After a brief pause in eligible Comments of the Day, I am suddenly inundated with candidates, with blogging veteran Glenn Logan at the fore with two more to follow on his recent post. These, and another non-Logan COTD on the runway, were sparked by the Ethics Alarms post about the above content on a Smithsonian website, which threatens all records for “well-intentioned “racial stereotyping.
Here’s Glenn’s Comment of the Day #2 of three, (with the next coming up later today. Three is a row is a record!) on the post, “KABOOM! Anti-White Stereotyping At The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture”:
Looking at the chart, I’m just curious as to which of these things black people don’t accept as their own as well as whites?
Let’s look at a few candidates:
1. Self-reliance: The alternative is some kind of tribal arrangement where the leaders are responsible for everyone’s well-being. This may be the way of African tribes (I really don’t know), but our founding documents have self-reliance as a major tenet. Remember who founded this country. And not all white people have this system. See Europe.
2. Nuclear family: Is this bad? Is it somehow not applicable to black people? Would they argue that black men fathering tens of children out of wedlock and requiring women to raise and support them a better/preferable system?
3. Wife subordinate to husband: This hasn’t been the norm for decades, especially in other “white” countries. Was this written for pre-1970’s America? In what way are black relationships better if men are not required to accept any responsibility for whatever passes as a black “nuclear family?”
4. Objective, rational, linear thinking: Again, in what way is a black person different? Do they think emotional, irrational, unreason is preferable? Can somebody show me anyplace in history, whatever the race, where this kind of non-rational thinking was effective?
5. Heavy focus on the British Empire: Does my history book deceive me, or did our founders not commit treason and rebellion against the British Empire, i.e., they were former British citizens? The first Americans adopted the language because it was then, and is now, the language of business. That said, is there some reason we should now change to Swahili or another African language? Or Arabic? French, maybe?
6. Hard work: Is there some other key to success that black people know about that I don’t? I’m willing to listen.
7. No tolerance for deviation from monotheism: Well, a century ago, maybe, or 75 years. I pass a Hindu temple on the way to work that for some reason still operates unencumbered, and isn’t it interesting that Muslims think Christians are polytheist because of the Holy Trinity?
8. Wealth = Worth: They must be talking about wealthy liberals. God knows most Americans haven’t subscribed to this idea for decades.
9. Plan for the future: Is there some other way to plan? I mean, the very word “plan” requires an un-attained objective, some future goal, by definition. Is just letting the future happen and hoping for the best somehow preferable, or even desirable?
10. Time: I guess we could all go on “Aloha time,” but I suspect if we want to be competitive against other countries and cultures, “whenever I get around to it” might impede that objective.
11. Steak and potatoes: Okay, you’ve crossed the line here. Stay off my damn food, and eat what you please. Hemlock, if you prefer, I don’t care.
12. English common law: Our founders implemented what they knew, and as far as I know, nobody has made a convincing a case that some other system, say, Sharia law, is better.
13. Be #1 in competition: This is so pre-1980’s — unfortunately.
14. The “King’s English”: See #5. Also, please propose a better alternative that enables everyone to communicate. Common language is what binds a country together, and inability to communicate leads to conflict and war.