Lanterns: The Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations


The Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations

As a conservative, I've been accused of being a racist, as well as every other type of bigotry thrown my way. I'm sure most, if not all, conservatives have had to deal with this when discussing politics. The dirty little secret that no one seems to talk about is the fact that the most overtly racist policies pushed within public discourse are typically espoused by those on the left.

While scanning through the latest news, I stumbled onto an article stating that the New York State, Board of Regents, voted Monday to scrap a literacy exam for teachers, claiming that it's racist. This kind of thinking drives me crazy. To begin with, we're talking about the education of our children. Are the requirements that teachers be adequately literate too much to ask? 

The left wonders why conservatives push to get kids out of the public education system! Secondly, am I the only one who thinks that asserting that minorities cannot read as well as white people, and that skin color has any relevance to the situation at all, is extremely racist, in and of itself?

According to the study, 64 percent of white test takers passed it on the first try, as compared to.46 percent of Hispanic, and 41 percent of black test-takers. However, this does not prove racism. It just shows that white people, in general, did better on this specific test. This doesn't show how much each teacher studied for the test, as well as many other factors that greatly contribute to the outcome of any test. I'm not asserting that white people studied more, merely that correlation doesn't mean causation. I doubt anyone believes that, if the results were reversed, the NY Board of Regents would have chosen to get rid of the mandatory qualification. 

There is a pretty simple mental tool you can use to see if a policy is racist or not. Change the races around, and see if the same standard applies.  Not only is it a good mental tool to use, but there's actually a Google Extension that you can use if you want to have a little fun. A hilarious sample of articles from can be seen here, through this extension!

This isn't the first time that the left's policies have been overtly racist, and no, I'm not going back to the days of slavery and Jim Crow laws, which were Democrat policies. For years, the left has claimed that black and other minorities are somehow less capable of acquiring a free government ID, for the purpose of voting. I'm not sure if the charge is that they're too poor to get to a DMV, or too stupid, but either way, it's racist, and there's really no other way to spin it.


Affirmative action and hiring quotas based on race are just a few, of the many other, examples of racist policies. Justice Antonin Scalia fell under fire from the hypocritical left, in December of 2015, because of this comment on Affirmative Action:

“There are those who contend that it does not benefit African Americans to get them into the University of Texas where they do not do well, as opposed to having them go to a less ­advanced school, a slower track school where they do well,” he said. “One of the briefs pointed out that most of the black scientists in this country don’t come from schools like the University of Texas.”

The irony of this? He was actually referring to data and facts, not making his own judgment. At the time, the loathsome Harry Reid felt the need to slap the racist label on the Honorable Scalia. When Harry Reid and his acolytes lob accusations of racism, they diminish the true meaning of the word. 

Surprising no one, the left only uses these kinds of metrics when it can push the political narrative that they want. Take, for example, background checks using the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), used when purchasing a firearm. As John Lott pointed out in "The War on Guns," 2.4 million people have been stopped using NICS. Of that 2.4 million, about 96 percent of “initial denials” are dropped after the first two stages of review.  Many more are dropped during the three remaining stages. That means that 2.3 of the 2.4 million were false positives. Unlike the false claims of racism from the left with other policies, this policy does actually have a tinge of racism. Lott further argues:

"Certain racial groups will encounter this problem more often than others. With some 40 percent of Vietnamese people bearing the name Nguyen, the problem of duplicate names is very likely to exist among people with this national heritage. Hispanics are more likely to share names with other Hispanics, and the same is true of blacks. Also, because 30% of black males are forbidden from buying guns because of their criminal records, law-abiding black males are especially likely to have their names confused with those of prohibited people. For many of these 2.4 million people, a mistaken denial might be a mere inconvenience. But some people really do have an urgent need to protect themselves from stalkers or enemies."

I feel it's time to hold people accountable, and the inconsistent and racist policies of the left are long overdue to be called out.

"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character." - Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.  The policies of the left have done nothing but turn Dr. King's dream into a nightmare.


Written by Dallas Wagner

Machinist by day, political junkie by night. As a liberty loving American, I wanna save my country!

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