All morning long, I have been trying to engage in some simple commentary on this video, and my comments are being constantly deleted, for inexplicable reasons. So, I will post them here instead.
1. Why is Shelby Steele never included in discussions of this nature? The phenomena described by Brett at 30:00 and again by John Wood, Jr. at 59:00 can be insightfully explained by the theories offered by Steele in his books "White Guilt" and more recently, "Shame"
2. Around 1:05:00, Brett is describing a problem of hoarded opportunities (as though "opportunity" was some sort of tangible good that could be hoarded). He claims that there is an artificial scarcity of "opportunity", and that this artificial scarcity is what is producing the unrest. I tried to say that studies from field biology (particularly in primates) has shown that artificial abundance can have a similar effect on the escalation of violence. The example I had in mind, was a famous one from the eighties, in which researchers left out huge bunches of bananas for the chimpanzee troupe they were studying, and rather than pacifying the males, it actually caused them all to become increasingly more aggressive. I think, because the artificial abundance gave lower-status males something to fight over, and new sub-hierarchies were forming below the dominant male.
3. Variously throughout this discussion, Brett talks about how "good luck" and "bad luck" ought to be distributed evenly throughout society, if it were truly random. Since "good luck" (which seems to be synonymous with "opportunity" in the way he uses it), is clustered toward the dominant demographic (whites), then it appears that it is not distributed randomly. The problem here, is that expecting an even distribution is expecting an ANTI-random distribution, not a random one. Any distribution that is predictably patterned, is by definition, not random. Uniform ("even" ) distribution IS a predictably patterned distribution. Therefore, what Brett is asking for, is a distribution that seems to him, more "fair". But it would have to be just as manipulated an outcome as any other manipulated outcome, by dint of the fact that it is a predictable pattern.
Why these three points keeps getting deleted out of the YouTube comment stream, I don't know. But this is proof positive to me, that it is impossible to engage in any sort of reasonable discussion on youtube directly.
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