@AJ - Thanks for responding in a way that I would have, minus the R-word ;-)

I won't word-police you as you've cogently used one of my favorite thinkers, Philippe Lemoine (Cornell University, necpluribusimpar.net). I've followed him for years, and he actually personally directed me to Zack Goldberg in this article!

See more of him here (not sure why "comments" in Medium aren't doing formatting):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pAKNc2QPWPw

Best quote from your piece:

https://areomagazine.com/2017/10/02/there-is-no-epidemic-of-police-brutality-against-black-men/

"I know people will say that, as a white man (who to make things worse is a foreigner and didn’t grow up in the US), I should just shut up and defer to what black Americans have to say about this, because they’re supposed to have some kind of privileged epistemic access to facts about police violence and how it affects them. It’s really one of the most disconcerting facts about the contemporary intellectual landscape that such patently obscurantist nonsense has become so popular on the left. The issue of how prevalent police violence against black people is cannot be settled by listening to what black people have to say about this. We can only figure this out by looking at systematic evidence, such as victimization surveys, which is what I have done in this article. By doing that, I am listening to what black people have to say about police violence, but I’m doing so in a scientifically responsible way. There is no doubt that, as various polls have demonstrated, black people are much more likely than white people to think that police violence against minorities is very common. But we can’t infer that, just because they’re black, they are more likely to be correct."

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David Shuey

David Shuey

Writer. Researcher. Designer. Human seeking better outcomes. Also searching for relevant facts and logical arguments above expedient or politial narratives.