Being on this blog has been eye-opening for me.
I’ve learned how fascinated people are by the minutest racial differences. People can go on and on here about how White somebody is. People can go on at length discussing details about people they supposedly dislike, usually Black people. This kind of thinking is alien to me. I readily acknowledge that there are racial differences among people. But I can’t imagine caring deeply about those differences.
What kind of person cares deeply and intensely about the finest racial and ethnic distinctions? If you’re an anthropologist or some sort of scientist, sure. Differences and distinctions might have repercussions, especially for medical treatments and the like. But if you’re just an ordinary person living a pretty ordinary life, why do you give a damn about all this stuff about who belongs to which haplogroup, what degree of Whiteness exists in some such group, whether of not this other group is really Black or not, and so forth?
Why are you so fixated on the beauty or ugliness of some group of people? If you find a group of people unattractive, that’s your business; so be it. So concentrate on those souls you find so gorgeous, and ignore those other people. Who needs to hear your justification of why you find Group X so unappealing?
Guess what: you don’t have to find them appealing. Whoever gave you the impression you did? They’re going to keep on existing and looking the way they look, with or without your approval. In the meantime, the Beautiful People are waiting for your gaze. Don’t deny them another moment of your attention.
"What the Hell Is Wrong With Some People?" by Alpha Unit
Being on this blog has been eye-opening for me.
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She capitalizes terms that are not proper nouns, much like the affirmative action beneficiary Michelle Obama.
Yeah. They teach you that in the Affirmative Action orientation. Didn’t you know that?
Are you sure people usually dislike black people? I would disagree. I think all ethnic groups and races can dislike all other races and ethnic groups. I personally know Indians who dislike Whites, Indians who dislike Blacks, Indians who dislike East Asians, Blacks who dislike Indians, Arabs who dislike Indians, Arabs who dislike Whites, Arabs who dislike blacks, Indians who like Black and White people but dislike East Asians etc…. All the permutations and combinations are possible.
Sure. Hating other ethnic groups is clearly a human tendency. But hatred for Blacks seems pervasive.
I agree Alpha Unit. It does seem pervasive. But another group I see openly maligned are the Jews. Come election time it will be the Mexicans/anyone looking mestizo. White people get maligned by black comedians but it’s not the same as outright hatred. Women are undermined and maligned and hated probably the most no matter what the race. It’s such a beautiful world. I have some racial allegiance to blacks because maybe it’s kinda natural. But my views limit me(thankfully)to people who think as I do. I have views that tend not to be in most people’s minds. Long-winded I know but you get the idea.
I agree. Jews are pretty high up too on everyone’s shit list. I’m not entirely sure why, but Jews seem to be hated in every country they reside and have often been the canaries in the coalmine for bigotry. I’d even heard about an anti-semetic book that was a bestseller in Japan of all places.
Yes, Big A, I get the idea.
This hatred of Jews is very peculiar to me. It sometimes seems like an intellectual exercise of sorts.
Well, these are the problems that come with a diverse society.
To the extent that racial/ethnic diversity does work, it’s only when everyone agrees to common norms and is willing to assimilate.
For example, in China, you had ethnic diversity, but everyone had to assimilate in order to conform to Chinese values, or else they were rejected as barbarians. In Greece, if you were not like the Greeks, you were considered a barbarian.
While I’m aware that race is a fairly modern idea (5 centuries isn’t that long in the context of world history), it’s not very different from ethnic hatred and national discrimination.
Of course, much human division was based more on culture and language (like in China and Greece) than on race and physical appearance, but in many ways, race makes more sense.
After all, when you encounter a random stranger, are you immediately going to be able to tell what ethnic group he belongs to? With race, it isn’t too difficult to distinguish between different groups (particularly between blacks and whites).
The point I am trying to make is that throughout history, and especially today, humans harbor an “us vs. them” mentality, and tend to favor their own group over others. Race is just another form of division.
Therefore, those anti-racist dicks like Robert Jensen who insist that whites should shed their identity in order to be “full human beings” (by the way, how insulting and condescending is that?) do so in vain.
It just doesn’t make sense to work towards some egalitarian rainbow, because there will always be inevitable conflict.
As unrealistic as this may be, I think that all the different races just need to take a nice, long vacation from one another. Equality and harmony is a myth.
I agree with your historical examples you use to explain “us vs them,” however, I think things change here for the better. I am originally from Nigeria, and my elders and their elders tend to be very tribalistic. However, people my age(26) 30 and under don’t seem to be as willing to pledge allegiance to their respective tribes. Same can be said for this country on the subject of race. The majority of young white voters put President Obama into office. That leads me to believe things are changing for the better.
But I do believe mankind’s nature is to find “us vs them,” in every aspect of our lives. For instance, America is relatively a new country and is still developing it’s “tribes.” Even though there was a great racial division in this country that appeared to be a form of tribalism, you can see the country being divided now by class and political affiliation. With the great advancements in race relations for the past 60 years the younger people seem to get it. We don’t hate one another. It’s mainly the older generations whom harbor past experiences, and antiquated myths and beliefs. Some older people I’ve met say they’ve never seen such a rigid and defined division between Left and Right. And say what you want, but I think Bush started this trend in politics.
As for class, I think people are starting to catch on to this suspicious bubble economy that keeps reoccurring every decade. People are starting to see who truly represents them in this representative democratic republic. And the people don’t like it. There’s a great populism a brewing(non tea party) and it will only grow stronger as people become more aware of how they’re looked at by the elite bankers here. Sorry for semi-conspiracy rant. But it’s late and I can’t stop myself. Peace.
For instance, America is relatively a new country and is still developing it’s “tribes.”
Exactly! I don’t think many people really take into account that in a world history context, the United States is an incredibly young nation.
While other nations around the world are more homogenous, and much older, this nation is diverse and young. While this may result in great energy and innovation, it also leads to various conflicts and headaches that don’t exist elsewhere (of course, I know that there are ethnic/racial hatreds and tensions in other parts of the world, but few nations are as diverse as we are).
Many of the problems that this nation experiences politically, socially, economically, and racially in many ways are growing pains. I just hope that his nation can find a way to overcome those pains as best as they can (there will never be perfect equality or harmony).
It’s mainly the older generations whom harbor past experiences, and antiquated myths and beliefs.
That’s definitely a matter of debate. As a young person myself, I agree and disagree with that statement.
On the one hand, members of my generation are more likely to have friends of different races, vote for candidates of different races, date interracially, and embrace public figures and celebrities of different races.
At the same time, it’s hardly perfect. As the only white person in a diverse friend group in high school, we frequently bickered over racial issues and spent much of the time exchanging racial barbs.
Even at college (in fact, even more so than high school), I see much racial division. Of course, as in high school, many of my friends are of different races.
However, most of this interracial harmony is on an individual level, as opposed to a group level. Black groups gather in certain places, Asians sit together at tables, and as 25% of the population (at my college), there’s a somewhat unspoken white solidarity.
Don’t get me wrong, I believe this nation has made incredible progress, and has probably done better than any nation when it comes to healing ethnic/racial divides.
However, there’s still great tension.
Equality and harmony may be myths, but it seems to be too late for that vacation.
Unfortunately, you’re right. I just think that all these anti-racist attempts to “unmake whiteness” and other forms of division are doomed to failure.
“Yes, Big A, I get the idea.
This hatred of Jews is very peculiar to me. It sometimes seems like an intellectual exercise of sorts.”
Can you elaborate please?
From what I have heard, some of this anti-Semitism is a way of explaining why the world is as it is. An explanation of why Whites, for example, have lost prestige and power in the world. It is blamed on devious, power-hungry Jews.
Ok yea I definitely agree with that. Some of these “race-realists” or “racialists,” make valid points and arguments sometimes only to blurt out their true racist views against (fill in the blank). Like I said earlier there have been great strides forward in race relations but I should say we still have a long way to go.
This is what I’ve seen as well. They can make very reasonable-sounding arguments full of scientific data, but if you listen to them long enough, they’re going to reveal what they actually think of other races – in particular, Blacks.