Statistical correlation is not prejudice. Experiential correlation is also not prejudice. What you make of such correlations may be prejudice, but it’s almost impossible for another person to prove without your cooperation. There are so few people making a good moral effort to address race relations that there is no reason to expect any progress socially. You may have luck on an individual level.
History is not a collection of facts that can be interpreted to explain events. It is a collection of rumors that can be use to characterize things that might have happened. Meanwhile, the history you learn is simply the story told by the rich and powerful, with a large helping of conspiracy nonsense by hired “opposition.” With enough cynicism you may be prepared to read history and actually be blessed by it, perhaps understand just a little of how we got where we are now.
The flu is not what they say it is (source). Pay attention here: There is no legal requirement for states to report flu deaths accurately using actual lab tests. Indeed, there is no general medical standard for it at all, particularly in terms of checking which strain is present. Further, states are not required to report flu mortality except for children (17 and under). In general, coroners are not required to sort out whether someone actually died from the flu or a combination of contributing follow-on infections. We have no idea, and you can be darned sure the people pushing claims of a flu epidemic don’t know any more than you do.
Here in the US there has long been a strong effort that amounts to incrementally shutting off dissent and genuine free speech. Notice I didn’t say there was a conspiracy to do it incrementally. A great many powers have struggled to shut it off completely since long ago, but it has been slow work for them. For awhile the Internet was wild and free so you could pick through the liars, but now governments and corporations are figuring out ways to capture and control enough of the audience to keep things as they were before the Internet.
Against this smothering influence is something TPTB cannot quite understand: a growing depth of cynicism that arises from a cultural shift. It’s not a bright hope for the future, just another form of conflict between the insiders and outsiders. This time around the outsiders banging on the doors belong to the geek culture, something the current insiders simply cannot get a grip on. They’ve tried to hire these outsiders, make them dependent on the system, but it’s not working. The outsiders have already created a replacement system; it’s just a matter of time before it takes over. As it does, you’ll witness a new and shocking level of oppression, and one that comes at you in the most insidious ways only dreamed of before now.
If ever people needed to learn the heart-led way, it’s now. It’s not that we are smarter than the rest of the world, but that we are rising above it in the sense of belonging in a different world. This one is toast; it always has been in one way or another. But in this dark and ugly world, we can still shine a bright light from the otherworld.