Archive for May, 2015

The Race Pool

Posted by Troy on 18th May 2015 in Human Nature

I’m listening to NPR in the car.  This American Life comes on, and one of the segments was on when to expose your child to race and racism.  The presenter was a black comedian that married a white girl.  He said that he had exposed his child to the concept of race (that she was black) at the age of five, but that he hadn’t exposed her to the concept of racism.

Instantly, I thought of my own upbrining.  At no time did my parents sit me down and tell me that I was white and that I should be proud of my whiteness.  It occurred to me what a vast disservice they did to the child in doing so.  They are creating a self-fulfilling prophecy.  They tell the child “you are different and separate based upon the color of your skin.”  How could anyone expect that such separating identity would not persist into adulthood?  And, in fact, if you heard of a white parent telling their kids about the grandness of their whiteness, people would be shocked and would decry it as racist, as would be befitting.  I grew up with a sense of myself as me.  I was not anything.  I was not white.  I don’t even really think I identified myself as a Southerner.  First and foremost, above all else, I was an American.  A flag-waving, unapologetic American.  It was a bedrock that all my other beliefs are based upon.  Of my personal heritage, I hail from English, Scott, Irish, and German lineage.  I disavow all.  I am American.

The concept of when to introduce someone to the concept of race?  I feel it is unnecessary.  Society will do that for you at some point.  I think it is more important to treat such a difference as unimportant and be ready to explain the concept when the child asks.  The man went on to talk about someone else that steeped his child in “the racism pool” at age five–telling the child of slavery and rape and murder.  Is it any wonder that the five year old got up in her church and demanded whites and blacks be separate?  How do you teach a child that an entire group of people are monsters, and then expect them to coexist with them?

Then the man goes into a story about being at a diner.  One of the waitresses thought he was pestering this lady and her child.  It turned out to be his wife and child.  The waitress apologized and when back to work.  Now, there are different ways I could see him responding to such stimuli.  The first could be a magnanimous gesture.  Laugh it off and go about your life.  The next would be to get angry and let it ruin your meal.  The most extreme response would be to storm out and never eat there again.  However, he went another route.  He posted the “ordeal” on facebook and youtube and called for a conference with media coverage and civil rights leaders and the owner of the diner and so forth.  Leading me to ask… “Dude!  How much free time do you have on your hands?!”

I keep going back to this…you know who I admire?  Jerry Lee Lewis.  He married his 13-year-old cousin.  You don’t think people talked bad about him?  Hell, I’m sure they did.  I’m sure he was the butt of many a joke.  Did he care?  NOPE.  Your opinion meant NOTHING to him.  I’m the same way.  I think it’s funny.  I’m a white guy that married an Asian girl.  Since she’s been up North for a while, people keep asking her about the racism in the South.  Her answer?  There’s not any.  They seem disappointed.  What about the controversy of our interracial relationship?  Nope, not any.  It’s never come up.  Not once.  No threats of disowning from my parents.  No nothing.  Sorry, rest of America.

What was funny was, the very next day, I’m in line to get out of Sam’s.  There is a couple ahead of me.  Smartly dressed.  Obviously straight from church.  Beautiful children, also smartly dressed.  The man was black.  The woman was white.  If I had to place a bet, one daughter was from the black man’s previous marriage, and the son was from the wife’s.  The other daughter, I believed to be theirs, together.  They went to check out, and the black lady at the door checked his receipt.  She then asked the lady for her receipt.  The man laughed and said they were together.  The lady apologized profusely.  To which, the man said.  “Oh, it’s okay.  No harm done,” and laughed hardily.

Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.

Long Live the Constitution!

Freedom of Speech and Drawing Mohammed

Posted by Troy on 6th May 2015 in Current Events

Baseline facts: A group held a drawing Mohammed contest to celebrate free speech.  This, not surprisingly, caused two Muslims to go unglued and attempt to shoot up the place.  They failed and were shot by an off duty cop.

In a rare instance, I was happy to agree with Obama who came out in defense of Free Speech.  It very much annoyed me when Bush did not do this in the similar Denmark bombing over Mohammed cartoons.

Since the group was drawing the Prophet Mohammed, it didn’t take long for many people to condemn the group for holding such a contest.  Others said that hate speech equates to “fighting words” and is not protected speech.  I should think that fighting words should be something particular to a specific person.  Otherwise, that law is so unworkable that it should be ignored.  In this day and age, flying off the handle is common place over ANYTHING.

I wonder where are these detractors regarding Ferguson and Baltimore and New York, where protestors are actively calling for dead cops.  Should they be arrested?  Hell, that’s straight up inciting violence.  In fact, a fair number of protestors in these places are anarchists who WANT there to be violence and are trying to incite it as best they can.  Why?  Because they want to tear the system down.  Why?  Because they are f___ing idiots.

Freedom of Speech must be protected at all times.  If someone was throwing a pro-choice rally, and a guy busted in and shot up the place because the speech offended him, would you say that they shouldn’t have thrown a rally that was going to offend a pro-lifer?  What is the threshold of offense that you wish to lay?  Shall we merely regulate our freedom based upon whatever threshold of the most easily offended group?  I say, “Nay.”  To do so is to render the Freedom of Speech a relic of the past.  I have always advocated that people need to just grow up and ignore those who offend them or deal with them in a mature fashion.

Long Live the Constitution!

Where the Gay Marriage Crowd Lost Me

Posted by Troy on 4th May 2015 in Current Events

The baker that refused to bake a cake for a lesbian wedding is being ordered to pay the couple $135,000 in damages for mental suffering.  Let’s let that sink in.

“I won’t bake you a cake.”

“Why?”

“I don’t like you.”

“Ow!  That hurt my feelings.  Give me $135,000.”

What kinda of p****a** people are we raising in this country?  That’s how hurt you were by this?  Really?

Bear in mind, this is no longer about their business.  The court has said that the owners PERSONALLY owe this.  They cannot file bankruptcy for their business and just end their business.  Nope.  They are being destroyed financially.

Also bear in mind that this was NEVER about a cake.  The lesbians in question would have had worse suffering if they had gotten the cake they wanted.  They wanted to be denied so that they could have this court case.  If all they wanted was a wedding cake, they could have gone to pretty much any other baker in town and gotten a cake.  It would have been far less trouble.  This is about forcing others to their will.  It is also about the attention they crave.  This is why I predict this to be one of the first gay divorces you will see as well.  It is about the spectacle.  It’s not about the relationship.

So that is where they lost me.  They are willing to destroy someone just because they can.  If this is how the pro-crowd is going to conduct themselves, they have lost my support.  It is sickening and abhorrent.

Long Live the Constitution!

Another type of racism

Posted by Troy on 1st May 2015 in Human Nature

Racism is all over the news of late.  Despite all the evidence to the contrary (ie, race riots in the northeast and stuff), the South is always held up as the poster child for racism.  Hollywood doesn’t own a calender, so they don’t know it’s not 1955 anymore.

However, there is another type of racism.  As C.S. Lewis said, the Devil sends sins in pairs.  There is the easy to spot racism that involves lynching and what not.  We’ll call this, “ugly racism.”  However, there’s “benevolent racism.”

Case in point, I read an article wherein the writer refused to pass judgement on rioters “as a white male.”  The mere terminology is indicative of someone that chooses to place all societal ills at the feet of the oppressor class as thrust upon them by college and Hollywood.  So he will not call people out on inexcusable behavior because he’s a white male.  Good thing he’s not a Southern White Male.  He might have to commit suicide for that sin.

This benevolent racism is like that.  It says that a race has been oppressed.  As such, they are not responsible for their actions.  As such, they are due x y and z.  As a result, their schools should be judged by a softer scale (they really do this, btw).  Job applicants should be given a preference even if a more qualified person is available.  And so on and so on.

Do you know who are not responsible for their actions?  Children.  And even then, I hold them to the standard that I hold adults to.  If a child punches someone, you should stop them and explain why they should not do that.  Anyone that says, “Oh, kids will be kids,” is inviting trouble when those kids grow up.  The only truly non-racist point of view is to hold everyone to the exact same set of standards.  To do otherwise is to say that that race or group is inferior to the other group.

Long Live the Constitution!