I’m Not Racist, I’m Culturist, by Gayle

Prefering one’s own culture to others does not make one racist or ethnically prejudiced. From Gayle at theburningplatform.com:

I have been accused of being a racist more than once. I don’t like to think of myself as one of those, but I notice I am unable to relate a story about a non-Caucasian person or persons without specifying their racial identification as a matter of course in describing what happened. More than likely, the story has nothing to do with their race or the expression of it. As a matter of fact, I was posting a response to a thread on TBP the other day and found myself doing it again, so I just stopped the comment. I am trying to break this habit. Honestly, that’s about as far as my racism goes. I think.

The increase in the number of posts relating to the superiority of the white race over other races has not escaped my attention. People from Africa, Asia, and the Middle East are favorite subjects of comparative derision. Then there are the Jews, who are in a class all by themselves, often identified as “the tribe.” The accomplishments of white people over the past 120 or so centuries are impressive, generally speaking, although some of the other groups who have had the pleasure of interacting with us may not fully agree. At any rate, a world neatly compartmentalized by race and tribe is a relic of the long-distant past. As forced racial mixing increases, so does the tension within societies.

I think about my dear friend Rita. She is an educated professional and a long-married wife and the mother of some kids. She makes me laugh and laugh. We share similar values. For the purposes of this post, I have to tell you she is a beautiful black lady. I could care less what color she is. Green would be fine. The magic of Rita lies in the fact that she and I share the same culture. That culture is what I would classify as “traditional American.” It is Euro-centric, Christian, and open. It values mutual respect, hard work, thrift, and fair play. It speaks the same language. It believes in redemption and is generous with second chances. It appreciates order and creativity and is tolerant. You get the idea. It is my culture and I love it and want to protect it even though it is far from perfect.

I realize that I am very fearful about what is happening to my culture. Mr. Quinn in his Civil War II posts does a fine job of enumerating the long list of assaults upon it. A few people in positions of power have decided to change the culture to something more to their liking. They have devised a brilliant strategy for shutting down objections to their efforts by defining those who disagree as racists and all the other terms that describe those in Hillary’s basket of deplorables. If you disagree with their plan, you are indeed a terrible person and you’d better adjust your attitude. It has worked like a charm to stifle dissent for a long time.

To continue reading: I’m Not Racist, I’m Culturist

3 responses to “I’m Not Racist, I’m Culturist, by Gayle

  1. My culture is primacy of the individual mind and inviolate respect for reason – ultimately, just two different ways of saying the same thing. The values of, in a word – the proper meaning of that word – civilization. All else is irrelevant, derivative of those values, or inimical to them. Statistical aggregate characteristics do not alter the fact that ethnicity and race are the former. Intrinsic elements of Christianity, exegetical cherry-picking to the contrary not withstanding, are the latter.

    Not entirely OT: The Affordable Plumbing Act.

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    • I don’t disagree with you. I made the same points in “Tribes.” The question I have, is how are you defining “culture?” Are there cultures other than the one you identify? If so, is it then possible to judge among cultures as to which come closest to one based on the “primacy of the individual mind and inviolate respect for reason,” even if none consistently and fully reach that goal?

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      • I’m not entirely satisfied with this, but rather than continue resisting digression, I figured I’d go ahead and post it to see if I’m at least within sight of answering your questions.

        >how are you defining “culture?”
        In terms of essentials. Civilization (see Freud, below) does not mean Euro-centric monolingual Christian. My motive for commenting on the article is that those who, like its author, seek to defend derivative values of civilization, such as mutual respect, hard work, thrift, fair play, order, creativity and tolerance need to understand that. Many don’t.

        >Are there cultures other than the one you identify?
        By my definition, strictly speaking, no. As Freud rather bluntly put it: “I scorn to distinguish between culture and civilization”. However . . .

        >If so, is it then possible to judge among cultures as to which come closest to one based on the “primacy [and so on]”. . .
        By the conventional dictionary definition: “a particular society that has its own beliefs, ways of life, art, etc.” there obviously are different cultures, which can – must – be judged by essentials, by the extent to which they are civilized, not by whether they align with irrelevant – or inimical – cultural (conventionally defined) traits. As an aside, Freud, in conjunction with the prior quote, defined civilization / culture as: “all those respects in which human life has raised itself above its animal status and differs from the life of beasts”, an alternate – I would say better – conventional definition for “culture”.

        >. . . even if none consistently and fully reach that goal?
        As the old cliche has it, if you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll never get there. Freud again: “We may insist as often as we like that man’s intellect is powerless in comparison with his instinctual life, and we may be right in this. Nevertheless, there is something peculiar about this weakness. The voice of the intellect is a soft one, but it does not rest until it has gained a hearing, Finally, after a countless succession of rebuffs, it succeeds. This is one of the few points on which one may be optimistic about the future of mankind, but it is in itself a point of no small importance.” BTW, all the Freud cited is from The Future of an Illusion, which, even though I take strong exception to some of its assertions, I highly recommend. It gets a number of critically important things very much right.

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