- There are huge racial differences in average IQ, and large gender differences in IQ standard deviation. And IQ matters a lot (It's one of the top 5 factors, but not the top factor, that predict's a person's life). This undisputable fact of reality accounts for a lot of bullshit discrimination claims by statistically incompetent folks on the left.
- There is massive pre-rational discrimination that occurs at a subconscious level in many people, that is visible in interacting with them, which comprises the reality of a lot of discrimination claims that are reflexively dismissed by a lot of observationally biased folks on the right.
I've been a statistical-differences in IQ kind of guy since before the Bell Curve was published. I went to a no-discrimination-in-either-direction technical school in '90. This is obvious, basic, boring stuff.
I've been a discrimination-huh? kind of guy for most of my life. Never saw it in CA, because I never lived anywhere where there were any minorities...and the 1% who were minorities were often my friends. Moved to Russia...saw it directly and overtly. Moved to Houston...saw it never. Married a black woman from Houston. She'd never seen racism in her life. She thought it was a myth Jesse Jackson dreamed up in order to con some folks. Then we moved back to CA...wife saw racism in folks faces a little bit. I didn't. Moved to Austin...she saw it again a little bit. I didn't. Spent 6 months in rural North Carolina. Saw none of it. Moved to Chicago. In excess of 80% of the people there are viscerally racist. They see you, their faces change based on your race. True of the whites, true of the blacks, all of 'em. Nice areas, poor areas, doesn't matter. The entire midwest has a completely toxic approach to race that simply doesn't occur in healthy cities like Houston. I understand this is also true of many of the big Eastern Cities (DC, New York, Boston), but I can't vouch for that personally. But when you see the racism on people's faces...and you know that faces react before the information hits the conscious mind...it's kinda hard to ignore the reality of aggressive racism.
One of my "jobs" on the web is to point out that both #1 and #2 above are major factors influencing the world. If my commentariat is busy proclaiming that #1 explains everything, or even enough...I become more aggressively pro #2. It's a major part of how decisions get made When folks pop up on the blog arguing against #1, then I point out, with as large a hammer as necessary, that #1 is among the best known things in social science. It's up there with the fact that rationing always creates (a) lines with larger time costs than the $ savings, and (b) scalpers.
Since I don't suffer from a groupist perspective, I don't have any real compulsion to agree with anyone on one topic just because I agree with them on another topic. Indeed, I consider it (to some extent) my duty (it's an inherited trait, my dad does this too) to point out that anyone considering a single-sided view of a problem is probably handicapping themselves by about 30 IQ points in their capability to understand the problem. Tyler Cowen, much less aggressively: "As a simple rule of thumb, just imagine every time you're telling a good vs. evil story, you're basically lowering your IQ by ten points or more."
So .... to answer a question posed (implicitly) by Meh: "Why do you hew so strongly to the Leftist side on race issues?" Because the commentators on the site are all rightists, and as far as I can tell from the comments, they're missing half the actual story, mostly because it doesn't fit their narrative. When Mel, one of my favorite strongly leftist anarchists, used to comment, I would respond to her with Race/Gender/IQ reality discussions.