Thursday, June 01, 2006

glory days

Eugene Volokh originally reported on a Seattle school district and their odd definition of racism:
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.
In response to criticism, they have changed the web page to not say what they think racism is (via Volokh again) to a paragraph containing this:
Our intention is not to put up additional barriers or develop an “us against them” mindset, nor is it to continue to hold onto unsuccessful concepts such as a melting pot or colorblind mentality.
"Unsuccessful concepts"? The melting-pot concept is one of the most significant factors in America's success as the wealthiest and most powerful nation on earth and one of the most tolerant and integrated. As to the colorblind mentality, that was once a rallying cry for the Left when they were pretending that racism is a peculiarity of the right. Now that we have a mostly colorblind society, the Left thinks they can get more leverage by bringing racism back. Oh for the excitement of racist riots against the Man! The Black Panthers robbing banks and killing cops! White people protesting court-ordered school bussing, getting confronted by the National Guard and soaked with fire hoses! What good socialist doesn't pine for those days of civil strife?

Caprice D. Hollins, the writer of this racist sentence, doesn't think minorities ought to copy the successful culture they find themselves in. She most certainly does want to put up an "us against them" mindset or she wouldn't be going out of her way to create differences between races. This woman believes that thinking about the future, taking responsibility for your own well-being, and speaking the standard dialect are just for White people. She is a racist and shouldn't be in a position of authority in any government organization.

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