Today at lunch we spoke with a friend of ours, one of the 5 BYUSA Executive Directors who serve under the BYUSA President and Executive Vice President. Our conversation with him confirmed what we concluded in our last post: it’s unfair to expect BYUSA to be something it is not. It is not a student representative organization, it’s a student service organization. And in that, they are extremely successful.
He agreed with us (and pointed out that Adam Ruri and Chance Basinger had Provo parking as part of their platform) that there is an opportunity for BYUSA President Adam Ruri to lead the way in parking negotiations with Provo City Council on behalf of BYU students.
We’ll follow their progress, if any, again, so you don’t have to.
He pointed out that in advance of his run for the Senate, his campaign polled Marylanders about race and politics. They asked two questions: first, “would you vote for an African-American for senate?” and second, “would your neighbor vote for an African-American?”
These polls were anonymous, so people had no apparent reason to lie. 78% said yes to the first question. 40% said yes to the second question. Steele and the Crash-crowd draw the wrong conclusion from polls like these–that racism is a big problem in America.
Sure, there’s racism, but what this poll shows is that the problem is hugely overblown. What it shows is that a vast majority–78%, in this instance–are not racist, but that an almost equally large majority–60%–think their neighbors are racist.
The only disconnect is between public perception of racism and the reality.
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