Quote Of The Day

“It is particularly interesting that Crash illustrates one of the deep truths of models of statistical discrimination: The real social conflict is not between groups, but within groups. People who are below-average for their group make life worse for people who are above-average for their group. Women who get job training and then quit to have children hurt the careers of single-minded career women, because they reduce the profitability of the average woman. This lesson is beautifully expressed in the scene where the successful black t.v. producer (Terrence Howard) chews out the black teen-ager (Chris “Ludacris” Bridges) who unsuccessfully tried to car-jack him:

You embarrass me. You embarrass yourself.

The upshot: If you really want to improve your group’s image, telling other groups to stop stereotyping won’t work. The stereotype is based on the underlying distribution of fact. It is far more realistic to turn your complaining inward, and pressure the bad apples in your group to stop pulling down the average”. — Economist Bryan Caplan, discussing the movie Crash

4 Responses to “Quote Of The Day”


  • Have you seen the movie? What do you think?

  • Yeah, I watched it this weekend, it’s a pretty good movie.

  • I watched it this weekend, excellent movie. One observation I walked away with is that I never want to live in LA! It must be all that sunshine that makes people depressed. More seriously, I think the message had to do with dealing with personal prejudice. Everyone was victimized, sometimes by the least likely person. America is a very interesting social experiment. I wonder if it will work.

  • Not everyone was ‘the bad one’ though, one of my favorite parts of the movie was that this is one of the few movies where the Mexican (okay, latino) – and really only the latino – was the good guy, all throughout the movie. :-)

    On a serious note, I do hope, strongly hope, that the American experiment will work. It will be a tragedy, not just for the United States, but for the world, if it does not.

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