Culture is race

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Editor: Another encore exploring the topics of race, culture and ethnic nationalism, this time from Adam Piggott.

This article by was originally published on 14/11/16 at www.pushingrubberdownhill.com, where Adam blogs regularly and brilliantly.

6927597555_09ff8f7d78_jennifer-hawkinsMy piece on culture that I wrote the other day was cross-posted on XYZ online magazine. One of the comments caught my eye:

“Excellent insight on the left-right issue, though if you are referring to ‘race’ when you mention the ‘color of people’s faces’, then you lost me. Culture has nothing to do with a person’s race.”

I have pondered this at length as it did not sit well with me. If culture does not have anything to do with race then what is it bound by? Race means many things. As The Z Man states, it is made up of biology, ancestry, and heritage. Although he is referring to tribalism and national identity, I believe that this is concomitant with race.

After forty years of multiculturalism, we have been taught to believe that all cultures are equal. And yet, if you suggest that a Western culture is superior to some backwater tribe living in a third-world hellhole, you will immediately be accused of being a racist.

How curious.

Likewise, a great deal of propaganda is given over to the glories of Australian aboriginal culture. One only has to lay claim to a one-sixteenth genealogy and have that ratified by an aboriginal tribe, and then the culture is open to that person. Failure to possess that genealogy negates any claim at being aboriginal.

Curiouser and curiouser. Sounds like biology, ancestry, and heritage to me. Sounds like race. Of course, the common theme here is that it is only racist when whites seek to do the same.

With Trump’s victory, a lot of people are talking about culture and how it has absolutely nothing to do with race. Over at Catallaxy Files a guest poster has a piece that states that culture is language. To whit, learn the English language and hey presto – you’re part of the culture.

“The language itself contains within it the memory of 1066 and the lessons thereof, and is the progenitor of all worthwhile you see in our civilisation: Liberty. A drive to explore new frontiers. An anti-authoritarian streak. A desire for property and property rights. Freedom of worship.”

I would counter with the idea that the English language is merely the vehicle that holds the seeds of our common history, ancestry, and heritage. The idea that anyone who learns English can then lay claim to that common bond is simply ludicrous. I speak Italian fluently and lived there for a very long time but I would never consider myself to be an Italian, and neither would my Italian friends.

“We have nothing to fear from immigration, because English is not a race, and the English-speaking people can absorb anyone.”

There are towns in areas of England that would seriously disagree with the two premises in that statement.

John C. Wright is adamant that it is religion and not race that determines culture. Apparently the explanation for the number of minorities who voted for Trump is due to them being Christian, although he gives no evidence to support this claim. While I certainly agree that Leftism as it is practised is the new religion of the 20th century, I do not see how Christianity in its current troubled form can lay claim to Trump’s success.

Did the Amish who came out and voted in all their numbers for Trump do so because of their religion or because of their race?

According to the 2002 census, over 84% of the population of Uganda was Christian. I lived there for almost two years and I have never experienced such an alien environment as that one. It is a completely different culture to that of Australia or England, and even though it shares not just the same language and religion but the same political and judicial systems, one cannot in any good faith make the argument that Uganda has the same culture as those two other countries. Their culture is bound up in their biology, their shared history, and their ancestry and customs. In their race.

And as a white man living there, I felt not just alienation but a degree of loneliness. It was not my place. I was a stranger in a strange land. I felt that to a much lesser extent in Italy but it was still there. In Canada it was practically non-existent, and even less so in England. I empathise with immigrants from alien cultures and I understand why they seek to retain the cultures and trappings of their former home. It stems from a desperate attempt to feel in place. But that does not make it appropriate, for it is always at the expense of the host culture.

Those forty years of multiculturalism have also left ordinary people terrified of the racist card. Perhaps that is why so many writers are now jumping through hoops to demonstrate that culture and race have nothing to do with each other. Perhaps this desperation stems from the fact that people are extremely uncomfortable with the potential consequences of waking up to this fact. The truth is that we have forty years of grave errors to deal with. The longer the accounting is put off, then, the worse will be the bill.

I do not think that there is any possibility of the USA or Australia reverting to white nations, and nor would I condone this direction. Those extremists on the alt-right who scream for a land for whites only are just as deluded as SJWs in their own stupid way. But we need to be able to discuss these topics without fear of being labelled with one of the usual monikers. Culture is inextricably bound up with race, and the sooner we acknowledge and face up to that fact, the better off we all will be.

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  • Olaf Koenders

    I mentioned in an earlier comment on “It’s the culture, stupid”:

    I’d say that a country of someone’s formative years is a strong predictor of culture, however that can change if someone then emigrates. Culture is essentially a point of view, a learned trait.

    A response to that by Entropy:

    And country of birth correlates strongly with race. Ergo race is a strong predictor of culture.

    I would agree with that, however the problem I see with the term “race” is that we are all considered the Human Race, meaning that neanderthal man was a different race to homo sapiens considering that neanderthal man died out. so we are all essentially descended from the homo sapiens branch – a single race.

    What does “race” really mean? A country/geography of origin, physical/social attributes or tech savvy?

    As an aside, looking at the difference between the terms “aboriginal” and “indigenous”, it means that I’m just as indigenous as the next abo, but not an abo. Seriously.

    I think “race” is a term constructed solely to describe humans, however it’s entirely misused as no other animal on the planed is described as being “racially” different to another. Only country of origin is used – aka African elephant etc., therefore described as a different species.

    the way i see it, we’re not different “species” either, so therefore we must be called breeds, considering dogs, for example all descended from the wolf.

    • There seems to be a lot of semantic hoop jumping as concerns my use of the term race in this context. A commenter on this post on the Facebook page said, and I quote:

      “There is only the human race, but many ethnic groups within that race.”

      I’m sorry but I don’t hear progressives running around accusing others of being an ethnicist. If the term ‘race’ is suddenly redundant then I propose that its best buddy ‘racist’ is as well.

      The fact is that it’s not redundant. The term is very clear in its context. Attempting to alter its meaning doesn’t change the argument either. It’s simply a strawman argument to focus on the broader meaning of this word. Which is disingenuous at best.

      • Trog

        It’s akin to the Supreme Court Justice Potter quote when determining a pornography case… paraphrasing ” I’m not going to attempt to further define the term… but I know it when I see it.”

        The species thing is nomenclature really. Subspecies abound in our man made classifications of nature of course, some based on colour alone, particularly birdlife, and many distinct “species” can mate and actually produce fertile hybrid young. Bear, wolves, coyotes to name a few.

        Anthropologists are readily and very easily able to tell our “race” or perhaps a more polite word, “derivation”, from our skeletons and skulls. It’s also well established that Europeans/Asians still possess small amounts of neanderthal and denisovan archaic genes even today. The importance of it all is a matter for our betters I suppose and how meaningful any of it really is, who knows? But we clearly have anatomical differences that reflect our ancestral origins, and not merely our individuality.

        It’s a very, very touchy subject we all know, (particularly when bandied endlessly as insults) but like the good Justice, I do know it when I see it.

      • Olaf Koenders

        Sorry Adam, I didn’t mean to offend or anything as I very much liked your article.

        Not that I’m trying to do any hoop-jumping regardless what the Leftards want me to aspire to, but from my earliest comprehension was that “race” meant “someone ethnic”, which could mean just about anything.

        In Oz, all immigrants were referred to (and ribbed) by their country of origin and thereby given a moniker to that effect, such as “wog”, “pom”, “dutchy” etc. there was never an overt feeling or manifestation of “race” in general.

        It lust feels to me that over the decades the left have hijacked this generally harmless immigrant-knocking sentiment we have and made it deplorable by branding it racist. thing is, how could it mean anything if we are all the human race? I was just trying to determine if the use of the word could even be considered fundamentally correct.

        • No offense taken. Simply ribald discussion.

          • Karen Dwyer

            Robust discussion, rather?

            Not really ribald; Steve B., a.k.a.The Poet, is on holidays …

          • Steve B

            No, I’m still here Karen. As I told Senor Trog, the Poet’s mojo is missing but hopes to get it back soon…

          • Karen Dwyer

            Oh, hello there!

            Well, sorry you’ve not had hols, but glad to know you’re still kicking about. 🙂

    • entropy

      I agree that race is a bad worth to describe ethnicity, but also with Adam’s point that it’s ultimately semantics as we have accepted that terminology into the vernacular. If ‘marriage equality’ can mean the same thing as ‘gay marriage’, then words have no meaning any more. Oldspeak is ungood.

      Your aside about indigeneity is an interesting one. Anyone born in Australia is indigenous to Australia, but somehow less indigenous than those who segregate themselves in remote ghettos and refuse to recognise the legitimacy of Australia itself.

      If a white indigenous Australian of European descent has less claim on this country than a black Aborigine (of South-East Asian descent), that implies that the white Australian’s claim lies elsewhere. So should white Australia start demanding their ancestral European lands back or is racial land ownership a concept that only applies to black people?

      Hypocrisy needs to stop. If application of the law is inconsistent with the ideology behind it, then one of them needs to change.

  • Olaf Koenders

    The left have hijacked any discussion about non-Western ethnicity as “race”. Go figure, “racist” is far easier for a dumb, mealy-mouthed Leftard to spit-venom “ethnicist” at anyone not agreeing at the time (which changes constantly) with their ideology.

    The rules in the left’s playbook on the use of their list of “isms” and “ics” is pretty clear. It only pertains to white Westerners. They can’t shame a non-Westerner minority into being “racist”. They therefore invented others that can be applied to anyone, such as “homophobic” for example.

    The only reason for all of this is to stifle any debate or discussion against the left and their pet socialist policy to overrule everyone. It was to effectively remove dissenting voices in a so-called democratic society. Leftards don’t have democratic bones in their bodies – just lies and a general hatred of themselves and humanity.

  • Johann

    Adam, I do not agree with your observation about those who wish to have a purely White race/population.
    Why label them extremist/stupid and deluded ? Why is it not possible.
    Would it be bad and evil to have a pure White culture ?
    What was so wrong about previous white cultures in history ?

    Are the Japanese or Chinese extremist, stupid and deluded.
    They wish to maintain a racially pure culture with their own distinctive ethnicity and traditions.
    Why is that wrong ? They wish to maintain their identity as a race, as a Tribe.
    I do not see anything wrong with that.

    Should Asian countries open the floodgates of immigration and have open borders ?
    They never will. To even think of it is absurd.
    But do we hear them taken to task about it ? Never.

    Not all cultures and races are compatible, there is ample evidence of that in Australia.
    Look at what is happening in multi culti Melbourne lately.
    It is not all gooey feelgood happiness and love. It is a Witch’s brew, just simmering away.

    I maintain that, sure we are all Humans, but we have distinctly different races and outlooks and it some cases, very different beliefs in what constitutes morality. Nothing can change that.
    It is cultural pressure and conditioning.

    You can get into the conspiracy/eugenics discussion as it relates to multiculturalism…..look at the waves of immigration into Europe….why is it being pushed so much, so quickly ?
    Why is it the predominantly White/Western nations being swamped and forced to accept wave after wave of refugees ?

    Look at Sweden and Germany: how are things shaping up for their culture ?

    What is the end game ? Who is behind it ?

    That buzz word: Diversity: means ….less White people.

    • Trog

      Very powerfully put.

    • It is extremist when compared with our current reality. There are no more empty lands that the Boers can trek into.

      • Trog

        A wee bit harsh Adam? I’m sure Johann accepts the absolute unreality of his situation happening in our current times. But figure me this, why is it okay for 3% of our population already enjoying the fruits of our settled life, to have native title claim to 33% of our continent and much of it for their exclusive use. And this ever expanding.

        I checked these stats and they are not easy to find, unsurprisingly at least for a computer neonate like myself. Seems to me they are realising what Johann can only dream of.
        Akin to Wilde’s “love that dare not speak it’s name.” Terrible analogy I know but the point is apposite.

        Not being divisive but this entitlement nonsense cuts both ways, surely. Another example of the “race” card only going one way. Black man good…white man bad. Double standards always rankle me.

        Please I am not being deliberately difficult but Johann’s comment is valid however passionately some might disagree.

        • Geez, you lot are dancing around me with the kid gloves on. Do I come across as that harsh? I don’t disagree with anything that you’re saying. My two sentences were merely explaining my use of the terms that he disagreed with. But the discussion is good and healthy and I’m happy to be having it on a public forum without everyone flying off their tits.

          We’re in for a messy ride in Australia. The push for native recognition in the constitution will be merely the next step on the way to aboriginal sovereignty. And thus the breakup of Australia. Zimbabwe here we come. I wonder what name they’ll come up with for this place?

          • Trog

            Spot on brother. The Harry Potter bus driver “we’re in for a bumpy ride” on the route again!

            I found your post exceptionally interesting, focused and thoughtful. Thoroughly bullshit free and I loved it.

        • PaulMurrayCbr

          “to have native title claim to 33% of our continent and much of it for their exclusive use”

          Pfft. A few dozen aboriginals cannot possibly “own” half a million hectares, no matter what it says on paper. All of that “aboriginal land” is american military territory.

      • Bikinis not Burkas

        But when they build a Mosque the land is regarded as theirs forever!
        Why won’t Governments read the Islamic doctrine!

  • Johann

    Great post, Trog, your comments are always very thoughtful and well researched.
    Evolution does not stop, as you say, but I wonder if “race mixing” is producing more intelligent adaptable humans, or not. There are studies to suggest that it does produce smarter individuals, but it is a bit subjective.
    But there are other studies that suggest overall lowering of IQ’s.
    White, developed Western civilisation has brought us a vast bounty of fantastic cultural and technological riches, so far.
    I would suggest that without Western White civilisation to support them, many existing cultures in the World today would regress to barbarism in very short order.
    African continent/Middle East in particular.
    Zimbabwe is an example.

    Call me a tinfoil hat conspiracy theorist, but there is a lot more darkness and misrepresentation behind the immigration “diversity” smoke and mirrors push than initially meets the eye.

    It will be vastly interesting to view a future where genetic engineering is the norm: designer babies.
    Choose a colour and gender or racial style……

    It will happen,eventually, I have no doubt.

  • Karen Dwyer

    Seeing as you asked…

    See article by Garth Kant.

    image: http://mobile.wnd.com/wp-content/themes/worldnet-theme/_/images//feed.png

    http://mobile.wnd.com/files/2016/11/NYT-election-odds.jpg

    NYT-election-odds
    New York Times graph displaying “Chance of Winning Presidency” in real time

    WASHINGTON – Election eve 2016 began without any real sign of a gathering storm. No hint a popular revolt was brewing. In fact, just the opposite.

    The networks were reporting the mood in the inner circle of the Republican candidate was subdued, somber, tense, even foreboding – as if fearing the worst.

    image: http://mobile.wnd.com/files/2016/11/Trump-TW22-300×150.jpg

    President-elect Donald Trump (Photo: Twitter)
    President-elect Donald Trump (Photo: Twitter)
    In direct contrast, the mood in the camp of the Democratic Party presidential candidate was described as confident, expectant and already almost celebratory.

    Giddy.

    When the first polls closed on the East Coast and the first results began to come in, those moods seemed to be swiftly confirmed by reality. The pre-election polls were not wrong. Democratic Party nominee Hillary Clinton immediately took the lead.

    And she was winning in the battleground states.

    She was leading in Florida. She was leading in North Carolina. She was leading in Pennsylvania. She was leading in Ohio. Clinton was threatening to pull away and end the suspense early.

    At 7 p.m. there was no sign of a popular uprising led by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. There was no sign at 8 p.m. There was still no sign as time inexorably marched on.

    Something would have to break.

    And then it did.

    Like a scene out of the film “It’s a Wonderful Life,” people had begun to pray.

    But not just in one small town. Across America. And around the world.

    Simple acts of faith heralded the first faint wisps of a breeze that would soon become a storm that would shake the world.

    It began in Jerusalem.

    Christians from many nations gathered in the heart of Israel to pray and fast for the fate of the United States. Americans knelt on stage as the faithful prayed. Organizers instructed them to pray like never before for a just God to deliver his most Christian nation. They called it the Jerusalem Global Gathering.

    Christians in Jerusalem pray for America

    Christians also gathered to pray for the nation outside the U.S. Capitol. As WND reported, pastor Dan Cummins of the small rural East Texas town of Bullard led prayers for a return to biblical principles.

    image: http://mobile.wnd.com/files/2016/11/DC-prayer1-220×300.jpg

    DC-prayer1
    JoAnn and Dan Cummins lead prayers on election night in front of the U.S. Capitol
    And it was in Texas that the prayers for deliverance were sent around the world, using modern technology.

    A large prayer group had gathered in Dallas, hosted by Ken Copeland ministries. It was broadcast by the Daystar channel. Presenters David Barton and former Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., invited viewers to join in prayer.

    Daystar has a global reach of 400 million potential viewers.

    As they prayed, something began to stir.

    “At the precise moment we began broadcasting on Daystar,” Bachmann told WND, “as the polls were still open, and a national audience of believers joined together and prayed in concert, we literally saw the race break in favor of Trump.”

    “At that very minute.”

    Read more at

    http://mobile.wnd.com/2016/11/signs-of-divine-intervention-in-trump-victory/#evAxWdkue3vR6gA5.99

  • Karen Dwyer

    Christianity “in its present troubled form” is ambiguous:

    a) worldwide persecution?

    b) preaching of the social gospel (I.e. what appeases people, like prosperity theology, or what appeases people, like liberal theology) instead of the gospel of Jesus?

    c) both of the above?

    d) other?

    Followers of the gospel of Jesus adamantly don’t want Ms HRC and her policies. They see Mr Trump as a reprieve and an opportunity for national repentance. He is a man and not a Messiah.

    See links below for how Christians internationally united in prayer. Even if the author and protagonists are incorrect (and I don’t think they are) then at least it gives insight into a widely shared perspective.

  • Craig

    It’s called Jewish nepotism. Simple.

    I think someone has a yellow WAIFU.lol

    Averages are just that average, the E Asians have an average of 115. When it comes to IQ above 130 they are pretty poor on the IQ bell curve, compared to Europeans.

    Australia had an average IQ of 115, low and behold that was when Australia was 99.9% White British, back in the 1920s and 30s. Hmmm what happened to Australia’s average IQ?

    It would be interesting to create corresponding graphs of massive non-white immigration, overlayed on the drop of the average IQ… Dysgenic economics would also be at play…

    Why oh why are our educators worried about Australian multicultural drop in IQ and education failure rates?

  • Craig

    Sumeria was thought to be the oldest civilization, now it looks like an even older one in the Balkans will take the prize, the Danube Valley civilization.

    Boasian anthropology will become redundant in time. Recent discoveries point to Africans having separate archaic ancestors, as do Europeans and Asians. Homo naledi even has negretos features.
    If the genetics are compiled on Homo naledi I have no doubt some remenants will reside in the modern African blacks.

  • Karen Dwyer

    I would like to bask in the warm glow of your approbation. But truthfulness compels me to advise you that I had no idea one could do that until Ryan & Johann put in graphics. It’s just a matter of copying & pasting. Disqus does the rest. 🙂

  • Karen Dwyer

    Thanks, Trog. Yes, busy.

    Mats & crayons & glue still feature fairly heavily in my life – it’s one of the “vicarious joys” of having children.

    I think I appreciate my afternoon naps now even more than when I was a child, though 🙂

  • Karen Dwyer

    Moses A wrote a very interesting post on this topic. (Over at “Folly of Reason).

    • Trog

      Just opened the link. Wonderful!!!!. I have researched the phenomena and the various explanations for it, indeed I have bookmarked several sites as a resource. I have just skimmed the link and will digest it slowly but am a devotee of their story from way back. I really struggle to understand why many very brilliant people of the right still harbour animus towards them and why it seems to be resurgent?

      • Karen Dwyer

        Well for that you probably need to look at the Book of Revelation. 🙂

  • Karen Dwyer

    And I’m popping this link in because Theodore Dalrymple writes so well:

    http://www.city-journal.org/html/and-dying-thus-around-us-every-day-11742.html

    See winteryknight.com for more links to Dalrymple articles. Very well written, if somewhat bleak.

  • Mattys Modern Life

    Awesome article as always.

  • PaulMurrayCbr

    Culture is passed down from father to son. If is fathers that socialize children, and this is why single-mother kids are the way they are. No idea how to behave in public. No idea what they want to do with their lives. No future, and no desire for one or even a conception of one.

    The single thing that has destroyed native cultures across the globe has been white people giving free stuff to mothers. All for the childunz, of course. Aboriginal culture is the men passing down their stories, initiating the boys. With the male role gone – leading the tribe from waterhole to waterhole, hunting, protecting, providing – the culture is dead.

    And now we are doing it to ourselves.