Most People Like It When You Have A Strong Identity

Steve Sailer writes: “From a new Pew report, “How Americans Feel about Religious Groups,” we see that Jews are the most ethnocentric religious group as measured by self-regard on a 0 to 100 scale (89). And Jews feel even colder toward Evangelical Christians (34) than they do toward Muslims (35). In contrast, the non-Jews that feel most warmly toward Jews are the Evangelical Christians (69).”

I grew up in Australia where 99% of the people I knew were white. I don’t ever recall in my first 11 years wishing there were more non-white people around.

I moved to rural Northern California in 1977 and for the next 17 years, more than 90% of the people I knew were white. I don’t recall ever wishing I had more non-white people in my life (though during my time at UCLA, I did fall in love with Asians in general and one Chinese girl in particular).

Most of my life I’ve been religious and seen life through a religious lens. Race was not important to me but I did see the benefits of living in safe communities with few high-crime groups. There was more cooperation this way with more social capital and less dysfunction.

I’ve lived in Los Angeles since 1994 and I never recall wishing there were more non-whites around me. Instead, I find it depressing that every year, my city (once the most Anglo-Saxon big city in America) becomes more like Mexico.

I don’t think Mexico wants to become more like Guatemala or Honduras. I don’t think Mexico is yearning for immigrants from El Salvador or Nicaragua. People want to preserve their own culture and way of life without interference from outsiders. There’s nothing ant-Mexican or anti-Honduran or anti-black or anti-Muslim in this way of thinking.

Over the past year, it has become clear to me that almost everybody prefers the company of people genetically similar to them. We prefer to live, work, socialize and worship with our own kind.

The Japanese, for instance, don’t want non-Japanese to immigrate into their land. As Jared Taylor wrote:

Japanese do not dislike foreigners—they sell cars and cameras to them very cheerfully—but they prefer familiar company. Apartment ads often say “no foreigners,” and silence may settle on the neighborhood bar if outlanders walk in.

Public bath houses on the northern island of Hokkaido were in the news last year because they wouldn`t let in foreigners. There was a stink about discrimination, and pro forma pledges of reform. The fact is, when Japanese take their clothes off for a soak, they`d rather be among their own kind.

So far as I know, it has never been reported in the press, but many of Japan`s legal houses of prostitution are off-limits to non-Japanese, too. Maybe disappointed customers are too embarrassed to protest, but “soap lands,” as they are called, have bouncers—often dressed in tuxedos—who make sure the girls do not have to grapple with uncouth foreigners.

Japanese who visit the United States are appalled by what they find here: ethnic politics, bilingual education, ballot papers in Chinese, racial preferences, interpreters in hospitals and courtrooms, jail-house race riots, foreign criminal gangs, etc. They wonder if millions of aging American whites can really count on blacks and browns to pay for their retirement. They have seen diversity in action, and they want none of it.

Not only is there no mitzva against racism in Judaism, not only has no great rabbi ever written a book about racism, but no moral thinker prior to the 20th Century ever wrote about the supposed sin of racism. Ergo, in my way of thinking, there is no such sin as racism. It’s not a moral category. It’s a stupid invention. What most people call racism is simply a healthy preference for one’s own kind. Lynching, for example, was usually a drastic punishment for a drastic crime.

I converted to Judaism in 1993. As far as we can tell, I have no Jewish ancestors. While I have been able to make my way in Jewish life and receive treatment according to my worth, I’ve come to see the importance of genetic ties in building a community. One thing I love about Orthodox shuls as opposed to more liberal synagogues is how often you see many generations praying, studying and eating together. The people Israel live.

Over the past 15 years, I’ve become increasingly Orthodox and I find that non-Jews, in general, have more respect for me the more Orthodox I am. At the same time, I see that while Christian Zionists may well be Jews’ best friends, they generally don’t command Jewish respect. We feel more comfortable with groups who stand up for their own group interest such as the Chinese and Koreans.

In my life, I find that blacks are relieved that I am not seeking their approval nor their absolution for “racism.” I treat non-whites on their own merits and they treat me on mine.

I think many whites in America fear that they are secretly racist and so they act phony, particularly around blacks, in trying to prove that they are not. Blacks hate this. They prefer to deal with a proud man rather than with someone who wants their approval.

If Christian Zionists want Jews to respect them, they need to think less about Jews and Israel, and more about what is good for their own kind.

About Luke Ford

I've written five books (see My work has been covered in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and on 60 Minutes. I teach Alexander Technique in Beverly Hills (
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