We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
No doubt there will be safe spaces for white middle class jocks too. People like to hang out with those with whom they have more in common. The racial component seems rather strange, as if, for example, all brown people have a lot in common. That is ridiculous.
I predict that one ethnic group will not go for this sort of thing: Asians. Forgive the evil stereotype, but Asian kids seem versatile, comfortable, well-adjusted, and goal-directed. There are reasons for that, and it is not all their higher average IQs.
Asians. Speaking as a part member (I am mixed ethnically) of this group, and with ties to both Japanese and Korean culture, the main reason is the strong parental/family structure and the Confucian philosophy of "right order" and belief in hard work and scholarship that still underlies a lot of Asian culture, even if it is not always recognized explicitly:
1. Your parents will give you holy hell (and if you are Korean, maybe even a few whacks to the side of your head--sorry, a stereotype, but that is the way it is) if you screw around with this kind of nonsense in college, because you are wasting time when you should be studying, you are bringing shame on your family, you are being selfish when your parents and ancestors have sacrificed to get you where you are, and you are screwing up your future.
2. If you have grown up in an Asian culture, you realize that this over-sensitization to race-sex-gender is a peculiarly neurotic American behavior which is not found in other societies. People in Japan and Korea and China don't spend their time obsessing about these things. And they realize everybody "discriminates" every day, in all sorts of ways. That is the reality of life. You deal with it.
3. You were raised to understand that no one owes you anything or is going to give you anything. And certainly not because of the color of your skin. If you want to get somewhere, you have to do so by working and studying your butt off.
I saw a video a few months ago of some Asian-American girl at Berkeley who had drunk the kool-aid and was doing the whole discriminated-against-feminist thing and disrupting a meeting. The only thing I could think of was how she had really just shamed her family and how mortified they would be when they saw this video. I felt badly for them.
And then there was another time when I was at a reception for Justice Scalia where a Japanese-American girl (sansei, third generation American) started asking him insulting questions. Her father, who was in another part of the audience, stood up and ordered her to shut up and sit down, and then apologized to Justice Scalia for her rude behavior.
In my experience, Japanese Americans (and perhaps other Asians) have a strong identity as a superior culture. They will happily adapt to Western ways, but to some degree they hold on to their native perspectives. And good for them. It certainly seems to serve them well.
Asians do hold onto their heritage and they have their own internal battles about assimilation, but on the whole they immigrate to the United States with the intention of succeeding in, and assimilating to, U.S culture. As with early Jewish immigrants, blending in is seen as desirable, not capitulation. This old Onion graphic always makes me laugh:
I predict that the discrimination laws (and school rules) will be used to prevent white males from having their own spaces. It's already happened. We had responsible parents, therefore we're "privileged" and evil.
Colleges are not a good measure, but somehow people think they are because people of all races are thrown in together, and that seems like a grand experiment. Yet once you are out orf college other ways of slicing the pie become more important. Age is a stronger "prejudice" if you will, than race. In a group, I am most comfortable with old guys like me. There is some division by sex, by intelligence, by profession/interest...
People who have been parents gravitate together, and marital status is a selector as well. Income, education, religion - all of these exert different forces in different situations.
The greatest divide is between those who are healthy and those who are not.
Race is one of the larger factors, but it is not the only and seldom determinative in and of itself
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