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So racism is a set of rules for co-existence, a language of belonging, like dress and architecture, like youthism and its accompanying machismo. Racism also has its machismo. Why do I alwayslaugh at machismo? Why does it appear so ridiculus to me? It is ridiculous because it is so outward, it does not respect the inside, it is a way of being whereby the girth and the girthed match so well that it makes man’s inside too visible.
The differences claimed by youth and those of a different race are empty categories, filled with the myths of difference. They are meaningful only in sofar as they are full of the desire to be different, to be unlike, to be allowed to dislike. The desire to dislike is as irreducuble as the desire to like. To dislike is mediated by the desire to be unlike. But those who impose their unlike, are thus alike. Pragmatism is an intellectualisation of liking and disliking. My dislikes always disappear as soon as they are intellectualised and played with within perspectives. Therefore the process of thinking of intellectualising must be the development of morality.
But, imagine if we manage to move the world on? What would happen with what we have left behind, the very ground upon which we stand would no longer be there!. Take away ignorance and irreducible desires and dislikes and there is no foundation left to construct this morality with any permanence. We therefore have to invent a flying morality, a morality which needs a less certain earth of prejudice, evil and stupidity to push against.
Let’s get one thing straight. Racism is a thing indulged in by the stupid, the ignorant and the cunning. The cunning is that species of man whose aim is too narrow to comprehend a wider good and thus justifies evil means to narrow, that is solipsist, ends. His selfishness ultimately is self-destructive. The stupid are those who allow themselves to be manipulated through their own inertia. The ignorant are those who, through little fault of their own, have no access to a wider view through the cultural barriers by which they are insulated, which in many cases, but not all can be called a collective stupidity. Antithetical racism, retaliatory racism, although in the first instance more understandable, is ultimately just as stupid or cunning. It makes the same assumptions as racism does, namely that there is a we and a they who are, somehow fundamentally different.
If racism is then something indulged in by the stupid and the cunning, why should it be of interest intellectually? Surely the intelligent should scorn racism and get on with life itself. Is the intellectual interest akin to the anthropological interest? Is it the self-satisfying study of instinct without conscious and self-conscious thought? In this case the study of racism is the study of stupidity and low cunning in history and the study of stupidity and low cunning sociologically. The reason that racism is so interesting is that it is part of life. The challenge is to overcome it, self-consciously. This is an act where morality transcends the habit that is culture. The study of racism makes us familiar with the smallest habits in which racism lurks and their equally damaging antithesis. Equality is a stark principle, a puritanical monster. To be equal means that any insult necessarily reflects back on the insulter. Equality is a reciprocal agent. Where any gesture cleaves the gesturing and opens his narrowness to the world.
But the problem goes deeper. There is no one “I” There are hundreds of “I’s” which divide up along the uncertainty that is the hallmark of intelligence. Therefore even the intelligent weaken. Even so, racism comes to the fore when we are being stupid, ignorant or, worst of all, cunning.
The only way forward is an absolute equality, and equality that knows us to be of this small world, to dwell on its surface and then to be ploughed back. That is the principle of fertility: To be on the surface, breathe and then to be ploughed back to be digested in the earth. Equality is unforgiving to the stupid, helpful to the ignorant and ferocious to the cunning. It allows big fish to get bigger only so long as they serve the common good. It helps the stupid and the ignorant to emerge or allows them to disintegrate into their own chaos. But it s essential that this equality be pursued vigorously.
How? By letting people know that any racist behaviour ultimately reflects worse on the racist. That it is he that is despicable in despising others.
Not to mistake an overt and arbitrary loving as the compensation for hate.
To know that no compensation can redress imbalances except equality; that compensatory priveledges are as bellows to the flames of stupidity and cunning.