Racism and the Fallacy of Composition

Various racist groups commit the fallacy of composition when they decide that because some black people are lazy and stupid that all of them must be lazy and stupid. The fact is, there are many who are not. 

Similarly, these racists assume that, because they can find a person who is both black AND lazy and stupid that there is some causative connection between blackness and laziness and stupidity. When all the facts are in, it becomes clear that it is asinine to believe that the density of melanin in the skin could have an effect on the character of the person.

Liberals, including Black Lives Matter, make the fallacy of composition when they decide that because some black people are victims of racism or other oppression that all black people are victims of racism or other oppression. The fact is, there are many who are not. In terms of American history, they assume all black people are descended from American slaves, when in fact many are not. 

Various racist groups including Black Lives Matter commit the fallacy of composition when they decide that because some white people are hateful white supremacists that all of them must be hateful white supremacists. The fact is, there are many who are not.

Similarly, these racists assume that, because they can find a person who is both white AND hateful white supremacists that there is some causative connection between whiteness and being a hateful white supremacists. When all the facts are in, it becomes clear that it is asinine to believe that the density of melanin in the skin could have an effect on the character of the person.

Liberals including Black Lives Matter make the fallacy of composition when they decide that because some white people are guilty of racism or other oppression that all white people are guilty of racism or other oppression. The fact is, there are many who are not. In terms of American history, they assume all white people are descended from American slave owners, when in fact many are not.

Thus the white supremacists and Black Lives Matter are using the same kind of logic (or lack there of) to come to the wrong conclusions. 

I guess we can take comfort in knowing that stupid comes in every color.

for more on the racism inherent in Evolution, check out the Making of Brainswork series. And remember, #JesusLovesYou

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