Carl Hauck

Comments from Carl Hauck

In response to your claim that "the 'white privilege' narrative unfairly singles out whites and places undue blame on them while ignoring other 'privileged' groups," I'd suggest reading the following two pieces. I think both pieces, at the very least, complicate the oversimplified assumption that Ashkenazi Jews (who make up roughly 75% of the Jewish population worldwide and 90% of the American Jewish population) are not white. This isn't to say that Jews don't have their own history of traumatic oppression, but they do arguably benefit from white privilege in contemporary America due to the color of their skin. As for your claim that "positive worldview, combined with high investment parenting, will lead black children to greater success," I think you're overlooking a few things. First off, it's difficult to simply will oneself to have a more positive worldview when one's socioeconomic circumstances are all but positive. Secondly, raising a child successfully through "high investment parenting" assumes that those parents have the time, energy, money, and other means to "invest" in that child. But when parents are forced to work multiple jobs to make a living wage (or one is locked away as a victim to a misguidedly racialized drug war), when decent childcare is fiscally out of the question, when the nearest grocery store is miles away but public transportation isn't an efficient or accessible option, when Head Start programs are placed on the government's budgetary chopping block, when schools in low-income neighborhoods are disproportionately underfunded and lacking in proper educational resources, and when the cost of higher education has skyrocketed to an unreasonable level, the prospect of raising a "successful" child becomes daunting. Parental love becomes almost insufficient at that point. And please don't counter with something along the lines of "well, then they shouldn't have kids if they can't support them." It's a societal issue, not an individual one.
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July 5, 2015 on You’ll Never Guess What Fox News Thinks Of Kendrick Lamar
Alright. First off, I didn't use those words because they're catchy. I used them because they're accurate. In using the slur "gook" and the hashtag "#GoBackToTheOrient," you've proven yourself to be a bigot and a xenophobe, respectively. As for the term "institutional racism," if you're actually open to an explanation (and I hope you are), it speaks to the systems of power in our country that benefit certain racial demographics but are inherently oppressive or exploitative toward others. Some believe that racism is first and foremost a phenomenon of individual psychology. In their minds, the big problem is in individuals who exhibit racial prejudice, a disdain for certain people or groups based on racial characteristics. (I'm assuming that you're one of these people, but I find it strange that you'd then exhibit racial prejudice so openly and explicitly in what I quoted above.) Overt racial prejudice / bigotry obviously still exists here and there, but it has clearly waned over the decades, because it has become less and less acceptable. The problem with equating racism with bigotry and bigotry alone is that it ignores our nation's tumultuous racial history, over the course of which the people in power (predominantly white males) repeatedly and deliberately excluded certain racial groups socially and economically. History has real consequences, and those consequences don't simply disappear once a generation dies off and another generation is born. The material and social conditions of something like slavery, for example, can't just be dismantled overnight. American society's economic, cultural, and institutional practices and habits were so deeply ingrained that it would have been impossible to root them all out quickly. (It doesn't even take into account the psychological wounds that get passed down intergenerationally by those who've experienced the trauma of oppression. When someone is treated/regarded as inferior for his/her whole life, he/she begins to internalize feelings of self-doubt and self-hatred.) And speaking of completely dismantling the systems of oppression and power (which maintained a hierarchical status quo), it unfortunately wasn't in the interest of those in power. Hell, even President Lincoln, the so-called "Great Emancipator," once said, “I will say then that I am not, nor ever have been in favor of bringing about in anyway the social and political equality of the white and black races... and I will say in addition to this that there is a physical difference between the white and black races which I believe will forever forbid the two races living together on terms of social and political equality. And inasmuch as they cannot so live, while they do remain together there must be the position of superior and inferior, and I as much as any other man am in favor of having the superior position assigned to the white race.” If you consider what ensued during the Jim Crow era and beyond -- widespread political disenfranchisement, housing discrimination and redlining, exclusion from higher education and well-paying jobs, etc. -- it's no wonder America found itself with such a wide socioeconomic gap between whites and blacks even a century after the abolishment of slavery. And it didn't end there. The Drug War, for example, has largely been waged in impoverished black communities, communities where public schools are often neglected (or, in the case of Chicago, carelessly shut down), legitimate economic opportunities are few and far between, and public transportation is not easily accessible. The disproportionate targeting of black drug dealers and users occurs in spite of studies showing that whites and blacks both use and sell illegal drugs at similar rates. It's what some might call institutionally racist policing, and it sends a disproportionate amount of young black men to prison, where they are labeled felons for the rest of their lives. Not only does this effectively preclude them from non-menial jobs upon their release, but while they're in prison, they provide free labor for the multi-million dollar prison industry complex (very popular on Wall Street right now), which produces everything from military gear to home appliances to medical supplies. Doesn't that sound like someone is losing out and someone is benefiting? I wonder if there's a term for that... White Americans are incredibly quick to frown upon an individual who lets the n-word slip, but that doesn't mean they don't benefit as a group (unbeknownst to many of them) from certain socio-material conditions of the current national landscape. Think about where most white people are born, where they grow up, how much money their families have, where they go to school, who their friends are, who their parents know, and so on. All those things are a part of privilege. Privilege is inherited. It's not inherently evil, but it is problematic that many people aren't aware of the extent of their own privilege. If you deeply believe that white people have earned that privilege without benefiting from systemic oppression and exploitation of other races, then you're in denial. As for solutions, I think a broader societal consciousness about power, privilege, and racism would be a great start. After all, how can we begin fixing such a deeply ingrained institutional and cultural problem when a lot of people (yourself included) don't see it as a problem? Perhaps more people should listen to what Kendrick has to say about these things in his music. Intently. Open-mindedly. Without immediately getting defensive. Alright?
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July 3, 2015 on You’ll Never Guess What Fox News Thinks Of Kendrick Lamar
It certainly doesn't take an extraordinary disclosure of evidence for anyone to realize that you're a xenophobe and a bigot. Start by trying to become conscious of that. In the meantime, there's little hope of you understanding the first thing about institutional racism.
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July 2, 2015 on You’ll Never Guess What Fox News Thinks Of Kendrick Lamar
"What am I gonna do when I run out of lists to make?"
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