Re: Amerindian resistance mode (was: amerindian an offensive

Gerold Firl (
9 Aug 1996 20:57:17 GMT

In article <4ueo0k$>, (Matt Silberstein) writes:

|> I am saying that acceptance can be distructive to
|> culture. Yes, the U.S. has a large Jewish population. There is also a
|> very high % of mixed marriages. I would prefer acceptance but not
|> assimilation. I value cultural diversity, but it is difficult to
|> maintain cultural identity against a dominant culture. One of the
|> things that kept Jewish culture alive for the last 2000 years was the
|> lack of acceptance by the general population.

To me, the only reasonable criterion by which to judge the value of
assimilation must rest with the individual; each person is the best
judge of that. Those who would attempt to prevent people from
"defecting" from their culture end up building a gulag, and destroying
what they are trying to preserve.

Jewish culture evolved a number of mechanisms for coping with their
status as a persecuted minority. Once those conditions change, why
shouldn't the culture change along with it? I see the culture as
existed to serve the individual members of that culture, not the other
way around.

Disclaimer claims dat de claims claimed in dis are de claims of meself,
me, and me alone, so sue us god. I won't tell Bill & Dave if you won't.
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