Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Insightful Observations on Race

Nate Sliver at the fivethirtyeight blog made two insightful comments about race in a post in which he sought to understand who in the media has been driving the "conversations" on race that we've been having lately.  For the curious the answer is both conservatives and liberals have been pushing race as a story.  The insights come in the last paragraph in which Nate observes:
It seems to me that much of the "conversation" about race -- most of which is taking place between white liberal elites and white conservative elites -- really isn't about at race all. Instead, the issue has simply become another front in the banal, day-to-day struggle for traffic and eyeballs and ratings points, something used on slow news days to give babble an air of gravitas, and name-calling the air of moral authority.
The insights are that (a) the conversation about race is mostly a conversation between white elites and (b) they are not serious about racial equality.  My own view is that Nate is totally right.

I'll have more to say about this, but I wanted to bring it to your attention and see what you all think.

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