A relative gave me a book recently, since she knows I like science. It’s called “Science the Shit Out of Life.” It’s composed of short chapters, each of which tackles questions that commonly pop up in life.
The graphics are deliberately pixelated, and include a variety of cartoon characters. Let’s science the shit out of them!
In the chapter called “The Best Time, Mathematically, to Settle Down,” we find this graphic:
What does science say about this? That the authors (a white man and an Asian man) are trying to tell us that white women are better off picking black men as partners. It’s SCIENCE!
In another chapter, called “What Science Knows About Successful Marriages,” this message is confirmed, at least the part about black men being superior:
We see this theme, explicitly shown, at least twice more, in the chapter “How Much Sex Should You be Having:”
… and in the chapter “What’s Better, Book or E-Reader?:”
It’s true that, in some of these images, race is unclear, but if we’re going to science the shit out of it, we can only conclude that the authors consider black men to be superior partners for non-black women.
In order for propaganda to be effective, it should be somewhat subtle. Therefore, the book does contain one or two images showing white men with (possibly) black women – but only in a business context.
The most effective lies are those that are mixed with truths. The book does contain a lot of actual information, and I wonder if the writers’ primary motive is to spread science, and cloak it in propaganda for better marketing, or perhaps propaganda is the primary goal, and science is only the vehicle.
What do you think?