In dealing with psychotic people, I have almost got it into my head that one does not put the energy into contradicting a delusion or misinterpretation. It is wasted energy. A favorite psychiatrist was explaining to a beleaguered wife of a veteran with schizophrenia "Let him walk the boundaries thinking he's protecting the family. Your children have grown, your neighbors understand, and he isn't hurting anything. You only have to step in and forbid him when he says he's going to go down to the town hall, or the police station, or those bastards at the VA and going to do something about it. You may think you can nip those situations in the bud by intervening when he's just grousing or complaining. That may work with children. It usually doesn't work with children (he had five) but sometimes it does and it's our job as parents to try. But it almost never works with adults. Postpone all confrontations until you have to."
I still yearn to nip those situations in the bud, because as a person who wants to be reasonable and see the world act reasonably I want to change someone's thinking that 15 degrees that makes all the difference. But my psychiatrist friend was right, it doesn't work. Nor does it work very often with people who aren't psychotic, but have long ago made up their minds. Which includes me, and perhaps you as well.
So I think ignoring the race-IQ, race & violence, race and impulsivity, or race and any ability is the way to go. Liberals may focus on group outcomes, but libertarians, conservatives, and all true children of The West focus on the individual. We should try to maintain that focus as long as we reasonably can. This holds true for male-female, straight-homosexual, Christian-nonbeliever, old-young, and ethnic differences as well. Insofar as it is possible, we should push all those thoughts aside. Absent any solutions that are real rather than theoretical, there is simply no point. There is no need to waste the energy. The worldly world values intelligence, wealth, education, charm, beauty, connections, athletic ability and other values which the Christian is supposed to enjoy but regard lightly. We are supposed to prize generosity, kindness, faith, wisdom, chastity, courage, hope, honesty, and a dozen other virtues instead*. To use Jesus's calling-on song Let he who has ears hear: the worth of a woman or man is not in these things.
The crunch comes when the discussions turn into actions. When innocent police officers, or teachers, or school administrators, or employers are being blamed because the explanation for individual behavior is placed on systemic bias or residual racism, then we have to rise up out of the tall grass and cry False! ** As with the veteran with schizophrenia above, only when such things come to action - when they are going into the textbook (or from the textbook to the student); when they are going into legislation; when they are going into a public shaming of a decent person doing his job should we be bound to intervene. In public debate we should be willing to match arguments when others have introduced race or gender or religion (even while pretending not to), but we should not be eager to bring these up. We should go down those roads when we have to.
I reluctantly think it is fair to bring up when racism accusations are part of campaigning. I have lo0ng said "If we aren't racist.greedy/sexist then they have nothing to campaign on." I suppose we should try and take anme-calling away from them as much as possible.
*In the scout law we see Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent. I don't see wealthy, educated, intelligent, or charming in there - though the real virtues may produce the worldly ones at times.
** I am not claiming that systemic bias or residual racism are never present. It's just that they are too easy to appeal to without warrant.