White people are not gods, they bleed: Razib makes important points about class and race.
In contrast, even South Asians who grow up poor in the United States, usually have an ancestral class background which is somewhat elite. While black Americans and South Asians may share common physical features as dark-skinned people of color, most black Americans descend from slaves, while most South Asian Americans are more likely to either be the scions of a genuinely elite family or a prosperous lineage from a rural backwater. If you buy Greg Clark’s argument in The Son Also Rises: Surnames and the History of Social Mobility, then you know that he makes the case that social status is highly heritable when you look across many generations, as opposed to focusing on single generation correlations.
The Universal Law that differentiates an Immigrant from an Expat. An Immigrant goes one social class lower when moving to a new country and an Expat goes one social class higher upon moving to a new country.
So an office worker in the US will be an office manager in Uganda. An office manager from South Asia won’t hold the same position upon emigrating to the US because the cultural adjustment will have to take place (unless it’s Facebook or Googles which is essentially Indian).
At BP our world is very narrowed back to the Desh but Diaspora issues are extraordinarily important. Race intersects with class and the non-Muslim Asian minority is rapidly ascending the ranks. Even among the Muslims one can distinguish certain sub-ethnicites (Mirpuri, Sylethi) as being the more backward variants.
As a final thought privilege can have a deadening effect on the soul. When I contrast myself to my white friends of a similar background; I notice the speed, grit and alacrity which I have is a gift of my immigrant background. The 9-5 paradigm and pub after work paradigm simply does not apply to my life and that’s a big asset. I’m constantly “on” all the time as opposed to alot of my white friends who seem addicted to leisure..
Mind you I don’t know if it’s a good thing that I don’t have an off button.
oh shut the fuck up https://t.co/0cR4Ln5VKY
— Rani Molla (@ranimolla) August 1, 2018
- Molla Caste: I don’t know if it’s a high caste since they are traditional potters but also scions of one of two historic Telugu poets.
- White, and in the minority: This is the article that’s alluded to by Razib and Rani (they rhyme).
Social connectedness index for every county in the US paired with (a) every other county and (b) foreign countrieshttps://t.co/TCw1xoDRVA
(The @TheEconomist made a combined figure, but with a terrible headline, so not including that part.) pic.twitter.com/G2eSxcgcsf
— Dean Eckles (@deaneckles) August 8, 2018
Social connections are such an important of life and basically that’s what the Ivies + Oxbridge are all about..
- One Town’s Fix for Latinx Disenfranchisement: Letting People Vote More Than Once: The article here seems to forget the “White Solidarity” is now a thing in the West. What we knew in the 90’s (demographics were a-changing) is now the reality and the majoritarian liberal Western democracies (including India & Israel) cannot be simply “gamed” through demographic transition. Something will have to give either Hispanics become white, immigration comes to an end or we may see Apartheid-like conditions (in the Eastern less liberal countries) emerging to disenfranchise minortiy voters.
India & Pak would have stayed united but for Nehru: Dalai Lama: If India had let Quaid and Pakistan let Sheikh Mujibur Rahman become PMs in 1947 & 1971 we might have seen fewer states in South Asia.
Boris Johnson accused of ‘dog-whistle’ Islamophobia over burqa comments: BJ is a clown. I don’t like bad dressing in general but I don’t much Gucci or Chanel veils; they’re quite sexy. What I dislike about the hijab is how badly it’s worn. If you are brown and you are going to wear something always be Beautiful..