Monday, May 17, 2004

LRC picks
The great divide
Steven Greenhut on Catholic vs. ‘Catholic’: on the Roman Mass* and its enemies, and the retirement of the saintly Fr Daniel Johnson in Orange County, California

‘Democracy’ as the word is (ab)used in American propaganda

On Brown vs. the Topeka Board of Education
by Zora Neale Hurston
Integration by choice is a noble cause, and forced segregation evil, as the Catholic witness of Trevor Huddleston (audio) vs. the Dutch Reformed-fuelled government of South Africa showed the world around the same time as Brown. (Like some American Protestants, the Dutch Afrikaners’ Calvinism - good old double predestination - made them think they were the elect and the ‘blecks’, not the elect, somehow sub-human.) Interestingly both late-’60s Marxist-fuelled race hatred and political correctness (Christian values separated from Christianity) have tried to undo some of the well-meant work from 30-40 years ago, telling blacks to self-segregate! Hurston agrees with my old friend Mark Bonocore that what America's got today isn't a society where the races mix but rather two sub-cultures that barely put up with each other.

There are success stories - the emerging black upper class in Atlanta - but it seems to me the changes of the past 40 years helped destroy black ethnic neighbourhoods and the emerging black middle class. There may have been fewer blacks at university then but nobody questioned their right to be there; it was based on merit. The condescending racism of affirmative action helped ruin that.

The reasons the city slums within bicycling distance of my home exist are: 1) a people with a less developed culture were taken advantage of by the Europeans centuries ago, 2) what white people continued to do to American blacks (keeping the culture down to keep the people down) and 3) yes, personal responsibility - the bad choices of some black people.

*This link is to a vagante site but used here to show the best English translation of this Mass, using parts of and after the style of the Book of Common Prayer and the King James Bible.

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