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Old 12-18-2011, 02:01 PM   #46
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I was just postulating. Maybe the country needs a real hands-on guy with a different attitude?
Well his attitude is; quit and get a tv show. Was that what you were looking for?
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Old 12-18-2011, 02:04 PM   #47
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I think it's even quite paternalistic (or patronizing?) to decide for others what is acceptable and what is not. It's not like the Dutch or Belgian society is entirely and unknowingly racist, but the difference is whilst blackface in the US has a certain history in movies and culture which is racist, this entire history is not shared by either Belgians nor Dutch, as far as I know. And as such, they look at Zwarte Pieten without the mental image that an American would have.
Americans' hearts are in the right place, and it's because of that that we can be so interventionist. That's something that nations founded by a particularly defining revolution have in common; historical revolutions in the U.S., France, the Soviet Union/Russia, Iran, and China particularly come to mind, and each one of these nations like to think that they're the pinnacle of civilization.

Frankly, it is what it is, but there is that downside where we end up sticking our noses into particularly trivial cultural artefacts that we don't understand. And then there's those things like circumcision, where Americans find African female circumcision rituals to be horrifying--and they are, most certainly--but are so blinded by their own cultural traditions that they don't find their own insistence on male circumcision rituals to be hypocritical in the slightest, even if they are essentially motivated by the same things (tradition, what's considered "physically attractive," etc.) and are also entirely medically unnecessary.

But then it's worth noting that, contrary to expectations, Americans are as terribly flawed and idiosyncratic as everyone else...heh.
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Good post melon.
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