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Race Or Culture? And What About Obama?

Ever since the ascension of the anointed one, the country has been having a discussion about race. Most of this discussion has been accusations that anyone who objects to anything the anointed one does is guilty of being a racist. Putting aside the obvious logical difficulties of this position, it is tantamount to suggesting that anyone who votes for a white candidate is a white supremacist. Calling an opponent a racist is also a verbal nuclear weapon that shuts down rational discussion. Which, after all, is really the point. When someone unlimbers that word, what they’re saying is that they haven’t any good reasons to argue with, but they want to win so badly that ad hominem attacks are an acceptable weapon.

But after having given it years of thought, most of it before the anointed one’s election, I have come to a few conclusions about the state of race in this country. My first, and perhaps most important, conclusion is that the problems asserted to be about race seldom are. Which is not to say that there aren’t any. In any group of people, it has been my experience that there is always that ten per cent that is composed of intractable idiots. And there is a group of people that are stupid enough to judge others on what are irrelevant characteristics.

Leaving the obvious racists aside, I believe that the problems ascribed to racism are actually a reaction to cultural differences. Let me illustrate. Suppose you are given a choice of two places to live. One is a house that is neighbored by Barack Obama, Clarence Page, and Alan Keyes. The other is an identical house, except that this time your neighbors would be crips, bloods, and latin kings. Lets make it even more interesting. A third house is available, but your neighbors would be that droopy-drawered idiot Marshal Mathers, Gilbert Gotfried, and Ed Gein. Which house do you choose? Let’s face it, most of us would choose the first option. The answer says less about race than about culture.

Make no mistake, there is a culture in America and there has always been one. Americans have long considered ourselves as something unique in the world. We have prided ourselves on being a melting pot, where hard work and “fitting in” have been seen as pathways to success. We are all familiar with the stories of immigrant families who refused to speak their native tongue, preferring to learn English. At the same time, we all remember stories of anti-Irish, anti-German, and anti-Italian prejudice in years past.  Even Catholics, regardless of their race, were a target of the Klan. Yet all of those groups, except Catholics, who encompass all races, were white. Was the issue race? Clearly not. The issue was cultural. People were afraid that the prevailing American culture would be debased. As much as I hate to defend Joe Biden, he was mostly right when he suggested that Barack was “clean, bright, and articulate.” Those are some of the qualities that our culture values.

Compare that to cultural practices we generally object to. We object to clitorectomies, for example, regardless of the race that practices it. We object to the beheading of infidels, As a matter of fact, we generally object to the idea of infidels. We would object even if they were practiced by Europeans. Closer to home, we object to keeping chickens in the front yards of city homes, selling drugs on street corners, drive by shootings, and songs glorifying the debasement of women. When I say we, of course, I mean those of us who believe that we are the heirs to a cultural paradigm that reflects the undeniable dignity of each and every individual.

Having said all that, I believe that the election of Obama had little to do with race. Obama’s race was a factor for that idiotic ten percent, certainly. But for the rest of us, his race was only important as a reminder of the things that are important, and the things that are not. Regardless of his skin color, the anointed one shares some of the cultural values of the majority of us. This allowed the large majority of people to focus on his policies, or lack thereof. His race was largely irrelevant in the face of his cultural similarities.

I also believe that America needs to focus on our shared cultural heritage and insist, as is the right of any group, that we all accept and adapt ourselves to that heritage.

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  1. August 10, 2013 at 11:29 am

    Thank you for sharing your info. I truly appreciate your efforts
    and I am waiting for your next post thanks once again.

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