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The Melting Pot incinerates every culture except for white culture

The state legislature in Arizona seems to be under the control of a white supremacist group. A recent proposal targets race-based groups (note that groups that are all or mostly white are not mentioned) that largely consist of students of color.

Arizona public schools would be barred from any teachings considered counter to democracy or Western civilization under a proposal endorsed Wednesday by a legislative panel.

Additionally, the measure would prohibit students of the state’s universities and community colleges from forming groups based in whole or part on the race of their members, such as the Black Business Students Association at Arizona State University or Native Americans United at Northern Arizona University. Those groups would be forbidden from operating on campus.

via The Arizona Republic

The creator of this racist, Euro-centric measure is Republican Russell Pearce. Pearce who was formally the Maricopa County Deputy Sheriff, sneaked the measure into a state senate bill on homeland security.

Rep. John Kavanagh, a member of the Appropriations Committee, said he hopes the measure helps return cultural studies in the state’s schools to a “melting pot” model.

“This bill basically says, ‘You’re here. Adopt American values,’ ” said Kavanagh, a Fountain Hills Republican. “If you want a different culture, then fine, go back to that culture.”

Kavanagh and Pearce are essentially advocating for people of color in the U.S. to assimilate into white culture. The melting pot to which they refer is similar to Mount Doom in the fictional land of Mordor. People of color enter Mount Doom, throw their language/culture/identity into the hot lava, and presto, their language/culture/identity is incinerated. The melting pot is not an amalgamation of cultures, it is an incinerator that eradicates anything but white culture.

  • http://www.gwinnettbuzz.com FinanceBuzz

    I will say first that I do not see how they can prohibit freedom of assembly, nor should they be able to. I want to state that clearly so that we do not have to debate the main point here – I think we agree on that one.

    I have to take issue with you trying to spin this into a “white supremacist” event. You say:

    note that groups that are all or mostly white are not mentioned

    I do not see too many White Students Associations or the White Engineers Society. So you are setting a nice straw man for you to knock down.

    Secondly, to suggest that we expect other cultures to assimilate into America does not tell them to throw their culture identity away. American encompasses many aspects of a variety of cultures. However, whether you like it or not, English is the predominant language in this country and has been since the inception of the nation. To expect people who move here to learn the predominant language of Americans when engaging in daily contact with business and government is not unreasonable. They made the choice to come here. I and other Americans should not have to learn their language because of a decision they made. To attempt to put this into your color-sensitive paradigm is simply agenda-spin on your part.

    I will note as this is my first post since it has started, my blog is open for business. Right now it is focused on local issues – development, growth, taxes, schools, politics – in my home county in metro Atlanta. However, I did enter a long post entitled “English, please!” on this very topic last night. I go into more depth on the above points there.

  • http://ericstoller.com/blog/ Eric Stoller

    Dear Derek Brian Cook aka FinanceBuzz of the newly create blog – Gwinnett Buzz,

    Once again, the invisibility of whiteness fails to creep past…the organizations that are mentioned in the article are organizations of color. Organizations of white people are almost never named as the white this or that, they exist as “the organization.” Whiteness becomes invisible when it is the dominant social norm of the dominant paradigm.

    I’m not sure how you went from freedom to assemble to an English only trope. I suspect that sometimes xenophobic tendencies are difficult to break. German was spoken by quite a few people prior to the World Wars and anti-German sentiment. There are many languages that are spoken by many peoples in the U.S. and there are many signs and documents in several languages too.

    In closing, this particular sentence does not make any sense:

    “I and other Americans should not have to learn their language because of a decision they made. “

    I don’t think that anyone ever said that you had to learn “their” (code for the “other” btw) language. It would just be swell of you if you would just accept languages other than English as being allowable in your county, state and country! Have you been to a major metropolitan city in the U.S.? There are signs in all sorts of languages. English, Spanish, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Chinese, etc. You don’t have to learn any language other than English. I just wish you weren’t so damned xenophobic about anything outside of your straight, white, male identity.

    PS: I am so bummed that you unfriended me on Facebook. You think you know someone…

  • http://www.gwinnettbuzz.com FinanceBuzz

    You dual standards are showing here.

    Organizations of white people are almost never named as the white this or that, they exist as “the organization.”

    This is simply more spin to put things in a racial context. If the local chapter of, say, the Young Democrats (and I use Democrats because I am going to give you the opportunity to spread your bias by suggesting all Republicans are racist), have a majority of white students as members. That does NOT, in any way, make them a white organization in the vein a Afro-American Student Association. The former is a club where the racial makeup happens to be majority white. The latter is an organization whose focus is based around a race and, I presume, issues important to that race. It is your filter that is imparting race simply because of the majority count of white people in a group.

    There are many languages that are spoken by many peoples in the U.S. and there are many signs and documents in several languages too.

    I do not see French or German on the signs on every aisle in Home Depot, I see Spanish. I do not see Portuguese on the gas pumps at the local gas station, I see Spanish. Again, someone of your perspective (in this case) resorts to inaccurate name-calling when someone does not agree with your point. Xenophobia is defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary as “fear and hatred of strangers or foreigners or of anything that is strange or foreign.” If you would bother to actually consider the points I make, you could not possibly come to the conclusion that I have any fear of foreign people. I do have a concern that I will see the American culture as I grew up with cease to exist in my lifetime, but this is not the same as a fear of others. I find the stories of many immigrants who come to America seeking the freedom this country offers to be quite inspiring. Often, these people have a greater appreciation for this country than do many “native” Americans. Thus, your characterization is wholly inaccurate but it does allow you to not address the point – why is having English demoted as a sole, primary language not important? You may choose to take a counter position to mine, but have the courage to state that position rather than cowering behind name calling.

  • Britt Q.

    Erm… am I crazy or is just a little ironic that banning schools from teaching matters counter to democracy a counter to democracy in itself?

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    And in re to FinanceBuzz:

    “However, whether you like it or not, English is the predominant language in this country and has been since the inception of the nation.”

    When this country was “incepted”, the southwestern, midwestern and northwestern territories were all under Spanish rule. When this country was “incepted”, Alaska was still a Russian territory, and was until the late 1860s. And you know, when this country was “incepted”, let’s not forget there were thousands of American Indians and First Nations people of all affiliation and cultures. I reckon English was not the dominant language in any of these territories or amongst any of those groups.

    “To expect people who move here to learn the predominant language of Americans when engaging in daily contact with business and government is not unreasonable. They made the choice to come here. I and other Americans should not have to learn their language because of a decision they made.”

    So when we European-originated, white, English-speakers moved westward (thanks Manifest Destiny!) by your logic shouldn’t they have learned the predominant languages in those territories? And if they did not want to learn them, perhaps then they should’ve gone back to where they came from…!

    White English-speaking Europeans made the choice to come here, too. And we certainly did not learn the “predominant” languages like Spanish, Inuktitut, Hawaiian, French, Cherokee…

    Just a thought.

  • Julia Murray

    AS someone who grew up here, moved away for twenty years to NYC and came back to escape drug problems and homelessness, I observe that Arizona is indeed a conservative and racist state. What it is, is that people are afraid of justice because it will affect them. Change is on its way.

    The fact is that just because white people do most of the owning does not mean they do all of the living, working, etc. There is a deliberate confusion made to hold white people to a racist line that no one has worked as hard as they have, that what somebody has is because they deserve it, and if somebody doesn’t have something it’s because they don’t deserve it. I observe this in my own family. As far as I can tell, it is something that the haves say to make sure nothing will ever affect their position in society. It is a means by white male privileged people to keep everybody working against everybody else and a lot of people in ARizona fall for it because they fear being massacred and/or enslaved the way their ancestors did to others to arrive at their “deserved” place. Fear of the other, as I have learned is really fear of the self, and so long as people are not aware of what and who they are and act according to that, they will eventually walk themselves into that situation they so fear. The best thing to do is to lift the sexual inhibitions of society so that it undermines the dominance of money. In other words, all people mix together, without regard to the manipulations/coercion of authority.

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