April 11, 2005

Justifying The Brotherhood

The Conservative Brotherhood's expansion (that I mentioned last week) was noted this weekend by Wizbang (among other places), and appears to have caused a bit of a dust-up (at least in the comments on their entry). The predictable bitching and moaning is coming from both of the expected places - those who whine about the notion of a collection of "black" conservatives versus a collection of "white" conservatives, as well as the soul patrol regulars who are so enamored with the term "uncle tom" that they toss it at us with mindless abandon.


(More from Cobb, Uncle Sam's Cabin, Baldilocks & others)

Posted by mhking at April 11, 2005 08:55 AM

Although, I'm not a conservative, and I don't fit neatly in the liberal category either, I still don't think you should have to explain why you guys started this brotherhood.

Posted by: cynthia at April 11, 2005 09:22 AM

I have some experience with the overall results of the populace segregating itself into groups of race. I am an American, White, Male, Middle Class, Southern, Conservative, Country Boy. By now, I'm sure you have your opinions of me. In spite of what some may think. I have no problems, fears, hatreds, or any other negative generalizations for others.

In college, I was a part of a student club that was composed of the people that were left after the Black club, the Italian club, the Women club, the Hispanic club, the Asiain club, the Middle Eastern Club,etc etc. The idea here is to illustrate the idea that there was no American, Not black, Not Italian, Not Hispanic, Not Asian, Not Female, Not Middle Eastern, Not etc... club. We were a white club by default and as such, we were labeled as the white supremicist racist group even though we were merely an engineering society, not a social political club. I was considered a racist by assiciation with people that were not Black, not Italian, not female...you get it. I guess I know how it feels now...

I got excited when Wizbang posted the link to the brotherhood and I have added it to my favorites list of blogs that I read. More power to ya but remember the nameless Whities that have to deal with the consequences of being a Male White American country boy with no minority status to build a website around. Yea, I know what your saying..."It must be tuff being a White guy in America these days". Too funny... All I am saying is don't hate me because you left me behind.

Posted by: schwerv at April 11, 2005 03:35 PM

Oh, this is TOO DAMN FUNNY!!!!
Project 21.

'nuff said.

Posted by: DarkStar at April 11, 2005 04:45 PM

Thanks very much for this post. I've had some conflicting feelings of my own on this. I tried hard to articulate them in a post in response to Cobb's original call to organize, but got no response from him. I'd welcome further reaction in trying to work through some of my own reaction.

I think I understand the desire to band together, and have seen enough unpleasantness to know that people in this world don't get treated fairly. But it still hurts to not be eligible for The Club, just like it would for anyone else who would be in the same position whether or not I wanted to join in. (I didn't join my old boss' Polish-American club, but I was happy they let non-Poles like me in.) How does a generic whitish American deal with what looks on its face as something not truly colorblind, which I see as desirable?

Granted, it's not like dealing with guys with racist badges in my restaurant back in the day, but it is something that excludes me because I'm not of their ethnic group. I'm willing to listen, just haven't gotten any response.

If you have the time I'd love a comment from you--just remove the spamtrap from my email address. Or just drop a note on either blog.

You were one of the first blogosphere people to react to me on my blog, and for that I remain thankful. I'm willing to listen. I could use some response from the Brotherhood with consideration from my own perspective.

I'm dumping a lot on you, I know. If you've got the time, I'm willing to listen.

Posted by: Chap at April 11, 2005 11:31 PM

Trackbacks broken on this post, btw. I linked on my page.

Posted by: chap at April 11, 2005 11:59 PM

Refuse to accept unequal application of laws in any direction. The rest should take care of itself.

Posted by: Walter E. Wallis at April 12, 2005 04:48 PM

I think the thing to question in the criticism is the claim that colorblindness is even a good thing, never mind required. If we ignore negative racial realities out of a pretend sense that we don't recognize the racial categories that are a reality in our culture, then they will continue and will continue to be bad.

Posted by: Jeremy Pierce at April 12, 2005 05:35 PM
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