Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Basics...

The following is a “meat and potatoes” type of list illustrating some basic concepts and counterpoints to arguments commonly seen.

1. Don‘t waste your time converting atheists.

It has been said that C.S. Lewis’s classic Christian Apologetic, ‘Mere Christianity’ never converted a true atheist but convinced a multitude of agnostics to finally come off of the fence into the believer’s camp. In regards to the issues surrounding race there are similar divisions of people. Those being, True Believes (us), Racial Agnostics and Racial Atheists. And as with Lewis’s work being most effective at moving the agnostics, likewise we should concentrate our efforts and arguments towards the Racial Agnostics instead of Racial Atheists, who are likely to reject Racialism no matter how compelling the facts presented.

You can generally distinguish between the two through basic conversation.

2. Basic facts.

Most people have no idea about the demographic predicament the White race is in. So tell them that Whites today are in fact no more than around 13% of the world’s population and dropping fast. And what that means is that minorities (non-Whites) are nearly 90% of the worlds population and growing. Who is the minority here?

Now if they reply with, “Yeah but non-Whites are a minority in The West (or specific countries therein),” you can point out that that argument is simply compartmentalizing the issue. Two can play that game. Blacks are a minority in the United States … yeah, and ... Whites are a minority in the Americas. Hispanics are a minority in America …. yeah, and … Whites are a minority in Chicago, New York, etc …

And often along the same lines we hear that, “It’s an ever-changing world.”

Well, no. New Technological toys aside, large swaths of Africa, Asia, Latin America and the middle-east (where the majority of humans live) have seen very little to no change in the last one hundred years (or more). Only in The West is the ever-changing world, ever-changing. Other areas have been able to integrate new technologies into theirsocieties without much alteration to their day-to-day lives.

3. Pointing out the hypocrisy.

We all know this one but it needs repeating to keep it in mind. On the one hand we hear, “I believe race is a social construct. There is no such thing as race,” and on the other hand, “Racially mixed people are more attractive,” or some such comment. Obviously if they argue that there are is no such thing as race then they can’t un-hypocritically claim that there are racially mixed people with whom to compare “bland” un-mixed White people.

With this also comes the, “I judge the individual,” types. When it comes to the topic of, say, black crime, this type always says, “Yeah, well, I judge individuals not whole groups. It isn’t fair to demonize an entire group for the actions of a few.” This very same type will then turn around and suddenly wax collective with such hypocritical zingers as, “White people sure have done the Indians bad.”

4. The historic treatment of minorities.

Ever heard someone talk about minority/majority relations in a historic context? About how the Indians were treated by Whites in the early years of colonization in the New World? Here is the obvious counterpoint; For at least the first century that Whites were in the Americas THEY WERE THE MINORITY GROUP!

The same is true for the British in India and Africa and the Spanish and others in Asia and Latin America.

Also, along similar lines of rebuttal, we often here about the historic stereotyping of minorities in media. Of course the truth is that minorities were indeed stereotyped in films throughout the 30’s 40’s and 50’s. Only, they were stereotyped as almost universally innocent, naïve, often helpful and only occasionally, accidentally, threatening goofballs. How many films prior to the 1970’s portrayed blacks as thieving rapists and/or thuggish murderers? Even with Cowboys and Indians films the main antagonist was almost always a White guy manipulating the hapless natives into going after the good guys. In fact the overall positive portrayal of Indians ( as wise-noble warriors) can be witnessed in the number of White Americans who lay claim to them as distant ancestors.

5. Understanding the definition of words.

Prejudice is a word that is slung around as an insult quite a bit. What does prejudice mean? It means,

“An adverse judgment or opinion formed beforehand or without knowledge or examination of the facts.”
-thefreedictionary.com

It literally means to PRE-judge. If, for example, you declare your dislike of Pizza before ever having tried it, then your opinion is prejudiced. But, if having tried it, you declare your dislike of Pizza, then your opinion is not prejudiced.

The same goes with race. If you have had personal contact with members of another race, have read literature about them and studied the opinions of other who have as well, then your opinion of them, be it negative OR POSITIVE, is hardly prejudiced. Rather, it is a verdict.

I add the positive above because the inverse is true as well. If someone declares a person, place or thing as being good without having any knowledge of that person, place or thing, then there positive opinion is, in fact, prejudiced.

6. ‘Here’ is not always the same place.

When conversation on illegal immigration arises we often here the cry,

Indians we’re here first! Whites are the illegal immigrants!

Or,

We’re all immigrants or the offspring of immigrants.

To this I usually reply with the fact that none of my own ancestors immigrated to the United States, legally or illegally. You see there was no United States prior to its creation in the 1770’s and 1780’s. And all of my ancestors arrived long before then. They were British colonists moving from one part of the empire to another, who, along with other such colonists, created the United States from scratch.

The United States of America is an original social/legal construct created by, for and in the image of, Whites.

The VERY FIRST Americans were White.

So no, the Indians were not here first. That would be like saying that Indians were the founders of the Microsoft Corporation since they once roamed the land where its headquarters currently resides. Or that Geronimo should be listed amongst the historic rosters of the Arizona Cardinals football team since “he was there first.”

7. Other peoples contributed.

Yes, blacks, Asians, Hispanics and others assisted along the way. But does that intimately tie them in with American identity and basic history? Let alone critical decisions about the future course of the nation?

No.

Just think of all the people in your own life who assist in keeping your family going. Dentists, Doctors, Carpenters, Plumbers, Mechanics, Accountants, Police, Lawyers, Ditch Diggers, Road Construction Crews, Janitors, Vendors, Farmers, Coal Miners, Truck Drivers, Fisherman, etc … All people who are often critical to the continuation of you and your family’s quality of living. Yet how many people feel the need to call up ‘Murray the Plumber’ and get his vote on where the family should vacation this year?

How many people would call up the guy who dry-walled their living room last year to hear his side in determining whether grandma should be unplugged from life-support?

8. “I believe in treating everybody equally.”

We’ve all heard that one. Yet nobody who ever utters that nonsense believe in it or practices it. It just sounds good to them. A good (and comical illustrative) rebuttal to that one is:-

Okay, suppose a major war breaks out and you are placed in a position of choosing recruits. Today you have two potentials. One is a smart, fit and healthy young man and the other is mentally retarded.

What would you do, Mr. Equality?

Flip a coin?

9.You can’t judge a book by its cover.

No, but you pay more for a hardback than a paperback, don’t you? Apples and Oranges are both fruits, yet I can tell one from the other by looking at their skins. Maples and Oaks are both trees, yet I can tell one from the other by observing their outward covering, their bark.

10 White Privilege.

Isn’t it comical how the left implies that there is something sinister or out of place about White people socially and culturally dominating in nations where they were historically 90% (or more ) of the population?

How come we don’t hear about “Asian Privilege” in China. I mean, what else could explain the lack of Ethiopian and Ecuadorian heads of state there? No doubt “Asian Privilege” explains why Japanese people dominate Japanese business …

Of course there was historic White Privilege in America. Just like there was English Privilege in England, French Privilege in France, Japanese Privilege in Japan or Jewish Privilege in Israel. Talking about White Privilege in traditional America is about as necessary as talking about “Henderson Privilege” in the Henderson’s household. After all, why do the Henderson kids automatically get to go on vacation with Mr. and Mrs. Henderson? Why does Mr. Henderson only give his own kids an allowance? Why is it always Mrs. Henderson who gets an anniversary present on the Henderson Wedding Anniversary?

Yes, there can be no doubt that a bigoted and insidious force known as “Henderson Privilege” is at work in the Henderson household.



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