Actually, the delusion of the folks in said town is on a historic scale. And if you read everything in the quote above beginning with “but” you’ll see that you agree with me. If something is in line with the majority of human history, it’s historic. If I referred to their delusion as monumental then we’d have something to butt heads over.
But since you brought it up …
History is littered with examples of people who thought they could commit vile acts against another race of people and still consider themselves “well-meaning.” You can’t get salt and fresh water from the same source.
The racism may have been the norm, and thus the delusion.
You can describe racism as “the norm” or a “survival trait”, but it’s still evil. It’s still not founded in fact or reason. You can frame it however you want, it is still wrong. And let’s be clear here, my “flat-out delusional” comment was in the context of the discussion of the inhabitants of that town; but not at the exclusion or inclusion of the rest of human history.
And let’s define delusional.
delusional | adjective
1) characterized by or holding idiosyncratic beliefs or impressions that are contradicted by reality or irrational argument. typically as a symptom of mental disorder. 2) based on or having faulty judgment; mistaken
I was not inferring the symptom of mental disorder part, but you have to wonder about the sanity of a person who fiercely clings to the notion that persons of another race are inferior; and then goes to great lengths to maintain that that belief and propagate that belief in others all to keep those people under foot.
And what’s wrong with calling people out for acting in ways that are not rooted in reality, rational argument, or fact; especially when those acts are detrimental to others? Take your wife’s case with that former employer and their investigator. You’re telling me you don’t think those people were deluded in their thinking?
Thanks, but there’s no need to pay homage to my firsthand experience. Yes, individual and collective experience is a valuable tool when discussing race, but I don’t need to go down that road here. I’m speaking to you from a place a common sense and sound reasoning.
The fight against racism is nothing new. Throughout history, whenever one peoples has decided to subjugate another, the attacked peoples fight to survive their oppressors the vast majority of times. Call that will to live free whatever you want, but it fits nicely in any number of places in Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. And those needs have been around since Adam took his first breath. Sometimes one peoples overthrows another, other times they are unsuccessful.
One final point, Glenn, coming out of racism is not some Herculean feat. I know and have seen too many people who have experienced a change of heart, and recognize the humanity in their fellow man, and understand that we all want the same things. This isn’t rocket science. You’re giving too much power to a way of thinking that’s flawed through and through and can be changed.
Yes, racism has been around in these United States for generations. That’s why people like you and I need to continue to doing exactly this: talking about it, broadening one another’s perspectives, and then helping others.
People most certainly can and have changed. You did.
Love one another.