John Zmirak is suffering from a profound, secret, half-rationalized, fundamentally religious decision – a wrong one – to remain childless and unmarried, unlike my agnostic, irreligious racialist friends.
Welcome back. It seems that your good sense has returned.
By the way, I just got finished reading the encyclopedic, “Race: The History of an Idea in America” (by Thomas F. Gossett), which traced the evolution of America’s ideas about “race” from the early colonists to about 1940. It was a fascinating read, you should really check it our from your local university library.
Welcome back. That sounds very interesting. When was it published?
“Welcome back. That sounds very interesting. When was it published?”
It was originally published in the early 1960s while M.L.K. was still alive; however, due to the seminal nature of the work, it was republished in 1997. Unfortunately, Gossett is biased towards today’s egalitarian consensus but that doesn’t seem to have impaired his comprehensive treatment of the subject.
One of the fascinating conclusions that I was able to gleam from the book is that the American elite (academic, literary, governmental, and press) flipped from some variant of what we might call racialism to racial egalitarianism in a very short period of time after the 1924 immigration act (the climax of racialism amongst America’s elite) and in the run up to our confrontation with German & Italian nationalism in WWII. In the wake of WWII our elite was firmly on the side of the egalitarians (or equalitarians) and committed to the course we’re on today.
I found it rather stunning to see just how hegemonic racialism was in America in the run up to the 1924 act. It would seem that almost everyone was in accord with the very sentiments of Madison Grant in his, “Passing of the Great Race” from press to scientists to politicians. And how quickly that consensus broke down in such a short period of time. The West’s confrontation with ethnic nationalism in Germany and Italy really did a number on its psyche for generations.