No, Assimilation Isn’t Racist

Recently Congressman Steve King of Iowa tweeted that Dutch politician Geert Wilders understood that we cannot replenish our civilization’s culture with somebody else’s babies.

He’s not wrong and no, what he said isn’t racist. It had nothing to do with race, but with culture.

The left, and those few on the right who got used to kowtowing to them over the past eight years, were quick to chastise King as a, “racist” for daring to suggest that a culture is only ever one generation away from extinction. The key word here of course being, “CULTURE.” Not race, CULTURE. Here in the United States, we are all westerners regardless of our skin color. There are black westerners, Hispanic westerners, white westerners, and asian westerners. Indeed, there are even Arabic westerners.

Unlike race, which is a biological factor, culture is something that can be adopted over time through what is known as assimilation. Why do we ask that people assimilate into our culture if they wish to come and join our society? Because a nation is nothing without borders, language, and culture. A common tongue binds us together in communication, a common culture helps us foster a sense of community and kinsmanship with one another over common customs and values, and a strong border helps to defend us from those who may wish to do us harm while also giving us a clear definition of where our home begins and ends.

While what Congressman King said was perhaps poorly phrased, the clear intent behind it wasn’t racist but rather acknowledges the truth of our world; that our customs and values will die out if we’re not passing them on to others who come here or to our own children. Indeed, as Congressman King himself later said,”If you go down the road a few generations, or maybe centuries, with the inter-marriage, I’d like to see an America that is just so homogenous that we look a lot the same,”

Does that sound like a racist to you? Someone calling for there to be more intermarriage so that our society might look the same? Last I checked racists are vehemently opposed to the concept of intermarriage between people of different races or ethnicities.

“But wait,” I hear you ask, “he said he wants an America that looks the same and that is racist!” No, no it isn’t. What Congressman King meant was that he’d like an America where immigrants come and assimilate into our culture, rather than sealing themselves off apart from their new home and forming their own insular counter-cultural enclaves.

It isn’t racist to acknowledge objective reality. It’s not racist for someone to love their culture and want to keep it alive in their own country. It’s not racist to suggest that everyone in our county should adopt our values and norms. That’s called patriotism and if someone isn’t willing to leave the values and culture of their own country behind, then perhaps they shouldn’t come here.

 

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