In his book White Identity, Jared Taylor explained that the theoretical basis for racial integration was something called “contact theory.”
“The theoretical basis for integration was set out in An American Dilemma written in 1944 by the Swedish sociologist Gunnar Myrdal. With the possible exception of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, no other book has had a greater influence on American thinking about race. An American Dilemma went through 25 printings – an astonishing record for a dense, thousand-page work of sociology – before it went into a second, “twentieth anniversary” edition in 1962. It set contours for the debate about race that have lasted virtually unchanged until our own day.
Here is one of the book’s key passages:
“White prejudice and discrimination keep the Negro low in standards of living, health, education, manners and morals. This, in its turn, gives support to white prejudice. White prejudice and Negro standards thus mutually ’cause’ each other.”
This was the fundamental problem. Whites kept blacks in an inferior position. Whites then pointed to this apparent inferiority as justification for their own prejudices, which gave rise to the very acts of oppression that degraded blacks.
Myrdal believed that if white attitudes could be reformed, oppression would ease, the status of blacks would rise, white attitudes would improve further, and blacks would find yet more opportunities for success. Myrdal was convinced that if the vicious cycle could be turned into a virtuous cycle it would be “America’s incomparably great opportunity for the future.”
Myrdal’s supporters thought change would come quickly. His assistant, Arnold Rose, added a postscript to the 1962 edition, in which he triumphantly described the progress that had been made since the book’s appearance in 1944. He predicted that all legal discrimination would be abolished within ten years (it actually took only three) and that in 30 years – by 1992 – residual private friction between blacks and whites would be “on the minor order of Catholic-Protestant prejudice.”
White prejudice is the cause of black failure.
Racial differences between blacks and Whites are environmental in origin. This could be explained by the science of sociology. Whites were racially prejudiced and discriminated against blacks.
This was the true cause of all black dysfunction and inequality. If blacks and Whites could only be put into the same integrated institutions, then blacks and Whites would have the same environmental opportunities and the racial gaps would vanish because heredity has nothing to do with the gaps. By virtue of contact with Whites, blacks would magically become equal to them in every way.
“Discussions about how blacks and whites were to be brought together came to be known as “contact theory,” and its most prominent spokesman was Gordon Allport. In his 1953 book, The Nature of Prejudice, he wrote that prejudice “may be reduced by equal status contact between majority and minority groups in the pursuit of common goals. The effect is greatly enhanced if this contact is sanctioned by institutional supports …” Schools were the best setting for contact. White children, whose prejudices had not yet hardened, would mix with black child under conditions of equality and strict institutional supervision.”
This was the theory behind public school integration.
Gunnar Myrdal, the Swedish author of An American Dilemma, confidently predicted that total racial equality between blacks and Whites would be reached by the 1990s.
2013 meta-analysis of US black-white IQ gap among 3 year olds.— Emil O W Kirkegaard (@KirkegaardEmil) May 13, 2020
Complete stability since 1960s.
This kind of thing rules out a lot of possible non-genetic causes, anything directly school related, for instance.https://t.co/ki2tO6GZLs pic.twitter.com/EqFEEmMwCZ
The evidence is now overwhelming that it was all based on a lie.
Integrated public schools have not eliminated racial gaps between blacks and Whites. They haven’t eliminated the even larger gap between blacks and Asians either. How can White prejudice be responsible for both black failure and Asian success? Contact theory is based on a false premise.
As we have seen, the Progressives had written negro equality off as an impossible dream after the first time it was tried during Reconstruction. It has been 76 years since Gunnar Myrdal published An American Dilemma and 64 years since the Brown decision which integrated American public schools. Liberals are incapable of admitting the obvious which is that their second try at racial equality has also proven to be a failure. It was far easier to construct space probes that reached Pluto.
Rod Dreher does not see how the status quo of giving lip service to MLK’s Dream was unsustainable.
“Now that I’m older, though, I can see that despite all our defects in the 1970s on race, the people of my town — white and black — were making real progress. The integration of the schools and the end of the apartheid Jim Crow system was a massive leap forward, something that would have been unthinkable only ten years before I was born. Nobody could have expected utopia instantly. The black kids had to give up their own schools to make integration work. The unified school system did what it could to get through the tumultuous change keeping everybody together. If I explain to people who didn’t grow up there that in my elementary school, there were five classes, three of them all-black, with all black teachers, and two of them mostly white, with a few black kids, their faces blanch. I can easily imagine, though, that this was necessary for the transition. Black parents didn’t want to give up their schools, but they had to — but at least they could keep their black teachers. White parents who had been raised in segregated schools no doubt felt anxiety about their kids going to school with black kids. Somehow the school administration — which included black people in positions of authority — had to make it work. …
Anyway, I’ve thought a lot over the years about how very different the message that my generation got about race was from what our parents had. My mom and dad were in school in the 1940s and 1950s. Segregated schools. They grew up in what you might call an “information environment” in which white supremacy was the only reality. They never, ever heard it challenged — not on radio broadcasts, not in the newspapers, not in church, nowhere. Their children, though, were raised on television. We never (to my recollection) got any kind of proclamations of white supremacy; the adults just didn’t talk about any of it. But we did get, and got often, the message through television, and to some extent in the classroom, that the color of your skin doesn’t matter — it’s all about the content of your character.”
It was unsustainable because it was based on a lie. The lie has vexed and frustrated everyone who ever believed in it. Far too much is now invested in the lie to admit the truth.
I’m nearly 40 years old now. I have been politically active for 20 years now and in that time blacks have made virtually zero progress toward racial equality. Sure, White racial attitudes have softened, Barack Obama was elected president, a black middle class was created, trillions of dollars have been spent to tackle the problem, three generations of black politicians have been elected to Congress and “racism” has become the ultimate sin in America (ruining the lives of countless White people in the process who were cancelled by antiracists), but in spite of all this the racial gaps have not gone anyway.
If the liberal theory of racism is true, why have the gaps persisted for so long? If there are no individual racists who can be found who are oppressing blacks, then the system itself must be racist. By their very insidious existence, White people must be holding back blacks with an invisible form of white supremacy. This is why the Woke version of antiracism is supplanting the liberal version of antiracism. The latter was tried and failed so spectacularly at bringing about racial equality that it has lost plausibility.
The demise of the Jim Crow South was not “a massive leap forward.” The truth is that the segregationists were right all along about the hereditary nature of racial differences. The liberals who based antiracism and integration on social science were proven wrong. The sensible thing to do was to build the social order around the reality of racial differences and allow each race to have its own separate identity and spaces. Race relations are far more toxic in our own times than was the case in the Louisiana of the 1950s. Culturally speaking, blacks and Whites were better off in the 1950s than the 2020s.
What was gained from deconstructing, dismantling and repressing White America for the sake of racial integration which was based on the sociology of contact theory? Nothing but the poisonous dystopia that the cowards and fools of the last two generations have bestowed on their descendants.