Skip to main content

How Uber and Free Enterprise Resolve Racism

I met a woman today, and it took her less than five minutes to point out that she is black and that people of color have different needs.

She said she studied this subject in college in California, that her courses enlightened her of the various needs which uniquely face the black community and require commensurate community organization to satisfy those ends.

This woman casually charged the entire community, independent of needs, wants and racial composition, with the assumed responsibility of catering to the needs of others whom they don’t even know, and she completed this statement as if the unmentioned history of slavery had miraculously or conveniently escaped her recollection to fail to caution her against such systems rooted inextricably in force and coercion.

First, there are no pure needs in this world, only axiomatic or conditional wants.

In the most fundamental of senses, even those most basic needs are plainly wants demanded for survival.

Indeed, no one truly needs to survive; this is merely an uncompromising instinct which reliably serves us in avoidance of the frightening and unknown prospects of death, yet this unbending preference for life indisputably prefaces that demand, even as the common occasion seldom merits consideration of this clause.

Next, should we truly intend to eradicate racism in this world, an audacious object pursued by a great many political zealots, this mission begins by eliminating such race-based generalizations from our worldly perspectives.

In the case of this specific conversation, the subject of race hadn't even surfaced until this woman took it upon herself to present it, almost as if it were the consequence of an involuntary, conditioned or pre-programmed response.

Remember, we are individuals first and foremost, and we are rendered demographic samples because of tyrants who prefer the segregation and discord, the simplicity and palpability of which enable them to acquire sweeping publicity, unthinking support and vacuous votes.

And while the compelling messages can captivate your mind through their neat and empowering designs, it is imperative to buck the trend and focus on who you are as an individual, as you cannot possibly represent anybody else, nor can any shape, size or color aptly represent you.

Of course, it sounds naive to suggest that all persons are treated identically; they are not.

However, individuals of all complexions face distinctly different treatments, and the cause for that treatment is not limited to color, as it extends to nearly any identifiable characteristic of the human being.

Again, the point is not to suggest that racism fails to exist, but rather that it remains immutably true between all persons as individuals, that the sum total of all human interpretations is predicated upon some measure of fallible assumption and concomitantly some complement of tested knowledge.

Due to the inherent incompletion or asymmetry of knowledge, one remains always prone to mistakes, and any strict or inflexible condemnation of this behavior becomes equivalent to the systematic sterilization of opinion, idiosyncrasy and preference.

Thus, my principal point is to demonstrate the tactical irony of the aggressive movement against racism, as those who purport to most abhor it tend to be the ones who are most likely to engage in and perpetuate it.

What's more, those individuals tend to engage in this behavior more frequently and, on the other hand, tend to embrace and even protest on behalf of the eccentricities which underly the diverse differences between all of us.

Beyond this form of hypocrisy or largely-unnoticed contradiction, many political pundits have supported their claims with statistics.

As it turns out, however, measured outcomes have far less to do with race or so-called institutional racism than with cultural, familial and individual factors.

Indeed, should we wish to commit the same error of reducing the individual to the abstract of a demographic discovery, a multitude of studies conducted over the past six decades illustrate a colossal transformation of the black household, where incidence of single-parent families has surged so dramatically that it has roughly reached equivalency with that which once stood as the demographic's incidence of two-parent households.

Oddly, this development has ensued only over the past 58 years, a phenomenon clearly separate from the ramifications of slavery.

Additionally, the economic status of the black population had already progressed considerably between 1940 and 1960, posting a full 87-percent decline in the group's poverty rate, a development which had preceded the ennobled civil rights movement, a landmark event in American history which emphasized victimhood and evincibly served only to implement destructive moral hazards and to dampen the progress that had already been underway.

In total, leveraging race as a primary explanation for disparate outcomes appears to only cloak the underlying and more profound changes in attitudes and households which have yielded these decidedly contemporary results: an era which just so happens to coincide with the budding industries and cultural phenomena of drugs, gangster rap and hip hop, subsidized housing and supplemental security income, and the most considerable surge in the minimum wage, the latter of which was indelibly characterized by Nobel laureate Milton Friedman as a “monument to the power of superficial thinking” and the most “anti-black law in the land.”

Ultimately, individualization proves positively utile in this capacity.

Consider the case of Uber.

During the stretches of time when taxicab drivers in New York City possessed a virtual (government-imposed) monopoly over the industry, those cab drivers were widely noted for declining to pick up black passengers.

In fact, Denzel Washington portrays such a character in the 1993 film "The Pelican Brief."

Reports on this subject reveal that cab drivers of all races rejected black passengers and lower-class neighborhoods on the basis of their disproportionate statistical probability of crime and misconduct.

Expressed differently, cab drivers of all colors exercised their discretion on the basis of depersonalized aggregations of data.

Essentially, a great many of these drivers operated from a knowledge gap in exercising their best judgment, using the available information at hand to defend themselves against the prospects of risk and endangerment.


When Uber finally introduced its service nine years ago, the enterprise cut through the statistical averages and stereotypes by enabling drivers and passengers to evaluate each other individually through their ratings system.

In this case, the market response to the problem of unwarranted, or rather unsophisticated, discrimination was to construct a more sophisticated and individualized approach to enable persons to interact on a more individualized and peer-to-peer basis.

Therefore, we can indeed resolve a great measure of this enduring problem, in addition to the many others which beget and surround it, by assessing and treating people as individuals, by assuming responsibility for ourselves and our respective families, and by resisting the tempting inclination to paint people with broad brushes or to assume our positions within the given classifications. This includes the ways in which we allow experiences, opinions and other people to influence our lives.

The independent thinker remains always on the lookout for the contagion which intends to lure him back to consensus.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Goldmoney: Real Money Purposed for the Future

The institution of money entered the minds of sophisticated traders several millennia ago, when instead of bartering with limited numbers of people within the cumbersome double coincidence of wants, large-scale economies developed from the reach and transparency of commodity money which was scarce, durable, fungible, transportable, divisible, recognizable, and usable in and of itself. 

While we may appear to have transcended those primitive times and those so-called barbarous relics, the truth is that we have merely mutilated the concept of money by clandestinely replacing it with its more manipulable and abstract representative, the proverbial coat check without the coat. 

This is but the device of a large-scale social experiment run in real time, and we are its unwitting and unconsenting subjects who’ve largely never heard of the Federal Reserve’s dual mandate, much less its missions of “maximum employment” and 2-percent annual inflation.

Yet there is hope after all.

Finally, after deca…

The Kaepernick Craze: Exposing the Nation's Fools One Conversation at a Time

The Kaeparnick craze and other viral movements haven't merely pressured people into becoming simpler caricatures of their prior selves, but they have manifestly exposed people for how foolish and uninformed they've been all along. 



In his final year in the NFL, Kaepernick ranked 17th in passer rating and 34th the year before that. 

He played through an entire season in only two of his six years in the league, and his best full-season performance ranks far outside of the NFL's top-250 single-season passing performances in the league's history. 

For reference, the oft-criticized Tony Romo posted a career passer rating of 97.1, as compared to Kaepernick's 88.9. 

Romo's passer rating dipped below 90 for only one season of the eleven seasons he played, whereas Kaepernick failed to eclipse the 90 mark on three of his six seasons, a full 50 percent of his time in the NFL. 

In fact, Kaepernick accomplished this feat only once if we are to discard those other two seasons in …

Bitcoin: Are You Feeling Lucky?

The popular cryptocurrency, bitcoin, has tumbled greater than 50 percent since its all-time high set just a month ago near $20,000. 

Since then, it has traded as low as $9,000 before rebounding modestly back over the $10,000 mark. 
The short story of bitcoin (XBT) is powerfully illustrated by its graduation from its initial use case as an easy, inexpensive medium of exchange to an erratic and highly speculative risk asset which scarcely resembles anything more. 
And despite the chance that it regains steam, it is steeped equivalently in bubble territory at $9k as it is at $20k or even $100 or $100k. 
Plainly, it is a bubble at nearly any price. 
The only difference is the anchoring effect which seduces the investor into interpreting the drop as a buying opportunity. 
So while the fundamentals and the use case haven't dramatically changed since the decline, the greedy investor assumes that the price has dropped because of reasons unrelated to its future viability. 
This is wishful thinkin…