One of the most common tricks leftists use, in order to blind the public to the realities of race, is to imply that by controlling for SES (socioeconomic status), they can reveal that race is of little importance. Examples of this tactic are far too numerous to list exhaustively. We find it used to explain away racial disparities in health, crime, education and social pathologies.
In some cases, looking at SES rather than race might be justified. It would depend on the circumstances and goals of the study. What irks me is when the focus should be on race but SES is used to confuse the issue.
If controlling for SES does succeed in eliminating many racial disparities, then we might ask: why not simply use SES (or I.Q. if you prefer) to categorize people as we must and ignore race altogether? Here are three answers to this question:
1) Ubiquitous institutional racism against whites (“affirmative action”) favors blacks, especially in government jobs. Therefore many blacks are artificially elevated to higher socioeconomic statuses. Their incomes are high, they live in nice neighborhoods and they drive new cars – but their inner nature has not changed. Their lower class habits linger on. They, and their children, are just as dangerous to be around as their brethren in the ghettos.
2) Nature created biological races over the course of tens of thousands of years. Though we have known the basics about racial differences for several decades, much remains to be learned. Progress, in studying racial differences, has been stunted because (with the exception of medicine) it is all but illegal to perform such studies. Therefore, much about race remains unknown to us. Faced with a reality of nature and burdened by our own ignorance, the best course of action would be to respect what nature has put in place. The imposition of mass miscegenation upon the younger generation is akin to burning large areas of virgin rain forest without even knowing which species inhabit it or even studying them.
3) Because so much value is placed on “African-American culture” in America today, most blacks who have rightfully achieved higher socioeconomic stations will continue to behave like other blacks in some ways. Even if they choose to “act white”, the odds are that their children will revert to black behavior. This is what is encouraged in schools, the media and by the government. Unfortunately, along with the less destructive aspects of black culture, the criminal aspects will often tag along. Caution is necessary.
The simple truth, which escapes leftist “scholars”, is that SES is a natural outgrowth of race. To “control” for SES (when trying to determine the importance of race) makes no sense. Let us turn things around. Suppose a university wished to show that race has nothing to do with SES – and, in order to accomplish this, their study controlled for I.Q. Hence, only the brightest blacks would be considered in the study. Not surprisingly, we would find most of those blacks in the same SES as their white/Asian counterparts. Such a study would prove nothing.
The underlying fallacy is that low SES, among blacks and Hispanics, is a result of racial discrimination and not lower average I.Q. and higher levels of impulsiveness. I want to see the studies that support this presumption. It is amazing to see the level of scholarship that goes into countless papers – and they are all castles built on sand. No matter how many fancy mathematical formulae, acronyms and specialist jargon their authors pack into them, in the end they have no value because they are built on a false premise.
It is sad to think how much time, talent and brain power has been wasted on “studies” such as these. For hundreds of years, some of the brightest minds of Europe were wasted on alchemy. Is this much different? In the past, they thought they could convert lead to gold. Now they think they can convert one race to another with jargon and flawed studies.