Is It Racism or SOMTINGEX?


In their closing segment, Crowder & Co. make some great points about how people rise or fall to “their” level around you by what you tolerate and the example you set. They are specifically talking about the statistics often cited on the topic of “today’s rape culture”, as it supposedly exists on U.S. college campuses.

We all have heard that birds of a feather flock together.  We are then taught, especially in relationships, that opposites attract. Both are components of and byproducts of human nature and survival instincts. They aren’t necessarily contradictory, but one of them, or some other significant decision drivers compel our greater natural tendency to live among those we do as well as where and with whom we do!  Let’s explore some possibilities.

Human behavior patterns are not something that government can dictate because these patterns are ingrained and are further learned and shaped by our human experience.
For instance, is it an indication that a society is racist when all the asians, blacks and whites live mostly in communities dominated by their respective races? No, not at all. It’s not proof of racism in each of the groups. When people are free, and sometimes even when they are not, they will still tend to feel more comfortable and secure in themselves if they hang around those most similar to them in several different ways. Race seems to be one of those natural determiners. Economics seems to be another. Education level seems to be another. This is why you will find “communities” of varying sizes that naturally segregate themselves into groups most similar across all three segments.

Poor people don’t live among rich people for fairly obvious reasons. When a poor person becomes rich, do they bulldoze their ghetto house and build a mansion in its place and remain among their former class? Not that I have observed anywhere on the planet!

Rich people of any race do not live among the poor people of their same race. Why?

Do those with higher education levels such as doctors, engineers and successful business owners live in communities of ignorant, unschooled or undisciplined people? Again, no! Not usually.  Does government force them to separate from their lower class brethren or is it a more natural tendency?

Do people of similar religious beliefs tend to congregate into communities of “similar” faiths? Again, yes! Is this because of “religionism”? [Religionism would be defined as “religious” racism or religious superiority if you prefer]  No, not necessarily.  That, it would seem, would be about intellectual comfort.

Why are there whole communities that have a higher than average makeup of “interracial couples”? Is this, again, more about safety and comfort than anything else?

Survival, safety and mental/intellectual comfort are the ruling motivators of our human actions. Not racism! Not snobbery! Not superiority!  Could these play a part? Yes, I think so.  How much do you think those considerations influence these patterns? Share your comments below!

The bottom line is fairly clear. When anyone can move away from bad behavior, unsafe and uncomfortable conditions, we generally do! This leads to “natural segregation” or if you prefer, natural “aggregation”. Even wealthy criminals don’t live among poor criminals, regardless of race. Monetary and intellectual factors seem to me to be the larger factors that fuel our steps to seek safer, more comfortable “surroundings”.  Not “racism”.

[Title clue: You might be too young to remember the marketing slogan: “Is it live, or is it MEMOREX?”  Back in the days of cassette tapes and reel to reels, just as in today’s products, companies sought to “stand out” and push their “superior” product line to increase market share. SOMTINGEX translates to “SomethingElse”]

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