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Even if you are just honest about easily available statistics/facts related to race, you become a member of the extreme right according to those in the prestige media. That's a great way to push people to the right, but it's not a great way to have productive conversations.
The NYT, The Atlantic, the LA Times, the Boston Globe, how many of these sources of news actually address readily available analyses of crime? How many address analyses of police violence that suggest less room for racism than many progressives contend?
How many of them discuss utterly uncontroversial differences in intelligence (nobody who knows the literature disputes a roughly 15-point gap) when examining economic or educational disparities?
The reality is that those in the prestige media (most of them at least) are the real extremists on these issues, ignoring or denying uncontroversial facts because they don't support a "prejudice is ubiquitous and explains all disparities" narrative.
It's not far right to want to understand reality and to despise deliberate falsehoods that increase bitterness and ultimately foment violence. I remain a moderate pluralist, but one who does not think that silence or outright denial "uncomfortable" realities is helpful.
It's possible to sustain a large, diverse, cosmopolitan country while being honest about these things. And, in fact, it might be necessary. Because the deliberate falsehoods and silence will continue to feed erroneous and divisive narratives that might tear the US asunder.
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