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posted on 21 June 2017

Racism and Stupidity in Modern America

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This post was triggered by two recent events:

  1. A reader sent me a "racist" video with his own comments.
  2. The image below. For more, read 'Make America White Again': A politician's billboard ignites uproar.

Together, they have revealed a level of racism that is not only totally stupid, but also utterly dangerous to America. Therefore, I feel compelled to address it.

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1. What is the racist video?

Below is a description of the video (published on June 3, 2016) in YouTube.

Ruuben Kaalep, the founder and leader of the youth wing of the Conservative Peoples Party of Estonia, addresses the 2016 American Renaissance conference. Mr. Kaalep speaks of the 12,000-year history of the Estonian people, and explains that they have survived "because we fought invaders one after another until none is left." Survival is not a matter of luck, he says, but of struggle. "You must be willing to put yourself at risk," he says, "but not for abstract principles. Your sacrifice must be for your people."

Below is the 41-minute-long video. You only need to watch the first 5 minutes to know what it is about.

2. What is wrong with the man in the video?

The 22-year-old man made three big mistakes at least:

  1. He does not truly understand his own country and its political system! Like Russia (America: What is Russia, Anyway?), Estonia has suffered two major blows in recent history: first communism and then democracy. Both are disasters!
  2. With a population of only about 1.3 million (in 2015), Estonia is hardly an example of anything for any other country, let alone Europe as a whole.
  3. Europe had its own big problems with race and religion even when it was mostly white and Christian. For example, on race, Western Europe (e.g. Germany) has long considered Eastern Europe (e.g. Slavs) inferior. Any doubt? Ask Adolf Hitler! On religion, there are three major branches in Christianity (i.e. Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant), fiercely fighting one another over the past few hundred years at least.

Bottom line: No 22-year-old youth should be treated seriously in any big subject, let alone a hugely complex subject like "race and politics"!

3. What is wrong with this racist video and America?

The fact that this 22-year-old know-nothing young man was invited to "address the 2016 American Renaissance conference" itself speaks loudly about the stupidity of the conference's organizers (and the audience)!

America was never white! Specifically, three points:

  1. Like Estonia with a long history, Native America does have a long history. Unfortunately, most Native Americans were killed by the white settlers. As a result, the U.S.A, or simply America, started in 1776, with only 240 years of history, to date.
  2. Unlike Estonia, which has been mostly white for the past few thousand years at least, America started with a good percentage of blacks. When slavery became in-reconcilable with the so-called "Christian values", America officially made slaves "property". For more, read: Wikipedia - Slavery in the United States.
  3. America has come a long way to address the slavery issue, even with a war (i.e. the Civil War), which killed more American soldiers than all the other wars combined (until 2014). Yet, racism remains alive and well in modern America. It’s a very complex issue, as illustrated by the video below.

Bottom line: Estonia may choose to stay all white, as it likes. America has been, and will continue to be, multi-racial. Therefore, we, Americans, must truly understand the issue and strive for racial harmony!

4. Discussion

Throughout human history, minorities have often been used as a scape-goat in tough times. America has been no exception. Three points:

  1. America is a microcosm of the world, in which multiple races and religions co-exist.
  2. The good news is that America has its own government, unlike the world which only has the U.N. (at best) for governing.
  3. The bad news is that American government is not very good at governing, especially on race. For example, while the fact that “blacks kill blacks” is widely known, what’s less talked about in the mainstream media is that many white supremacists have committed horrendous crimes.

Here is the reality of the world: Overall, the world is better today than it was in 2000, with wealth being much more widely spread (vs. concentrated in America). For example, China has lifted some 600 million people out of poverty over the past three decades, with a burgeoning middle class.

Here is the reality of America: America's extraordinary prosperity from 1945 to 1980 was an exception, not the rule! America did well because its chief competitors either were destroyed through WWII (e.g. Germany and Japan) or adopted a failed political system called communism after WWII (e.g. the USSR and China, 1949-1976).

As the world settles into a new norm, America must adapt, rather than being nostalgic about the past, which will never return.

In other words, America's best days are well behind us - Fooled no more by the politicians, who keep deceiving you with the exception, not the rule, despite the change of times!

Two basic questions for my fellow Americans:

  1. Do other people on earth have the same inalienable rights of "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness", as we Americans do?
  2. Is America truly exceptional, if we fail to handle the race issue at home?

As if racism alone is not bad enough, let's mix it with religion (e.g. Southern Baptists Are Apparently Cool With White Supremacy), plus a religious war (America: Avoiding a Religious War!). Now, America, you will be a total mess!

Bottom line: America has been in a steep decline for the past 17 years, at least. Blame not the minorities - Blame our failing political system!

For a holistic analysis of our political system and the best possible solution, read my book: American Democracy.

5. Closing

Racism is wrong! In a globalized world like ours, how could America possibly prosper if we continue to harbor racism at home?

The video below reminds us of a painful chapter in our history. Do not repeat it!

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