Dean Burnett: Many recent news stories report an increase in racism in the UK, but analysis of the data behind this suggests this conclusion is questionable
|Scooped by Ben Geffner|
What is this article about?
This article primarily speaks to the inherent illegitimacy of reports that discuss the prevalence of racism in society. As the reports only take into consideration incidences of self-reported racism, it's only marking down those who self-identify as racists in the data set. There are many people who internalize their racism and are not comfortable proclaiming themselves to be racists. The other primary issue is that the reports make racism into a binary issue, where there are those who are racist and those are not, there's no middle ground. Lastly, the article discusses the fault in discussing racism in the first place, that it is unclear whether or not these racist beliefs actually manifest in people's behavior, considering that racist actions are almost universally outlawed.
What are the people/commenters saying about the article?
Ironically, most people in the comments were people claiming that "I'm not racist, but...", which is exactly what the author speaks out against in the article. Most commenters tried to justify their prejudice by saying that they did not have these prejudices because of race, but rather, their prejudices had more to do with dress code/cultural values/speech/etc. Which I think is a load of baloney.
What do you think about the article, the comments, and why?
I think this is a great final scoop to end on, because it epitomizes everything that's wrong with institutionalized racism in the first place: many people deny that it exists! I liked the article because it pointed out how faulty racism reports truly are, which is actually scary when you think about it. How many more "closet racists" are out there that didn't mark themselves down as racist? The comments pretty much aggravate this fear. Lots of self-justification for their prejudices, but at the end of the day, prejudice is still prejudice.