Jul 19, 2020Liked by Michael David Cobb Bowen

Ok. Let's get into operational racism.

The Black community has Koreans, Indians, Chinese owning many neighborhood stores. Now, we can make a bunch of points re: they're hard-working, more energetic, etc. Let's just say that's all true, for the purposes of this argument.

The black community does not like this. Many think these natural gathering places of their community should be owned by their community. The shop-owners may be perfectly nice people. But they aren't part of black culture, and not having them as part of that culture means that culture is fractured and less unified at the local level. That fracturing, per Robert Putnam's "Bowling Alone" etc., has downstream consequences that are bad for the community as a whole. So does the lost opportunity for the creation of more black kids growing up with the basics of business and competition ingrained in them at a deeper level.

This sense is is often felt rather than articulated. What if it isn't wrong?

Because it's definitely operational racism to disfavor others, and favor or require black-owned businesses in their place. And it may not be a bad idea.

What if individuals are important, but aren't all there is? What if there's a community level that does not simply reduce to individuals? What if its coherence is important? What trade-offs then become acceptable? Why?

Leftists attempt to weasel out of these questions by citing "power imbalances." Utterly dishonest bulls-t, invoked without consistency or principle. The right has lost the ability to even talk about this problem, except in the alien and bankrupt language of globalist corporatism.

So where do we go from here? I think we start by questioning our priors. Entire.

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