1) Any system which results in “disparate impact” across certain groups is racist.
…I think point 1) is terrible definition of racism, but it’s the operative one in our society.
…A few decades ago, racism may have been about treating everyone equal, but that ship has long since sailed. If you follow this logic correctly, you’ll see that all non-progressive systems of government are racist.
Yglesias: (emphasis added)
Did you know that women are CEOs of zero of the top ten companies on the Fortune 500 list?
Or that over 80 percent of the richest people in America are men?
Or that there seem to be only two publicly traded companies in the whole country where women are a majority of the board?
When I was tweeting about this yesterday, Ross Douthat asked me to consider the possibility that there are reasons for this other than discrimination. And I’m happy to entertain that hypothesis. But whatever you think the cause of men’s utter domination of the commanding heights of the American economy is, the domination is a fact of life. Men are controlling all the big companies and the big pools of money in this country. That’s your patriarchy right there.
Disparate Impact, or any variation from absolute equal representation, regardless of discrimination or unequal treatment (or lack thereof) – is now the operative definition of all archies and isms we must struggle against – using the coercive power of the government to achieve that equality – whatever distortions of natural social or market tendencies are necessary to accomplish that result.
Absolutist Egalitarianism Armed.