TC on Charlottesville

The racial divide happening in Charlottesville in the US is one that affects all of Third Culture around the world.  It raises a question, that to many Third Culture people, is one that they don’t think often about, because to many, it seems inevitable:

“What will the human race look like in the future”

Then Times Magazine came out with this cover photo:

The Growth of the “Alt-Right”

Ever since then, fear has been growing in America, and along side this fear came the growth of the “alt-right” – white supremacists groups who fear that America is the last bastion for Western Europeans.  That if America does not “stay white”, then there will be no where on this planet that will put the interests of “white” people first; that their destiny will no longer be in their hands.

Some Ku Klux Klan groups have joined the “alt-right” in an attempt to reframe “white supremacy as “civil rights for whites”.

Recap of the events in Charlottesville:

On the weekend of August 12th.  A White Nationalists rally in Charlottesville descended into violence.  They are part of the “alt-right” a group of white supremacists.

Friday night – White Nationalists attacked counter protestors

Saturday – a woman named Heather Heyer was killed by a White Nationalist who drove his car into a group of counter-protestors.

President Trump has so far blamed both sides.  He did not call out white supremacists for starting the violence.  This is in stark contrast to his views when opposing radical Islamism.

Dinner with a white supremacist

A great video on this can be found by VICELAND: “Dinner with a white supremacist”, here:

Recap of the events in Charlottesville:

On the weekend of August 12th.  A White Nationalists rally in Charlottesville descended into violence.  They are part of the “alt-right” a group of white supremacists.

Friday night – White Nationalists attacked counter protestors

Saturday – a woman named Heather Heyer was killed by a White Nationalist who drove his car into a group of counter-protestors.

President Trump has so far blamed both sides.  He did not call out white supremacists for starting the violence.  This is in stark contrast to his views when opposing radical Islamism.

 

Third Culture

Third Culture, is not a race thing, it is not something you born into:  because you have parents from multiple cultures – that makes you Third Culture.  No, it is more an ideology and a movement.  It is a community and a place where we can come together to discuss how we want the world to be and how we want it to look in the future.  It is a place where we can share our stories and cultures; but we must also take a stand against that which we know is wrong, and to defend those who cannot defend themselves.

Extremism is extremism no matter which side it comes from.

Of course we have differences, and it is not about ignoring them or looking past those differences to see what we have in common, because sometimes we must acknowledge those differences and attempt to understand where people are coming from.

Of course it is easier for those of us not in the US to ignore or just watch as events unfold.  But these are subjects that do affect as all and will only continue to rise to the forefront of the agenda.

We must have a place where certain freedoms are upheld.  Freedom of speech allows everyone to express themselves, no matter if that view is different from you own.  However, violence against another people, race, culture, that cannot be tolerated and must be opposed and those oppressed, defended.

Monoethnicity

If the human race is still evolving – then who knows what future humans will look like? If we keep mixing, maybe one monoethnicity is inevitable.

“everyone will be beige”

This of course will upset “purists”, but who is “pure” anyway?  As comedian Russell Peters says, its just a matter of time, and you can try to run, but one day, “everyone will be beige”.

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