posted on Jan, 17 2021 @ 10:37 AM
My son asked a difficult question last night. He asked about Black Lives Matter, and how it seemed to him that we all live in harmoney, so he didn't
I was trying to put things delicately because as far as he's concerned, he's right. He goes to a very interracial school. He practices and trains
with kids of all colors and creeds and has for three years now. His friends are kids of all races and creeds too. And his father and I have worked
very hard to not bias him while also giving a full picture.
For example, he came home telling us about a story called "The Drinking Gourd" and said it was how the Big Dipper was named before others erased it,
and we told him the neat thing about the constellations and stars was that cultures all over the world were able to recognize the patterns in the
stars and name them and sometimes even name after objects that served the same function in their cultures. And those cultures even used the
constellations for similar purposes -- navigation at night or to tell what season it was. So while one culture was naming it the Drinking Gourd,
another was calling it after Dippers and there were likely other cultures calling it other things, but they all saw the same pattern and recognized
it. And that's the truly neat thing about the constellations and human cultures.
We even told him that if you go to the Southern Hemisphere, they see a different set of constellations.
He talked about them learning about a black hero on the underground railroad, and we asked if they'd taught him also about the Abolitionists who set
up and maintained the stops on the way to Canada. He said no, and we told him that the whole effort was a combined thing between those escaped slaves
and free blacks and the white abolitionists who felt slavery was wrong, and without either side it would not have happened like it did. To know about
one group takes nothing away from the courage and bravery of the others and without one group the others would have had a much, much harder time
succeeding in what they were trying to do. It was a team effort and very dangerous for all involved.
But it got me thinking about our modern times and the embraced ideologies and theories we are now operating under.
We are supposed to be heavily multi-cultural and embrace the differences of different cultures and celebrate them. That's all fine. It definitely
goes too far thought when the celebration and embracing of cultures leads to cries of appropriation. The ultimate appreciation and embracing of a
thing is to try it out for yourself even if you aren't of that culture. We learn to understand by doing and experiencing, of course.
But I digress. To celebrate and understand the idea of different cultures, you also have to understand that this leads to differences among peoples of
all races and creeds. Different choices, different practices, different values ...
But then you run into the ideas of systemic races and critical race theory which measure themselves against the idea of the proportion of a racial or
sexual orientation or religious group represented in an activity or place of work, etc., as evidence of discrimination. How does that work out? It
seems ultimately contradictory and doomed to fail if we're embracing the one and yet also believing in the other.
If I'm believing that people ought to embrace the idea of separate cultures and their differences, then you have to also believe it will lead to the
various groups choosing to act and be and do in different ways, make different choices, group in different places, value different things and
activities, even different professions, so how can you expect to get a perfectly proportional society as evidence that you have finally beaten
systemic racism and discrimination if you let people make their own choices and follow their own values and cultures and even encourage them to do it?