Friday, December 16, 2016

Making America white again

How are the drooler media making America white great again today? Let's follow a Drudge link to the Daily Caller:

Six Hispanic surnames were among the top 15 common last names in 2010, according to figures released by the U.S. Census Bureau Thursday.

According to the 2010 Census, the top 15 most popular last names in 2010 were as follows: Smith, Johnson, Williams, Brown, Jones, Garcia, Miller, Davis, Rodriguez, Martinez, Hernandez, Lopez, Gonzalez, Wilson and Anderson. There were no Hispanic names among the top 15 most common surnames in the 1990 Census.

Can it get worse?
The Census Bureau also released the last names with the largest increase in frequency of use from 2000 to 2010. These are in descending order: Zhang, Li, Ali, Liu, Khan, Vazquez, Wang, Huang, Lin, Singh, Chen, Bautista, Velazquez, Patel, and Wu.

In no way, of course, is this "fake news." Not only are the numbers real, they're official! Like celebrity news, this is more like carbon monoxide; it crowds real news out and inhibits it from getting to the vital organs. The brain, like the front page, has a limited carrying capacity.

On its sleazier side, it's also a cousin of the evergreen baby names story. I mean, with the War On Christmas decorations up, what better time to restock the survival bunker with freeze-dried food and ammunition? Not only are Rodriguez and Martinez here, but Zhang, Ali and KHAN!!!!!!!!!! aren't far behind.

That's how framing works. Framing isn't about whether the news is real or fake; it's about the context in which the asserted facts make sense. When every story you see is about the world slipping through your (white) fingers, things don't have to be false for you to blame the Kenyan usurper.

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