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The “systemic racism” refrain is a meaningless abstraction.

Operationalize the nebulous abstraction that is “systemic racism,” or get out of my face!

To concretize a variable, it must be cast in empirical, measurable terms, the opaque “racism” abstraction being one variable (to use statistical nomenclature).

Until you have meticulously applied research methodology to statistically operationalize this inchoate thing called “racism”—systemic or other—it remains nothing but a thought “crime”:

Impolite and impolitic thoughts, spoken, written or preached.

Thought crimes are nobody’s business in a free society. (By logical extension, America is not a free society.)

The law already mandates that people of all races be treated equally under its protection. The law, then, is not the problem, logic is. In particular, the logical error of reasoning backward.

“Backward reasoning, expounded by mystery author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle through his famous fictional detective, Sherlock Holmes,” writes Dr. Thomas Young, “applies with reasonable certainty when only one plausible explanation for the … evidence exists.”

Systemic racism is most certainly not “the only plausible explanation” for the lag in the fortunes of African-Americans, although, as it stands, systemic racism is inferred solely from one single fact: In aggregate, African-Americans trail behind whites in assorted academic and socio-economic indices and achievements.

This logical error is the central tenet of preferential treatment—affirmative action, and assorted quotas and set-aside edicts and policies.

According to diversity doxology, justice is achieved only when racial and ethnic groups are reflected in academia and in the professions in proportion to their presence in the larger population. On indices of economic well-being, the same egalitarian outcomes are expected.

Equalizing individual and inter-group outcomes, however, is an impossibility, considering that it is axiomatically and self-evidently true to say that such differences have existed since the dawn of time.

Nevertheless, absent such wealth egalitarianism and proportional representation in the professions, the walking wounded who control America’s cultural discourse have concluded that racism, systemic or other, reigns.

The systemic racism non sequitur is even harder to sustain when considering the Asian minority, a minority that has had its own historical hardships. In professions and academic pursuits where mathematical precocity is a factor, Asians are overrepresented, consistently outperforming whites. If proportional underrepresentation signals oppression, then overrepresentation, likewise, must reflect an unfair advantage.

And if social justice requires that the State and corporate America act as social and economic levelers—then surely fairness demands that all minority groups that are overrepresented in assorted endeavors be similarly kneecapped in the name of equality? Should not such leveling policies be deployed to make the NBA or the 100-meter dash more “representative” of America?

High among Corporate America’s priorities is acting as a race leveler—voluntarily sniffing out deviationists and generally proceeding against and “reeducating” pay-dependent prey. Corporate America’s human resource departments are in the habit of deluging employees with the piss-poor racial agitprop of illiterate, if degreed, pamphleteers. The woman who wrote White Fragility comes to mind.

In a workplace so shot through with hatred of whites, quite foreseeable is a form of intellectual reparations, where the designated white “oppressors” labor behind the scenes, while the officially “oppressed” manage them and take credit for their intellectual output.

As recounted in Into the Cannibal’s Pot: Lessons for American From Post-Apartheid South Africa (2011, p. 103), the African National Congress has pioneered “the creation of a unique cognitive caste system.”


Throughout the South African work force, white subordinates with graduate and postgraduate degrees are doing the hard-core intellectual and technical work for their black bosses. The latter often have no more than a 10th-grade diploma but are paid a great deal more than their intellectual skivvies. A black matriculant (possessor of a high-school diploma) is perfectly poised to climb the South African corporate structure; yet, in order to have a ghost of a chance at remaining employed, a white had better possess the Masters or the Ph.D. degree. Given their pallor, promotion for whites is less and less likely.

Unlike systemic racism, intellectual indentureship could quickly become a reality in America.


Ilana Mercer has been writing a weekly, paleolibertarian column since 1999. She’s the author of Into the Cannibal’s Pot: Lessons for America From Post-Apartheid South Africa (2011) & The Trump Revolution: The Donald’s Creative Destruction Deconstructed” (June, 2016). She’s currently on Gab, YouTube, Twitter & LinkedIn, but has been banned by Facebook.

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  1. mijj says:

    .. “concretize a variable” .. “statistically operationalize”

    LOL .. no need to read any further. This is a spoof.

  2. TG says:

    Indeed. Exactly.

    In the late 1960s, American blacks finally got the right to unionize and negotiate for decent wages. They were en masse fired and replaced with Mexican nationals, and their remaining jobs sent to Mexico and China.

    Why are working class blacks being ground down? For the same reason that working class whites are being ground down! Excessive rates of third-world immigration, ‘free’ trade that sends all our manufacturing wealth overseas, endless pointless foreign wars, endless Wall Street bailouts and subsidies, unaffordable medical care, unaffordable rents, unaffordable education, the recent change in the bankruptcy law that makes it impossible for non-billionaires to get out from under a lifetime of debt-slavery (thank you, back-stabbing Joe Biden), etc.etc.

    But the thing is: these are real issues. Fixing them would have real positive effects. Which would cost the rich real profits. How better to scream about ‘systemic racism,’ it’s an invisible evil spirit about which nothing specific can be done except pointless screaming and kneeling. Which suits the rich just fine.

  3. “Systemic racism” is intellectually vacuous & fraudulent. Its “existence” is a mere abstraction from what ever social/cultural factors its adherents choose.
    “Systemic racism” reminds me of nothing more that the concept of “original sin”. The “sin” that can never be “paid off”, because it exists not in the human but in God — always beyond human action. To be “saved” is in the hands of god — “good works” or “faith” may redeem you.
    Here, of course, the sin of inherent racism exists in the minds of Black people — & they are likely to be less forgiving than god ….
    In the mean time us sinners & white people can keep our “debt” from ever growing by bathing in our own guilt, by self flagellation & (best of all) by public displays of self abnegation & enthusiastic self humiliation.

    • Agree: ruralguy
  4. Kerry C says:

    “Thought crimes are nobody’s business in a free society. (By logical extension, America is not a free society.)”

    This says it all doesn’t it?

    Another good column from Mercer.

  5. The main difference between South Africa and America is that SA has always had multiculturalism, all the Americans have ever allowed was multiracialism. The one breeds broadminded acceptance, the other, war.

  6. Jake says:

    Blacks do NOT want anything close to black nationalism, which would mean states/nations that are all black. Blacks want to rule nations with a minority of whites, and eventually Asians, who will be their serfs. The non-blacks serfs, however, will not work the farms or drive the trash trucks. The white serfs will do almost all t\he higher mind work for the black overlord class.

    This situation has come to pass not because blacks pulled it off, but because the Elites of our world, Elites of the Anglo-Zionist Empire, despise the vast majority of whites they rule and want it this way.

    Blacks do what they do because white Elites want them to do those things. Blacks are weapons, tools, toys of the Elites that control the Globe. And those Elites who are not from the Anglosphere are from nations that have been slowly assimilated to WASP culture over the past century and a half, with a rapid increase beginning with the Cold War.

    English is THE language of Globalism.

  7. ruralguy says:

    Marxists use accusations of “racism” to dominate others. Young people, CEOs, and academics fear being an outcast, so they very easily give in to whatever thoughts make them accepted. Language is a far more effective weapon than bullets, that’s why we see no gunfire in these riots. They aren’t interested in proper rules of evidence and proofs. They want to turn people into squeamish suck ups. Hundreds of millions of Americans oblige them.

  8. Realist says:

    In light of the release of the police body cam video, in the George Floyd case…where is your apology to White America?

  9. The few times BLM spokespersons have made clear demands, they asked for racial quotas guaranteeing jobs for blacks (in gentrifying neighborhoods which were former ghettoes), and proportional representation at the executive level. Presumably, this will make sure some blacks can afford to live in the neighborhoods they’re being priced out of.

    They explicitly want South African-style affirmative action for blacks, and damn everyone else.

  10. The whole piece rings hollow and tinny, given the priors of its author.

  11. unit472 says:

    Systemic Racism, to be an effective way to deny economic success to any particular group, requires the unequal application of the law. Say taxing negro, Jewish or Hispanic earnings at higher rates, prohibitions on holding certain occupations or owning a business or property. The closest thing to that to ever occur in the US was denying admission to black applicants to some southern universities and the quotas put on Jewish admission to elite Ivy League schools. Even that did not exclude Jews or blacks from obtaining an education as other schools were open to them or even catered to them.

    Given the size of the black population there was never any reason blacks could not have formed their own ‘alternative’ economic system. Other ethnic and racial groups in the US did just that.Whites could not force blacks to shop at white owned businesses ( though many white businesses did exclude blacks in parts of the US). The problem was and continues to be that blacks just do not seem to have the organizational and managerial ability to operate large business organizations which is why they insist on being ‘given’ jobs in companies they had no part in the creation of. This also explains their lack of personal wealth. It is much harder to accumulate large amounts of capital as an employee than as an owner or founder of a successful business.

  12. Ilana Mercer, I respectfully believe that you are either a fraud or grossly ignorant. I think you are to smart to be the latter but are indeed a master of obfuscation.

    Your fraud consist in your consistant use of race or black race politics as a agent of transformation in America’s political power structure. You do the same in your analysis of South African politics, in how you consistantly cast Black South Africans and the ANC as the political agents of black racism toward the minority Afrikaner population.

    In this way you are a senior member of the white nationalist intellectual movement in line with Brietbart and the rest of the alternative right.

    A real analysis of race politics in America and South Africa will show you that the anti-apartheid movement was instigated by Jewish-Anglo-Americans to disempower the Dutch Afrikaners and that Black people in South Africa were merely a tool for this dismpowement. As a South African intellectual you surly know this. In fact you know that the majority of Black South Africans did not support ANC all the way up until the 1980s not because they liked the treatment of the Afrikaners but because the majority of Blacks lives in “bantustans” in which their political leaders gain to benefit from having their own fiefdoms.

    Now surly bantustans were a contrivance by the Afrikaners as a means to control Black South African numerical political and economic power but the point is that, fundamentally “South Africa” as a state of majorty black people did not exist. And to the extent that any real geo-political and international power existed in that region of Africa it was controlled by the Dutch Afrikaners. This includes the nuclear weapons and the mineral wealth. And of course Jewish-Anglo power could not allow this. So therefore the anti-apartheid movement and Black and Mulatto South African intellectuals who lived on the margin of the Black Bantu society and world and were anglicized and judaized and raised up to be the frontline in the battle against the Boers. Thus you had the ANC movement.

    These are the facts. Just like the facts are that in America the Blacks who benefit from “diversity” and who push for anti-white agenda as frontline troops in the culture war tend to be those with the least black ancestry (Obama, Valerie Jarret, Susan Rice, Kamala Harris, Cory Booker and all the other mixed race or foreign blacks from former English colonies like Jamacia and Nigeria etc.) who are culturally Anglo-Saxon. There is a term called Afro-Saxon you should look it up.

    These afro-saxons are the children of Judeo-Anglo-Saxons power not of Marcus Garvey and black power.

    But of course it serves your interest better to position all black people as the main protagonist in this war of power in Anglo-American world as it keeps our attention from the real agents of this war. Likewise by making it look like white people are being attacked it keeps you from having to be specific and point out that this war that started hundred years ago when the Juedo-Franco-Anglo-Saxon Portestant elites encolsured the estates against the working class indigenous of the British Islands is continuing today for domination against other polities who are not under its submission and control, be they white or any other color. It just so happens we live in a spatial politics zone where those peole are Irish-Catholic, Scottish, German-American, etc. But of course it serves your interest to play both sides and on your side to pretent that its a war of Black Diversifiers agaisnt White America.

    • Agree: Haxo Angmark
  13. actually, there is intense systemic racism in ‘Murka:

    against Whites – via “affirmative action”, “hate crime” laws,

    and similar scams, and in favor of Jews and their Black stooges.

    among the former, Ilana Issacsohn herself.

  14. TG says:

    The entire point of systemic racism is that is it invisible and imaginary. The problem with American working class blacks today – like the problem with working class Americans of all races – is that excessive levels of immigration are flooding the labor market, outsourcing manufacturing jobs is drying up what’s left, and then there are unaffordable medical costs, unaffordable educational costs, an ability to discharge debts in bankruptcy, trillions sucked out of the economy to pay for pointless endless overseas wars, tens of trillions of dollars sucked out of the economy to bail out and subsidize Wall Street etc. But these are specific things that could actually be dealt with – and that would cost the rich money! So we only prattle on about systemic racism, and somehow the only way to fight this invisible evil demon is to give your nice corporate diversity officer a raise and give Barack Obama’s kids free tuition at Yale.

    Funny isn’t it – slavery was opposed by a majority of American whites, who fought a bloody war to end it. Slavery was maintained by a small number of wealthy plantation owners. And today the problem with working class blacks is not white working class men driving pickup trucks with confederate flags, it is the 600 billionaires who run the country waging aggressive class war against everyone else.

    And yet, somehow it is the white working class that always has to pay the price for ‘racism.’ Why is it that white oligarchs like Soros and Bezos and Gates etc.etc. somehow they don’t have any white privilege and they don’t get touched by any demands for reparations? Why is it only the white working class that has to pay?

  15. There is something going on that is both systemic and responsible for the poor outcomes of blacks in school and jobs, for the disparate impact of the judicial system, and for the disparate impact on health of blacks, the shorter lifespan, and the greater susceptibility to COVID-19.

    The systems thing that is going on is called HBD. Black DNA is what prevents blacks from better outcomes, and also responsible for the increased level of violence – both to each other and to whites – and the increased susceptibility to COVID-19, because blacks do not praqctice the same care in washing hands, in maintaining distance and wearing masks. Just as with the violent crime of murder, where blacks prey on whites disproportionate to the fraction of the population, I suspect that blacks in nursing homes are responsible for the greater share of transmission of the disease to the elderly and infirm there, who are mostly white.

    A workable plan to suppress the pandemic would be to allow blacks the freedom to let it run rampant through their societies, over and over, every three months if some reports are to be believed, for whites to keep on with all the measures that work, and for whites to shun blacks. As there is now statistical proof that avoiding people with the disease is one way to prevent catching it, and since a much higher percent of blacks are carriers, the easily identifiable characteristic to be avoided is the tint of the skin.

    For decades the accusation has been prejudice and discrimination based on the meaningless color of the skin. There is no such things as race. This may be true, but there is a correlation between color of the skin and the likelihood of catching the disease.

    It is healthy and in the nation’s best interest for whites to shun blacks.

  16. Dr. Charles Fhandrich [AKA "Dr.C. Fhandrich"] says:

    How about systemic Ignorance of the average American who believes the most absurd and non-sensical crap.

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