Hi Tony! Good to hear from you, and you’re only the second person in this series to disagree with me, so like I said to Chris, where the hell have you been? It gets dull without some competition, you know.

To respond to your points, I would argue that people have been making the salad bowl vs. melting pot argument for literally as long as immigrants have been coming here. Here’s an article on how the Irish were basically assumed to be “chunks” how were degrading the American way of life 150 years ago. https://www.history.com/news/when-america-despised-the-irish-the-19th-centurys-refugee-crisis.

It wasn’t true then, and it’s not true now. It’s just that assimilation takes a while, and it’s not like the original culture of immigrants just disappears. Integration works both ways. We celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, and no one thinks that’s weird… anymore, at least.

Regarding definitions of discrimination, remember that there are instances of both negative and positive discrimination. Negative discrimination is the barring of whole groups from an activity. Positive discrimination is specifically encouraging groups to partake in an activity. On the whole, negative discrimination is much worse for society, but hey, if you want to tackle the issue of positive discrimination I’m pretty sure I could write a separate article on that. This one wasn’t actually about that.

As for systemic racism being gone in America… Systemic racism is all wrapped up ’cause Obama got elected, huh? Sorry, but no. Electing a president is a system. We live in an interlocking, Byzantine complexity of systems. There are still a bunch out there which are not particularly fond of certain ethnic groups — not necessarily because racists are in charge, but because racists were in charge, and the built these systems to do things in sometimes very subtle ways that disproportionately impact particular groups. The criminal justice system is one example example. America’s methods of funding and distributing public education is another.

And here’s a longer article on that, in case you are actually curious about that subject and haven’t already made up your mind in its entirety. https://www.benjerry.com/home/whats-new/2016/systemic-racism-is-real

I really enjoy that it was written, and very well researched, by an ice cream company.

And no, I’m not going to call you racist. I think you have made up your mind on certain points that I wouldn’t personally call valid or well-understood, but I have no evidence that you’re racist. I try to only insult people based on the evidence they present me.

Searching for truth in a world focused on belief.

Searching for truth in a world focused on belief.