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Black lives matter? Not to BLM.

dwr.jpgAs I proposed in a previous blog entitled: Racism is Other-ism, I believe that racism, and racist, are very misleading terms and they start us down the wrong path. We are all the same race. A better term is, “Other-ism”, looking at people of “other” ethnicity,  tribe, gender, caste, profession; whatever “other” that we can use to make ourselves feel superior, and therefore better. The propensity to this nasty, pride induced habit – let’s call it a sin – is found in every human heart, and that’s where we have to fight it.

In spite of the chaos of the summer of 2020, which is being excused by the killing of George Floyd, most Other-ism is largely ignored. Marxism inspired, anarchic and terrorist organizations like Black Lives Matter, and the crypto-fascist, Antifa, and professional race-baiters like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, ignore, as does the media, the dozens of black lives being lost each month, in cities like Chicago, and Detroit, and Baltimore, every one of them, incidentally, is run by Democrats. Look it up if you think I made it up.

If the sad plight of such a significant portion of black Americans is based on their blackness, why are so many other black Americans doing so well? The black community in the United States, and Canada, has leaders in every industry, a solid middle class, and a significant number of billionaires. Immigrants to the United States, from from South and East Asia, and Nigeria, are more successful, on average, than white Americans.  Every Nigerian that I’ve met is black, so the problem clearly isn’t colour. What it is, is culture, and the US clearly has two very distinct black cultures, with cynical influencers like Oprah Winfrey trying to play on both sides.

One black culture is not all that much different from the broader American culture. People speak English, dress appropriately for whatever occasion, treat everyone  with respect, and get on with their lives. The other black culture is loosely based on hip-hop, and sadly, it’s influence has made its way into the general population. Clear English is literally frowned upon, males can’t muster the energy to pull their pants up, even for job interviews, and they refer to their wives and girlfriends as bitches and hoes. You want respect? Show some. On the Internet a few weeks ago, there was a picture of a couple of black mothers with children about six or seven years old. The children were holding signs saying: “F**k the Police”. Here’s a suggestion. Don’t want your kids to end up in the morgue? You might want to rethink that sign.

And why the violence? Because openly Marxist/Fascist organizations like Black Lives Matter, and Antifa, and race-baiters like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson have discovered that fomenting violence gets them headlines, and lots of money from guilt ridden and supposedly “woke”, but intellectually catatonic white liberals.

Candace OwensIt’s encouraging to see that increasing numbers of black Americans are rejecting the hip-hop culture and tribalistically voting Democrat, and are listening to thought leaders like Candace Owens, Thomas Sowell, Larry Elder, and Jason L Riley. Long live that revolution! And by the way you Americans, Candace Owens for POTUS in 2032!

I’m Dave Reesor

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Racism is Other-ism

dwr.jpgRacism, and Racist, are bad words. It’s not so much that they are meant to describe a nasty human trait, but that they are etymologically incorrect. (My wife opined, correctly I believe, that they’re political words.) Every human being is of the same race, that is, the human race, so it follows that the only racists are haters of humans, individuals like David Suzuki who has described humans as the Earth’s “maggots”. (Comically hypocritical coming from a guy who has five kids.)

The correct word is Other-ism, and we’re all potential Other-ists. We’re prone to looking at others and making judgments based on their “other” skin colour, clothing, ethnic origin, caste, tribe, weight, occupation, and anything else whereby we can identify them as being other and lesser than us, and therefore us being better than them. Other-ism is the root cause of bullying, unjustified discrimination, and indifference.

DalitOther-ism lurks in every human heart, and left unchecked becomes part of our life and our culture. India is Possibly the most Other-ist nation on earth. in addition to all the standard Other-isms, divisions based on the caste system still exist, and why wouldn’t they? In Eastern religions, your situation, good or bad, is simply karma for your deeds in a previous incarnation.  If you’re an Untouchable (Dalit) cleaning sewers, (pictured), that’s your lot in this life, and it’s your own fault.

In Africa, Other-ism is rampant. Other tribe, other social status, other rung on the upward mobility ladder, even other shade of brown. I was in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and had invited our driver from a previous trip, and his wife, to join me at my hotel for dinner. They were Aggrey and Anna Mponguliana, and during dinner we discovered that they, and Meritha and I, had been married the same year. The conversation turned to our courtships, and Anna revealed to me that Aggrey had paid 10 cows for her. Then she added, that if her skin had been lighter, Aggrey might have had to pay 20 cows. I suggested that Homo sapiens, which ironically means “wise humans”, should actually be called Homo stupidus, because while Africans and Asians go to great lengths to lighten their skin colour, Caucasians lie on the beach risking skin cancer to look more like Africans and Asians.

On every trip to Africa, I experienced Other-ism myself. I learned a few words of Swahili, and one of them was Mzungu, meaning white man, and many times in elevators and on the streets, it was pretty clear that the Mzungu was being dissed.

I once was told that aboriginal North Americans could not possibly be racist, (Other-ist) because they were themselves subjected to Other-ism. A few weeks later, a prominent aboriginal chief stated, publicly, that Hitler had not been unreasonable when he “fried 6 million Jews”.

Other-ism is found in every culture, but it’s solution is not to be found in legislation, nor in burning down your neighborhood. Rather, it’s in a change of perspective brought about by self-examination. Other-ism is rooted in PRIDE, and as CS Lewis said, pride is what turned Lucifer, an angel of light, into the Devil himself. Pride lurks in every human heart, and it’s in our individual hearts that solutions begin.

Almost everyone experiences Other-ism at some point in their life, and every one of us, without exception, is a potential Other-ist. Let’s begin solving Other-ism by ruthlessly rooting out the problem where it starts.

I’m Dave Reesor

Next blog; Tribalism; the good, the bad, and the ugly. And the stupid.

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