Why it is normal to experience solidarity with one’s own race

Laura Wood at The Thinking Housewife has a frank discussion about a sensitive subject that for most people would be strictly verboten: the pros and cons of cross-racial adoption. Then, responding to a black correspondent who disagrees with her views of cross-racial adoption, Laura forthrightly engages with the larger question of race itself:

You seem to believe all sense of racial identity is wrong. I disagree. I think all hatred is wrong, and that includes racial hatred. But a sense of attachment to one’s own people and one’s race is inevitable and healthy. This attachment hardly precludes feeling love for and attachment to individuals of other races….

It is my personal duty to speak up. I am not racist and this gives me a special burden to be forthright and honest. My conscience is clear as I have always acted honorably toward those of other races. There are things about other races I admire, just as there are things about my own race I dislike. My sense of connection with other whites does not prevent me from forming deep attachments and love toward individuals of different races.

The belief that race is pure fiction and that all humanity is essentially the same represents, in my opinion, a rebellion against God. Here is where I deeply disagree with you. You suggest I am ungodly for recognizing that race is a facet of human existence which will never go away and that people do feel some sense of connection with their own race. I say it is ungodly not to recognize the order of God’s creation, and that part of that order is distinct races.

Posted by Lawrence Auster at November 14, 2009 11:19 AM | Send

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