Wednesday, February 3, 2010

A Deleted Comment

__________ has left a new comment on your post "Après London-LFG and a Merkin Parcel": 
"LFG’s friends are so diverse and I love it. Her gang is akin to the United Nations-in ethnic diversity only..."
Are there any societies now, or have there ever been any historically, where increased "diversity" created increased social harmony? "No" and "no" are the correct answers.
As one writer put it "conspicuous racial or cultural diversity in a single society is not a blessing, but a problem...."

Other than all the spam that everyone is getting-I bet I’ve only rejected four comments in the almost year that I’ve been creating this drivel. I wasted no time rejecting the above comment but then simply decided to post about it.

I’m no great intellect and certainly am not up on the latest research regarding the merits or deficits of racially diverse societies. I had no black or brown friends when I was a little kid. I grew up in the racially segregated South. All I know is that I am happy that LFG lives in a world where friendship is based on things other than skin color or ones country of origin.

Onward. Harmoniously. ADCracker

25 comments:

LPC said...

With you 100 percent.

preppyplayer said...

Amen.

Toad said...

was there any doubt?

Anonymous English Female said...

Not only will LFG have a broader, more enlightened and balanced outlook; I'm sure all the stimulation and fun she derives from all her friends different viewpoints make her life a lot richer than certainly mine was at that age - she's blessed.

Gail, in northern California said...

Children learn by example.

I was wondering if you had had a chance to review Pigtown's deletion of a post about an exclusive club, and comments. Exclusive to whom I'm not quite sure.

James said...

It is simply amazing that this thought process exists today,behind you all the way on this one.

Mrs. Blandings said...

I'm always discombobulated by comments like this. They leave me flushed and slightly shaky. As I blog primarily about design (and openly gay designers), I tend get them about homosexuality and not racial diversity, but I am perplexed and disheartened every time.

TRVS said...

Well said. The perfect spam repartee from a perfect English gentleman.

November said...

Well done.

Kathie Truitt said...

I loved today's post and my favorite part was the picture of LFG and her precious little friends. It made me think of the line of MLK, Jr's speech about his children walking hand-in-hand with little white children....his dream has definitely become a reality in this day and age. But of course, there is always some fool that has to ruin it.

Summer is a Verb said...

Pshaw! I was accused of being a "modern day Marie Antoinette" in one of my comments. I laughed and laughed and laughed...I'll take that on my epitaph please! XXOO

Ox Ac Uk said...

Good on you for calling that commenter out, and for demonstrating the real message: the generations of your little girl (and my littler boys) won't even know what that nonsense is all about, other than in the uglier pages of history books (as long as we parents continue to do our jobs).

Giuseppe said...

And I thought I had it tough with the comments about my weight. Yikes!

NCJack said...

Interesting, in my retirement I've decided to read some real history, and the Durants constantly harp on the diversity of the great ancient/medeival cities being the wellspring of their success.

And can you say "New York"? Sure, ya can.

Mal said...

I was born in Northeast Alabama in 1963. Within the span of my lifetime, we have made significant strides forward for the cause equality and diversity. Your post reminded me of the hope I have for my sons (the oldest is 12). The comments in question however illustrate how far we have to go.

Stylin' Guy said...

Hmm. I'm not sure what the original commenter's point was, but his comment made me realize that "ethnic cleansing" only happens in places that have different ethnic groups living next to each other.

Off the top of my head, the examples of "ethnic cleansing" I can come up with are: the Khmer Rouge, the former Yugoslavia, Rwanda, Iraq, South Africa, and Zimbabwe, not to mention the atrocities committed by the Chinese in Tibet. Even here in America, Mexican gangs are "cleansing" some neighborhoods of LA of blacks.

So as much as we may enjoy ethnic restaurants, and as committed as we may be to diversity, sometimes, at least in some parts of the world, ethnically-diverse populations don't get along--with horrific results. Let's hope and pray that we can avoid any more of that in America.

Rasputin said...

WTF, man???!!!
Who is this "writer" to whom he refers... Hitler or somebody??

Tucker said...

ADG, your misguided commenter was quoting Lawrence Auster. I'm quite surprised that anyone reading your blog is familiar with Auster, as he's somewhat obscure, even within conservative circles, and makes Pat Buchanan appear reasonable.

You seem to attract all kinds, friend.

ADG said...

Thanks everyone for all of your comments-I knew I wasn't crazy.

Pigtown-Design said...

The school where I worked in Wales was founded after WWII to help make sure that kids of all ethnicities learn to get along. A child from Palestine would room with one from Israel. Someone from the Falkland Islands would room with someone from England, etc. The students from this school, and the 12 affiliated schools, fan out across the world after graduating and assume positions in some of the most influential organizations in the world. It is a huge lesson in learning to live together.

Rebecca said...

Hear, hear...you tell 'em...cheers on you for addressing the comment!

tintin said...

Four comments? Is that all?

Someone wise told me long ago, "No one hates like the hated."

Belle (from Life of a...) said...

You did GOOD, my dear.

The Blushing Hostess said...

Good lord. Well done.

Regards the comment: Shameful, grotesque, and agonizingly ignorant. I did not grow up with black kids or white kids: Just kids. I live in a world with just people - who are basically good, inspite of minor hiccups such as this stupidity.

The Crew said...

as a half Indian, half Jamaican girl living in a white neighborhood in North London, I can tell you that we all get along fine...

I love how you call em the UN gang and dont try to be so soft and PC about it. Its great that she has tons of different friends. New ideas come from meeting the unknown...

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