Charles wrote earlier today:
[ it's ] Not racist against Obama but once you've hit the realm of "dog recipes" the joke isn't really about Obama anymore. It is about weird cultural practices that other people have and we don't.
Racist is not the same as culturalist.
Racism is bad. Culturalism is not, because culturalism is really about VALUES. Folks who want to stamp out culturalism know – at some level – that most people are not only culturalists but feel pretty darned good about being culturalists, which is why they never say things like "attacking a foreign culture for eating dogs or cutting off clitorises is bad". No, they first map a culture to a race, so that if you CLAIM you dislike people who engage in blood feuds and cut off clitorises the TRUTH is that you really dislike brown people.
I've hired black, white, brown and yellow people. Straight, gay, and even "wears a fur suit to cons on the weekend" people.
I've hired them without reference to their skin color or sexuality BECAUSE I know their culture – they believe in hard work, prudence, and losing face vis-a-vis a customer when the job calls for it.
I ran into cultural problems once when an employee couldn't stand to lose face and acted out – by throwing a stapler against a wall.
I fired him.
This is despite the fact that he and I had identical ancestry.
He was a CULTURAL misfit in my organization.
I don't hate Obama because of his skin color (I don't even "hate" him at all).
I loath Obama because he's a member, not of some Islamist culture, but because he's a member of the American leftist culture where "clever ideas", credentials, left wing shibboleths, good intentions and personal contacts trump actually delivering value.
As such I see that tying Obama to Indonesian culture is funny, but a bit silly. Obama gives no evidence of having internalized any Indonesian culture, so it's an attack that has no body to it.
Attacking Obama on his ACTUAL culture of American corporatist / group-rights / technocratic / top-down centralism makes much more sense to me.
(Note: feel free to replace "Obama" with "Romney" in the above rant)
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