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November 12, 2003

Opinion strikes again

Titled The difficulties of dealing with race, this article is a paean to white self-hatred and contempt. It had this choice quote:

I read quotes like this from Ann Cook: “Caucasians, especially the U.S. variety, are noted for their ruthless destruction of the cultures of others — whatever parts they can reach — and their vulgarization of what remains.”

Of course I agree. How dare I not? Cook also writes, “Even though I identify with other colored peoples of the world, since we all share a common exploiter, and I know that being the majority of the world’s population, we should unite to defeat this man . . .”

To which I think, well . . . yes. Judging from history, the white man probably should be completely annihilated.

This I think is a part of the result of the victory of the camp of Opinion, the contributions in science, statecraft and morality, facts, are irrelevant in the face of political resentments. Simply by rhetorically assaulting the Western contribution to world civilization, or more properly, the Westernization of world civilization, a small cadre of writers have changed the very nature of the historical record in the minds of a vast number of bright minds seduced by the likes of Opinion. Any factual rebuttal falls on deaf ears, after all, facts coming out of the dominant Western power structure are simply opinions, and politically unpalatable ones at that.

Finally, I bold-faced "the vulgarization of what remains" for a specific reason: I was born in Bangladesh (though to some privilege on a relative scale), and vulgarization would be a large improvement in many ways. But what do I know, my main role is to play the sinless colored who acts as the receptacle for white guilt and self-flagellation.

Posted by razib at 03:26 PM

But being that receptacle for white guilt and self-flagellation helps you score with the chicks, doesn't it? So it can't be all bad... :)

Posted by: Jacqueline at November 12, 2003 03:41 PM

How do they explain the millions of people who willingly come to the west to subject themselves to further exploitation? Masochists? Brainwashed? Wanting to boff hot self-hating white college girls? ; )

Posted by: Portal31 at November 12, 2003 03:59 PM

Wanting to boff hot self-hating white college girls?

add blonde please.

Posted by: razib at November 12, 2003 04:15 PM

racism, xenophobia, anti-environmental practices, etc. all the evil of western culture is not unique.

but the enlightenment intellectual tradition, robust liberalism, etc. all the good of western culture is unique.

this seems a trival observation, but we live in a world right now where in many academic circles this sort of point is the worst sort of reactionary apologia. of course, on the low culture level robust patriotism and love of things western persists, but, i am worried that without high culture re-enforcement of these values, they will whither....

p.s. if westerners were deleted from the world in 1800, slavery and monarchy would probably be conventional facets of our world....

Posted by: razib at November 12, 2003 04:58 PM

I think there is a patronizing and paternalistic element to academic white self-hatred which, by minimizing and rationalizing the brutalities of non-western peoples, implies that what sets Europeans apart is that they should know better, in fact do know better, and commit these brutal and bloodthirsty acts anyway. In contrast to Japanese, Arabs, Aztecs, Zulus who presumably don't know any better and therefore can be excused. It smacks of Easterbrook implying that Hollywood Jewish executives of all people should know better than to produce shlock like Kill Bill and are greedy bastards for doing it anyway.

Posted by: Portal31 at November 12, 2003 05:15 PM