Am I a Racist?
© 2004 Joseph George
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checking the “hits” on my http://www.churchofnature.com
website, I noticed a “hit” from a link in an archive for debating
materials. The piece was entitled, “
My e-mail was a response to the following e-mail, from a reader:
Over the past few months, as I've attempted to talk to people about your writings, the same complaint is recurrent. It seems, in my experience, that a lot of the academics that I've talked to don't have problems so much with claims of survivability of nuclear war or negative effect of industrialization, as much as they have problems with things like your "$100 immigration solution" or the part in Can America Survive? where you talk about how women have no place in combat.
People often call you a racist. Personally, I don't think this to be true, but my question to you is this: What do you mean by these types of things in your writing? What would you say to those who would label you a racist?
[Name given, but deleted here]
Here follows my reply:
Dear [Name deleted]:
Thank you for writing about your concerns. I will try to address them.
I have a number of comments with respect to the issues your raise. Let me begin by saying that it does not really bother me that people may call me a racist. All I am concerned about is that they read my material, and think about the important issues facing the planet – and act.
I have been called more than a racist. A few months ago, a reviewer called me a “racist, sexist, bigot.” What did I say in response? Nothing. These are ad-hominem attacks, and they are of no significance. Ad-hominem attacks are the customary last resort of someone who cannot refute the logic of a writer’s arguments, and decides to attack the writer instead.
Suppose that someone presented
you with a statement or logical argument from someone, and asked your opinion
of it. Suppose further that, after you
rendered your opinion, he told you that the statement had been made by Jesus
Christ. Would that change your
opinion? Then, suppose he told you that
he was wrong, that the statement was in fact made by Adolf Hitler. Would that change your opinion again? It is, in my view, the arguments themselves
that are important, not the source.
(There are exceptions to this, such as asking someone who has just
Am I a racist? I wrote about that at length in Can
Am I a sexist? I love women, and the profound experience of the male/female duality. And I recognize that the roles of men and women are somewhat different – radically different from a biological viewpoint, less so in many areas, and hardly different at all in some areas. In a primitive society, I see the utility of a clearly differentiated division of labor – women making clothes and cooking, and men hunting and killing animals for food, and defending from attack from other tribes. In today’s modern industrial society, with both men and women in the competitive labor market, most jobs can be done by either sex, and it does not matter (to me to or to economists) whether it is a man or a woman doing the job. But I do have a problem with sending a woman into battle to be bayoneted, blown to bits, or raped. If this position makes me sexist, then the “shoe fits.”
Am I a bigot? Let’s
look at the definition: “One who is strongly partial to one's own group, religion, race, or
politics and is intolerant of those who differ.” I am
certainly strongly partial to my own group, religion, race, or politics. With respect to religion and politics, I have
very strong views (e.g., founder of the Church of Nature at http://www.churchofnature.com [or http://www.foundationwebsite.org/CNMain.htm
] ; American Independence Movement (http://www.foundation.bw/Platform.htm
]); New Age Party http://www.foundation.bw/PositionStatement.htm
]). With respect to “group” and
“religion,” I was essentially born into these, and accept them, as most people
do. I stand up for my family and nation,
as is expected of any real human being.
(Cf. Johnny Cash, “Highway Patrolman”: “A man turns his back on his
family, he ain’t no good…, he ain’t no friend of mine.”) I recognize, however, that this is a very
arbitrary choice (perhaps “circumstance” is a better word here). If I were a German in the Second World War, I
would fight with passion for
Your last question was, “What do you mean by these types of things in your writing?” What I mean is to stop the destruction of the biosphere and the extinction of the human race.