What’s the outlook for black People today- is the black expertise glass half full or half empty? Is racial discrimination the basis of all issues in Black America? On this episode, EconTalk host Russ Roberts welcomes the Wall Avenue Journal‘s Jason Riley, who argues the present state of affairs has been distorted by activists with conflicting pursuits. Says Riley, “I’m not somebody who believes that racism has been vanquished from America. The query is: does racism clarify the outcomes we see right this moment…?”
Now we’d like to show the dialog over to you. After listening to the episode, take into account the prompts beneath and share your replies. We’d like to see them right here on-line, however we’re equally happy if we may also help you begin a dialog with somebody offline.
1- The dialog begins with a dialogue of police violence. Riley argues that the media preoccupied with breaking down police encounters by race, however not criminality by race. Which is the larger problem- policing or black criminality? To what extent do you agree this presents a distorted view to the general public? What are a few of the unintended penalties Riley says outcomes from this media (and social media) consideration?
2- Riley notes that through the interval between the Civil Struggle and the Civil Rights motion, black lives improved significantly and in an excellent some ways. What does he recommend we should always study from that? How does this relate to what Riley name the issue of black elites? How does Riley use the case of immigration as a comparability to black People right this moment?
3. For what causes does Riley argue that the Drug Struggle has grow to be a sufferer of revisionist historical past? To what extent do you agree together with his assertion that, “in case your purpose is to a). cut back mass incarceration, or b). cut back the racial disparities amongst our incarcerated inhabitants, among the many jail inhabitants, going after the drug conflict is barking up the unsuitable tree.”
4- Riley sadly suggests he thinks racism is part of human nature. Is that true? As he and Roberts speculate on the finish of the dialog, would every little thing actually be hunky-dory if the US eradicated racism?
5- The episode ends with a quick dialogue of Riley’s new biography of Thomas Sowell. What do Riley and Roberts see as Sowell’s legacy?