While the last episode of Steven Crowder’s “Change My Mind,” which revolved around guns and gun control, was a wonderful example of how a respectful political dialogue can be incredibly productive, the latest episode, titled “Male Privilege is a Myth (Second Edition),” acts as a warning against circular reasoning and assumptions.
In the first half of the video, Crowder deals with two female students who base their beliefs on vague assumptions. However, Crowder has a second conversation with two male students — one black, one Asian — both of whom disagree with the argument the former students were making.
Here’s a partial exchange between Crowder and his first guests, Hannah and Marilyn:
HANNAH: Even if you don't wanna look up the statistics, it's not hard to see how many black men are in jail at larger rates than white men.
CROWDER: Do black men commit crimes at a higher rate than [white] men?
MARILYN: Definitely not. That's just not true.
CROWDER: So, black man do not commit crimes at a higher rate than white males?
CROWDER: Okay, do you have statistics that would reflect that?
MARILYN: I mean, I'm sure I could look them up, but it's definitely not true. It's because racism is built into the system — the system is built against blacks — and that's what racism is. That's why there are more blacks in prison.
Here’s Crowder’s exchange with Shawn, a black Air Force veteran, and Daniel, an Asian student:
CROWDER: Do you agree with what was just stated there as a black male?
CROWDER: You didn't even have to think about it. With what part do you disagree?
SHAWN: Well, first off, the statistics about, like, black crime and police brutality overly affecting black males — I mean, we have to look at crime statistics. So yes, black males are overrepresented in prisons, but black males are also overrepresented in crime statistics. So, black males are like [six or seven percent of the population] ... if you take all that into account, then you have to consider, okay, so why are they overrepresented in crime? And the reason why, I mean, in my opinion, a lot of it is economic, a lot of it is cultural, a lot of it is, you know, the opportunities available in their areas.
And people can make the argument that, oh, it's because of white oppression. I don't necessarily think it's because of white oppression. I think it has a lot to do with the welfare state; I think it has a lot to do with Democratic policies and liberal policies pushing agendas upon black people instead of giving them agency and allowing them to make their own decisions.
A few minutes later, Daniel was brought into the conversation. Daniel claimed that he and a black friend both applied to USC, and despite his higher academic rankings, he was not accepted — but his friend was.
Crowder then asked Daniel about Asians being locked out of universities due to alleged overrepresentation, and how that impacts the “relationship between Asian-Americans and black-Americans.” Daniel replied, comparing the academic culture of Asian-Americans to the way academic success is often frowned upon in “inner city” communities. He noted that differences in performance aren’t about racism, per se, but about culture.
Shawn agreed, adding that the “soft bigotry of low expectations” damages black culture:
When you tell people that, you know, oh well you can't do anything in life because you have this overlord above you, oppressing you, then, like, you're not gonna have any optimism, you're not gonna have any aspirations to achieve anything in life.
Check out the entire video here: