This is just so… bizarre.
Censorship is fine by me. I don’t own the site. But this is so weird that I cannot find a name for it. It’s some sort of intramural revisionism, I suppose. We may discuss pedophilia, twisted testicles, slang words for penis, and how young black men wear their pants. We may in fact discuss real and hypothetical wars of all kinds, between Jews and Palestinians, between the U.S. and any Arab nation, and even between angels and demons. But nowhere is there a forum to discuss a war among Caucasoids, Negroids, and Mongoloids.
Anyone who might accuse me of racism or bigotry is sitting on the far end of a slim twig. As a boy, I heard a man tell another man about my father, “You know you can’t trust Indians.” But this see-no-evil hear-no-evil speak-no-evil coyness about race is mystifiyingly absurd. It is talking out of both sides of our mouths when we deny on the one hand that race exists while discussing what new name we ought to call black people on the other, as we are presently doing in Great Debates.
Would it not make sense to ban any mention of race whatsoever, to close (rather than move) any thread that is argumentative, if indeed there is no forum for this kind of discussion?
When enlightenment faces ignorance and enlightenment is afraid, ignorance expands and elightenment fades into a pale shadow of retreat. We routinely dissect and refute the ramblings of creationists, new age gravity theorists, and even Lolo-type atheists who believe that all Christians are evil. Why would we fail if we contrasted the characteristics of ingenious and cunning African tribesmen against those of hapless and lazy European fops? Scientific American (warning, PDF file!) has no problem discussing it. The University of Virginia doesn’t recoil. The New England Skeptical Society isn’t afraid to confront these issues.
Why is there no place here?