The race obsession

WERE IT NOT so disruptive and destructive, the seething obsession with race in the United States would be hilarious.

blackDo most nations do this? No. It exists almost exclusively in the white man’s world, and it’s something the white man is doing to himself, self-abuse, gleefully abetted by blacks.

Are citizens daily hurling accusations of racism at fellow citizens in China, Russia, Bolivia, Kenya, Israel, ad nauseam? Of course not.

Slavery caused it, you might say. But slavery existed in South America too. Slavery has existed throughout human history in almost all corners of the globe, and it still exists in some zones.  People with all manner of skin tones, including white people, have been slaves.

Yet this perpetual hurling of “You’re a racist!” is almost exclusively contained nowadays in societies dubbed liberal democracies.

mariaIt is a political tool used by leftists. Sure, conservatives fling it on occasion too, but that’s because it’s a filthy habit they’ve picked up from leftists. It’s become so common that everybody uses it. It’s now a late-stage cancer eating the innards of society.

The cancer is not racism itself — not at all — but the constant hurling of the epithet and the grievous damage it’s causing.

Racism is part of human nature, and always will be. People, many of whom are not too bright, look askance at those who are different. You will never, ever stop this. You must live with it, and try to ease its effects as much as possible, occasionally with sensible laws.

blondeTragically, the racism epithet is rotting American society, and it’s a dreadful thing to witness from down where I live.

Were it possible, I would come up there and rap you all across the knuckles with a hardwood cane. I would do it until you’re bloody and howling with pain. It would be good and just.

29 thoughts on “The race obsession”

  1. Felipe, I think you write provocative pieces for the sake of comments sometimes. Of course, racism is alive and well SOB (south of the border). Has there ever been a black high-ranking official in Honduras despite the large population of black citizens that tend to live on the north coast? Of course not. Why do upper and middle class people there love the name, Blanca? I knew a dark friend named Blanca who was from a town with lots of mixed black and brown ancestry. She once told me sadly that her youngest was sadly “too dark” even though by all accounts he was the most industrious of her progeny. NOB, the conservatives have the racist card as a trump card in the South. Even this weekend, I saw a gubernatorial ad that had flashes of a black man with a gun as the white old guy running for office proclaimed he wouldn’t be soft on crime.

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    1. Ah, Laurie, you did not read my post carefully. I did not say there is no racism south of the border. I said precisely the opposite. I said racism is an inherent characteristic of the human species and that it exists everywhere, and that will never, ever change. What I said was that people are not constantly tossing the “racist” epithet willy-nilly in most parts of the world as is done these days in the U.S. and Western Europe.

      As for the contention that I write provocative pieces for the sake of comments, that may be true to a small degree, but what is more true is that I write these things because they are what fascinate me.

      Someone once asked William F. Buckley — I think it was George Will — how he could consistently write three columns a week, and Buckley replied that he always got irritated at something at least three times a week, and he wrote about those things.

      Again, this is not a blog about living in Mexico. It’s about, well, whatever.

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    2. Rereading the post, I imagine it was the first paragraph that led you off-course. Perhaps I could have written it differently, but everything that follows makes it clear that I am referring to the endless epithets and name-calling.

      Racism itself is universal. Only the historically white, liberal democracies these days, however, are swimming in the seas of perpetual racial insults, name-calling, etc.

      That is the issue.

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    3. Yes, skin tone is of much interest in Latin America, and everyone wants their babies to be light-skinned. But it’s not a seething obsession that’s leading to societal disintegration. That is happening in the United States.

      Interestingly, I would wager that most everyone in Africa also wants their babies to be as light-toned as possible. Why is it that everybody wants to be white? Now there’s a good topic.

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      1. Andean: You’re the second person in the last few weeks who seems to lack the “like” button on your screen. Don’t know why. Others still see and use it.

        But, as I mentioned earlier, Laurie missed the point of my post, so why you’re traveling down that same path is a mystery to me.

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        1. I “see” the button but it doesn’t “work” for me. Tried to “Like” someone else’s comment on your previous post. Didn’t work then either.

          Simple, I Liked what she said.

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  2. Provoking the thought process is never wrong.

    African-Americans now make up about twelve percent of the population. Given the activities of Planned Parenthood, I suspect in ten or fifteen years that number will fall to about eight or seven percent.

    The mixed-race portion of our society will increase, but as this process occurs, those mixed persons will identify more with the dominate race. I see that happening in other racial groups. Bobby Jindal may look Indian, but underneath, he is Anglo. The upper crust of India is more British than the Brits.

    Thinking about population control, China has had a one-child program for years. They are now approaching a population without brothers, sisters, cousins, uncles and aunts. When the grandparents and parents are gone, who will they have as family. Maybe a spouse and a child, if they are lucky.

    It all sounds so lonesome.

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    1. Señor Gill: Speaking of Bobby Jindal, I would love to see him sitting behind the desk in the Oval Office. But that ain’t gonna happen. He’s making no traction, unfortunately.

      Now you stop it with that “African-American” business, you hear? Black Americans are no more African than you and I are, which is to say not at all. I think I’ve fussed at you about this before. Don’t make me come up there. It could get ugly.

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      1. I suspect that most of the so-called “black” folks in the U.S. are now mixed. I worked with a fellow that had his DNA done as a part of a genealogy project. They work with the Y chromosome only. He was expecting Kunta Kinte, and what he got was Hagar the Horrible.

        African-American is now the one socially acceptable term. My father used to use the dreaded and now-forbidden term, but my mother opted for the more genteel term “colored.” Both words will get you into a lot of trouble now, as will negro.

        You have been out of the U.S. too long. You cannot even think some words.

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        1. Señor Gill: I oppose, and you should too, all hyphenated names. They are divisive and unpatriotic. And I keep up just fine with the doings in your crackpot country via the internet. I bet I know what’s happening up there better than most Americans who still live among you.

          If you pay attention you’ll notice that blacks use African-American far less than whites who have been frightened into not using any alternative. Blacks say black more often than not, and black is perfectly okay as is white for whites.

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          1. The point I wanted to make is that hardly anyone is black, but most are varying degrees of color. As to what these folks call themselves and each other, we dare not use those terms. That portion of our society is divided not so much by skin color as economic and educational divisions.

            And, for us, the safest term is “African-American.” Let us not get in trouble.

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              1. Our society is rife with those willing and anxious to take umbrage with those expressing opinions other than the approved ideas and verbiage. Is it worse to knuckle under and say uncle or to flee the country? Neither of us are fighting the fight.

                Dr. Carson said that he felt that a Muslim should not be president. That is the end of his political career. Sad but true.

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            1. Señor Gill: Were I still living in the U.S., I would still be spouting this stuff. Believe it. Of course, having no need to maintain gainful employment offers a lovely freedom, something most of you do not have, alas.

              Carson is quite right, of course. A Mohammedan should not be president. Whether that shoots down his campaign is questionable. People who disagree with that would not have voted for him anyway. Time will tell. He’s not my first choice, or anywhere near it, but for other reasons.

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              1. Well, Don Lemon on CNN was just discussing the end of Dr. Carson’s political career. My wife turned to me and said, “They must be crazy; no one in their right mind would want a Muslim president.” I suspect that the know-it-alls in the media have misjudged the feelings of the masses. The doctor will not only survive this, he will thrive from it.

                Meanwhile, the media keeps trying to trip up Mr. Trump on a similar issue. He is just too oily to get caught up in it.

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            2. Señor Gill: Don Lemon is widely known to be a shamelessly biased “journalist” and a mental lightweight to boot. He was an affirmative-action hire, good-looking, and the perfect face of today’s CNN, which is losing viewers on a daily basis, big-time.

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            3. Señor Gill: Saw a news item today that said that Carson’s financial contributions shot way up after his comment about a Muslim president.

              Another I saw was Hillary reacting to Carson’s opinion. She said an American-born Muslim is legally entitled to be president, proving she missed Carson’s point completely.

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          2. Here in deep blue and highly “liberal” Massachusetts, it’s still perfectly OK to say “black” when referring to a person of African descent. And if it’s OK here, it’s got to be OK anywhere in the USA.

            Don’t believe everything you read in the press. You are distant (in both time and space) from the USA. The media has its own agenda, and it doesn’t always reflect the truth of the matter.

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  3. And on what do you base the premise of this post? Have you done an iota of research on race relations in non-European cultures?

    I’d love to see a citation or two from your research on the topic.

    Otherwise I will file this under “opinion,” maybe even under “opinion, crazy.”

    Saludos,

    Kim G
    Boston, MA
    Where we don’t think US society is disintegrating at all. And neither do all the hordes who are frantically trying to get in.

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  4. Yes, you should file this under “opinion.” However, its not all “crazy.” In fact, I would like to provide you with the hardwood cane. Do not use it sparingly.

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    1. Smokesilver: Just a few weeks ago, I purchased a lovely mahogany cane on the downtown plaza. I don’t (yet) need a cane. I simply bought it because it was lovely. But I can use it for this purpose. If you provide me with another, I will fill both hands, and I can do more damage.

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  5. I love Teddy Roosevelt’s short speech on hyphenated Americans:

    “There is no room in this country for hyphenated Americanism. When I refer to hyphenated Americans, I do not refer to naturalized Americans. Some of the very best Americans I have ever known were naturalized Americans, Americans born abroad. But a hyphenated American is not an American at all.

    “This is just as true of the man who puts “native” before the hyphen as of the man who puts German or Irish or English or French before the hyphen. Americanism is a matter of the spirit and of the soul. Our allegiance must be purely to the United States. We must unsparingly condemn any man who holds any other allegiance.

    “But if he is heartily and singly loyal to this Republic, then no matter where he was born, he is just as good an American as anyone else. The one absolutely certain way of bringing this nation to ruin, of preventing all possibility of its continuing to be a nation at all, would be to permit it to become a tangle of squabbling nationalities, an intricate knot of German-Americans, Irish-Americans, English-Americans, French-Americans, Scandinavian-Americans or Italian-Americans, each preserving its separate nationality, each at heart feeling more sympathy with Europeans of that nationality than with the other citizens of the American Republic.

    “The men who do not become Americans and nothing else are hyphenated Americans; and there ought to be no room for them in this country. The man who calls himself an American citizen and who yet shows by his actions that he is primarily the citizen of a foreign land, plays a thoroughly mischievous part in the life of our body politic. He has no place here, and the sooner he returns to the land to which he feels his real heart-allegiance, the better it will be for every good American.”

    Theodore Roosevelt
    Address to the Knights of Columbus
    New York City, October 12th, 1915

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