During Lent, I read a bizarre story in the student paper of Florida Atlantic University: “FAU student threatens to kill professor and classmates.” Given the following opening, I had to read the rest of the article:
Associate Professor Stephen M. Kajiura was reviewing with his evolution class in GS 120 for a midterm when FAU student Jonatha Carr interrupted him: “How does evolution kill black people?” she asked. Kajiura attempted to explain that evolution doesn’t kill anyone.
And then, Carr became violent.
One of the students recorded the outburst (rated R):
The Carr family claims that Jonatha suffers from mental illness, which runs in the family: “FAU student Jonatha Carr’s family tells their side of the story.” I am wary about the modern attempt to clinicalize vice—it appears to be a typically leftist move that absolves the wicked of responsibility. The rate at which such excuses are invoked by apologists for black dysfunction makes me even more skeptical. The net is full of articles about the higher rates of craziness among blacks, though they predictably blame ever virulent “white racism” for such loose screws. See, for instance, “Racializing Mental Illness: Understanding African-Caribbean Schizophrenia in the UK.”
Disregarding the standard leftist tripe, the paper offers informative statistics. Diagnosis of schizophrenia among blacks in Britain is six to eighteen times higher than it is for indigenous Brits (I do not know why the paper offers discrepant figures). The incidence of black insanity is similarly higher than whites’ kooky quota elsewhere in industrialized nations, though the rate of mental illness tends to be lower in more ethnically homogenous minority neighborhoods. Yet, how are we to reconcile such with our mindless slogan, “diversity is strength”? Robert Putnam’s research, honest sociologists, and common sense disagree. We are social creatures, and we appreciate the security of being on home turf. In multiethnic societies, even our own streets become desert highways in the state of nature. It is no surprise that ethnic minorities would experience greater amounts of stress. The liberal cannot accept such inequality, though. Rather, everyone should be a minority and live in an alienated state! Leftism truly makes people crazy.
I wonder what sort of studies have been done in other minority populations. Do the robbed, raped, and mutilated whites in South Africa and Zimbabwe suffer higher rates of mental illness than the majority blacks? Do the industrious but often despised Chinese minority populations that dot the world suffer such rates? What about Jews, who have not always had the best relations with their host populations? Of course, neurotic behavior is stereotypically prevalent among the creative, intelligent Ashkenazim, but do the statistics justify the clichés?