Inheritance and Racial Inequality

Sometimes, leftists will argue that contemporary racial differences in wealth and income are due to differences in the amount of wealth that people inherit from their parents. In this post, I'll argue that this probably isn't true. This will go over some of the same material as my article on slavery and modern racial inequality, … Continue reading Inheritance and Racial Inequality

On Racial Bias in Criminal Sentencing

Sometimes, people say things like "Black Americans get harsher criminal sentences than white Americans even when race is the only thing differentiating the black and white defendants". This fact is then pointed to as evidence that racial bias is at work in the American criminal justice system, and American society at large. In this post, … Continue reading On Racial Bias in Criminal Sentencing

“Lived Experience” is Not Evidence

When discussing the prevalence of discrimination, those calming that discrimination is rampant sometimes appeal to their "lived experience" as evidence for their view. Moreover, if statistical evidence is marshaled which suggests that discrimination is not prevalent, some people will take offense and claim that you are invalidating their lived experience. Traditionally, this kind of thinking … Continue reading “Lived Experience” is Not Evidence