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    Who said this? Signs of “Whiteness” Are Rugged Individualism, Nuclear Family, Scientific Method, and Work Ethic?

    Who said this? Signs of “Whiteness” Are Rugged Individualism, Nuclear Family, Scientific Method, and Work Ethic?

    Umm, these statements which would be deemed anti-Black if said by almost anyone, were made on the website of The National Museum of African American History and Culture.
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    The National Museum of African American History and Culture is out with a “discussion” on race, in particular “whiteness,” and it is a doozy.

    It’s worth noting that the museum is part of the Smithsonian which receives approximately 62% of its funding from the federal government.

    From institutional racism, to white domination of social and political structures, the discussion assumes being born white is a veritable super power.

    Whiteness and white racialized identity refer to the way that white people, their customs, culture, and beliefs operate as the standard by which all other groups of are compared. Whiteness is also at the core of understanding race in America. Whiteness and the normalization of white racial identity throughout America’s history have created a culture where nonwhite persons are seen as inferior or abnormal.

    This white-dominant culture also operates as a social mechanism that grants advantages to white people, since they can navigate society both by feeling normal and being viewed as normal. Persons who identify as white rarely have to think about their racial identity because they live within a culture where whiteness has been normalized.

    Thinking about race is very different for nonwhite persons living in America. People of color must always consider their racial identity, whatever the situation, due to the systemic and interpersonal racism that still exists.

    Whiteness (and its accepted normality) also exist as everyday microaggressions toward people of color. Acts of microaggressions include verbal, nonverbal, and environmental slights, snubs or insults toward nonwhites. Whether intentional or not, these attitudes communicate hostile, derogatory, or harmful messages.

    This little gem is block-quoted in the middle of the tirade:

    “In this country, American means white. Everybody else has to hyphenate.”  TONI MORRISON

    Should I even bother pointing out this is not true? That no one has asked or required any other group to identify as anything other than American and that it’s always been the choice of progressives to divide groups according to race and other shallow identifiers? That generations before ours often considered themselves American as soon as they set foot on US soil? Or nah?

    There’s even this handy graphic that would be hilarious if it weren’t serious.

    There’s so much more, but this really covers the gist of it. It’s not a discussion on race, it’s vilifying an entire group of people because of their race, in the name of equity and equality.

    Like neo-feminism which intentionally paints men into a corner, if a white person, life myself, were to say something like, “stop putting all your garbage on me, enough of the victimhood milking, being white is not, in fact, a privilege, not here nor elsewhere, and stop blaming a system you keep voting into power,” I’d be told (and have been told) I’m just unaware of my privilege and the fact that I’m uncomfortable with the assertion of white privilege is telling. Which is nothing more than gaslighting. All of it. It’s what unwell people do.


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    gospace | July 16, 2020 at 2:43 pm

    Either you judge people as individuals (Republican and conservative position of today) or you judge them for their group membership (Democrats as of always and liberals today).

    Thing is- if you define people as members of a group- then you have to say what those group differences are. And the only possible way to do that is to look at statistical differences. And when you do that- you get what The National Museum of African American History and Culture put out- something that looks exactly like what John C. Calhoun would write or the KKK would publish. Every time. Statistics don’t lie. They can be manipulated, misrepresented, lied about, ignored, whatever, but numbers and statistics simply do not lie. But you have to be able to understand numbers and statistics to see the truth.

    If you can identify a difference between two groups of people-there will be other measurable differences between them. Whether the difference is cultural or genetic is up for debate on many of them, but not others.

    There is a difference in alcoholism rate in the US between brown eyed and blue eyed people. I’m going with genetic.

    Apparently Blood Type A is more susceptible to the dreaded covid than Type O. Genetic. In fact, there’s a lot of diseases that are different by blood type. Genetic.

    There’s a very large statistical difference between tobacco use in adult white Americans, adult Chinese in China, and adult Japanese in Japan. And in current American statistics Current smoking has declined from 20.9% (nearly 21 of every 100 adults) in 2005 to 13.7% (nearly 14 of every 100 adults) in 2018, and the proportion of ever smokers who have quit has increased. vs Norway: Smoking in Norway is banned indoors in public buildings and aboard aircraft or other means of public transport. … The legal age to buy tobacco is 18 years in Norway, but 10%-12% of 15-year-olds smoke daily or weekly, and 31% of adults smoke daily or occasionally. How much of that difference is genetics? How much cultural? And how much by people lying on surveys? I think that one is up for grabs.

    IQ is the tricky one that worries people. Some people simply say- “well IQ isn’t real”. It is, and can be measured. No one has been able to design any written IQ test in which any identifiable group of “Blacks” does better than whites. And in Africa- no one has been able to design a test in which there isn’t a difference between different tribal groupings. Going to this you can see athere’s a huge IQ difference between various countries, and pretty much, the state of public infrastructure can be determined by average IQ. THESE NUMBERS CAN BE MANIPULATED. China, Japan, Mongolia,- they don’t test people who are going to score lower, hence their average is higher. Mongolia’s infrastructure does not match an average IQ of 101. Last nation on the list, Equatorial Guinea, has according to quick internet search, 500 internet users out of a 1.3 million population.

    There is a measurable IQ difference between American whites and American blacks. Cultural or genetic? I’m going with yes- there’s a component of each. What this means though is that we can never achieve equal outcome- only equal rights and freedoms. A difference in group averages doesn’t mean there are aren’t high IQ blacks or low IQ whites (I know many of the latter much to my dismay.)

    Behavior, OTOH, is purely cultural. Being on time, respecting rules, that sort of thing. I know some very smart people who – don’t practice good personal hygiene, don’t get to meetings on time, feel the rules don’t apply to them, and for the most part-are unsuccessful. I’ll listen to them talk, lose to them in chess, share stories with them. But they’re not successful because of their behavior. And most off them blame their lack of success on others. Hmmmm… sounds familiar.

    henrybowman | July 16, 2020 at 6:01 pm

    “It’s not a discussion on race, it’s vilifying an entire group of people because of their race, in the name of equity and equality.”

    Well yes, it’s vilifying people… only those people would be non-white. Because the virtues in the poster are pretty positive (of course, I would think so, right?).

    Aside from a couple of quibbles (“win at any cost” is white? Food from white Italy, Portugal, Spain, France, Germany, is bland?), I’m down with every single one of them.

    The upshot is that white culture is what has worked to improve people, and we happily *welcome* anyone to adopt it. I’m sure as heck not going to apologize to anyone for that.

    The real racism here is implicit — saying that unnamed nonwhite cultures consider some or all of these principles to be vices. And I can’t wait for the Smithsonian to get more specific.

    JusticeDelivered | July 16, 2020 at 6:21 pm

    From what I have seen, continuous vigorous teaching of young people might shift IQ by no more than 5 points. Black average IQ is 15 points below average. That is significant, and it explains why efforts to improve black outcome have mostly failed.

    I would like to see blacks lives improved, not just for them, rather for all of our sakes. A big part of the problem is that a high percentage of blacks do not value education, even worse is that dull witted blacks routinely dis smarter blacks. It is quite common for smarter blacks to act dumb in order to fit in That is not unique to just blacks. Many people outgrow this. Generally they are smarter

      tom_swift in reply to JusticeDelivered. | July 16, 2020 at 11:55 pm

      and it explains why efforts to improve black outcome have mostly failed.

      There are others, perhaps more important. The worst may be the incessant drumbeat about imaginary racism. When a white person runs head-on into adversity, he knows he just has to knuckle down and get ‘er done as best he can. A black person, who is told from infancy that he’s surrounded by this mysterious substance, “racism”, has that as an excuse. Can’t fight Da Man, so why even try? It’s a trap imposed by our “civil rights” hucksters, and probably inescapable.

    RightStuff1944 | July 16, 2020 at 6:43 pm

    See The Bell Curve by Herrnstein and Murray. That’s all you need. Lot of truth in there.

      JusticeDelivered in reply to RightStuff1944. | July 17, 2020 at 9:01 am

      What is really revealing, is when the black and the caucasian bell curves are plotted together, side by side.

      What I hope to see are breakthroughs in genetic engineering which will eventually make it possible to raise IQ. Genes controlling IQ have been elusive, and it appears that there are many interacting.

      For now, we and blacks, have to live with this reality. Most are dull, short term gain oriented, poorly motivated and lazy. They have a bad attitude which makes it nearly impossible to help them improve their condition. It is a tough nut to crack.

    DrRJP | July 16, 2020 at 7:45 pm

    Democrats and the leftists who support them want to keep the Black community subservient and stupid. Otherwise, they just might realize that their party hasn’t done a damn thing for blacks, Latinos and other minorities and vote Republican.

    To characterize an entire group of people by the melanin content of their skin is the very definition of racism. Period. Full stop.

    “White privilege” is just so much horse manure.

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