“Cultural Differences”

Can anyone explain to me why bullying someone because of “cultural differences” is acceptable, but racist bullying is not?

(I have – of course – got thoughts of my own, but no time right now to marshall them into coherency, let alone write them up.
I know and you know that I will be posting them as soon as I can though.)

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3 responses to ““Cultural Differences”

  1. Actually, regardless of the skin colour, this Big Brother effort could only ever be a cultural thing. After all, Indians are Caucasian as well as us, oh so perfect, Europeans. Bullying is bullying and should never be countenanced. GW Bush take note! Bullying between nations is not on, either! (sorry about the grammar – or lack there-of)

  2. To answer your question: Possibly in the same way that keeping people ‘in their place’ and not letting them reach their true potential just because they were born into a family of a certain caste in Indian.

    It was base bullying in ‘the house’. If you want to get a insult a black person (for whatever reason) you will call them a ‘black bastard’ rather than a ‘bastard’. They will react to the fact that you have used their colour in the insult more vigorously. I am in no way vindicating this tactic but highlighting any ingrained putdown will be used.

    i.e. if you want to insult a redhead ‘ginger twat’ would probably be a good insult (the fact that I love redheads and can’t understand why ginger people have a bad time is irrelevant).

    What has been hidden by the use of ‘cultural’ stuff in this and that ‘racism’ is the the word used is bullying and British education and the haves/have nots. The root cause of all this is poor education in areas of deprivation which means people who are ill-educated and perceive themselves to be worse off than others(and possibly correct) and act that way(i.e. Channel 4: Shameless). Means that someone who is perceived to be beautiful, successful, famous, waited on by servants will get some jealousy thrown at them. And when thath person reacts to the ‘thick pig-ignorant morons’ by looking down her nose at them it just makes the situation worse and hence the almost juvenile ‘poppadum’ stuff comes out.

    I am not defending the morons on the show. Jade who due to good PR etc is incredibly rich just shows that money does not make someone change. I am not blaming Shilpa.

    But with everyone jumping on the ‘racist’ bandwagon for good headlines or to be seen to be saying the correct things the real problems are being missed. That we have a load of chavvy, thick, morons who do not wnat to better themselves even when they have everything due to an ill-educated underclass that is perpetuated due to their parents having been in similar situations not caring that their kids are turning out as bad or worse than they are.

    And even after all that I still think Jade Goody is a moron and a reason for involuntary sterilisation. But then again I am an intellectual snob.

    Try and pull the liberal and right-wing stuff out of that reply!!!

  3. Hear hear, Archie!

    Alfster, you are right about the caste system in India of course. The parents of a certain friend of mine tuned in and dropped out in the 1970s and landed in the transcendental meditation movement, which is basically evangelical hinduism. They raised their kids according to their principles and so he is a second-generation hindu, white, and castless. He occasionally has surreal conversations with nth generation hindu girls about whether or not he would be suitable arranged marriage material!

    >> If you want to get a insult a black person (for whatever reason) you will call them a ‘black bastard’ rather than a ‘bastard’.

    I guess I recognise that. If I want to comment on female stupidity I’ll call someone a dumb tart, and I am nobody’s sexist. So. Ok. I recognise that. But it is still a sexist insult, even if wonderful clever amazing Aphra isn’t herself a sexist.

    >> the root cause of all this is poor education in areas of deprivation

    Not sure about that. It may be the root cause in this case, but I have heard astonishing bigotry come out of the mouths of the well-off. Truly frightening stuff.

    >> with everyone jumping on the ‘racist’ bandwagon … to be seen to be saying the correct things

    That’s my point. The accusation of racism seems to be opportunist in this case.

    It is almost as if people can recognise racism when they see it, but the cannot recognise bullying.

    >> That we have a load of chavvy, thick, morons who do not wnat to better themselves even when they have everything due to an ill-educated underclass that is perpetuated due to their parents having been in similar situations not caring that their kids are turning out as bad or worse than they are.

    Bang on the money again. Follow the links in this post. https://aphrabehn.wordpress.com/2006/12/17/dumbing-down-role-models-and-the-dangers-of-easy-affluence/

    Thanks, both of you, for reading and commenting.

    Aphra.

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