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Re: [Gnu-arch-users] Re: [OT] facism gaining ground in US

From: Pierce T . Wetter III
Subject: Re: [Gnu-arch-users] Re: [OT] facism gaining ground in US
Date: Mon, 19 Jul 2004 15:37:13 -0700

You're being willfully ignorant and you know it.

 Yep. I'm trying hard to make a point to non-Americans about
a cultural blind spot in America.

Go into any
school lunchroom in any school in the United States that has any
ethnic diversity at all, and you'll instantly see that "tribal"
differences and "tribal" differentiation are the norm, not some
foreign hard-to-imagine concept in a fully integrated melting
pot.  That's just silly.

Are we doing a lot better than declaring war on each other on a
regular basis?  Most places, yes.  Are we anywhere near being
blind to such differences?  Of course not.

 Ah, but we don't really pick on the Irish anymore do we?

 Can Americans tell the difference between people that are the same
color? It doesn't seem to me like we can...perhaps we're blind any difference
that you can't actually see.

 Which brings me back to my original question. What is the difference
between the Swedes and the Norweigans again? Walk into any school
lunchroom in the US that is magically half Swedish Americans and half
Norwegian Americans, and I don't think you'll see that differentiation.

If I ask a Navajo or a Hopi about the Apache, I'll get a long diatribe
about how terrible they are, but meanwhile the Navaho and Hopi have
started to intermarry.

 I never argued that we didn't have racism, I'm just arguing that we're
blind to "tribism". We'll never quite get why the Poles might not get along
with the Germans for instance...


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