Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Things I Know #21

Phraseology inspired by longtime friend and practical brother -- Mark.

# 21. Racism is a part of the history of every race. (corollary: Bigotry is a part of the history of every culture.)

This in response to the tired Leftist charge that racism is a part of "our" history, as if it were something uniquely American, even uniquely "white American" -- that we must now remedy by punishing people who never were racist -- with racism. Or substitute sexism, or whatever your pet "ism-ism" is.

He responded thus:

Of course bigotry and racism are part of our history. Same for Hutus and Zulus, Sunnis and Shias, Protestants and Catholics, Kurds and Iraqis, Incans and Mayans, Pawnee and Sioux, British and Irish (seriously- the British thought the Irish were a lower breed), etc. etc. etc. Holy shit, every country has these issues. To point at white guys is to point back at yourself. I don't believe there is any "reverse" to racism, and bigotry is certainly not the sole domain of the caucasian.

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