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In academia, if any negative connotations regarding race are cited, vernacularized slurs such as “xenophobe,” “racist,” and “literally Hitler” are thrown around. Despite the existence of peer-reviewed studies conducted and published in scholarly journals that address the enormous social issue of the relationship between race and crime, any reference to such information is usually met with extreme resistance from the progressive left. Perhaps this is due to a conflation between the definition of “racism” and what it means to acknowledge statistical differences concerning one’s race and social climate. In order to support the belief that race should be considered when addressing social issues, one needs to accurately define the terms “racist” and “racial realist,” because the two are not synonymous.

In June 2010, the Bureau of Justice Statistics released data on the prisoners under the jurisdiction of federal or state correctional authorities during the preceding year. The data released states that black men and women comprise the largest population in the entire prison system, despite the U.S. consensus recording that black individuals make up less than 14% of the population, as of 2010. Also according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, 1 in 3 black men can expect to be imprisoned at some point in their life.

The information relayed above is absolute fact and cannot be ignored, euphemized, or exchanged for an alternative opinion rooted in emotionalism. The above information communicates a serious social issue in the United States that all citizens need to acknowledge and address; that is, although black individuals make up less than one-fourth of the national population, they commit more than half of reported crimes.

How does one confront the information? One’s primary response may be to disregard the above information in the name of radical inclusion, tolerance, and political correctness. Or it may be to completely change one’s opinion regarding the black American population for the worse. Regardless of the reaction, the facts must be addressed. And when one comes to terms with these facts, among others, and establishes a framework of interpreting and solving social issues, then he or she becomes a “racial realist.”

Of course, it is easy to claim that the reason behind the asinine amount of black convicts in the United States it due to institutional racism that seeks to ruin the black population through systematic oppression (e.g. the justice system giving a black man a more severe punishment for drug possession than a white man for murder). This is an answer to racial realism that will often defer to “institutional racism,” a concept that racial prejudices exist and are expressed through political and social entities.

But how many decisions can one make where race plays a significant role? There is no such thing as a metaphysical hive-mind comprised of white people who seek to systematically oppress the black populace through actively disadvantaging them socially. If anything, minorities have more opportunities available to them today. Race-related scholarships and handouts are plentiful for the black population while nothing similar exists for white people. Affirmative Action directly impacts white men and elevates the chances of a black man receiving employment exclusively on the basis of his race.

In conclusion, the facts need to be addressed, otherwise conclusions can never be met. If we hide behind the thin shield of political correctness, we fail to actually confront the crisis at hand. Leftists, rightists, and radical centrists must all answer the same questions employing a universally-held magisterium, otherwise, everyone will simply be talking past each other as cultural decay continues in the West.