All right, here we go.
Over down at John C. Wright’s blog they’re going at it in the comments sections about racial differences and whether or not they’re relevant in real life (and what counts as racial differences).
Vox Day generally holds to the view that racial differences are both extreme and divided on strict lines – assuming I’m understanding him correctly. As for John C. Wright, I’ll quote him directly:
I am the model of success for the Left. I actually could not be a racist even if I wanted to: I am like an Asimov robot, programmed not to notice it. Colorblindness seemed to be the one non-stupid idea that was supported by the Left. Left every man stand or fail on his own merits. What could be more American?
But then, the day when the Leftists decided all to savage my wife when my wife said men should be judged by the content of their character and not the color of their skin, I realized that the one, small, final ideal allegedly supported by the Left, the idea of a colorblind society, was an idea that the Left not only did not support, it was an idea they vocally, vehemently, obstreperously, obnoxiously and violently opposed.
So be damned to race and to all who speak of it.
I have some affection for tribalists, who seek to support their own tribe against all outsiders, especially when, as with the Jew, all outsiders are enemies. A tribe is real, a biological entity, so to speak. It has a continuity and perhaps even a shared culture and cult that persists.
But a race is not a tribe: it is an artificial invention of Victorian era Darwinists. What language to Whites speak? What religion do Whites share? What nation? Do all white still vow fealty to Europa and Japheth, our common ancestor and founder of our royal family, just as Africans vow to Ham and his wife Io, or Orientals to Shem and Asia?
Look: I don’t hold to what I’ll call Vox Day’s “ultra race” views. I’ve had black managers at work who have been excellent managers, and one of my all time favorite teachers was black. I know and am still friends with a person of Vietnamese descent, I’ve known and been friends with several East Asians, and my cousin’s father is Cuban. I like all of these people.
And of course I’ve disliked people of pretty much every race as well. So there’s that too.
Not that I think Vox would necessarily deny any of this, but I honestly think that races are too mixed in our current society for it to be as dominant a factor as he seems to think. I see interracial couples everywhere, and I’m not just referring to TV. Some people might not like this, and maybe they could give good reasons why – I’m not here to argue. I never really cares.
The flip side is what my lying eyes show me. When violent crimes are committed by blacks not just more often but FAR more often than by whites, when poorly performing inner city schools are made up overwhelmingly of minorities, when virtually every ghetto in the country is made up primarily of blacks and latinos, when minority students score lower on standardized tests and IQ tests despite the fact that they and their schools get more government assistance and standardized test prep than everybody else, when East Asians and Indians score consistently higher on IQ tests and standardized tests…
…I can believe one of two things.
One is that the country with a black President and a black neurosurgeon as a serious contender for the presidency is still so overwhelmingly racist that they subconsciously skew IQ tests and standardized tests to make them unfair to minorities. I would also have to believe that our police force is not just racist, which is possible, but viciously and systematically racist, almost KKK level. And I would have to believe that over that despite getting an incredible amount of government assistance blacks and hispanics are still held down by….something. Pre-civil rights era restrictions, maybe?
The other thing I can believe is that somehow, what people identify as “race” normally corresponds in some ways to actual groups of people who share a lot of the same characteristics, including appearance, intelligence, and physical ability, among other things.
So while I don’t think that race is the be-all end-all, and I do think the influence of race has been diluted, I do indeed think it exists. And yes, it would indeed bother me if I watched a movie and Morgan Freeman was playing Abraham Lincoln, as it would bother me if Martin Luther King Jr. was played by Daniel Day Lewis. I also expect non-adopted siblings to be the same race. What can I say, I’m kind of racist that way.