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Staying on the Bus

So’s you can go the back of the bus…

That’s what’s all the rage, now. It’s great to be the victim of racism. The racists…they’re everywhere. Don’t miss out. Be a victim today.

Cultural Racism:
Those aspects of society that overtly and covertly
attribute value and normality to white people and Whiteness, and
devalue, stereotype, and label people of color as
“other”, different, less than, or render them
invisible. Examples of these norms include defining white skin
tones as nude or flesh colored, having a future time orientation,
emphasizing individualism as opposed to a more collective ideology,
defining one form of English as standard, and identifying only
Whites as great writers or composers.

Well, it’s been blogged all over the place, so I’m not sure who’d I’d give credit to. Call a nude white person nude: your a racist. Claim your individuality: racist. Plan your future: racist. Call proper English proper: racist. Mention a good writer or composer who happens to be white, while not also mentioning one who happens to be black, brown, red, or yellow: racist.

My god.  What it must take to bend a human mind around to the point where it ‘works’ like this.

Indeed.

Update: Samizdata has a good take with good links to other good takes.

Richard Nikoley

I'm Richard Nikoley. Free The Animal began in 2003 and as of 2021, contains 5,000 posts. I blog what I wish...from health, diet, and food to travel and lifestyle; to politics, social antagonism, expat-living location and time independent—while you sleep—income. I celebrate the audacity and hubris to live by your own exclusive authority and take your own chances. Read More

3 Comments

  1. Laura on May 20, 2006 at 20:43

    Surely you're smart enough that calling a nude white person nude is not what the issue is. Think pantyhose.

    "Proper" is ever a relative term. Each dialect has rules, the same as your "proper" English, and it has a time and a place. Were I to speak purely "proper" English in my area, I would be rejected as haughty and, likely as not, misunderstood for using unfamiliar terms and constructions. Being bilingual is an asset, as is being fluent in multiple dialects. All help you make the point you're trying to get across in different settings.

    And surely you have noticed the preponderance of DWM's on canonical lists. How is anyone other than a white male supposed to aspire if those are all the examples they see? I think you underestimate the importance of role models that look like you, since, I presume, you have had no trouble in your life seeing one that looked like you any day of the week.

  2. Richard Nikoley on May 21, 2006 at 07:44

    Laura:

    I essentially don't have much argument with what you've written. But what you're written is quite beside the point. I'm certainly willing to concede that this is a country settled by white folks and that heritage will probably always make non-whites feel that their cultural heritage lies elsewhere (Africa, South America, Asia, etc.).

    So what?

    I lived in Japan for five years. I can guarantee you that the cultural and practical differences of life between myself and the Japanese were far more pronounced than anything you're likely to find here. And, before you go there, native Anglos are born in Japan and other places in Asia and call those places home.

    These are all inescapable conditions resulting from the reality that humans exist as different races of people with different physical conditions that evolved in different parts of the world, resulting in different norms and cultures. But none of that is racist per se, and that was the implication of that website and what I was objecting to. Certainly, racism exists in the form of ignorant racist behavior on the part of individuals, but it's not cultural, i.e., the near equivelent of Original Sin.

    "Cultural Racism" is an invalid concept because the essential defining characteristics of racism make it the domain of individual, purposeful thought and action. There can be no such thing as racism by a group or a culture. Individuals are either racist, or their not, by their own thoughts and deeds, not by accident of birth and culture.

    The utter nonsense represented by that Seattle School District definitions page has but one goal: "Affirmative Action," i.e., in this case, the twisting of facts, reason, and context in order to paint all white individuals and their cultures as racist.

    Disclosure: I am married to a "brown skin."

  3. Billy Beck on May 21, 2006 at 09:11

    "And surely you have noticed the preponderance of DWM's on canonical lists. How is anyone other than a white male supposed to aspire if those are all the examples they see?"

    Laura… can't you see the difference between the work and the person?

    Are you a fool?

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