Saturday, March 14, 2009
Someone just replied to a months-old post , where I was poking fun at the now-defunct "Gold Fo Ya Mouth". They accused me of being racist. I live in an Ohio town of around 25,000, with a relatively small minority population. I saw little racism. What showed was from people who I considered ignorant, even before I witnessed their racism. I joined the Air force, and was further insulated from racism. I was in my late 20's before I finally realized that there are some otherwise normal but racist people who use the N word and mean it. It was as shocking as discovering that there were relatively intelligent people who don't read for fun, at about the same age. I don't think there are practical differences between races, and any average differences are massively overwhelmed by individual and environmental differences. I am very prejudiced against thugs and thug cultures. What I know of hiphop culture qualifies as thug--glorifying violence, misogyny and crime. It isn't a race thing--I've got the same prejudice against outlaw biker culture and white supremacist culture for the same reasons. My tastes run to practical and functional--I don't like excessive and useless decoration, whether it is grills, gigantic cowboy belt buckles, riced out cars, gigantic monster trucks, or overdone, tacky BBQ guns.