Latest Threads
Latest
Greatest Threads
Greatest
Lobby
Lobby
Journals
Journals
Search
Search
Options
Options
Help
Help
Login
Login
Home » Discuss » Journals » entanglement » Archives Donate to DU
Advertise Liberally! The Liberal Blog Advertising Network
Advertise on more than 70 progressive blogs!
entanglement's Journal - Archives
Posted by entanglement in General Discussion (01/01/06 through 01/22/2007)
Thu May 18th 2006, 05:46 AM
(1) For most people, RACE IS REAL and PERMANENT . No matter how many biological studies are done to show the folly of rigid 'race' classification, people will hold on to the idea like nothing else BECAUSE IT IS PART OF ONE'S IDENTITY in a multi-'racial' society. Its apparent permanency contributes to one's identity (in that sense, 'race' is a harder label to change than sex, which is at least alterable in theory by surgical means). This leads credence to the idea that change, if any, must be brought about by active efforts of individuals (see (10)).

(2) Race, ethnicity and appearance are A MEANS OF FRIEND / FOE identification for most . Even the most liberal liberal walking into a supermarket immediately knows who's 'them' and who's 'us'. It may be subconscious, and followed by remorse a moment later, but it's there. You might disagree vehemently, but MOST likely your choice of friends, partners, and neighborhoods was based, at least in part, on race / ethnicity.

(3) A racial hierarchy denies the rights of some, and, JUST AS IMPORTANTLY, confers certain privileges to others . The majority of liberals will agree (to some extent) with the former, but utterly deny the latter.

(4) Every human being has an answer to the question "Who are your people?" or, at least they know who aren't 'their' people.

(5) TRIBALISM is a direct consequence of the eons-old idea of strength in numbers prevailing over everything else. YOU AND I LOOK ALIKE, SO LET'S STICK TOGETHER AND BOTH OUR BLOODLINES HAVE A BETTER CHANCE OF SURVIVAL. It will take millenia of modernity to fight this instinct.

(6) HISTORY is experienced differently by different people. Hence, naive entreaties 'to forget the past and start afresh' are likely to have quite the opposite, unintended effect.

(7) PERCEIVED COMMONALITY (race) ALWAYS beats MEASURABLE COMMONALITY (economics / class). The examples are too numerous to mention.

(8) AVOWED RACIALISTS are an insignificant threat compared to the supposedly 'non-racist'. This will raise hackles, but historically far, far more harm has been done by the 'non-racist' majority by subtle means / silence / collusion than any bunch of Skinheads.

(9) WORDS MATTER. In dialogs on race / immigration, what is hinted at or barely spoken of may be the most important thing. Watch out for the code words 'flood', 'invasion', 'taking-over', 'stealing'.
And yes, tar-baby.

(10) ULTRA-NATIONALISM is the bright, shiny uniform hiding the stinking corpse of racism.

(11) What good are you if you are not a race traitor? For starters, you'd have to accept points (1), (2), (3) and (6). Not easy, but possible. Also, every time you defy a stereotype, you weaken the Beast. People around you laughing at a N***er joke? Don't tell them how wrong it is because they don't care . Instead say, "What's with all the thieving White Christians and their corporate scams these days?" If they object, you can always say "Oh, don't be so PC"



Entanglement

PS: Some ideas in this post were influenced by the writings of Tim Wise and Noel Ignatiev, among others.
Read entry | Discuss (40 comments)
Greatest Threads
The ten most recommended threads posted on the Democratic Underground Discussion Forums in the last 24 hours.
Visitor Tools
Use the tools below to keep track of updates to this Journal.
Random Journal
Random Journal
 
Home  |  Discussion Forums  |  Journals  |  Campaigns  |  Links  |  Store  |  Donate
About DU  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy
Got a message for Democratic Underground? Click here to send us a message.