posted on Aug, 25 2011 @ 04:57 PM
For the final time, Stop with the intellectual dishonesty.
If anyone took the time to read what I wrote they might learn a thing or two.
The issue of "Race", as it is perceived, is really more about "class" and "culture".
There are divides in this country but those fault lines lie amongst the haves and the have nots. They always run between the different "cultures"
within the united states. We were, once, a melting pot-or tried to be. But today we find that people are, in the face of conventional wisdom and the
"shrinking of the world" due to access of information, actually closing themselves off within their groups.
Immigrants don't bother learning english or adopting American "ways"... and no one wants to say anything about it for fear of being labeled as
"racist", "biased" or "intolerant" of diversity.
It's this celebration of diversity and politically correct behavior that is causing the problem.
I am all for honoring ones roots and celebrating who one is. I'm also for LEGAL immigration.
The issue is that people are coming to this country and not identifying themselves as American. They are -name of nationality- first and just happen
to live here.
The other glaring issue is the divide between whites and blacks in terms of culture.
We have become, in spite of desegregation, more segregated than ever... The difference being we allow a sort of self-segregation to happen and let the
boundary fall in terms of culture. How else do you explain voting irregularities where entire races overwhelmingly vote one way or the other?
The values are different, the language is different, the entire point of view is different.
Notice i am not saying either one is better than the other, just pointing out the difference.
This happening in greater and greater degrees. Each "group" is becoming an island unto themselves. We were, by and large, once like a pane of glass.
The hammer of "political correctness/diversity/tolerance" has shattered that pane into many pieces, each with a sharp edge.
And, because we are supposed to tollerate and celebrate our differences people do not feel compelled to conform to any standard. On top of that you
have that intellectual dishonesty that prevents people from having open, raional, fact based discussions about race and class.
If one makes a remark about someone or a group outside of their own, regardless of intent or reason, they get the "racist" label thrown at them.
Everyone is so terrified of being called racist that they ignore the elephant in the room and talk about how they celebrate diversity and tolerate
In my life i have known a lot of different people. I've been friends with people with diverse backgrounds, from Europe to Africa, Asia, South
America, The middle East as well as gay, straight, transgendered... you name it.
The thing about all of these people is that they are just that. People. Like lines on a map there exist imaginary differences in people. What are
those differences, really? culture.
We ignore the negative aspects of culture for fear of being labeled as racist or worse. We are told we can't comment on them. We are to tolerate
diffferences instead of trying to unite people.
I happen to have a rather mixed ancestry, granted it is all "white" but my family comes from several different cultures. I place none of them above
being an american, though. I appreciate my roots but i don't let them define me.
We, as a nation, have become so "tolerant" that we lost our own national identity.
When did being an American or wanting to be an American become a bad thing?
We've been fed a line about American inferiority and shame. Because of past injustice we are supposed to just throw the baby out with the bathwater
when it comes to American identity.
We should encourage people, in this so-called melting pot, to MELT.
When my ancestors came to america they didn't just create sit back and be as foreigner who lives in America... They strove to become successful
AMericans. They understood that they were a part of a new culture. They didn't put their own nationalistic ppride above becoming american. They
recognized and celebrated their roots but not at the expense of being an American citizen.
Look at the Irish. They had a pretty damned hard time when they came here, but they worked at becoming a part of the american tapestry. They worked
theirr way up through the system and it paid off for them.
They, as well as many other past immigrant populations, should be emulated. Not only by those coming into the country but by anyone looking to succeed
as an American.
These cultural divides are causing stagnation and dissent. The wider the gaps between groups of people, the bigger the differences the more people are
going to lash out at one another.
People are most comfortable amongst their own kind. We are built that way. Why should that be strange? A place like America is, in the history of man,
something abhorrent to history. There has never been a place where more people of varying beliefs and ethnicities have lived together peacefully. We
coexist. It's only natural that there be tensions. humans evolved , not as a multi-ethnic, multi-national group but as individual groups with their
own cultures and beleifs. Obviously there has been mixing before but not on the scale that we see in the U.S..That is why the melting pot is so vital
to our success. People need to leave their differences at the door and become Americans. Mind you I'm not saying "disregard and ignore" those
differences, but simply not put them ahead of being an American citizen.
But, again, the intellectual dishonesty hasmade it next to impossible to discuss these things. People are so indoctrinated with the "celebrate
diversity" stuff that they see any critical discussion or statement made about a persons culture as bigotry and racism.
It's unfortunate and, in my opinion, dangerous.
We will continue as we are, we will allow ourselves to become more and more divided as a people until the whole thing crumbles.
If you take one baby from every country on this planet and had them all grow up in the same environment, with the same culture there would be no
As far as "racism" goes, i will tell you that in my life I have expirienced much more racism from non-whites than I ever have from whites.
I do not say this to be inflammatory. i do not say this to be spiteful. It is simply an observation.
As I said , I have known many different people from many different ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds and of different sexual preferences,
i have lived with, worked with, gone to school with and been friends with these people... and, without a doubt, I have seen and heard much more racist
talk from them than any white people i have known. It's not even close.
I believe there is a lot of "perceived" racism or cause-and-effect racism. What i mean is that people see racism that isn't there, or ascribe
racist meaning to things that are not, in fact, racist.
The crazy part is that it is tolerated and no one says anything.
I workede in the justice system for a number of years and would talk to rather racially diverse groups. And I was amazed, not only at the level of
racism amongst them but that it was as if it were a given. They werren't taboo subjects orpoorly chosen words, but beleifs firmly held and spoken as
a universal truth.Jews? Whites? Asians? Blacks?
this wasn't just among those incarcerated, this was a cultural thing. It extended beyond the walls of the facility.
We have been taught to see racism in one dimension and that is White people are racist. In fact, i had one guy tell me that only white people can be
racist. He said it's impossible for blacks to be because the oppressed can't be the racist. It's faulty logic by any stretch of the imagination. I
have seen plenty of racism perpetrated by blacks. Racism is not a "white" thing. It's an ignorance thing.
But it is socially acceptable to be racist, at least toward white people... especially toward White men. But white men aren't supposed to say
anything, they are just supposed to deal with it. i suppose it's payback? retribution? just desserts? Whatever it is it's a dangerous thing and is
one of many double standards that exist in the poliitically correct, intellectual dishonest world we live in.
Case in point. One can celebrate being Latino. one can celebrate being black. One can celebrate being asian. But if one celebrates being white?
I'm not trying to get off topic, but this sort of racism is institutionalized. It's taught to us all our lives. The white man must atone and is fair
game for ridicule and racism.
But I digresss.
The point of all this is to illustrate that our "celebrated diversity" is, in fact, causing us to regress into a self-segregation. Those in power
will use this against us to keep us divided and themselves in power. Any time entire groups or races of people vote one way or another we should all
be worried. Because then it is not about us, it's about the preservation of power. Divide and conquer.
Celebrate diversity... but be unified.
This melting pot has cooled. Someone needs to crank up the heat.