On Stereotyping, Racial Profiling, Pit Bulls, Arabs, and Malcolm Gladwell

Racial profiling is really thorny and I’m the last one who’s going to have an original solution to the problem. So I enjoyed Malcolm Gladwell’s New Yorker article on stereotypes and generalizing and then Ross Douthat’s call for Steve Sailer to blast it and sure enough Steve’s blistering critique of Gladwell. I’m now more confused than I was before, but that’s a good thing.

2 Responses to On Stereotyping, Racial Profiling, Pit Bulls, Arabs, and Malcolm Gladwell

  1. Sarah says:

    I actually have a serious question for you. Do you find it hard to relate to your peers? Do you ever find yourself sitting with your high school friends, and taking a mental step back to analysis the situation? Everyday I hang around my friends, and I’ve noticed that the conversation is mere chatter and jokes. They don’t talk about political issues, current events, religion, or anything meaningful for that matter. I realize that there are a lot of different kinds of people out there and I’m sure there are some that actually like to have intelligent conversation, however, there don’t appear to be too many of them in my high school. It’s slightly hard to write this inquiry without sounding egotistical or making assumptions. It’s just one of the many things that drive me nuts. I don’t think my peers realize in the coming months we will be entering the real world where things wont be sugar coated and handed to us on a silver platter. Heck, maybe it’s just me, maybe I haven’t learned to cherish my childhood and have fun, because I’d rather have intelligent conversation and get things done. I’ve been working since I was eight years old, I think it’s time my peers gain some form of responsibility.

    –Sarah-

  2. Ben Casnocha says:

    I am fortunate to go to a high school where intelligent discussion is encouraged. On the whole, though, there’s much of high school culture which sickens me.

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