08 07 10 - 18:53Cop subdues man, then inexplicably shoots him in the back. He later claims he was trying to use his taser on the suspect, who was struggling and had been detained for engaging in violent acts. Jury agrees with him; should be open and shut -- except that the cop is white and the dead man is black.
Result? California braces for riots:
Police in Oakland, across the Bay to the east of San Francisco, moved to a tactical alert status in preparation for potential civil disturbances.
Demonstrations were planned in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area, where many commuters left work early.
"I'm concerned about riots. I don't want to be hit by a bottle," said accountant Francisco Raygoza, 30, as he headed home. "Our office manager said leave as soon as you can."
The killing unleashed charges of police brutality and a night of civil unrest in Oakland, where demonstrators smashed store windows and set cars on fire. Police arrested over 100 people on charges of vandalism, unlawful assembly and assault. - Reuters
If this killing were white on white, would we be having riots? Or black on black, Asian on Asian, Hispanic on Hispanic?
Under diversity, there is always one group who is perceived to be ahead. As a result, ethnic tensions never end. Even in diverse nations like Brazil and Mexico, racial tensions persist after centuries. Even in racially-mixed India, caste and ethnic tensions persist. In fact, everywhere diversity -- more than one ethny, culture, religion or radically different caste in the same nation-state -- has been tried, this kind of conflict has existed.
People call us "racist" for pointing this out. Somehow, they gloss over the other 90% of this site which is about the necessity of spiritual discipline, the need for a lack of inherent meaning, the importance of aesthetics, the need for environmental conservation and, of course, death metal. All they see is a binary: if you don't agree that all people are equal, they say, we're better than you -- and we're going to show other people how much better we are by denying reality while we denigrate you.
Other thinkers have noted the same thing -- the problem isn't the ingredients of diversity (black, white, Asian, Hispanic) but diversity itself:
The following year, his opinions changed when he heard a crowd shouting "Death to the Jews!" in the aftermath of the Dreyfuss Affair, in which a French-Jewish military officer was accused of treason. This changed his outlook from one of Jewish independence to one of Jewish nationalism.
In June of that year, he wrote in his diary: "In Paris, as I have said, I achieved a freer attitude toward anti-Semitism... Above all, I recognized the emptiness and futility of trying to 'combat' anti-Semitism." He came to consider the idea of Jewish sovereignty as a political response to what he saw as an international political problem, which was a lack of national identity for the Jewish people causing them to be perceived as enemies of other nations, and saw the solution as the creation of a Jewish state with the consent of the great powers.
In Der Judenstaat he wrote:
"The Jewish question persists wherever Jews live in appreciable numbers. Wherever it does not exist, it is brought in together with Jewish immigrants. We are naturally drawn into those places where we are not persecuted, and our appearance there gives rise to persecution. This is the case, and will inevitably be so, everywhere, even in highly civilised countriesâsee, for instance, Franceâso long as the Jewish question is not solved on the political level. The unfortunate Jews are now carrying the seeds of anti-Semitism into England; they have already introduced it into America."
Herzl believed that Jews could never assimilate, as the majority in each nation-state determined who was native, and by exclusion, Jews would be seen as alien. To end this permanent outsider status for world Jewry, he proposed that Jews have a nation of their own, to the benefit of Jews and Gentiles alike. - Theodor Herzl
Herzl spotted the problem: any nation is united by language, values, culture, customs and heritage. This means people are roughly moving in the same direction, with the same values system. When any outsider fragments this, the civilization because to destabilize and part of that instability is civilized people doing horrible things (like the Dreyfus case, the Holocaust or the KKK).
To deny the failings of diversity so that you appear of elevated social status is brattish immaturity. It's also sociopathic: like any other form of corruption, you are using society against itself for your personal gain, like taking profit out of the system and not giving back.
Instead, I suggest people stop thinking about themselves and face reality. History is a lesson, let us learn from our mistakes.