There's an interesting exploit that right wing white supremacists trolls use against white liberals.

The fact that most white liberals BELIEVE their statistical conclusions about Black people being criminals.

So they don't really have a valid rebuttal.
The flawed statistical arguments and the flogging of FBI data till it's gasping for air have ALWAYS worked on white liberals.

They just tend to feel really conflicted and guilty cause they're supposed to not believe the truth that's in front of them. It's not PC.
This is how the dapper Nazis got a foothold.

Because everyone's bad at stats and white people generally aren't learning stats so they can defend Black people, bullshit rides.

But it puts liberals in the "I know they're Nazis, but they've got a point here" position.

Then cable.
The "Alt-Right" came in exploiting gaps in white liberal understanding.

And the places where white liberals couldn't confront the stats, they leaned on weak arguments, trying to EXCUSE why Black people are more criminal than whites.

Which is crap. But still works.
Of course there's more white liberals trying to debate alt-white supremacists than there are Black people who understand the proper rebuttals and statistical flaws and surrounding context.

So the white liberal arguments become "The Arguments" and a whole debate rages for nothing
And those liberals who cling to white supremacy deep in their hearts, but feel bad about the fact that it's just "you know, statistically right" are the ones who minimize and dismiss those calling for an end to racist policing

"Cause I like Black people, but lets be honest here"
These are the PC liberals, who really ARE responsible for the concept of just being euphemistic to be polite, but in private "understand what's really going on, even though you'll get cancelled if you say it out loud"
There's a large swath of white liberalism that knows it's "wrong to be racist" and strive to not be racist ass in public but at the same time believes the underlying stereotypes.

The supremacists on the Right see this, and they exploit it to undermine actual liberal support.
When you see those liberals, who were all for Black rights until someone was mean to them and then became white supremacists?

That's what happened. They abandoned the dissonance.

If you listen to the alt-right. This is their recruiting tactic.
Because those white liberals KNEW they didn't believe their excuses for Black criminality.

They had been lying to themselves they thought.

And someone telling them they didn't have to uphold this lie and deny their whiteness...

That's everything.
This tactic worked even better with white Conservatives who wouldn't dirty their hands with overt racist arguments and felt social pressure to treat Black people like they weren't the criminals everyone knew they were.

This is why they loved Trump.
This is why the white supremacist wing of the "Skeptic" movement has spent years "debunking" white supremacy. Not white supremacy itself, the fact that anyone claims it's real.
The mainstreaming of "You don't have to really keep believing all this PC bullshit about race" has always been enticing to those who feel tired keeping up appearances.

No skepticism or analysis of the white supremacist structure and influences on their own beliefs necessary
"The same guys we like cause they debate creationists, we like cause they tell us white supremacy is fake news"
In the end, it's really hard for white people to be anti-racist because they:

1) Are, like everyone, bad at stats
2) Know racism is supposed to be bad, but never learned enough about whiteness to understand why.
3) Not affected by a failure to be anti-racism.
4) Benefit from it
And this is why racism isn't really despised in white America. Just tacky.
If you missed my threads on cynical and BS ways statistics are tortured to make Black people look bad... here you go.

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Imagine honestly believing that white people have never acted as a self-interested group.

Whiteness was literally only competitive in America through violent white protectionism.

It was never able to compete in the "free market"
It needed chattel slavery to drive its economy.

It wrote disenfranchisement into its Constitution to prevent competition

It gained political dominance by killing and disallowing nonwhite opponents

It gained fiscal dominance through specifically racist protectionist laws.
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Can you please name a law in all of American history that specifically prevents white people from doing a thing they should have a right to do?
Then when you're done with that, please explain where all the white people in this country came from?
Then please explain how the thousands of laws passed to specifically give white people access to legal, political and commercial protections specifically denied to others does not count as "racial advocacy"

Or you know.. don't. I don't much care.
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More like non-consensually dragged into a "Superiority" grading contest they never asked to participate in and would desperately like out of.

White people invented race so that racial superiority was a question people had to address at all.

Nobody else wants to play this game.
You get that? The GAME is trash.

You keep asking people what their rankings are and if they beat you or not.

Everybody keeps telling you they DON'T WANT TO PLAY.

But white folks need to keep score. So game on.
It's like if a kid in school came up to you and was like "Ok we're gonna play king of the school, whoever is king gets to punch everybody. I get to be king first! OK?"

Everyone else is like "No. This sounds like a terrible game" and the kid says "GO!" and starts punching.
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I mean. Ultimately you don't REALLY need one. The sources of those stats literally tell you themselves why and how they're not valid for drawing the kinds of racial group conclusions white supremacists pretend that they draw.
Like you don't need to "Debunk" FBI stats if you just read the disclaimers and limitations sections first.
But the white supremacists will pretend that they had no idea there was a big warning saying "If you use the stats this way, you'll be way off base"

So they present it anyway. Frequently without citation so nobody can go look.
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Elon Musk just lost $15 billion and if nobody had told him, he never would have noticed.
You know what the biggest effect on Elon is of losing more than twice New York City's yearly budget right now? He's only the SECOND biggest billionaire.

That's it. He's down on the Leaderboards.

Cause it's just a game.
But don't worry, Billionaire fans, this just means that Bezos is on top once more!

Stay tuned!
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We are really bad at statistics as a species.

This makes it really easy for people to manipulate us to get us to believe things that aren't actually supported by those statistics.

Particularly white supremacists

Here's how to shred their nonsense arguments.
Some takeaways?

If someone tries to prove a group of people is worse than another by comparing the number of arrests between the two... ask a few key questions...

1) What percentage of the population was arrested? This is because there's usually only a teeny tiny sliver who was
2) How many people are represented in those arrests? This is because 10 arrests of the same person shouldn't be presented as 10 different arrested people, inflating numbers.
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