Don't Let Me Stop You

What the heck, you'll do what you want anyway.

Thomas Sowell

Posted by Dan Draney on November 9, 2005

The riots in France were a conglagration waiting for a spark. The root cause is not poverty or unemployment, but the ethic of “diversity” and “multiculturalism” in Western societies. Thomas Sowell lays it out in an article on Riots in Francel:

“In the name of tolerance, these countries [Europe and the US] have imported intolerance, of which growing antisemitism in Europe is just one example. In the name of respecting all cultures, Western nations have welcomed people who respect neither the cultures nor the rights of the population among whom they have settled. […]

The Dutch were shocked when one of their film-makers was assassinated by a Moslem extremist for daring to have views at variance with what the extremists would tolerate. No one should have been shocked. There are people who will not stop until they get stopped — and much of the media, the political classes, and the cultural elites of the West cannot bring themselves to even criticize, much less stop, the dangers or degeneracy among groups viewed sympathetically as underdogs.

Not all Moslems, nor necessarily a majority of Moslems, are either a cultural or a physical danger. But even ‘moderate’ Moslem organizations in the West who deplore violence and try to discourage it nevertheless encourage their followers to remain foreigners rather than become part of the countries they live in.”

Until the West again views Western culture as noble and worth promoting and defending we are at risk. The victim/grievance mentality encouraged by our elites is poisoning us, particularly those individuals who play the victim role.

Most members of some “minority” groups do well in the US (and Europe), while members of other groups mainly do poorly. Racism and the society’s attitudes toward the groups are factors in an individual’s performance, but that individuals actions, decisions, aptitude, attitude and behavior are much more important factors. Until these facts are recognized and members of the underperforming groups are encouraged to emulate successful people, this underperformance will continue. Encouraging the underperformers to continue to behave in self-destructive ways and blame others for their problems does not help anyone.


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