posted on Dec, 29 2005 @ 07:02 AM
Crusader, you're views are deeply flawed for several reasons.
1. Race is defined by genetic similarity. Genetic similarity stems from distant genetic relationship. For example, a recent study has suggested that a
mutation in a single individual may be responsible for the introduction of white skin to humanity. If this is correct, all white people are
extremely distant relatives. It is likely that most races have a common "bottleneck" at which most of the individuals if not all within the race
share common ancestors. Therefore preference for one's own race is basically a very mild incest fetish.
2. Dilluting racial "purity" (as if there were such a thing as genetic purity) does not create a dearth of one's "people". Your example of your
friend who couldn't communicate with a white girl is a perfect example. That was a cultural incompatibility, not a racial one.
You are probably aware that there is more than one African race, but I bet that when you meet another African-American, you don't try to figure out
(and I doubt you could) whether their ancestory is Khoisan, Tigrayan, Tuareg, or whatever. For that matter I'd lay a fair wager than 10 minutes ago
if I'd just written the word Tuareg for you, you would have thought that I was talking about a Volkswagen (Touareg)
The fact of that matter is that your people are people who come from the same upbringing as you, have the same values as you, act as you do, etc. Your
people are those who share your culture. So, what is your primary language, what sort of dialect or slang do you use, how do you dress, what music do
you listen to, what is your religion, where geographically do you live, etc- those are good dimensions for defining "your people".
The fact that many of your people share your skin color is coincidental. The borders of nations were set primarily by tribal distribution at a very
early age, they began to shift with wars and economic developments leading to the development of new broader races.
Good luck finding "Angle" "Saxon" or "Jute" as an option for the ethnicity question in the census- even if a person were to forego the "white"
option and self-identify, he wouldn't put one of those. They all became English centuries ago, even if their ancestors weren't necessarily Angles,
and if you give it enough time, there will be no more English, Scotts, or Irish- just Britons.
The shifting will continue to increase in speed because our enhanced ability to travel, communicate, and advance ourselves in society is leading to a
higher assimilation rate between cultures.
A Cajun kid joins the army, gets stationed at Bragg and hangs out with some of the black soldiers, then gets out of the army and moves to Boston to
get a job- in 4 years you can have a guy with French lineage who was born into Cajun culture speaking and acting very much like an African-American
and then have him mixing in with a bunch of Irish in Boston and exchanging culture with them too.
The time it theoretically could take to have grits in every restraunt in New England could be checked with a stop-watch if the right series of events
were to occur.
In short, the whole "your people" line is rubbish. People are what they are, not what they look like. My black friend Larry is probably a lot more
like me than like you. My Japanese friend Ed is a bit of a redneck. If you talked to my Cambodian friend Eno without being able to see him, you'd
probably assume he was black. Granted that I'm from Southern California and we've sort of got our own little world going over here, but that's what
makes it such a great example. You take a middle class white guy and put him in a tweaker's slum, you take an Asian guy and put him in the ghetto,
you put a black guy into a nice upper-middle class resort town, etc- you get all kinds of wierd stuff. Just so happens that in my area you've got
ghettos and barios and white-trash tweakerville and golf resorts all within 20-40 minutes drive of one another, so I've got a first class view of
When you get right down to it Crusader, you're just like any other racist. You're no different from any Klansman. You are afraid to be alone, you
are afraid of other people, and you have a pathological need to divide people into groups and rationalize who is with you, who you have to measure
yourself against, who you can just ignore, etc. You decieve yourself with a bunch of racist nonsense because it's so much easier than developing a
strong sense of self.
Everyone has prejudices; it is a result of a human learning device whereby we group things by appearance and function. Not everyone lets the weakness
of their impulses dominate them however. Some of us process those impulses, understand what it means, and adjust our attitude and behavior
accordingly. Sometimes we fail, but very rarely do decent people embrace such nonsense wholeheartedly, and even those who do usually have enough sense
to know that they're wrong and keep their traps shut about it for pride's sake.