Culture: (n) a particular form or stage of civilization
What if I don’t like your color?
I can’t really say that—it makes me look like a bigot. I can’t let you know that I’ve been raised so sheltered that the hue of your skin gives me the creeps. I associate your color with matters that are not desirable.
All I really want is for you to stay away from me.
I have noticed that insulting you doesn’t cause you to disperse. I can talk behind your back and make you feel uncomfortable, but there’s always a chance you will defiantly remain.
I can insist that you’re inferior, but then every once in a while, you do things to disprove my contention.
What if I just don’t want to change my opinion? If I’m open-minded, my brain might slip out of its casing and wiggle away.
What can I do to make sure you stay away from me, but at the same time not incur your wrath or revenge?
What will cause us to remain separate without making it seem like it’s social segregation?
I do not want to be condemned by the self-righteous souls who think they’re superior because they learned how to tolerate you.
I don’t hate you—I just don’t want you. Shouldn’t I be allowed to get what I want? I mean, America being free and all.
So me and my friends got together and came up with this great idea.
We’re going to pretend that you are different by establishing how unique you are—how outstanding your customs and the climate in your community.
We will admire your cooking without ever partaking.
We will compliment your music without downloading a single song.
We will ooh and ahh over your costuming as if it’s coming from a faraway land, humiliating our beige and brown.
We will explain that you have a way of doing things that’s simply marvelous—as we have a way of doing things that is equally proficient.
We won’t talk about things like racial prejudice or fear of mixing.
We’ll call it culture.
It sounds so…well, cultured.
In doing so, we establish that you have found your way of doing things and we have found our way of doing things and there is no reason for the two paths to cross or for us to talk you out of your preferences and abandon ours.
We have invented a new racism.
It’s friendly, seems educated and is flexible.
You have a culture.
We have a culture.
Now, if you’ll be so kind, take yours over there and we’ll keep ours right here.