Can someone please tell me why Americans are obsessed with race?
I happened to be searching for quite a few schools online today – double-checking a small subset of some contact data that we had received to gain some assurance that all of it was good – and all the school info aggregators had a high profile in the search results.
Apparently, when moving to Brent, Alabama, it’s very important to know, along with the average humidity and wind-speed, how many black, white, and Hispanic people live there:
Races in Brent:
- Black (50.0%)
- White Non-Hispanic (48.8%)
- Hispanic (1.0%)
Apparently the same is true of Anchorage, Alaska.
Great Schools, the “parent’s guide to K-12 success,” goes so far as to post pretty graphs. Very helpful:
Private Schools Review goes a step farther. They helpfully sythesize and simplify the data, so that you don’t even have to add up all those troublesome colorful people. It’s now easy to determine that Saints Simon & Jude school in Arizona has 28% students of color:
The Local School Directory is not far behind. Now it’s easy to know who to avoid:
Is this just normal for Americans? Does no-one find this shocking?
How are these stats relevant? How do these companies assume they’ll be used? What is the purpose of a) gathering, and b) publishing this data?
I just don’t get it.
Maybe I’m just a naive Canadian, but I think that Americans invent 90% of their race problems by being so bloody focused on race.
Stop obsessing! Some people look different. It’s OK. Forget about it.
Move on to something interesting.