The following are ALL things I've heard:
When pointing out the imbalance of male and female Asian television news personel: "Maybe Asian males don't want to do television." (from white males and females)
The difference between male and female Asians in love scenes in American movies: "Maybe Asian males don't want to do love scenes." (from white males)
The lack of black SF authors and readers: "Maybe black people just aren't attracted to these ideas." (from a white female editor)
The poverty and degradation of black ghetto neighborhoods: "Maybe they just like living like that." (white males and females)
The lack of women in SF: "Maybe women just aren't attracted to technology." (white males)
The lack of women in technology and math: "Maybe women just aren't mentally suited to these disciplines" (white males)
The lack of women in politics: "Maybe women aren't interested in politics as much as men." (black and white males)
Lack of black male sexuality in film: "Maybe the actors don't want to do them." (White males, some females)
Lack of Y in regard to X. "Maybe the Y just don't like X" (Said by Z's)
If the presence of Y on the cover/poster of a comic book/book/film negatively affects box office: "that just isn't true." Or if it is true, a small group of executives/exhibiters/ promoters/ comic book store owners etc. are responsible. It could NOT be the public. Of course not.
Why said executives/exhibiters/ promoters/ owners/editors should be so different than "average" Americans is never explained.
Some of these things may have some truth to them. But here is the point: note that if the "other" performs poorly in some arena controlled (or influenced) by the speaker, the problem is never within the speaker's community. It is ALWAYS in the "other." "They" aren't as evolved, engaged, intelligent, curious, whatever. It is never because of economic or social pressure.
Note that black males side with white males if the issue is women's rights. White females side with white males if the issue is racial. The exact same logical formulations are used, just fill in the blanks. The most disappointing thing about my recent conversation with a prominent white female SF editor is that she said EXACTLY the same thing about blacks and Asians that white male editors said thirty years ago about women. When it is proven that members of group X do indeed want Y, "Z" response is to attempt to encapsulate the venom. It must be (some small group of editors. Publishers. Hollywood executives. Politicians. Liberal or Conservative investors. Etc.)
It simply can't be us. Why, I KNOW that I don't have a negative reaction to blacks/women/gays whatever. Of course not. In the same way that the average person is an above-average driver or lover. Of course.
If you want to know why the world is as it is, why our politics are what they are, you need look no further than the mirror.
Again: my core solution to illegal immigration: offer citizenship to any illegal who turns in employers to hire illegals. Make the State drivers' license your citizenship papers.
That should even out the pain a little.
Again, we own some responsibility here: for a century America has been saying "we're the best in the world. The streets are paved with gold." Animals migrate to where the goodies are. Human beings are animals. Nations are lines painted on maps, social fictions--they exist at the level of fifth or sixth Chakra (communication and concept) rather than the 1st-3rd Chakra (survival and power). Man oh man...this one is going to be a bitch kitty. I see no real way to deal with this other than to equalize the pleasure and/or misery on each side of the border.
NOTE: I am not, in ANY way, saying I like the situation. Or that I don't want America to have absolute choice in who we allow in. We have the exact same right to do that as any other nation. I always loathed it when Americans thought they could behave any way they want in Mexico. Clearly, there are some in the Anti-illegal crowd who are purely racist. And some in the pro-illegal crowd who would simply like to take America back.
What is necessary is a dialogue between those closer to the middle.