Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Why Are Conservatives Racist?

Jay Currie, at the end of a post against the NDP vision for childcare:
In many ways creating a child friendly, family friendly society is the challenge Western governments face in the next few decades. Somehow, as societies, we have to get out birthrates back up to replacement rate or our culture will simply die out. The daycare driven, one and two child families which are stand issue for many in the West are not getting that job done. Thinking seriously about how to raise the birthrate, starting with giving stay at home mums support through three or four children, would be a start.
I'd like you to focus on one sentence in particular there:
Somehow, as societies, we have to get out birthrates back up to replacement rate or our culture will simply die out.
(Does Currie even know what kind of punishment pregnancy is for the female body? Would he volunteer for the "three or four" pregnancies that he advocates, if it were medically possible? I don't think I even need to ask.)

This kind of hysteria is standard, Buchanan-esque racial paranoia, and it's incredibly offensive. My girlfriend is Chinese, albeit born in Canada. Does she count as part of "our culture"? Why or why not? If you say she does, then you have to admit that culture is separate from the totally fictional concept of race. In Vicki's case, she's at least as Canadian as I am, as a white male.

But that's not what Currie believes. He explicitly conflates "culture" with "race" and therefore says that we need women to stay pregnant and barefoot in the kitchen, or else the darkies will outnumber us all. This is the only reasonable interpretation of worrying about birthrates. If society is a collection of ideas, norms, and beliefs, then the complexion and demographics of society are irrelevant. If Currie is worrying about "birthrates", what he's worrying about is making sure there are enough white people in the future.

Meanwhile, the democratic, liberal, increasingly-wealthy country of India is rapidly outgrowing even China. Somehow, I doubt that this comforts Currie any.

But by far the saddest thing about statements like Currie's is the fear behind them. The culture of western, liberal democracies basically spans the planet. It has a wonderfully corrosive effect on socially repressive states, and at its best it acts as a beacon to the world. At its worst, it's pretty bad, no doubt. But American, Canadian, and European movies, music, and books are by far a net positive for spreading a message of tolerance and freedom. This is true today, and it is going to stay true in the future, whether or not the proponents of freedom are white. Would the world be worse off if we lost Stephen Lewis, but gained two Nelson Mandelas? I don't think so.

What scares Currie is that the future might not belong to white people the way the past has. What's pitiful is that the only solution he can think of is to shackle half the population to the kitchen and bedroom.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

He explicitly conflates "culture" with "race" and therefore says that we need women to stay pregnant and barefoot in the kitchen, or else the darkies will outnumber us all.

Where does "explicitly conflate culture with race?"

Jim said...

Conservatives are not racist.

jaycurrie said...

One is tempted to ask, "why can't lefties read?" but I'll refrain.

But I would strongly suggest you go back to my post and, before typing such rubbish, find a sentence or a phrase which refers to race.

And I would be delighted if you and your Chinese girlfriend had lots and lots of children. I note that pregnancy is not a disease which wracks the female body; rather, if you have good midwives and a bit of luck, it is a wonderful affirmation of just how extraordinary women (and humans in general) are.

You seem to have bought into the medicalized view of pregnancy as an illness to be survived rather than a process to be enjoyed.

zack said...

rather than a process to be enjoyed.

Easy for a MAN to say!

Peter: It's like taking your bottom lip and stretching it over the back of your head.

jaycurrie said...

Having been at the births of my own kids I cannot imagine what it must be like; but my partner tells me the pain is washed away by the joy.

Frankly, I doubt it.

Anonymous said...

Where does "explicitly conflate culture with race?"

It seems that conservatives cannot read either, or did you DELIBERATELY miss this phrase?

Somehow, as societies, we have to get out birthrates back up to replacement rate or our culture will simply die out.

Kindly explain why BIRTHRATE should have anything to do with CULTURE. Kindly explain why culture is hereditary instead of being learnt and adopted. In other words: get a fucking clue, moron.

Now please go back to the trailer where you belong, Mr. Republican.

Anonymous said...

Kindly explain why BIRTHRATE should have anything to do with CULTURE.

Individuals born into a culture adopt it more readily and fully than those integrating from an already established culture. Many mature immigrants merely live in our society, only adapting to our culture - not embracing it as their own. This is not a rejection of us, simply that you live with the culture you were brought up with. There is nothing at all wrong with immigrants - lots of immigrants are good, and their own children will learn our culture as their own.

But with Birthrate = culture in that the more naively born citizens there are to learn the current culture, the more likely it is to be preserved.

Or you could just stop all thought about what a culture is and how it gets from one generation to the next, and just call people Racist. That's cool too I guess.