President of Israel or the President of Germany, mostly a figurehead position. The real power resided in the position of the First Secretary of the Central Committee

    of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.

  • A Masked Avenger

    I get that this shitweasel’s position is offensive, but just to confirm, is “Uncle Tom” an approved epithet now? Does that mean we also have the green light to call him a “GOP house n*gger”?

  • A Masked Avenger

    As an aside, the character “Uncle Tom” was someone who sacrificed his dignity, and then his life, to help his fellow slaves. He was partly (though only partly) based on the life of a heroic escaped slave.

    See also: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5Q3VIgnvaE

  • lorn

    Who was that comedian who noted that rednecks beating gays was caused by rednecks wanting to have sex with them but not wanting to admit it? Something along the lines of ‘I really want to fuck you but can’t so I’ll beat you instead’.

    Is this what he is saying is going on in race relations?

  • Lady Mondegreen (aka Stacy)

    Heck, Erik Rush can test some of his own implicit biases right here (and so can we):

    https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/takeatest.html

  • JasonTD

    I get that this shitweasel’s position is offensive, but just to confirm, is “Uncle Tom” an approved epithet now? Does that mean we also have the green light to call him a “GOP house n*gger”?

    I second A Masked Avenger’s sentiments in #6&7. I couldn’t find it after searching, but I could swear that Ed had claimed to not like using the term “Uncle Tom” fairly recently. Yet at the same time, I can recall him using it more than once. Maybe he reserves it for Erik Rush, and that is what I am remembering. I generally dislike the term regardless.*

    *Except when Spike calls the ensouled Angel an Uncle Tom in the Buffy episode “School Hard.”

  • StevoR

    @5. colnago80 : Aha, Thanks. That’s probably more the title I was thinking of then.

  • lpetrich

    Seems to me that “race masochist” may be a good term for Erik Rush.

    What does he think about the days of slavery? “Our masters knew how to make us work. We don’t have that anymore. Our masters recognized how valuable we were by buying and selling us like livestock. They even recognized that money is more important than anything else by breaking up our families by selling us to different masters. I’m also glad that they had none of those socialist Communist ideas about everybody being equal and nobody being allowed to buy another human being.”

  • iknklast

    He must be the only black male in America who has never been stopped for DWB or otherwise hassled by cops basically for just existing. Certainly all my black friends report this, and not only talking about the bad old days. They mean it’s still going on now.

    Seriously, I’ve been stopped for that, and I’m not even black! I just happened to drive an old beat up Chevy that resembled the perception of a car that would only be driven by a young black man. Whenever they pulled me over, they made some lame, embarrassed excuse when they saw I was a middle-aged white woman, and let me go. My skin color allowed me to be presumed innocent of any drug crime (I was, but that’s not the point). So I understand, at a small level, some of what they are saying, how it feels to be unable to drive on the streets without being seen as instantly suspicious. I was fortunate not to have to deal with the rest of it, the invasive searches, the threats, the murders.

    By the way, I have never been pulled over once since I sold that car and bought one more “respectable” – one that would be driven by someone in the middle class, that is. I don’t drive differently, I just have a different car.

  • StevoR

    @9.Lady Mondegreen (aka Stacy) : Thanks.

    I’m kinda afraid, well at least nervous about even trying it which Iguess says something in itself .. auto-fail?

  • abb3w

    Heinlein’s quote on malice versus stupidity would seem to generalize for intent versus inability.

    It might not be that Rush didn’t want to find them; it may be that his research skills are inferior to those of middle-school plagiarists.

  • lpetrich

    I made a mistake in post 12. I meant “What might he think about the days of slavery?”

    I thought of that as what an extreme race masochist might think.