Scenario : A Muslim blows himself up in a cafe or beheads an infidel live on the internet. There is a public outcry from the moderate Muslim world that these murderers do not represent Islam. Some non-Muslims agree. Other non-Muslims insist that the moderate Muslims explain why their religion is peaceful and demand the moderates go to task against the fanatics. Many of us demand that moderate Muslims themselves should be the front line soldiers in the fight against extremism. This is essentially the argument made by Sam Harris. I do not disagree.
However ! Second scenario : A young white supremacist walks into a black church and kills a group of innocent black people . We are all- hopefully- deeply offended and filled with compassion for the victims. People of all races rightfully denounce the actions of this young man and his hate-filled belief system. It is nice to see people of all skin colors come together at times like this.
I am having a difficult time finding arguments from white folks ( I am one of French Canadian and Syrian background} clearly defining why white supremacy is a fallacious and evil doctrine . Is the responsibility for destroying white supremacy largely on the shoulders of white folks? I sure believe it is.
One claim made by white supremacists is that the mixing of the races is destroying our culture. What culture do they mean ? When I was young I listened to my parents record collection. We had Johnny Cash and Duke Ellington . James Brown and Loretta Lynn. We did not have tea time at four. My father was one of the first preachers in his denomination to perform inter- racial marriages. We were fed largely by my Damascan Grandmother and ate dolma , mujuddara , and kibbi along with New England Boiled Dinners. My sister in law is from Mexico and I also have also married across racial lines. My daughter is a beauty and we joke a lot about creating a planet filled with "Cappuccino" people. Her husband is latino and romanian gypsy .
Race is a social construct only. Jared Diamond debunks white supremacy beautifully and scathingly in "Guns , Germs , and Steel". The Genome Project has revealed more ways that we are interconnected than ever imagined.
Can you help me to create a thread debunking the racial myths of old. What does it mean to you to be white , black , brown , gold , or copper? White folks , do you feel the need to explain why the KKK does not represent you ?
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