Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Sociologists: Liberal Policy Didn't Cause the Mortgage Crisis, Racism Did
American Thinker ^ | 10/10/10 | By Monte Kuligowski

Posted on 10/10/2010 7:51:00 AM PDT by COUNTrecount

"Predatory lending aimed at racially segregated minority neighborhoods led to mass foreclosures that fueled the U.S. housing crisis, according to a new study published in the American Sociological Review." That's how the Reuters story of Oct. 4th, "Racial predatory loans fueled U.S. housing crisis: study," opens.

The "new study" is an academic article titled, "Racial Segregation and the American Foreclosure Crisis," which was written by a graduate student at Princeton and his professor.

Inasmuch as the "new study" further diverts attention from the real reasons for the foreclosure crisis, and advances racism as a cause, the piece is becoming a smashing success within the "mainstream" media. Not only was the banking industry greedy, but new evidence shows that its "predatory lending" policies were in fact racist as well.

During the primaries and race leading to the 2008 presidential election, gas prices happened to skyrocket and shortly thereafter the giant housing bubble burst. It was like the breaking of a piñata, scattering candies everywhere for Candidate Obama. With a little help from the news media, the bubble's burst couldn't have happened at a better time.

Acting with lightning speed the Democrats and their media created the non sequitur narrative. It was Bush's fault! The free markets failed because the reckless cowboy refused to regulate the banking and financial industries.

Never mind that those were already highly regulated industries -- and no one has yet revealed the regulations that Bush opposed that would have prevented the bursting of the artificial bubble.

Also pay no attention to the fact that the Democrats had controlled Congress since 2006 and had resisted repeated requests for tighter accounting of Freddie Mack and Fannie Mae. The likes of Barney Frank assured us that everything was hunky-dory with the government-backed lending system.

And, lastly, if we are to accept the narrative, we must forget about Jimmy Carter's Community Reinvestment Act, the instrument from which the government created the artificial bubble. The Act is little more than liberal feel-good, social engineering that levels the playing field for low income minorities. According to liberal thought (see the words of former HUD Secretary Andrew Cuomo) institutional racial discrimination was the reason banks were not approving enough loans for minorities.

The federal government therefore had to intervene. The Clinton administration revived and enforced the Act in the1990s with vengeance; and with a little help from groups like ACORN, minority loan approvals reached all time highs.

Application of the Act was done in the name of the right to "affordable housing." Affordable housing really meant that everyone has a right to get a mortgage on a home. At the threat of ACORN members getting crazy in bank lobbies and with the coercion of federal law, traditional qualifications for getting loan approvals (verifiable income levels, sufficient down payments, standard credit histories, etc.) were thrown out the window.

What the federal government forced upon the mortgage industry was like the screeching of fingernails on a chalkboard to the principles of the free market system. No businessman in his right mind would approve loans, in the name of social justice, for those who couldn't afford them. So ridiculous was the practice that the government had to create an entire system to back the devalued mortgages generated by liberal, economic justice policy.

Prior to the bubble's burst the bankers were the good guys so long as they were lending to people who really couldn't afford homes. The government's manipulation of the markets led to trading in worthless paper and derivative hedging by greedy Wall Street investors. But in the heyday of easy loans, easy money and rampant corruption at Freddie and Fannie, the Democrats were happy and content.

So long as home prices were going up and equity was accruing, the artificial markets seemed almost real. The subprime loans seemed to work. It went on for many years. But after gas prices began hovering at $4.00 per gallon, waves of mortgage defaults crashed throughout the country. Once the system collapsed a new set of facts was needed -- and reality was quickly turned upside down.

Even though the mortgage industry was forced to make "risky loans" to meet government quotas the bankers became the bad guys. Risky loans were blamed on the free market system. Capitalism had failed.

The mortgage people were suddenly guilty of selling "predatory loans" to innocent minorities. Liberal Democrats had authored, implemented and maintained the irresponsible lending policies which led to the financial crisis. But after the burst, we saw the most culpable Democrats, Obama, Dodd and Frank, et al, blaming the Republicans and capitalism.

The best fiction novelist in the world couldn't make this stuff up. How the establishment left was able to turn the entire situation on its head is beyond belief (in the aftermath, we even witnessed a surreal Dodd-Frank reform bill). And now we have a "new study" to show that the practice of "predatory loans" was likely based on racial discrimination!

In the piece (the new study) the authors first note that the Fair Housing Act of 1968 didn't work out so well and minorities continue to "live under conditions of hyper segregation" in the big inner cities. Declines in the black population in communities in "New York, Chicago, Detroit, Atlanta, Houston, and Washington," have been "minimal or nonexistent."

I guess we're supposed to attribute the "segregation" problem to racial discrimination and not the government welfare policies that have crippled an entire segment of the black population.

From there the authors tell us that "a careful reading of recent scholarship on segregation and mortgage lending shows that racial discrimination occurred at each step in the complex chain of events leading from loan origination to foreclosure."

You see, "high levels of segregation create a natural market for subprime lending and cause riskier mortgages, and thus foreclosures, to accumulate disproportionately in racially segregated cities' minority neighborhoods."

Hmm. Why do you suppose "segregation" creates "a natural market for subprime lending?" A subprime mortgage happens to be a type of loan for people with poor credit histories. Think there's any connection between poor credit ratings and government dependency? Perish the thought.

Prior to the politicizing of the mortgage industry, people with poor credit histories were turned down for home loans. "Pay your bills, stay at your job, save your money and come back and see me in a few years," was the advice of the banker before ACORN and social justice came along. Subprime loans were an accommodation for people who shouldn't have gotten loans in the first place.

Perhaps the most disturbing part of the "new study" is the section in which the authors essentially call blacks in the inner cities stupid. We're supposed to believe that because "pawn shops, payday lenders, and check cashing services that charge high fees and usurious rates of interest," exist in "minority areas . . . minority group members are accustomed to exploitation and [are] frequently unaware that better services are available elsewhere."

So, the mortgage crisis was not caused by the government forcing lenders to grant loans to those who really didn't qualify, but by "predatory lenders" who targeted inner city minorities who were just too dumb to know that better services were available elsewhere.

The level of dishonesty associated with the liberal media (and academic) narrative of the mortgage crisis is astounding and if the general public ever gets the facts the Democrat Party will be in peril for decades to come.


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS:
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-52 next last

1 posted on 10/10/2010 7:51:02 AM PDT by COUNTrecount
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: COUNTrecount

BULLSHIT!

Alice Rivlin and her fellow CLINTON Administration minions built the Mortage House that has collapsed.
............................

Alice Rivlin Espertise per the Brookings Istitution:
Protecting consumers from predatory lenders need not be complicated. Back when we did housing finance right, long-term fixed rate loans with moderate down payments financed high rates of home ownership. Secondary markets spread risk and brought capital into the housing market. Government agencies could give low-cost guarantees, because most Americans paid on time.


2 posted on 10/10/2010 7:55:47 AM PDT by Marty62 (marty60)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: COUNTrecount

These alleged “sociologists” have either missed the mark completely or missed that liberal policies are geared towards minorities and are racist in nature.... =.=


3 posted on 10/10/2010 7:56:15 AM PDT by cranked
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: COUNTrecount

...the black mortgage defaults in my area were NOT in black neighborhoods...hell, blacks themselves don’t want to live there...they want to live in the suburbs with Whitey.


4 posted on 10/10/2010 7:56:32 AM PDT by STONEWALLS
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: COUNTrecount

Why read a an overlong piece when the title itself exposes the blind liberal slant of the writer? Of course liberal policies brought about the crisis. The banks were forced into making loans to those not capable of paying them. Hell,even Barney Frank admitted as much recently.
A failed attempt at rewriting recent history.


5 posted on 10/10/2010 7:56:39 AM PDT by wiggen (The teacher card. When the racism card just won't work.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: cranked

More like Socialistologists.


6 posted on 10/10/2010 7:57:23 AM PDT by screaminsunshine (counter revolutionary)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: COUNTrecount; Liz; sickoflibs; FromLori
The federal government therefore had to intervene. The Clinton administration revived and enforced the Act in the1990s with vengeance; and with a little help from groups like ACORN, minority loan approvals reached all time highs.

Application of the Act was done in the name of the right to "affordable housing." Affordable housing really meant that everyone has a right to get a mortgage on a home. At the threat of ACORN members getting crazy in bank lobbies and with the coercion of federal law, traditional qualifications for getting loan approvals (verifiable income levels, sufficient down payments, standard credit histories, etc.) were thrown out the window.

Finally - someone has written truth about the "why" of the housing crisis...

7 posted on 10/10/2010 7:59:17 AM PDT by GOPJ (Liberal violence against Tea Party: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cFeUhSlHiUQ)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: COUNTrecount
Racism indeed, but as usual, the Commies have held up a mirror on themselves.

Democrats effectively forced banks to throw out benchmark financial standards, all in the politically correct interest of providing “home ownership to those who can't otherwise afford it”. This disproportionately included “people of color”.

Racism was openly stated in the Annual Reports of Fannie Mae, whose “CEO” Franklin Raines, should be in ankle shackles, breaking rocks in the sun somewhere.

8 posted on 10/10/2010 7:59:17 AM PDT by EyeGuy
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: COUNTrecount

This is precisely backwards. Anti-racism led to the mortgage crisis. In order to increase the minority rate of home ownership, standards were lowered, downpayments became a thing of the past with even 120% loans available and documentation requirements were dropped almost altogether for a number of years.

Might this have caused problems? Nah, of course not, it’s because we’re racist, according to the loons.


9 posted on 10/10/2010 8:00:48 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: COUNTrecount
...written by a graduate student at Princeton and his professor...

One barely know where to begin with the total dishonesty of this "research." These must be quite the pair of winners. They are so 100% deceitful that they must be applying for jobs with the Obama Regime.

10 posted on 10/10/2010 8:01:07 AM PDT by FormerACLUmember (Character is defined by how we treat those who society says have no value.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: COUNTrecount

Sociologists: Keeping the destructive statistics of socialism for over a Century.

Junk science = Sociology.


11 posted on 10/10/2010 8:01:07 AM PDT by Seruzawa (If you agree with the French raise your hand - If you are French raise both hands.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: EyeGuy

Sociologists nearly always overlook the obvious.

Then there were two sociologists walking down a dirt road when they cam upon a man beaten up and bleeding, head down, in a ditch.

“This is awful,” said one sociologist to the other.

“Right,” said the other sociologist. “We’ve got to find whoever did this and help him.”


12 posted on 10/10/2010 8:03:48 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Impeachment !)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: COUNTrecount
Great piece - lays it all out so everyone sees the big picture. Amazing act of dishonesty on the part of the our supposed "intellectuals" in academic institutions and the liberals in Washington DC.

Of course these people would consider blacks stupid, they also believe the entire U.S. electorate will believe this garbage without questioning it because that's exactly what happened - pick up a local paper and read the letters to the editors - your liberal neighbors have swallowed the "blame capitalism for mortgage crisis" lie hook, line, and sinker.

13 posted on 10/10/2010 8:04:19 AM PDT by PLK
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Marty62

I for one, am sick of this constant slant meant to “show” tat minorities of liberal choosing, the victim of the week, have ANY sort of monopoly on poverty. They do not, and never have had.


14 posted on 10/10/2010 8:06:39 AM PDT by gidget7 ("When a man assumes a public trust, he should consider himself as public property." Thomas Jefferson)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: COUNTrecount

http://sociology.princeton.edu/images/portraits/Massey.jpg
Douglas Massey

http://www.princeton.edu/main/images/news/2010/10/Masseyrugh_jake%5B3%5D%5B1%5D_225.jpg
Jacob Rugh

http://tinyurl.com/37uy7vq

Woodrow Wilson School Ph.D. candidate Jacob Rugh and Woodrow Wilson School’s Henry G. Bryant Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs, Douglas Massey, assessed segregation and the American foreclosure crisis. The authors argue that residential segregation created a unique niche of minority clients who were differentially marketed risky subprime loans that were in great demand for use in mortgage-backed securities


15 posted on 10/10/2010 8:07:14 AM PDT by kcvl
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: COUNTrecount
Liberal Policy Didn't Cause the Mortgage Crisis, Racism Did

IDIOTS!

Liberal policy IS racism.

16 posted on 10/10/2010 8:07:58 AM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate: Republicans freed the slaves Month.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: RegulatorCountry

Unless they are afraid of being called racist......break out the numbers of forclosures according to race. If you can’t start there, you will never get to the problem. What you do with the information is another story. It all boils down to the dollar sign. Either you have the money to buy or you don’t. Ignore this and you will fail.


17 posted on 10/10/2010 8:08:36 AM PDT by RC2
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: COUNTrecount

Don’t give loans to minorities - Racist
Give loans to minorities - Racist

They’ll spin this whichever way the have to.


18 posted on 10/10/2010 8:09:37 AM PDT by ryan71 (Let's Roll!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: COUNTrecount

Shows you what sociologists are good for.


19 posted on 10/10/2010 8:11:18 AM PDT by dr_who
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: COUNTrecount

Liberals created and promoted programs and policies that allowed unqualified buyers to enter into contracts they couldn’t meet.
IF there is a racist element, it is the liberal’s policies which undermine minority self-sufficiency rather than enable it.


20 posted on 10/10/2010 8:13:11 AM PDT by G Larry
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: RegulatorCountry
You are right. "Stated income" loans were the biggest joke of all.

Risky and aggressive "flipping" also led to many foreclosures, including a couple in my own suburban neighborhood. Many people were banking on housing prices rising forever, which any rational person knew could not happen. In fact, the imminent burst of the "housing bubble" was openly discussed for years before it finally did burst.

21 posted on 10/10/2010 8:16:56 AM PDT by PackerBoy (Just my opinion ....)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: GOPJ; COUNTrecount; Liz; sickoflibs

Yes all except I do not believe it was racist not to give loans to people who weren’t qualified and of course I would think you agree. $6 Trillion of these forced bad loans were kept out of the budget and that was last February can you just imagine how much more since then have fallen that it looks like we are now going to have to pay for?

http://www.businessweek.com/news/2010-02-01/obama-keeps-fannie-freddie-off-u-s-budget-counts-dividends.html

Will All of America End up Looking Like Detroit?

http://american3p.org/establishment-news/will-all-of-america-end-up-looking-like-detroit/


22 posted on 10/10/2010 8:18:54 AM PDT by FromLori (FromLori)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: cranked
These alleged “sociologists” have either missed the mark completely or missed that liberal policies are geared towards minorities and are racist in nature....

Ohh,not sooo my friend. I think they know exactly that their policies were/are the culprit. This is nothing more than a smoke screen. Pablum for their mindless minions. After all, some of their mooks just might start to think about it. And if they sit up all night and think really hard, they may just start to question those liberal policies.

This whole study is designed to keep the mind numbed numbsculls away from the truth. Head em off at the pass so to speak.

The lies are intentional.

23 posted on 10/10/2010 8:20:29 AM PDT by ConradofMontferrat
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: wiggen

“Why read a an overlong piece when the title itself exposes the blind liberal slant of the writer?”

WTH? Don’t go by title alone. I suggest you read the “overlong piece.” You’ll see that the writer rips all the correct a-holes to pieces.


24 posted on 10/10/2010 8:20:40 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: gidget7

It is amazing to me that the Architect of this subprime mortgage nightmare is even in a position to make ANY suggestions.

The problem is that now the Progressive/Socialist/Fascist/Marxist/Dums are trying to spin on Americans being “racist” for the nightmare they created. This is disgusting, even for Dums.


25 posted on 10/10/2010 8:20:49 AM PDT by Marty62 (marty60)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: Seruzawa

Unfortunately, qualitative sociology (Frankfurt, Chicago) has a strangle hold on the university level.

There are plenty of honest sociologists who apply the same rigorous methodology that should be used in all scientific fields.

Sociology is not junk science unless the user makes it so.


26 posted on 10/10/2010 8:21:10 AM PDT by SoCalConstitutionalist
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: PLK
pick up a local paper and read the letters to the editors - your liberal neighbors have swallowed the "blame capitalism for mortgage crisis" lie hook, line, and sinker.

This is true, but I have noticed that the letters are ALWAYS from the same half dozen people, every day, over and over again. With about two million residents in the area of circulation of these Marxist fish wraps, I find it interesting that only six personal friends of Fidel Castro get printed.

I kinda wonder what the other million nine hundred grand think.

27 posted on 10/10/2010 8:21:52 AM PDT by Navy Patriot (Sarah and the Conservatives will rock your world.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: FromLori

IMHO these loans were “reparations”.


28 posted on 10/10/2010 8:24:07 AM PDT by COUNTrecount (Barry...above his poi grade.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 22 | View Replies]

To: COUNTrecount

Huh... Well, it is interesting that these “sociologists” believe that blacks are ignoramuses who make easy prey. Personally, I think these “sociologists” are racist. Anyway, does anybody else remember how, back in college, when you met somebody who claimed to be a “sociology major” you just rolled your eyes and chuckled? (Yeah, you’ll get a job...)


29 posted on 10/10/2010 8:27:36 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: COUNTrecount

Exactly back door reparations and how about the fraud in the Black Farmers settlement too!

http://thehill.com/homenews/house/121637-reps-bachmann-king-allege-fraud-in-usdas-settlement-with-black-farmers


30 posted on 10/10/2010 8:30:08 AM PDT by FromLori (FromLori)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 28 | View Replies]

To: COUNTrecount

This is way overboard...I lol’d.


31 posted on 10/10/2010 8:30:48 AM PDT by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2013)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: COUNTrecount

White liberals (the only kind of liberal) are so embarrasing that even semi-respectable outlets cannot make them seem sane. Liberalism is over folks.


32 posted on 10/10/2010 8:31:30 AM PDT by junta (S.C.U.M. = State Controlled Unreliable Media)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Marty62

It is a natural gift of the highest form of leftist to be able to wreak destruction on the national scale.

An essential corollary gift is the ability to blame the result on his enemies.


33 posted on 10/10/2010 8:33:07 AM PDT by Erasmus (Personal goal: Have a bigger carbon footprint than Tony Robbins.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 25 | View Replies]

To: wiggen
Why read a an overlong piece when the title itself exposes the blind liberal slant of the writer?

Your first step will be to admit you don't read articles.

34 posted on 10/10/2010 8:33:55 AM PDT by Oztrich Boy (Pardon him...he is a barbarian, and thinks that the customs of his tribe ... are the laws of nature)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: COUNTrecount
Predatory lending? If that's true, then it's due to the policies put in place by libs in government forcing lenders to loan to people who wouldn't be able to pay it back.

Mortgage brokers would come to the RE office I worked from to tell us what was available. I was amazed at the FEDERAL loan options for illegal aliens, people with sub-dismal credit, etc., etc. in the year or two leading up to the crash. It's hard for me to believe banks would do lower their approval standards like that unless they were told to.

None of that was available when I bought my first house decades ago when you had to jump through their hoops to get their approval...especially the 'Do you have a substantial down payment?" hoop.

35 posted on 10/10/2010 8:49:43 AM PDT by GBA (Not on our watch!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: COUNTrecount

Predatory lending to Negro families is, indeed to blame, but Uncle Sam required the banks to engage in the predatory lending as a condition of being allowed to lend at all and avoid Federal lawsuits.


36 posted on 10/10/2010 9:04:29 AM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's "Economics In One Lesson.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: COUNTrecount

If race had anything to do with it, and it does, it was because of reverse racism, white liberal manufactured self congratulatory guilt, and favoritism because of race that caused this.

Conservatives are constantly criticized for their indifference to race. Liberal progressives love to be praised for their race consciousness.


37 posted on 10/10/2010 9:04:49 AM PDT by H.Akston
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: RegulatorCountry

It was precisely racism. Requiring the banks to make loans to racial quotas is Racism.


38 posted on 10/10/2010 9:06:39 AM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's "Economics In One Lesson.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: ryan71
Don’t give loans to minorities - Racist Give loans to minorities - Racist They’ll spin this whichever way the have to.

Identifying prospects by race and making or refusing loans by race is RACIST

39 posted on 10/10/2010 9:10:11 AM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's "Economics In One Lesson.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]

To: Oztrich Boy

I actually read most every article i open but that title absolutely blew my mind.


40 posted on 10/10/2010 9:16:29 AM PDT by wiggen (The teacher card. When the racism card just won't work.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 34 | View Replies]

To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

Read it,its an excellent piece and that will teach me to not go by the title alone.


41 posted on 10/10/2010 9:22:20 AM PDT by wiggen (The teacher card. When the racism card just won't work.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 24 | View Replies]

To: COUNTrecount

The soft sciences are a joke.

Worthless degrees for those that have a hard time with math.

It’s a home for people that would rather make their living talking and dreaming up crap like this.


42 posted on 10/10/2010 9:30:35 AM PDT by Red6 (IMHO)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: COUNTrecount
When you're a racist, everything looks like racism.


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

43 posted on 10/10/2010 9:31:33 AM PDT by The Comedian (Keep talking while I reload...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Marty62

bttt


44 posted on 10/10/2010 9:36:28 AM PDT by Hypo2
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: COUNTrecount

Two notes-

1. Obvious solution - make it illegal to capture race information on mortgage forms. Without this information - lenders can’t discriminate. (Of course - left will hate this - because what they really want is discrimination.)

2. The Global Warming fiasco demonstrates the degree to which even technical sciences have become politicized. Soft sciences like sociology - at this point - are destroyed. The ybring no value, due to political self delusion.


45 posted on 10/10/2010 9:37:21 AM PDT by Eldon Tyrell
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: arthurus
Yes, "anti-racism" is racist. Favoring one racial group above another is racist, just as disparaging one racial group in comparison to another is racist.

The word has come to mean something entirely divorced from its definition, however, so it's useful to point out that efforts to combat racism or "anti-racism" are at fault, here.

To do otherwise is to blunder into a trap waiting to be sprung by knee-jerk leftist reactionaries. Pity we're reduced to co-opting and subverting the silly word games they play, but it's come to that and worse.

46 posted on 10/10/2010 9:37:35 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 38 | View Replies]

To: COUNTrecount
The write up and explanation/rebuttal are beautiful. But I imagine that what the “study” said was the typical leftist, race baiting, conflict theory based BS that we have been propagating in our schools for years.
47 posted on 10/10/2010 9:53:43 AM PDT by Red6 (IMHO)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: COUNTrecount
Having majored in sociology at Dartmouth College [an institution I love despite what I am about to say], I have had a pretty good glimpse of how academic sociologists think. Bear in mind that Hank Paulson, who arguably mishandled the economic crisis, and Tim Geithner, who made it worse [and who was unable to do his income taxes (honestly?) even with the help of an Ivy League education and Turbo-Tax], both were Dartmouth graduates.

Dinesh D’Souza, Dartmouth ‘83 and Laura Ingraham, Dartmouth ‘85 are doing their best to return a conservative voice to Dartmouth. And pardon a father's pride, but my oldest daughter graduated between these two notables [she was Dartmouth ‘84], and managed to learn to think for herself and not just follow the crowd. I am very proud of her.

But, back to my main theme: the sociology department was biased to the left, not as far as Columbia University, but biased none the less. They offered “evidence” against the death penalty saying it did not lower crime. [They could never argue that it prevents recidivism!] And, we now see that it has led to criminals murdering witnesses since they will not be executed themselves.

The Democratic Left insisted that houses be offered to those, who by traditional standards, could not afford them. They used ACORN tactics by threatening banks that did not do as they were told. When the “house of cards” collapsed [excuse the pun], the Dems pointed fingers at everyone but themselves. They lied about how it happened, who caused it, and how to fix it. Talk about revisionist history, Barney Frank, who said Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were fine, blamed their collapsed on Pres. Bush, who had tried to address the problem but was thwarted by Barney Frank et al.

As I pause, I see I am too impassioned over this to write concisely and my fingers are beginning to tire. So, I will discontinue my rant by saying the moderate left, which includes many sociology folks, view the facts through the prism of their politics. The far left just outright lies.

We need to return to the roots that made this country great: smaller government and smaller taxes. AND FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY!

Vote in November to demand financial responsibility and political accountability.

[Perhaps you might leave a teabag in the voting booth to remind the next voter.]

48 posted on 10/10/2010 10:10:28 AM PDT by FOXFANVOX (God Bless America)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: FromLori; GOPJ; COUNTrecount; calcowgirl; blam; bamahead; ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas; DoughtyOne
This above was just one part of the super fuel that was feeding the housing bubble fire. Very low interest rates, removal of the down payment requirement (Obama is keeping that one), cutting of capital gains tax for short term flippers, and GWB home-ownership programs for minorities with bad credit (plus CRA) all added together to a disaster. Remember, this was not a mild recession, we are talking the world economy.

This is a great example of the failure of compassionate conservatism. The thanks Republicans get is accusations of racism.

President Bush Mortgage Speech 2002(Helping those w bad credit buy houses)

President Bush Reiterates Goal on Homeownership, Remarks by the President on Homeownership, Department of Housing and Urban Development Washington, D.C. (2002)

Early in George W. Bush’s first administration, a home ownership initiative was introduced, sometimes referred to as the Blueprint for the American Dream, to close the homeownership gap by 5.5 million minority families. Along with this homeownership initiative, there were other policies implemented to dismantle barriers to homeownership in minority communities.” from :
The Great American Mortgage Scam & The Latino Community

George W. Bush, The White House.gov: Homeownership Continues to Increase in 2002 , HUD Statement on Record Homeownership Rates in 2002

George W. Bush, The White House.gov: National Homeownership Month, 2003, By the President of the United States of America A Proclamation

49 posted on 10/10/2010 8:26:22 PM PDT by sickoflibs ("It's not the taxes, the redistribution is the federal spending=tax delayed")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 22 | View Replies]

To: COUNTrecount
"...written by a graduate student at Princeton and his professor."

Written by an egg head and an egg head wannabe, neither of whom likely had a real job.

50 posted on 10/10/2010 8:29:18 PM PDT by airborne (Why is it we won't allow the Bible in school, but we will in prison? Think about it.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-52 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson