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  •  Defending Culture/Race (2+ / 0-)
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    OllieGarkey, sethtriggs

    I'm not sure if you're just not paying attention or don't get the concept but defending a culture is defending whiteness. The extreme right, including StormFront, Ronald Reagan, Sarah Palin, Karl Rove, have made it acceptable to use culture as the dog whistle replacement word for race.  

    The diary points out that the same thing is happening in England as people try to cover their want to see their race, this time defined in religious terms, keep the dominant position in society. However, race is no longer socially acceptable so the term culture is used instead. You say  

    I think that some people get confused about the difference between defending a culture, which is perfectly reasonable, and defending a race, which is obnoxious.
    Defending a culture is not perfectly reasonable because culture, just like everything else, should be carefully scrutinized before it's blindly consider worth defense.  
    •  But then once people *do* scrutinize (0+ / 0-)

      their culture, and decide that they prefer their culture, law and traditions to those of some outside group -- you're saying they still shouldn't defend it?

      I strongly disagree that everyone who wants to hold onto Western values and Western culture is racist or wants to see only white people in charge. It simply isn't true. To say that culture = race denies a voice to people who want to stand up for their cultural values.

      But I have a question -- very seriously. What is it that you think is driving the EDL? You talked about people wanting to keep their dominant position in society -- which people, and what position? I think what's driving people to join the EDL is that working-class British people are afraid of what they see as the intolerance and violence of some Muslim immigrants who do things like run sex slavery gangs with impunity (until the very recent crackdown), and the antics of people like Anjam Choudary, who organizes rallies in which people carry signs with lovely sentiments like "Butcher those who insult Islam" and "Sharia for the UK." I think they're afraid that appeasement now will eventually lead to serious conflict -- not next year, but in a couple of generations.

      What do you think is motivating them? Simple fear that white people won't be on top anymore?

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      by Noisy Democrat on Thu Jun 13, 2013 at 07:24:39 AM PDT

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