Thursday, May 18, 2006

Cultural Racism

Volokh Conspiracy brings to light the ideas of the Seattle Public School system and types of racism.
Seattle Public Schools Says Individualism is a Form of "Cultural Racism": From "Definitions of Racism":

Cultural Racism:
Those aspects of society that overtly and covertly attribute value and normality to white people and Whiteness, and devalue, stereotype, and label people of color as other, different, less than, or render them invisible. Examples of these norms include defining white skin tones as nude or flesh colored, having a future time orientation, emphasizing individualism as opposed to a more collective ideology, defining one form of English as standard, and identifying only Whites as great writers or composers.
I want to admit to a few things here. I DO call a crayon of a certain color "flesh tone". I do emphasize individualism as a positive view to have. I do have one form of English that I consider the best. That's the one that I can understand when I'm trying to get my computer to work or order a Big Mac.. As for the writers and composers I don't care their color, creed, or sexual preference. Just as long as they produce good material.

One things I am not sure of. That is what the hell does this phycho-babble mean
having a future time orientation

I did find this at this website.
K. Lewin in his written work, Intention, will, and need first introduced the concept of future time orientation in 1926. Following his study, many researchers strived to define future time orientation (FTO) and resulted in the following definition: “A general concern for future events as well as a general capacity to organize for the future and anticipate the future. (Oner 2000 p. 527) Unfortunately, the generality of FTO varies with each attempt to measure and define it. Knowing this, Oner (2000) suggested using specific context-related items when measuring FTO so that its stability and proportion could be properly calculated.
Panning and having concern about the future is a form of cultural racism. Oh God we are screwed as a society.

Most of the definitions on the Seattle school website are the same word for word as this diversity website where it is credited to this book..

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