Diversity: What a Confederate Heritage Apologist Believes (Part One)

You’ll recall that yesterday I highlighted the questions posed by a Confederate heritage apologist about diversity. Asked to answer her own questions, here’s how she responded:

“The diversity you appreciate… Is it cultural? racial? something else?”

I think there is a big difference between (a) an individual preference for varied ethnic cuisine, etc., and (b) the doctrine of multiculturalism that says all cultures are good except ours (which is primarily a derivative of western European culture, which is also not good), and the effort made by political and educational elites based on that doctrine to weaken, dilute, and eventually eradicate our culture.

This is primarily the doctrine and effort of the left, which I believe despises U.S. culture for its whiteness, its success and its wealth, and wishes to destroy all three via means such as massive dissimilar immigration and non-assimilation, and instilling in American youth a loathing for, and rejection of, their culture (Rob Baker is a great example of this) — the desired result being the reduction of the US to third world status, and the inevitable wretchednses of its people (except, of course, for the leftist elites, who will continue to enjoy a much higher standard of living).

I think it is telling that these leftist cultural elites do not make the same effort to “diversify” cultures that are not European or European-derived, regardless of how monolithic they may be.

These answers betray an eagerness to warp reality to serve one’s own agenda.

No one has said that an appreciation for diversity betrays an embrace of white inferiority. Note the immediate equating of diversity with race, to say nothing of the questioner’s inability to distinguish between race and ethnicity (are “Hispanics” white? Indeed, is “Hispanic” a useful term, given the diversity among people often grouped under that label … say people who identify as Mexican versus people who identify as Cuban or Spanish?). To say that an acceptance of diversity or multiculturalism is designed to eradicate “white” culture is simply bizarre … but it does betray the fears, insecurities, and anxieties of the questioner.

Indeed, the questioner frames her inquiry in terms of erecting strawmen and making claims that show that she’s caught up in a world of superiority and inferiority … which is typical of a white supremacist.

One wonders how she would define “white culture,” given the ethnic and religious diversity inherent in that culture. Moreover, anyone looking at the world from a global perspective would understand that “white culture” is a minority culture. If demography is destiny, then so is diversity, and that destiny dooms our critic to a lifetime of bitter complaining.

And that’s for starters … I’m sure the rest of you can add your own observations.

19 thoughts on “Diversity: What a Confederate Heritage Apologist Believes (Part One)

  1. Jimmy Dick January 7, 2014 / 8:05 am

    It is interesting how this person ignores how the success and wealth of the people of this country came about and more importantly, the wide disparity of that success and wealth across various kinds of lines which are primarily racial and ethnic. They also keep hammering away with the concept of American culture which again fails to address the fact that it was built on white superiority and that cultures change over time. Going through American history we can see how whites shoved all other races and cultures out of their way in establishing a white dominated culture AND one that placed some whites over others within that culture.

    Recent American history has been about the struggle to rebalance and change that culture to one where equality, the main principle of the American Revolution, exists for everyone of all races, creeds, religions, and classes. Does this person really think that will cause the US to slip to a third world status? I think they do. I think this is widespread.

    I was forced to listen to the Huckabee Report Friday evening. Huckabee slammed the Obama administration and the people within it, not just Obama, for what he called a weak and ineffective foreign policy. He used the words fear and intimidation to describe what a strong American foreign policy should be. He wants the US to intimidate other nations and that they should fear the US. His criticism of Obama is based on intelligent (he called them smart) people seeking to establish working relationships with other nations based on mutual respect.

    I think that matches the diversity problem posed by the other person. They fear diversity just like Huckabee fears a foreign policy based on mutual respect. They want the upper hand regardless of how they hold the whip. Diversity changes that and puts people on an equal level. No wonder these people hate the left so much. They are terrified of change. They are terrified of what will happen when they have to compete with others on their own merits and not because of their position in life which sure is not God given except in their minds.

    • Paul Taylor January 7, 2014 / 6:52 pm

      “His criticism of Obama is based on intelligent (he called them smart) people seeking to establish working relationships with other nations based on mutual respect.”

      “Mutual respect” has to be a two-way street. Personally, I do believe there are nations and peoples in this world who do not respect, and have no desire to respect the culture, values or political foundations of “the West” in general or the US in particular. For some of these people/countries, what they respect is the iron fist and the willingness to use it; any desire to establish “working relationships based on mutual respect” is viewed as weakness. Just sayin’.

      • Jimmy Dick January 8, 2014 / 8:34 am

        The problem is that the US used fear and intimidation to bully its own allies under a previous administration while also ignoring the rest of the world’s opinion. That admin hurt this country and this admin has been restoring it. Fear and intimidation only go so far.

  2. BParks January 7, 2014 / 9:44 am

    Very thought-provoking post Brooks. You state: “Indeed, the questioner frames her inquiry in terms of erecting strawmen and making claims that show that she’s caught up in a world of superiority and inferiority … which is typical of a white supremacist.” EXACTLY. There is no distinction.

    To imply such a thing is a damning statement. Its no surprise coming from this individual, but it is also sad that people feel they have to exist in a world of these kinds of distinctions in order to sleep soundly at night. It furthers the argument that the “Old South” is still lurking in the minds of a disturbed few.

  3. Billy Bearden January 7, 2014 / 9:58 am

    Well, I’ll start by stating that those who proclaim they are for “diversity” always seem to speak out against the inclusion of those who honor Confederate soldiers. They make a special effort to bring the Hispanics, the multi-ethnics, the LBGT, most anything and anybody not a straight white Christian and claim “look at the diversity” while excluding a sizable segment of the population.

    In my experiences, ‘diversity’ is Animal Farm code for announcing “We are more equal than you”. If you are having to pull certain individuals out of society while excluding another part, to hold them up as the example of ‘diversity’ – you have lost your own argument. Diversity is what is when you open your front door and step outside into the world – and it includes ALL God’s children – not just the specially selected Hispanics, multi-ethnics, and LBGT.

    From what Star Chamber did the people who do the selection of ‘diversity’ come from?

    • Brooks D. Simpson January 7, 2014 / 10:26 am

      Yes, Billy, now you are whining that you are a persecuted minority. When will your self-pity party end?

      Another angry white person.

    • Al Mackey January 7, 2014 / 12:08 pm

      Interesting. How are “those who honor Confederate soldiers” excluded? Are they denied loans? Are they denied the ability to rent apartments or houses? Is there anyone advocating that? Is there anyone advocating that “those who honor Confederate soldiers” be denied education? Employment? Are they relegated to separate drinking fountains? Are they forced to sit in the back of buses? Do they have segregated rail cars? Does anyone advocate that?

      • Brooks D. Simpson January 7, 2014 / 12:30 pm

        Billy confuses toleration with agreement. He demands absolute acceptance of his perspective: anything less is evidence that diversity’s a bad thing.

        He’s just pouting that he’s not getting his way … which, of course, is a problem with white supremacists. He feels threatened by difference.

      • John Foskett November 30, 2014 / 11:54 am

        Is anybody over there able to articulate a viewpoint without the gratuitous use of f-bombs? Talk about diluting the message.

  4. BParks January 7, 2014 / 11:50 am

    Billy, I think your issues and implications say more about you than anyone else referenced in your comment. I’m a straight white Christian and am nothing like you.

  5. Thelibertylamp January 7, 2014 / 12:53 pm

    In her response to this article, why is Connie talking about ducks?

    Again…I’m hearing the theme music for Twilight Zone…

      • Thelibertylamp January 7, 2014 / 1:09 pm

        Brooks- LOL so pretty in pink ….

  6. neukomment January 7, 2014 / 5:08 pm

    When I was a wee little lad, we sang this in Sunday school:

    “Jesus loves the little children
    All the children of the world
    Red, brown, yellow, black or white
    They’re all precious in His sight
    Jesus loves the little children of the world”

    That was my first introduction to diversity…. and I am thankful for it……

  7. Patrick Young January 7, 2014 / 6:55 pm

    In reading the Heritage advocate’s response to her own questions, I was struck by this:

    ” I think there is a big difference between (a) an individual preference for varied ethnic cuisine, etc., and (b) the doctrine of multiculturalism that says all cultures are good except ours (which is primarily a derivative of western European culture, which is also not good), and the effort made by political and educational elites based on that doctrine to weaken, dilute, and eventually eradicate our culture.”

    I wonder if she understands that the culture of the United States is not merely some “derivative of Western European culture.” For nearly 100 years American cultural products have been admired and emulated, and sometimes criticized and condemned, but they have been impossible for the world to ignore. Our vibrant American culture has fused together disparate cultures brought by immigrants, and preserved underground by African Americans, into a new synthesis.

    We are not simply English culture moved West.

    • Patrick Young January 8, 2014 / 6:39 am

      It is true that in 1860, Northerners worried that their culture was but a dim reflection of Europe’s. Southerners despaired that their own writing and art was European as reflected by Boston.

      They wondered if America would ever develop its own culture. They needn’t have worried. Within a half century, the immigrants arriving on the docks and the blacks freed from slavery, would combine native American materials into a new world culture that the rest of the world is constantly trying to keep up with.

  8. BParks January 7, 2014 / 7:24 pm

    I can’t believe Connie just posted this in the comments section: “…if all cultures are equal, how [could] any of them could be shoved out of the way. Weren’t they able enough to withstand, or shove back? If not, why not — I mean, if they’re equally strong, smart, knowledgeable, innovative, etc., etc., etc…. ”

    THAT may be one of the most racist statements I’ve ever heard. Actually…now that I think about it, why am I surprised? This chick makes me sick to my stomach.

  9. James F. Epperson January 8, 2014 / 11:05 am

    She needs to read “Guns, Germs, and Steel,” by Jared Diamond. (Among many other things she needs to read.)

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