Tina K. Russell

March 31, 2008

Thirty Percent of Americans

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — Tina Russell @ 7:49 pm

‘With a Few More Brains …’ – New York Times

Ten days ago, I noted the reckless assertion of Barack Obama’s former pastor that the United States government had deliberately engineered AIDS to kill blacks, but I tried to put it in context by citing a poll showing that 30 percent of African-Americans believe such a plot is at least plausible.

White readers expressed shock (and a hint of smugness) at these delusions, but the sad reality is that conspiracy theories and irrationality aren’t a black problem. They are an American problem.

Nicholas Kristof, one of my favorite columnists, defends intelligence and calls for us to confront the odd stigma against intellectualism in America. Thank you! I love my country, but we could all use a few more brains.

(Maybe we could, I don’t know… overhaul our system of education… what do you think? Oh, and “No Child Left Behind” has not been an acceptable answer.)

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