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Who’s Fault Is It? Racism has long been one of the focal points of public discussion. It has existed almost as long as America, being the backbone of the country for its first century. Many people have attempted to fix the country’s inherently racist ideology. Men who are as great as Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King Jr. have only partially succeeded in doing so. It is still a problem today. Fixing this problem starts with finding the culprits. In Yahoo’s web article “Black America’s Real Problem Isn’t White Racism,” the author Patrick Buchanan relies solely on outdated statistical data and a narrow focal point to insinuate that the real problem of racism lies within the black community. Relying on outdated data is a poor decision when…show more content…
Patrick Buchanan is focused too much on information irrelevant to his article. His title is “Black America’s Real Problem Isn’t White Racism,” leading one to believe that the adjoined piece is about America as a whole. The article could not be further, with all of the statistics and witnesses being from New York. Buchanan’s data all comes from New York based studies. His interview is with a New York cab driver. These tests show only a fraction of what America is. The Big Apple, while one of the largest cities in the country, is hardly an accurate depiction of the racial problems in America. According to Mainstreet, New York is the 7th most diverse state in the Country. “The state has the second highest proportion of foreign born residents in the country.” In other words, New York has many different people from a variety of different cultures and beliefs. America itself is extremely diverse, and to take studies from one of the fifty possible states does not accurately depict the views of the majority. According to a study by bjs.gov, forty five percent of criminals were white, compared to fifty two percent being black. This study was taken from the entire United States and dates back to 1980. It shows the more equal distribution that is to be expected in such a diverse country, and how focusing on one state can disproportionately skew the

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