Watching the right wing try to assemble evidence of a “War on white men” is kind of like watching a toddler mash non-matching puzzle pieces together.
The narrative on the right is that the country is ignoring the real bias crimes in this country, which are largely directed at white men. The chief villain in this narrative is our President, and his main facilitators are academics and the mainstream media.
If there was any truth to this narrative, you would expect to see some evidence showing a proportionally higher level of bias crimes against whites than against minorities. If not that, at least some evidence that the rate of bias crimes against whites is rising faster than the rate of bias crimes against minorities. The problem is, the data shows the opposite:
Indeed, the irony of the race war narrative’s latest flare-up is that it comes at a time when national crime rates have reached historic lows — including reported hate crimes against whites. According to a report released by the FBI, there were 575 anti-white bias crimes reported in 2010 — up slightly from the 545 reported in 2009, but distinctly lower than the 716 reported in 2008. Overall, the past decade has seen a downward trend in anti-white bias crime. What’s more, hate crimes against blacks have continued to outstrip those against whites by about four-to-one: In 2010 alone, there were 2,201 reported. Violent crimes across the spectrum reached a four-decade low in 2010.
Unhappy with all the attention devoted to the Trayvon Martin shooting, Faux News’ Bill O’Reilly has been devoting a lot of time to an alleged bias crime perpetrated against whites in Norfolk, Virginia. O’Reilly, as is often the case, missed the forest for the trees. This isn’t some war of anecdotes. That minorities, and in particular african americans , are expoed to bias and discrimination on a daily basis, is not dependent upon George Zimmerman having been provoked by racism. The shooting is quite possibly an example of a well-documented trend, but, if so, it is just one of a littany we have to choose from. The “war on white” theorists, in contrast, have to search far and wide for examples of bias crimes against whites, because they simply don’t happen all that often.