RACE - Do we make too much of it.
It seems to me that there are bugger all differences between the peoples of the world. Some only superficial differences are however fairly obvious.
On the one side people point their fingers to racial differences to explain characteristics they do not like and on the other people take this as a particular type of nastiness.
With little or no import in racial variation perhaps neither view is worth paying the time of day.
I say that as someone who has a partner of another race and children in between. Someone who grew up near a country town where the closest thing to another race was probably the Greek cafe owner...and that is not at all close. The point is that it is quite easy for me to say concern is all a lot of hullaballoo. I don't have to live with invective or differential treatment. Then, my kids feel none of it either.
Apart from the twisted superficially-focussed few who see themselves as black, white, yellow or brindle supremicists, what people would really be calling out relates to lifestyle, religion, belief even standard of living and occupation.
What brought this on is the recent news that administrative officials in France (originating in Reunion) have taken offence at octagenarian Brigitte Bardot's description of the aboriginals of Reunion as barbaric; that, guided by the "genes of savages" they treat animals disgracefully. Reunion took so much offence that they now seek to take Ms Bardot to court.
If any action was doomed to failure that must go close. Reunion doesn't have an aboriginal population. If a racist comment could have impact it would have to be directed at something real. Shouldn't this just be taken by all as hot air from the ignorant.
Perhaps all racist comments should be taken the same way. No reasonable person could be influenced by them.
Ms. Bardot of course is not talking about a people she is talking about practices. Talking in blundering fashion it is true but her real care is for animals and their treatment. This is a genuine care and whether reasonable or not is an acceptable area for debate.
If we were to ignore racist comment for the worthlessness that it really is would we lose anything? Firstly, by ignoring it per se we could concentrate in rational fashion on any matters there may be that the speaker regards as of real concern underneath.
Is it possible that laws banning racist speech actually encroach on liberty? Do people really take racist talk seriously? Cannot the effects of racist views be sufficiently dealt with so that real intent and action is what is measured for punishment rather than hot air?
Anyway, I throw it out there. Have a bash.