Multiculturalism means living with folks who aren’t as smart about you as you are

Sam Smith - As the virtuous drive towards more multiculturalism grows increasingly powerful,a predictable but largely ignored problem raises its head, namely the more contact we have with those of other cultures the greater chance that we, or they, will say or do something found dumb or offensive.  The cancel culture is one example of … Continue reading Multiculturalism means living with folks who aren’t as smart about you as you are

Making multiculturalism an asset and not just a problem

Sam Smith – Drastically missing from our talk about ethnic relationships is discussion about positive ethnic relations. We treat the matter as a huge problem to be solved by things like changes in law, improved policing, social guilt and pressure. In fact, good relations exist because they work for all those involved. You can’t define … Continue reading Making multiculturalism an asset and not just a problem

The story Spike Lee didn’t tell

Sam Smith - Watching Stokely Carmichael pictured in BlacKKKlansman brought back memories of sitting in a Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee meeting in the mid Sixties listening to Carmichael tell us that white SNCC members were no longer welcomed in the civil rights movement. As he had put it elsewhere, "Integration is an insidious subterfuge for … Continue reading The story Spike Lee didn’t tell

The underrated secret for minorities: lead the majority

Sam Smith - Black Episcopal Bishop Michael Curry's prominence in the Harry-Meaghan wedding is one more example of the power of an underrated strategy for minorities: lead the majority. As noted here before, there is ample historic precedence, witness the Irish role in American politics, the Jewish impact on our culture, and Martin Luther King's … Continue reading The underrated secret for minorities: lead the majority