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July 22, 2013

Statistically Speaking

Statistically speaking, you are more likely to die in an automobile accident than a plane crash. But that doesn’t stop some people from being afraid to fly, and in light of current political sensitivities, perhaps we shouldn’t mention those statistics, because we don’t want to hurt the feelings of those in the automobile community.

I’ll let you look up the following statistics, because I am just too damned tired of all this racial stuff to look it up again, but...

Statistically speaking, you are more likely to be robbed or mugged by a black man than a white man, and far more likely to be mugged by a black man if you are black. No wonder, Mr. Prez, that people lock their car doors and clutch their purses. But again, we don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings, so let’s just ignore the statistics. Hell, if you feel that guilty about the statistics, maybe you should just hand them your purse. (To be fair, ABC News reported that according to an “unpublished study” that black men are 8 times more likely to do a heroic deed than white men. So just pray that if you are being mugged, there is another black man nearby.)

Statistically speaking, and I don’t have to look this statistic up again, you are 100% more likely to be suicide-bombed by a Muslim than a Christian. But again, so as to not offend the religion of peace, or those of you who have already been so “horribly” offended by someone standing on a street corner preaching salvation...

Groups create their own stereotypes by their ubiquitous behavior. No one likes to be stereotyped, especially when you don’t fit the type. In which case, the best thing for you to do is distance yourself from those who perpetuate the type by their behavior. When I was young, we had family members that we distanced ourselves from. Luckily, they didn’t have the same last name as ours, but my mom would still say, “Don’t ever tell anyone you are related to them,” for fear that we would be thought to be like them.

It’s difficult when you are a particular color, and the stereotype is your whole race. But, if you don’t want to be judged on the basis of race, then don’t identify yourself by race. Identifying with one’s race is a mistake to begin with. We should identify with each other on the basis of the principles we live by as human beings, not on the color of our skin. So, maybe it’s time for good people of color to distance themselves from likes of Al Sharpton, Jessie... oh, well, you know the list.

As for me, please don’t tell anyone I’m white and once lived in Arizona – I’m trying to distance myself as far as possible from John McCain.


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