A 'silent majority'?
0 comment Thursday, October 23, 2014 |
Steve Sailer ponders whether there really is a 'silent but sensible majority which believes in HBD, and a long discussion follows.
At Inductivist, Ron Guhname gives a negative answer:
'The GSS convinces me that the answer is definitely no.
Beginning in 1977, survey particpants were asked: "On the average, blacks have worse jobs, income, and housing than white people. Do you think these differences are because most blacks have less in-born ability to learn?"
See the results at the link.
It's often claimed on many ethnopatriot blogs that many people are savvy on these issues but will not, because of political correctness, give honest answers on surveys and polls because they know that such perceptions are socially stigmatized.
Meanwhile, I've wondered if most people, or the average person out there, would be familiar with the acronym 'HBD', or could puzzle its meaning out, if asked.
Of course everybody knows the word ''diversity'', since we are beaten about the head with that word every time we turn around, not to mention being assailed by the actual fact of enforced diversity. But I suspect that most people, who are not readers of politically incorrect blogs, would not know what HBD or even the full name "human biodiversity", meant.
What does it mean, really? There's a discussion of the term here in which several people take great pains to disassociate 'HBD' from such taboo concepts as 'White nationalism' or 'racism', although some of them seem to conflate 'nationalism' with 'supremacism.' But just as I surmised, the term HBD seems to serve the purpose of putting a scientific (and therefore 'objective) face on discussions of matters racial. I suppose this has its uses.
The term 'NAM', which I still do not like, is seemingly another way to put a neutral face on the description of minorities, classifying them according to what they are not -- Asian. The implication there is that Asians are in a category above the others, being seen as the high-IQ minorities, or the desirable immigrants. This, to me, places excessive value on IQ, which seems to be held in highest regard by the serious HBDers.
To return to the original question of whether there is a silent majority of people with realist views on race and ethnicity, I tend to think Guhname is more correct. Or it may be that, as HailToYou says in a comment that poll respondents back in 1977 gave more honest answers, not being as brainwashed as today's respondents.
Still, I believe there were more people who had commonsensical views then, based on popular wisdom and direct experience, and they had not yet learned that they had to toe the PC line and self-censor. As the older generations pass on, there are fewer and fewer people who express the old, pre-PC attitudes. I suppose this is the measure of the cultural Marxists' success.
Incidentally, the phrase 'silent majority' is most associated with Richard Nixon, though he did not coin it. According to this source, his phrase 'silent majority' referred to:
''Middle-class whites
Those who felt alienated by the counterculture
Conservative whites''
Is there still a significant silent majority?

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