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The Enemy of Cultural Progress
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Patronizing Elites and Insecurity

Why Cultural Change Is So Difficult

The solutions too many of the serious domestic and international problems plaguing us are frustrated because of persistent patronizing attitudes by well meaning highly educated cowards. They are afraid of holding “others” to the same high standards they would demand of their children. Obvious shortcomings that are problematic in certain communities are not subject to critical examination. Truth is not pursued because those who point out truth are often called names. Others avoid the truth because they hold minority groups and “disadvantaged” communities to low standards. Our schools and the mainstream media reinforce these nonproductive attitudes by promoting the myth of cultural equality.

Suggesting that certain customs, practices and norms in some cultures or communities are wrong, self destructive or deadly to outsiders is made at risk of being labeled a bigot. Among the elite in academia only white Christian males are responsible for their misdeeds and the mistakes or crimes in their culture. All others are deemed victims of one sort or another. The tragic irony is that this kind of attitude hurts those most in need of objective self evaluation and who could be better off if encouraged to look inward rather than blame others. President Bush describes a phenomena he called the “soft bigotry of lower expectations.” Well meaning highly educated “progressives” tend to patronize communities and cultures in trouble. It applies equally to the case of children in poorly performing schools and the millions of Moslems who choose to support and or excuse a culture of death that permeates their faith. Three examples follow.

The less than anatomically designed way that male homosexuals have sexual relations puts them at far greater risk of HIV than heterosexuals. This simple fact has been obscured from our children for almost 30 years. Those who told our kids that they were at little risk and select groups were at much greater risk because of particular behaviors were labeled bigots. The epidemic of heterosexual AIDS in America never materialized for a good reason. It was a myth from day one. A bizarre kind of equality of tragic outcome despite behavioral differences that mitigate the outcome makes some feel compassionate.

In the early days of the AIDS epidemic hundreds maybe thousands of gay men in San Francisco died because of a world of denial and desire to blame others. Within the gay community a mass form of denial existed. Outside of that community political correctness motivated many to fail to put cause and effect together. Even to this day the deniers blame the Reagan administration’s perceived tardy public comments about AIDS, rather than the failure to close down the “bath houses” where anonymous unprotected relations flourished for years. In America it was a disease spread by very specific behaviors. Had it been attacked strictly from that perspective from day one many more people would be alive today.

The single biggest contributor to the crime rate, drug use, school drop out problems, and promiscuity in the black community is not racism but absent fathers. This is true across all of America but is far more problematic within the black community. These are just the facts. It has noting to do with race and everything to do with culture. These perfectly obvious problems were allowed to feaster for decades for fear of offense. Daniel Patrick Moynahan warned about the deleterious effects of fatherless homes almost 40 years ago when the out of wedlock birth rate was a fraction of today’s number. But because this was a problem that troubled the black community disproportionately, few dealt head on with the devastation that could have been stemmed. The social constraints that governed out of wedlock births were turned on their head during the 60’s and 70’s and exacerbated by a welfare system that encouraged single motherhood. Anyone who had the courage to point this out was given an ugly name. So, few observers have had the courage to speak out.

There is a cancerous culture of death spreading within the Islamic world. This social disease has been growing for more than 30 years. It is unique to the Islamic community and its out of control cells are killing innocent people of all faiths throughout the four corners of the world. This cultural mutation is killing Islam from within and thousands of non Moslems from without. We may argue about how far it has metastasized, but we cannot argue that it is just a benign cultural lesion. Those who speak out are called bigots because any criticism is deemed anti-Moslem. Far too many Moslems spend their time telling everyone that it is not me; it is just a small fringe or aberrant minority. Their enthusiasm for condemnation of those supposed bigots, who kill no one, is far greater than for the Islamists whose very existence is guided by the motto “death to the infidels.” Whether the Islamists represent 5% or 15 % of Moslems worldwide is not material to the solution. We can be sure that there are millions who want to destroy Israel and create a worldwide caliphate. Instead of dealing directly with the greatest threat of the 21st Century many choose to blame poverty, American and Israeli. The vast majority of non radical Moslems are not standing up to cure the disease destroying their faith. If the 85% or 95% or 98% of non Islamist Moslems recognized the culture of death within their mist and stood against it they could destroy it. There are billions of petro dollars that could be put to work cleansing the faith of its killers. Instead the money is used to fund schools that teach hate and groups that commit terrorist acts world wide.

A little cultural introspection would go a long way. It requires a degree of confidence that one’s culture or community can have serious problems that are not the fault of outside forces. No one blames anyone or any force other than America for America’s slavery or the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. Slavery was ended in a bloody civil war because a significant number of Americans knew that American could not be the place it claimed to be as long as the abomination of slavery continued. The dissonance between the high ideals of what American could be and it earliest contradiction was too much. The key is that it did not get better by blaming others or poverty or England. Enough people recognized the cancer and cut it out. Doing what was right came at a gigantic and bloody price. But it was dealt with from within. And it was the right thing to do.

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