Cultural relativism is racist.

This is a really great post by Independent Radical deconstructing cultural relativism and showing not only how it’s really racist at its core, but also how individualism prevents us from detecting patterns in other cultures that we can clearly see in our own. Highly recommended reading.

In order to defend practices such as burqa-wearing and female genital mutilation, cultural relativists represent such practices as a natural part of non-Western cultures. Cultural relativists would have us all believe that Arab women have been wearing burqas since the beginning of time. In reality, the Arab world was once the site of intellectual progress and religious tolerance, at least compared to medieval Europe (in which strict adherence to Catholicism was insisted upon.) As I said above, class divided societies tend to have cultures and ideologies that reinforce the status quo and these cultures ought to be critiqued on that basis. The Arabic world of the middle ages should not be exempt from such critique, but the religious extremism and violent misogyny of some Islamic countries in the modern era is at least in part due to the policies of the West. It is not purely a product of traditional Arabic or Muslim culture.

6 thoughts on “Cultural relativism is racist.

  1. screamingfemales November 6, 2014 at 22:09 Reply

    Reblogged this on The Screaming Female.

  2. ) November 7, 2014 at 18:31 Reply

    Anne Sterzinger writes for Literal White Supremacist Taki’s Mag

    • Francois Tremblay November 8, 2014 at 01:18 Reply

      Who is Anne Sterzinger?

      • Independent Radical November 8, 2014 at 21:03 Reply

        I don’t know, but it definitely is not me.

        • Francois Tremblay November 9, 2014 at 01:15 Reply

          Apparently she is an antinatalist. Probably this person “)” thought he or she would try to tar me by association, or something. OH NO! Someone who agrees with me on one point is a white supremacist! Well gee, I guess I should kill myself.

  3. Dogtowner November 8, 2014 at 13:17 Reply

    Thank you for this link. I am always stunned by liberal defense of “cultural” practices. Pogroms were a cultural practice, lynching was a cultural practice, and shooting unarmed African-Americans is a popular and current cultural practice. Liberals have to engage in such extreme mental gymnastics that if you suggest pogroms or lynching were cultural practices they will likely come up with contorted justifications for such activities.

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