My friend just posted an interesting article on his blog on race, and I thought I would take the change to put down some thoughts. First off, don't know everything about race and its role in my life but I do know that I, being a white male of northern European decent, have benefited from racism. That much is pretty much undeniable, but although I have benefited from the institutionalized state of racial inequality I do not support the moral justifications of many in civil right movements. Many times, the stated goal (which i support wholeheartedly) is to create an even playing field in terms of race in the economy. This come across for the most part as promoting 'whiteness' in a Black, Latino, Asian, etc. community. This is unacceptable to me. I believe the very thing we need to be fighting against is the very concept of 'whiteness' and what it means to us. Over the history of the United States, there have been campaign after campaign to assimilate immigrants into the concept of 'white'.
I am not trying to argue that these people could have done anything else as institutionalized racism was much worse then, and making any other kind of living would surely be a difficult if not impossible task for the majority of these suddenly freed people. What I am arguing is that we use this perfect American Dream to coerce minorities into becoming 'white'.
Just about every major boom in immigration was followed by a similar moralizing movement which led to the destruction of the immigrants' cultures and morals in order to achieve the task of becoming a good- white- American citizen. I see this as a dangerous and destructive method of equalization. Because the concept of being 'white' has always been a moralizing force, and thus anyone who does not prescribe to this being 'white' is now morally inferior and should be forced to live a 'good life'. Just look at the anti-Mexican and anti-black propaganda from the campaign to prohibit demonize (on which i will write more about later on)